Friday, August 23, 2013

Bayer CropScience, Bridging the Gap and Kansas City Sweeten Community by Courting Honey Bees

Pollinator-Friendly Garden Planted at Nature Center to Celebrate Honey Bees

Preparing to Plant

Preparing to Plant: Bayer CropScience, City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation and the nonprofit Bridging The Gap came together to create a suitable habitat for wild honey bees with more than 30 plant varieties at Lakeside Nature Center.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Aug 23, 2013)Bayer CropScience, Bridging the Gap and Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation celebrated earlier this week the contribution of bees to the Kansas City landscape by planting a pollinator-friendly garden at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park. Volunteers transformed a 70x30-foot area of land to now feature year-round blooming trees, plants and flowers, all designed to create a suitable habitat for honey bees.

This collaboration with public, private and nonprofit stakeholders in Kansas City is aimed to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to the area. During this week’s planting, representatives from Bayer’s Bee Care Program, Bridging the Gap and the parks and recreation department discussed Bayer’s commitment to bee health, the value bees provide to Kansas City’s parks and recreational spaces and their importance to our global food supply. More than 20 volunteers were onsite to assist in the planting process, in addition to local bee keepers who provided bees for an observation hive at the garden.

A Peak at the Hive 

A Peak at the Hive: Bayer CropScience volunteers and external communication manager Greg Coffey [LEFT] examine a bee exhibit before the event.

“Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions to improve honey bee health for more than 25 years,” said Robyn Kneen, North America Manager of Bayer’s Bee Care Programs. “Honey bees play a vital role in food production in today’s global market, and it’s important that we remain committed to understanding and protecting an integral link in the agricultural process.”

Bee health is accepted by the scientific community to be a complex issue. Research indicates that bees may be dying, not from a single toxin or disease, but rather from a variety of factors that include introduced pests and parasites, microbial diseases, inadequate diet, bee management practices, climate change and loss of genetic diversity

Digging In 

Digging In: [LEFT TO RIGHT] Mark McHenry, director of Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation department; Robyn Kneen, Bayer CropScience's North America bee health project manager; Paul Nagy, Head of Bayer CropScience Production Site, Kansas City; and Kristin Riott, executive director of Bridging The Gap participate in the “Turning of the Shovel” ceremony prior to the pollinator patch planting.

Bayer is committed to collaboration with Kansas City residents to recognize the importance of protecting pollinators. In the U.S. alone, more than $15 billion of crops are annually pollinated by honey bees. They serve as pollinators for many of the crops that are necessary for feeding a growing population, and their health is essential to meet global food needs.

Bayer CropScience is working in local communities to create pollinator patches as a way to stress the importance of collaboration in support of honey bee health and sustainable agriculture. This Kansas City patch planting follows Bayer’s participation in National Pollinator

Week (June 17-23), which included hosting employee, community and Congressional events aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of pollinator health.

Bayer’s Bee Care Program includes initiatives designed to further bee health research, engagement and discussion and bring Bayer’s extensive experience and knowledge in bee health under one platform. Bee Care Program initiatives include:

Busy Bees 

Busy Bees: Volunteers worked to transform a 70x30 foot area outside of Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park into a bee-friendly pollinator patch with more than 100 plants on Monday, Aug. 19.

  • The North American Bee Care Center, which broke ground in May at the North American Bayer CropScience Headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., will aid the advancement of honey bee research by providing a state-of-the-art facility to support worldwide bee health initiatives,
  • Bee Ambassador Program, a field staff training campaign dedicated to cultivating dialogue and awareness around topics related to honey bee management and health,
  • The Bee Care Tour, a mobile exhibit which traveled to Midwestern university agriculture schools this past spring to foster education and collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested in honey bee health, and
  • Product Stewardship, in which honey bee scientists at Bayer’s Bee Care Centers collaborate with growers and industry partners to develop educational tools to help producers select the appropriate seed treatment products and ensure they are used in the most efficient and responsible manner.

Laying the Groundwork

Laying the Groundwork : A Bayer CropScience volunteer participates in the hour-long planting session following the guest speaker presentation. The plants were specifically chosen for their colors and aromas to make the pollinator patch attractive to honey bees.

Bayer is dedicated to crop protection and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, including the protection of beneficial insects such as honey bees. For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives please visit here.

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Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

A “Sweet” Gift 

A “Sweet” Gift : Bayer CropScience thanked volunteers for their hard work with gift bags that included more information on bee health, as well as their own fuzzy personal pollinator.

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