Bayer hosts employee, community and Congressional events to foster understanding and collaboration during National Pollinator Week
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 17, 2013) – As pollinators transfer pollen from flower to flower through acres of developing crops and beautifully landscaped backyards, they are playing an integral role in the natural growth of blooming plants. Pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies are essential to both agriculture and urban and rural landscapes, making the care and protection of pollinators critical to the future of plant diversity and the world’s food supply.
The permanent sign was erected early Monday morning in preparation for the planting ceremony - many hands make quick work - much like bees!
Jean Reimers and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) at the House of Representatives' National Pollinator Week reception. Jean Reimers of Bayer CropScience celebrates National Pollinator Week at a reception with the House Agriculture Committee. Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Seeds of Happiness for the Bees!
In celebration of the contribution pollinators make to the world’s food supply and plant variety, Bayer is taking part in National Pollinator Week (June 17-23) by hosting employee, community and Congressional events aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of pollinator health. Bayer’s National Pollinator Week initiatives will commence with a Congressional reception in Washington, D.C. The event will gather Congressional staff interested in furthering pollinator health to honor this year’s recipient of the first Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award, an honor presented to an individual who exemplifies a commitment to bee health in the community. Additionally, Bayer will participate in the USDA People’s Garden event to discuss pollinator health.
Bayer’s National Pollinator Week activities will continue at its Kansas City, Mo., facility with an event for employees and their families designed to promote pollinator health education and understanding. During the event, Bayer will provide interactive pollinator health information through its Bee Care Tour exhibit. The event includes family-friendly activities to offer participants hands-on interaction with pollinator health.
Additionally, Bayer has renewed its Pollinator Pledge for a second year to increase awareness around the significant role pollinators play in facilitating modern agriculture and pollinating backyard gardens. Bayer has again joined efforts with non-profit Pollinator Partnership for the initiative to help support the North American Pollinator Campaign, a tri-national collaboration in which a diverse group of stakeholders work to protect and conserve all pollinating animals. Through the Pollinator Pledge, Bayer will contribute $1 for each person who requests a free packet of wildflower seeds to start their own pollinator garden.
“Bayer strongly believes that pollinator education and awareness are at the core of increasing support for pollinator health,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “National Pollinator Week affords us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on pollinator health and collaborate with stakeholders and the broader community.”
Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions to improve honey bee health for more than 25 years. Its Bee Care Program includes initiatives designed to further bee health research, engagement and disscussion and bring Bayer’s extensive experience and knowledge in bee health under one platform. Bee Care Program initiatives include:
- The North American Bee Care Center, which broke ground last month 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, and
- The Bee Care Tour, a mobile exhibit which traveled to Midwestern university agriculture schools this spring to foster education and collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested in honey bee health.
For more information on Bayer’s activities during National Pollinator Week and to take the Pollinator Pledge, please visit www.pollinatorweek.bayer.com. Also, view our National Pollinator Week video to learn about Bayer’s commitment to pollinator health.
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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission “Bayer: Science for a Better Life”. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.
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