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Bayer CropScience Promotes Bee Health Awareness and Collaboration
Date:4/19/2013

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

Bayer CropScience experts participated in several activities today in Washington, D.C., to promote greater bee health awareness and collaboration in agriculture. At the annual CropLife America / RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) Spring Conference, Bayer apiologist, Dick Rogers, contributed to a panel discussion focusing on the relationship between pesticides and pollinator health. Representatives of the Almond Board, honey producers and the European Food Safety Authority also participated on the panel.

“Apiculture and other forms of agriculture can, and must, co-exist,” said Rogers. “Honey bee health can be improved if we work together and address the real problems.” Since the mid-1980s, commercial beekeepers have had to contend with the devastating impact of the invasive parasitic Varroa mite and the increased demand for pollination services, which has created increased nutritional and management challenges. As part of his presentation, Rogers showed what farmers, beekeepers and manufacturers like Bayer CropScience are doing to promote bee health.

In a separate meeting, Dr. Iain Kelly, Bayer’s Bee Health Issue Manager, met with staff members of the United States Senate Agriculture Committee to discuss how honey bees and crop protection products can co-exist for the benefit of sustainable agriculture. Stressing a theme of awareness and cooperation, Dr. Kelly noted, “The solution to greater bee health consists of many parts and many stakeholders. Bayer CropScience is committed to do its part through the continued development of innovative tools and treatments.”

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