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Bayer CropScience Launches Bee Care Tour in Corn Belt States

Bayer CropScience Launches Bee Care Tour in Corn Belt States

Bayer CropScience Fosters Collaboration and Understanding of Bee Health by
Launching Midwestern Tour at Ag Issues Forum and Commodity Classic

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - 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:

  *Provide information on the vital role honey bees play in sustainable
    agriculture and our food supply;
  *Raise awareness of the health challenges impacting honey bee populations;
  *Foster collaboration among growers, beekeepers and other stakeholders to
    promote best stewardship practices and bee health.

The Bee Care Tour is part of Bayer's overall Bee Care Program, which brings
Bayer's extensive experience and knowledge in pollinator health under one
platform. The Bee Care Program also includes a Bee Care Center, expected to be
completed in 2013, at the North American Bayer CropScience Headquarters in
Research Triangle Park, N.C., which will aid the advancement of honey bee
research by providing a state-of-the-art research and meeting facility.
Additionally, the program includes Bayer's Bee Ambassador Campaign, a field
staff training initiative dedicated to cultivating dialogue and awareness
around topics related to honey bee management and health.

"Bayer recognizes the important role of bees in our backyards, our
communities, our crop fields and our world," said Kneen. "Through the Bee Care
Tour, we hope to help increase the public's awareness of the critical need for
pollinators to help maintain the world's food supply."

Bayer is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural
practices, including the protection of beneficial insects such as honey bees.
For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives
please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.
You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBee Care and Facebook
at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of
Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011), is one of the world's
leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection,
non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an
outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern,
sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer
CropScience has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than
120 countries. This and further news is available at:
press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:

Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162

USA-BCS-2013-0042

Find more information at http://www.bayercropscience.us.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current
assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to
material differences between the actual future results, financial situation,
development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These
factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available
on the Bayer website at http://www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability
whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to
future events or developments.

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience LP
         Becca Hogan
         becca.hogan@bayer.com
         (919) 384-6351
 
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