Feed A Bee Forage Initiative
Honey bees help to pollinate one of every three bites of food we eat, but these beneficial insects are facing a food shortage of their own. There is a significant lack of forage areas for honey bees and other pollinators. Dr. Becky Langer, head of Bayer’s Bee Care program says Bayer CropScience’s Bee Health program is committed to improving pollinator health throughout the country.
LANGER: We really have three critical focuses to our program here in North America and one of that is our research arm. We’re one of the only agri-chemical companies that actually produce products that the beekeepers can actually use in the hives. Our second focus in our research program is the bee repellency project. The third focus of our research program is going to be smart hives and queen longevity.
Langer says the one topic that everyone is focused on right now is forage.
LANGER: They all believe that forage and habitat is playing a critical role in the health of the honeybees. Everyone wants to know how they can participate or how they can help the health of the bees. Forage is an easy way to do this. As our role in this we’ve launched Feed A Bee which is a forage initiative for 2015. We have a challenge or a goal that we are going to plant 50-million or more flowers across the United States
They are asking everyone to pick up a free packet of bee friendly flower seeds at feedabee.com as well as learn more about the Bayer Bee Care Program.
That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.