Bayer Aims to Support Pollinator Projects in 50 States

Kelly Marshall

The Feed a Bee program has planted more than 2 billion wildflowers with the help of 900,000 individuals and 117 partner organizations in the past three years, but Bayer says it’s not stopping there. The company recently requested proposals to establish pollinator forage in all 50 states by 2018, hoping to build upon their success and move the needle forward. …

Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators

New Research to Help Honey Bees

Kelly Marshall

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) has conducted research and developed a testing panel that will offer beekeepers more effective methods to identify and address disease in bee colonies. “Bee Care” launches next month, thanks in part to the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. “American agriculture relies upon healthy pollinators. Recent …

Ag Group, Bees, Honeybees, NCGA, pollinators

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