Bayer CropScience Promotes Bee Health Awareness and Collaboration

Bayer CropScience Promotes Bee Health Awareness and Collaboration

Bayer experts participate in CLA/RISE Spring Conference panel and in Senate Ag
Committee briefings

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
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."

For more than 25 years, Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions
to improve honey bee health. Last month, the company announced plans for
conducting large-scale field studies this spring to evaluate its new seed
application technology, which is designed to reduce potential dust exposure to
honey bees. In 2013, Bayer plans to complete a North American Bee Care Center,
which will serve as a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students
and other visitors to meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists on issues
involving bee health.

Bayer is dedicated to crop protection and 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:
press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:

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

USA-BCS-2013-0121

Find more information at bayercropscience.us.

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience LP
         Beth Roden
         beth.roden@bayer.com
         (919) 549-2030
 
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