Bayer CropScience Bee Care Tour Stops in Iowa

Bayer CropScience Bee Care Tour Stops in Iowa

Bayer CropScience fosters collaboration and understanding of bee health by
hosting a panel discussion at Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa, March 28, 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 Iowa State University on March 28 as it
continues its Bee Care Tour throughout the Midwest. Held at the Reiman Gardens
in Ames, Iowa, the event will bring together leading researchers and
beekeepers to promote science-based solutions aimed at improving honey bee
health. The event will arm growers with top stewardship practices and will
host a presentation from a panel of speakers from Iowa State University
including Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Toth; Assistant Professor Dr. Matt
O'Neal; and Extension Program Specialist Elizabeth Buffington. The panel will
be moderated by Dennis Scott, Bayer CropScience SeedGrowth Products principal.

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 Iowa 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
    populations;
  *Fosters collaboration among growers, beekeepers and other stakeholders to
    promote bee health.

The Bee Care Tour is traveling 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. Upcoming stops include the University of Illinois in Urbana, 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 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 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.
You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBeeCare using
#BayerBeeTour, on Facebook at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter and view Bee
Care Tour photos on Flickr.

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:
http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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