Bayer CropScience Celebrates National Pollinator Week with Educational Events and Inaugural Community Leadership Award

Bayer CropScience Celebrates National Pollinator Week with Educational Events
and Inaugural Community Leadership Award

Bayer hosts employee, community and Congressional events to foster
understanding and collaboration during National Pollinator Week

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - As
pollinators transfer pollen from flower to flower through acres of developing
crops and beautifully landscaped backyards, they are playing an integral role
in the natural growth of blooming plants. Pollinators such as bees, birds and
butterflies are essential to both agriculture and urban and rural landscapes,
making the care and protection of pollinators critical to the future of plant
diversity and the world's food supply.

In celebration of the contribution pollinators make to the world's food supply
and plant variety, Bayer is taking part in National Pollinator Week (June
17-13) by hosting employee, community and Congressional events aimed at
increasing awareness of the importance of pollinator health. Bayer's National
Pollinator Week initiatives will commence with a Congressional reception in
Washington, D.C. The event will gather Congressional staff interested in
furthering pollinator health to honor this year's recipient of the first Bayer
Bee Care Community Leadership Award, an honor presented to an individual who
exemplifies a commitment to bee health in the community. Additionally, Bayer
will participate in the USDA People's Garden event to discuss pollinator
health.

Bayer's National Pollinator Week activities will continue at its Kansas City,
Mo., facility with an event for employees and their families designed to
promote pollinator health education and understanding. During the event, Bayer
will provide interactive pollinator health information through its Bee Care
Tour exhibit. The event includes family-friendly activities to offer
participants hands-on interaction with pollinator health.

Additionally, Bayer has renewed its Pollinator Pledge for a second year to
increase awareness around the significant role pollinators play in
facilitating modern agriculture and pollinating backyard gardens. Bayer has
again joined efforts with non-profit Pollinator Partnership for the initiative
to help support the North American Pollinator Campaign, a tri-national
collaboration in which a diverse group of stakeholders work to protect and
conserve all pollinating animals. Through the Pollinator Pledge, Bayer will
contribute $1 for each person who requests a free packet of wildflower seeds
to start their own pollinator garden.

"Bayer strongly believes that pollinator education and awareness are at the
core of increasing support for pollinator health," said Jim Blome, president
and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. "National Pollinator Week affords us the
opportunity to shine a spotlight on pollinator health and collaborate with
stakeholders and the broader community."

Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions to improve honey bee
health for more than 25 years. Its Bee Care Program includes initiatives
designed to further bee health research, engagement and discussion and bring
Bayer's extensive experience and knowledge in bee health under one platform.
Bee Care Program initiatives include:

  *The North American Bee Care Center, which broke ground last month at the
    North American Bayer CropScience Headquarters in Research Triangle Park,
    N.C., will aid the advancement of honey bee research by providing a
    state-of-the-art facility to support worldwide bee health initiatives,
  *Bee Ambassador Program, a field staff training campaign dedicated to
    cultivating dialogue and awareness around topics related to honey bee
    management and health, and
  *The Bee Care Tour, a mobile exhibit which traveled to Midwestern
    university agriculture schools this spring to foster education and
    collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested
    in honey bee health.

For more information on Bayer's activities during National Pollinator Week and
to take the Pollinator Pledge, please visit
http://www.pollinatorweek.bayer.com. Also, view our National Pollinator Week
video to learn about Bayer's commitment to pollinator 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
bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.

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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, or

Beth Roden
Director of Communications & Bayer CropScience NA Coordinator
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

Catharine Montgomery
Porter Novelli
Tel: (404) 995-4521
Email: catharine(dot)montgomery(at)porternovelli(dot)com

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