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Bayer CropScience expands new bee health program to include more educational materials

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“The great value of bees as pollinators has been known for many years, but unfortunately, this knowledge is not widely appreciated and understood―and therefore bee populations are not being protected,” Dick Rogers, manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center.

Research Triangle Park, N.C (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

In the U.S. alone, more than $15 billion of crops are annually pollinated by bees. To help protect the health of the bees, Bayer CropScience is expanding its educational Bayer Bee Care program highlighting the importance of honey bees as pollinators. The new stewardship materials are available to producers, educators and others through Bayer CropScience sales representatives or online:

“The great value of bees as pollinators has been known for many years, but unfortunately, this knowledge is not widely appreciated and understood―and therefore bee populations are not being protected,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist and manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center. “As we face the challenge to produce more food, fuel and fiber for a growing world population, bees play a vital role in helping farmers establish a healthy harvest, which is of great importance within our global communities.”

The Bayer Bee Care education program includes a honey bee stewardship video, grower seed treatment guidelines and dealer and distributor application guidelines. Honey bee scientists at the Bayer Bee Care Center collaborated with farmers and industry partners to develop the bee health stewardship materials. The educational tools will help producers select the appropriate seed products and ensure they are used in the most efficient and responsible manner.

Industry partner Charlie O’ Brian, agriculture sector vice president for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, discusses the potential impact of the ag sector working together to sustain bee health. “We take educating and working with producers on how to best use technology very seriously,” he says. “Ultimately we are very interested in the stewardship of the land and we want to make sure that it’s well taken care of – not only today but for generations in the future.”

“We’re making great progress understanding the complex nature of pollinator health and the elements that may affect it,” continues Rogers. “This is vital as we continue to rely on the strong connection between the honey bee and our food supply.”

Working side-by-side with dealers, distributors, growers, industry partners and stakeholders, Bayer CropScience is committed to sustaining the future of agriculture. Producers can find more information about Bayer’s Bee Health education program at http://www.bayercropscience.us or contact your local Bayer CropScience dealers.

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative or visit Bayer CropScience online at http://www.bayercropscience.us.
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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, nonagricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for nonagricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline
(877) 879-6162

Beth Roden, Bayer CropScience
(919) 549-2030
beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com
Twitter: bayer4cropsUS

Find more information at bayercropscience.us.

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