Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bayer CropScience Celebrates National Pollinator Week with Feed a Bee Partners

Growers, community groups, universities and more join the Feed a Bee initiative to expand habitat for honey bees and other pollinators
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 18, 2015) – Honey bees, one of modern agriculture’s most valuable partners, are threatened by a variety of stressors from Varroa mites to weather to habitat loss. Earlier this year, Bayer CropScience launched its Feed a Bee initiative to help increase forage areas for honey bees and other pollinators, and to date, nearly 200,000 people have pledged to plant 50 million flowers in the U.S. through the initiative.

Increasing forage habitat for bees was also a major theme of the President’s recently released Pollinator Task Force strategy, which urged greater public-private partnerships to make this happen. Throughout the remainder of the year, Feed a Bee will partner with business, government and nonprofit organizations across the country to plant thousands of acres of flower-producing crops and other bee-attractant plants for bee habitats.

“Honey bees and other pollinators are working harder than ever, and they need more food and more food diversity to thrive,” said Dr. Becky Langer, manager of the North American Bee Care Program. “We are excited to bring together partners from all sectors to help increase forage for these hardworking insects.”

Bayer CropScience is excited to celebrate National Pollinator Week this year by announcing the addition of several partners to the Feed a Bee initiative, including:


Several Feed a Bee partners, including McCarty Family Farms, Project Apis m., the National Wild Turkey Federation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, already have their plantings underway. With the added support of these partners, the initiative will be able to contribute even more acres in nearly every region of the U.S.

Collaborations with these businesses, government entities, private growers and other organizations as Feed a Bee partners will help ensure even more acres are devoted to providing bees with the nectar and pollen they need to support healthy hives.

Bayer’s joint efforts with its Feed a Bee partners are a part of its commitment to protect and improve pollinator health. For more information on Bayer’s bee health initiatives, please visit: beehealth.bayer.us. You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBeeCare, on Facebook at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter and view photos on Flickr.

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Bayer CropScience
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