Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
While growers use a variety of innovative tools to produce a healthy and robust harvest, there is one natural tool they must rely on to help produce the world’s food supply – the honey bee. More than a quarter of all plants consumed in the U.S. are dependent upon honey bee pollination. To further the understanding of the important role bees play, Bayer is launching its first national Bee Care Tour. The Tour will foster education and collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested in honey bee health.
The mobile Bee Care Tour is launching this week in Orlando, Fla. and will travel to university agriculture schools and farm communities across Corn Belt states over the next three months. Tour stops will include The Ohio State University in Wooster; University of Illinois in Urbana; Iowa State University in Ames; The University of Nebraska in Lincoln; and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
“At Bayer, we strongly believe that advancing sustainable solutions for honey bee health requires ongoing collaboration with partners and stakeholders,” said Robyn Kneen, Bayer CropScience North America Bee Health Project Manager. “Through our mobile Bee Care Tour, Bayer will foster interaction directly with supporters of bee health across the country to heighten discussion, increase awareness regarding good stewardship practices and encourage the sharing of ideas.”
At each location, a specially-wrapped vehicle will bring an interactive exhibit, stewardship workshops and expert presentations on issues impacting bee health to communities that care about the health of bees. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Bayer’s Pollinator Pledge, an initiative encouraging stakeholders to make pollinator health and stewardship a priority.
Specifically, the tour will:
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