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April 27, 2017

Latest Buzz: Bayer Bee Care Center Announces 10,000 Visitors since Opening – Audio Visit

Bee CareIt’s not just the beehives at the Bayer Bee Care Center that are buzzing with activity. The Center recently celebrated the more than 10,000 visitors who have passed through its doors in just three years. The Center recognized a group of 75 fourth-graders and their teachers from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, as the “honorary visitors” to mark the achievement.

To celebrate this success and the Center’s third anniversary, students spent the morning learning about pollinators through a hands-on, interactive guided tour and scavenger hunt. Included in the day’s festivities was an observation hive, giving students a true peek into the lives of these fuzzy friends.

We visited with Becky Langer, project manager for the Bayer North American Bee Care Program.  She said the kids got a really “hands on” experience.

Have a Listen —>    Bayer Bee Care Center 10,000 Visitors

Students also had the opportunity to participate in a learning station on the importance of pollination taught by Sweet Virginia Foundation, a newly-announced partner of Bayer’s Feed a Bee initiative. Since its launch in 2015, the program, which aims to increase food for bees and other pollinators, has planted 2 billion wildflowers across the U.S. Sweet Virginia Foundation is an educational organization that encourages elementary school students to learn about the vital role honey bees play in our ecosystem by using media-rich lessons and resources available online. In addition, each student took home a potted sunflower plant to begin their own pollinator garden.

The 10,000th visitor milestone was also commemorated with a $10,000 donation from Bayer to Project PLANTS, a Grow For It project from the JC Raulston Arboretum educating students about the science behind horticulture. The donation will support flower plantings, establishing forage and habitat for pollinators and supporting them in pollinating many of the crops and landscapes we enjoy.

In addition to its community outreach arm, the Bee Care Center houses much of the research Bayer conducts on pollinator health. From implementing Smart Hive technology for remote monitoring of hives to developing some of the first miticides available to beekeepers to combat harmful pests, Bayer has spent more than 30 years researching and developing solutions for the problems honey bees face. Some of this research will be highlighted through a webinar series during National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017. More information will follow about how those interested can tune in to join researchers, partners and other stakeholders interested in bee health.

For more information on Bayer’s bee health initiatives, please visit: http://beehealth.bayer.us. You can also follow and share on Twitter @BayerBeeCare, on Facebook at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter and view photos on Flickr.

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U.S. Milk Producers Praise Trump’s Trade Comments on Canadian Policy

nmpfThe National Milk Producers Federation was pleased to hear President Trump speak out about Canada’s dairy policy during a stop in the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF, released the following statement:

“We thank President Donald Trump for speaking out in Wisconsin against the harmful pricing policy Canada implemented in an effort to stifle competition with the United States. We have repeatedly stressed that trade must be fair and that all countries should be held accountable when they break the rules. Canada’s repeated disregard for its dairy trade commitments to the United States has left American dairy farmers enduring the severe and unfair consequences.

“America’s dairy farmers will continue to work with the Trump Administration, Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as elected officials across the country to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

Listen to the President’s comments in Kenosha —->  Trump on Dairy Trade

Meanwhile, as discussions over immigration policy continue on Capitol Hill, the National Milk Producers Federation is thanking members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges faced by dairy producers.

Mulhern said, “Dairy farming is a physically demanding, 24-7, 365-day job. Without the help of foreign labor, many American dairy operations face the threat of closure. We appreciate that members of both parties are building awareness of the need for action on this challenge.”

Two bills introduced recently would modify the existing H-2A agricultural visa program to make it easier for dairy farmers to hire the foreign labor they need to run their operations. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Chris Collins (R-NY) co-authored the Farm Family Relief Act in January. Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R-WI) introduced the Defending the Agricultural Industry’s Requirements Year-round (DAIRY) Act this month.

Separately, during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing to confirm the next USDA Secretary, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) questioned nominee Sonny Perdue about finding a solution to the industry’s immigration concerns. Perdue said he supports an exemption to the H-2A program so that dairy farms can hire workers year-round.

NMPF has called on legislators to address this dilemma for more than a decade.

 

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USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Beef Showcased in Baltic Region

Although U.S. beef is available in hotels, restaurants and retail outlets across much of the Baltic region, pricing and stiff competition make it a challenging market for U.S. exporters. To help meet these challenges, the U.S. Meat Export Federation continues to showcase the quality of U.S. beef and demonstrate to importers new ideas for utilizing both premium and alternative cuts.

One example of USMEF’s work are U.S. beef master classes being conducted by Cheyenne McEndaffer, USMEF technical services manager, and Yuri Barutkin, USMEF representative in the region.

Ralph Loos, Director of Communications for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, shared this report with farm broadcasters.  —>  Cheyenne McEndaffer on U.S. Beef Classes in Baltic

The classes, held in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, are designed to engage importers and highlight the attributes that set U.S. beef apart from competitors’ products.

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