Three Organizations Partner for Pollinators

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted an announcement between themselves, General Mills, and the largest and oldest pollinator conservation organization, the Xerces Society this morning. The three organizations are joining together to protect the habitats of pollinators on hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. The project is a five-year, $4 million commitment to provide the technical assistance for planting …

Bees, Company Announcement, pollinators, USDA

Bayer Cares for Bees at #FarmProgressShow

Kelly Marshall

Bayer is no stranger to Bee Care.  Through the years they’ve offered a variety of programs to support these important pollinators and at the Farm Progress Show I had the opportunity to talk with Becky Langer about their newest initiatives. Healthy Hives was launched last year, with a focus on researching four key areas relating to bee health: pests and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Farm Progress Show

Michigan Students Study Bee Populations

Kelly Marshall

August marks the month bees in Michigan will begin producing honey, and researchers at Grand Valley State University will take advantage of what they can learn from that with a $2.3 million grant from the USDA to study the decline in honeybee population. The four-year, $200,000 study at Grand Valley, led by Jonathan Engelsma, professor of computing, will focus on …

Bees, Education, Research

USDA Announces Measures for Pollinator Health

Kelly Marshall

What better time than during National Pollinator Week for the USDA to announce two new initiatives to support the President’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators.  To date the most popular conservation program has resulted in at least 15 million acres of healthy habitat for pollinators.  The USDA is also beginning a new partnership with …

Bees, CRP, Honeybees, USDA

USDA Conducts Honeybee Health Survey

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of its first ever Honey Bee Colony Loss survey, which queried the nation’s honey beekeepers about the number of colonies, colonies lost, colonies added, and colonies affected by certain stressors and gleans state-level estimates on key honey bee health topics. Survey results will help to …

Ag Group, Bees, Conservation, EPA, pollinators, Research, USDA

Tweet Bee Emojis ? To Help #FeedABee

Lizzy Schultz

Today’s pollinators are facing a multitude of challenges, but their role in agriculture and human life remains as important as ever, and The Bayer Bee Care Center is continuing to make a tremendous impact on the lives of our nation’s pollinators. Aside from the program’s efforts in supporting research and educating beekeepers and farmers, the center’s #FeedABee social media campaign …

Ag Group, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Conservation, pollinators, social media, sustainability

Bayer Launches #FeedABee 2016 Video

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer is gearing up to make a significant impact on pollinator health in 2016 by planting more forage and spreading the word about the importance of pollinators with the debut of the Feed a Bee song and video. The video features Beatrice Blum and her animated friends who spread wildflowers to beautify their world and help pollinators and is designed …

Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators, Video