Friday, May 3, 2013

Bayer CropScience Reacts to EPA-USDA Report on Bee Health

Bayer CropScience issued the following statement in response to the issuance of the Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 3, 2013)Bayer CropScience issued the following statement in response to the issuance of the Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health by the United States Department of Agriculture and United States Environmental Protection Agency:

“The Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health issued by the USDA and EPA on May 2 provides a comprehensive assessment of the major factors contributing to honey bee decline in the United States. Of particular concern noted in the report is the recognition of the impact of parasites, especially the Varroa mite, and associated diseases on bee health and the need to adopt best management practices to improve bee genetics and enhance nutritional opportunities, while minimizing potential exposure from the use of agricultural pesticides. The need for collaboration and information sharing among all stakeholders is a critical component in promoting these best management practices.”

More information by the USDA, CropLife America and the American Farm Bureau Federation has been issued on the report.

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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.

Contact:

Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden
Director of Communications & Bayer CropScience NA Coordinator
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth.roden@bayer.com

Catharine Montgomery
Porter Novelli
Tel: (404) 995-4521
Email: catharine.montgomery@porternovelli.com

Find more information at www.bayercropscience.us.
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