GROWMARK Launches Endure Program

Joanna Schroeder

GROWMARK’s Agronomy division has launched a new Pollinator Seed Program coined the Endure Advocate Program focused on entry-level and advanced nutrient management training programs. The secondary focus on the program is to support honeybees; GROWMARK is donating wildflower seed to many of its supply and grain members to plant and promote honeybee health. If all the FS and grain members …

agronomy, Bees, Growmark, Nutrient Management

Bayer Promotes Bee Health in NOLA

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer Bee Care teamed up with the Orleans Parish 4-H chapter Tuesday to break ground on a pollinator patch in the teaching garden at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, planting pollinator-friendly plants to increase forage and educate the next generation of bee advocates about the importance of pollinators. “We’re thrilled to work with Bayer to inspire a new generation of bee …

Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators

Pollinators Part of @GROWMARK Endure Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Protecting pollinators is part of the GROWMARK sustainability initiative called ENDURE. “Sustainability is a very hot topic in the world today,” said GROWMARK Director of Strategic Agronomy Marketing Lance Ruppert. “As a company we’re trying to look at our internal actions to be sustainable as a system and get that message out.” Because pollinator health is so critical, Ruppert says …

Audio, Bees, Growmark

ARS Genebank Will Preserve Bee Genetic Diversity

Kelly Marshall

With the nation’s beekeepers continuing to face problems with honeybee loss, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is creating a national bee gene bank to preserve the genetic diversity of bees.  Of special interest are traits resistant to pests or disease and pollination efficiency.  The new genebank will also be a resource for the ARS and others interested in researching better bee breeds. …

Bees, Genetics, Honeybees, USDA

Potato Council Backs Bayer Bee Care

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Potato Council announced last week that they are joining the Bayer CropScience Feed a Bee initiative as an official partner committing to enlist America’s potato farmers to help feed bees. Dr. Becky Langer, manager of the North American Bee Care Program says Bayer launched Feed a Bee in March of 2015 to address the problem of lack of …

Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators, Potato

Are Neonics Dangerous To Bees?

Taylor Truckey

Dana Sargent, Vice President, North American Regulatory Affairs for Bayer, wrote an open letter on the Bayer CropScience blog penning a response to U.S. and Canadian government regulation regarding imidacloprid. Here’s a portion of Sargent’s letter: As a mom and someone responsible for feeding my family, I know the importance of having ready access to safe and nutritious food. As …

Bayer CropScience, Bees, environment, Honeybees, Insecticide

Feed A Bee Plants Over 65M Flowers In 2015

Taylor Truckey

Bayer’s Feed A Bee campaign successfully planted over 65 million flowers in 2015 thanks to the support and contributions of consumers and industry partners. More than 250,000 consumers joined the initiative to feed pollinators as the Feed a Bee website and #FeedABee hashtag went viral. By the end of the year, more than 70 organizations joined the fight pledging thousands …

Bayer CropScience, Bees, environment, Food, Fruit, Honeybees

Bayer Still Buzzing Over Feed A Bee Success

Lizzy Schultz

Representatives from Bayer CropScience were excited to announce at Farm Progress Show that they have exceeded the wildflower planting goals laid out at the launch of their Fee A Bee initiative earlier this year. “After just 11 weeks we have exceeded our goals, and have planted 55 million flowers through the initiative,” said Dr. Becky Langer, manager of the North …

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

Ag Retailers Oppose EPA Proposal on Insecticides & Bees

John Davis

While they work to keep pollinators healthy, the folks who sell products to ag producers are concerned about a new government proposal that would restrict crop protection measures. The Agricultural Retailers Association says the EPA’s “Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products” is not based in science and would absolutely prohibit the use of most of …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ARA, Bees, pollinators

Bayer, Ernst Partner to Create Pollinator Habitat

John Davis

Bayer CropScience has partnered with Ernst Conservation Seeds to provide bulk seed to individuals and organizations that have pledged to become Feed a Bee partners and dedicate land to the establishment of pollinator habitat. This news release from Bayer says Feed a Bee partners will receive a pollinator seed mix from Ernst Seeds that includes wildflowers that bloom from spring …

Agribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators