New Year, New Feed a Bee

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By: Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer North American Bee Care Program, Project Manager
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Another year has come and gone, and the Bayer Feed a Bee program was buzzing with activity in 2016. From launching our first-ever fall forage tour with The Wildlife Society to reaching a total of over 2 billion wildflowers planted for bees and other pollinators, it was a busy and rewarding year! In 2017, we’ll continue to host community events across the country spreading the word about bee health, establish more forage patches, collaborate with engaging partners and plant more seeds for bees with the participation of other pollinator enthusiasts.


This year, we’ve set out to accomplish our biggest goal yet – planting forage in all 50 states by the end of 2018! We know we can’t do it alone, but thanks to our incredible roster of dedicated Feed a Bee partners and individuals who are passionate about pollinators, we don’t have to!


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One partner that will help us reach this “seed-sational” goal is R.D. Offutt Company, a six-generation, family-owned potato farm operation based in North Dakota, that in 2017 will establish additional acres to accompany the 1,200 acres planted to date through Feed a Bee and other partnerships. By the end of 2017, the company will have planted 1,500 acres in total! Furthermore, R.D. Offutt Company will be partnering with an entomology doctoral student from the University of Minnesota to document just how much these plantings impact our fuzzy friends. R.D. Offutt Company is just one of the 100+ partners that we can’t wait to work with again in 2017!



Share a Bee to Feed a Bee


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Among the other Feed a Bee updates in this new year, we’ve rolled out “Share a Bee to Feed a Bee.” Each time you post a virtual bee in the form of an emoji or use #FeedABee on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, real-life seeds are planted for pollinators. You can also participate in our “Share a Bee to Feed a Bee” program by retweeting or reposting Feed a Bee news from our official @Bayer4CropsUS accounts or sharing a tidbit learned via our website. aEven actions on our site like watching a video, sharing information about pollinators or otherwise interacting with the busy bees at FeedABee.com will also trigger additional seeds planted to provide forage. The support of pollinator enthusiasts like you across the globe has been crucial to protecting pollinators over the years, and we aim to attract more pollinator allies this year by providing more ways to join us in spreading blooms for bees!


We’re happy to have our partners with us on this journey, along with additional ways to plant wildflowers on behalf of the nearly 1 million people who have supported our mission. Feed a Bee will continue working to provide additional sources of nutrition and habitat for pollinators in 2017. Look out for more updates and announcements coming your way as we get buzzing for the bees once again!

 

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