Community Mentor Wins Inaugural Bayer CropScience Bee Care Leadership Award

Community Mentor Wins Inaugural Bayer CropScience Bee Care Leadership Award

Steve McNair recognized for exceptional use of beekeeping to support at-risk

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Bayer
CropScience will honor Illinois beekeeper Steve McNair today with its first
Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The award will be announced at
Bayer's National Pollinator Week Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C.,
an event where supporters of pollinator health celebrate the contribution
pollinators make to the world's food supply.

The Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have
harnessed the power of the honey bee colony to benefit their community.
Applicants are judged on their ability to improve a community by leveraging
the intrinsic workings of a honey bee hive. The recipient's organization is
awarded $5,000 to aid in the advancement of the winning initiative.

McNair is the director of development at Salem4youth, a therapeutic
residential program for at-risk young men ages 12-18 years old. Salem4youth
mentors and supports youth and families in crisis. The organization's
four-phased program focuses on social skills needed to help its members
reintegrate into their communities and develop a successful future. Inspired
by McNair's experiences in beekeeping, Salem4youth recently added an apiary of
six hives to its working farm program.

"Salem4youth's apiary program is an exemplary initiative that demonstrates the
importance of honey bees while offering youth skill-building and community
support," said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. "We are
honored to recognize Steve's innovative leadership during National Pollinator
Week and hope his program's accomplishments will inspire others to channel the
lessons to be learned from honey bees."

In developing this unique, hands-on program, McNair realized the potential of
beekeeping to provide a unique skill set and approach to teaching
responsibility and discipline to Salem4youth teens. With the help of local
beekeepers, McNair played an integral role in launching and establishing the
apiary in spring 2013.

"Bayer's recognition of our apiary program and the experiences it has brought
to our youth is truly an honor," said McNair. "This award not only reinforces
the organization's beekeeping efforts, but it also encourages our staff and
youth to continue advancing the program."

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 research and meeting facility to support worldwide bee
    health initiatives,
  *Thorough monitoring and management research of the Varroa destructor
    through Integrated Pest Management studies regarding monitoring thresholds
    and treatments,
  *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 about the Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award and
Bayer's celebration of National Pollinator Week, please visit 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

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, 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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