Bayer to Fund 2015 FFA Grants for Bee Health

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer CropScience is partnering with the National FFA to inspire interest in agriculture and apiculture professions among America’s youth. The new grant program will help FFA members develop their unique talents and explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers with a focus on finding solutions that will help honey bees thrive. “I have a real passion for the FFA …

Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, FFA

Comments Needed on EPA Neonic Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers and other stakeholders have only a few days left to comment on the EPA report about the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” which finds little or no overall benefits. The comment period concludes on December 22. Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer CropScience Bee Care Program manager, says the EPA document came out of the presidential memorandum this …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Pesticides, pollinators

Research on Value of Neonicotinoids

Cindy Zimmerman

The agriculture industry is working to show the benefits of neonicotinoids in the face of an EPA report released in October concluding that the seed treatments “provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” During the ASTA CSS and Seed Expo last week, Dr. Pete Nowak with AgInfomatics discussed some of his findings on the value …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Insecticide

NCGA Calls for Pollinator Health Dialogue

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling on agriculture industry stakeholders to facilitate partnership and dialogue for improving pollinator health. “Although corn does not rely on bees or other pollinators, we recognize their importance to agriculture,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team, who spoke at the recent Pollinator Health Task Force’s public listening session. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Bees, Corn, pollinators

USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is providing more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production. “The future of America’s food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve the health of honey bee populations,” …

Bees, pollinators, USDA

Almond Board Announces Bee Management Practices

Jamie Johansen

As part of an ongoing commitment to honey bee health, the Almond Board of California released a comprehensive, set of Honey Bee Best Management Practices (BMPs) for California’s almond industry. Developed with a wide array of input from sources including the almond community, beekeepers, researchers, California and U.S. regulators, and chemical registrants, the BMPs represent the Board’s most extensive educational …

Ag Group, Bees

Bayer Fluency Agent Completes 2nd Year Trials

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer CropScience this year engaged equipment manufacturers, seed companies and retailers across the United States to demonstrate the effectiveness of its new Fluency Agent seed lubricant. More than 88 growers with nearly 60,000 acres of corn and soybean acres completed the field study’s survey to provide feedback on the product first field tested last year. Fluency Agent was developed to …

Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Crop Protection, Farm Progress Show, seed

USDA Provides $8 Million for Honey Bees

Jamie Johansen

The USDA, announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. More than half of the commercially managed honey bees are in these five states during the summer. The announcement comes in addition to $3 million USDA designated to …

Ag Group, Bees, USDA