Bayer CropScience’s Second Annual Bee Care Tour Buzzed into South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bayer CropScience continued its
second annual Bee Care Tour, a mobile tour designed to emphasize the important
role bees play, by making its fifth stop at South Dakota State University in
Brookings. The Tour aims to facilitate education and collaboration among
growers, beekeepers, researchers, master gardeners and government officials to
promote best stewardship practices in bee health.

Highlights from the stop included:

— A panel discussion featuring Bob Reiners, South Dakota’s state apiarist;
Dr. Amanda Bachmann, consumer horticulture field specialist at South
Dakota State University Extension Service; Terry Schultz, president of
Mustang Seeds; and Dr. David Graper, executive director of the McCrory
Gardens Education and Visitor Center.
— A featured presentation from Mark O’Rourke, SeedGrowth technical service
representative, on how honey bees and crop protection can coexist to
create a sustainable agriculture.
— A Bee Care Tour exhibit that featured a listening station on the impact
Varroa mites have on honey bees, video on Bayer’s Bee Care Program and
interactive quizzes and games on keeping bees healthy. The exhibit also
included a honey tasting bar with several different flavors of honey;
including two types of local honey produced in Brookings.
— A pollinator-inspired breakfast and lunch, including fresh fruit, squash
soup shooters with bacon and dried mustard and apple honey and goat
cheese crostini.
This week, the Bee Care Tour will travel to Purdue University in West Lafayette,
Ind. (March 20). The Tour will make a final stop in Washington, D.C. to
celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 16-23).

For more than 25 years, Bayer has been committed to honey bee health, and
continues to provide information on the vital role honey bees play in
sustainable agriculture.

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