Bayer CropScience Bee Care Tour Stops in Illinois
Bayer CropScience fosters collaboration and understanding of bee health by
hosting an exhibit at the University of Illinois
URBANA, Ill., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - In an effort to
foster education and collaboration between growers and beekeepers, the Bayer
Bee Care Program will travel to the University of Illinois on March 25 as it
continues its Bee Care Tour throughout the Midwest. Held in the University of
Illinois's Research Park in Champaign, Ill. at the I Hotel, the event will
bring together leading researchers and beekeepers to promote science-based
solutions aimed at improving honey bee health. The event will be co-sponsored
by the Illinois Natural History Survey and will feature guest speaker Dr. Lee
Solter, insect pathologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey.
"The University of Illinois is excited to host and contribute to Bayer's Bee
Care Tour," said Dr. Solter. "The Tour and its efforts to promote
collaboration and honey bee health is essential to advancing sustainable
solutions for honey bees in Illinois."
The Tour will bring a specially-wrapped vehicle along with an interactive
exhibit to provide stewardship workshops and expert presentations on issues
impacting honey bee health to the Illinois community. Additionally, attendees
will have the opportunity to become a champion for bee health, a Bayer
initiative encouraging stakeholders to make pollinator health and stewardship
a priority when planting.
Specifically the Tour:
*Provides information on the vital role honey bees play in sustainable
agriculture and our food supply;
*Raises awareness of the health challenges currently impacting honey bee
*Fosters collaboration among growers, beekeepers and other stakeholders to
promote bee health.
The Bee Care Tour will travel to university agriculture schools and farm
communities across Corn Belt states over the next two months. Additional Tour
stops have included Commodity Classic in Orlando and The Ohio State University
in Wooster. The next steps include the University of Iowa in Ames, The
University of Nebraska in Lincoln and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The Tour is part of Bayer's overall Bee Care Program and commitment to honey
bee health. The Program, which includes initiatives such as Bayer's global Bee
Care Centers and honey bee research, brings Bayer's extensive experience and
knowledge in honey bee health under one platform. A Bee Care Center is
currently under construction at the North American Bayer CropScience
Headquarters at Research Triangle Park, N.C. which will aid the advancement of
honey bee research by providng 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 Robyn Kneen, Bayer
CropScience North America Bee Health project manager. "Through the 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.
About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline: 1-877-879-6162
Find more information at http://www.bayercropscience.us.
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