Golf Course Management

JUL 2013

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THE INSIDER: environment Senior company managers for Bayer CropScience, bee health experts and representatives from the community of Research Triangle Park, N.C., gathered last month to break ground on the North American Bee Care Center. Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience, is pictured ffth from left. Photo courtesy of Bayer CropScience Building the buzz at Bayer NEWS & notes The city of Bexley, Ohio, has become the first city in the United States to successfully obtain arboretum accreditation by the Morton Register of Arboreta. For nearly 25 years, the city of Bexley has been a participant in the Tree City USA program, carefully compiling a catalog of the more than 14,000 trees that are managed by the city forester within the city's right-of-ways and public parks. Next steps for the city, which achieved the accreditation in March, will include developing a more formalized educational component to the Bexley Arboretum and continuing to curate the city's extensive collection of more than 100 unique tree species. Presented in partnership with Aquatrols 36 GCM July 2013 In a recent comprehensive assessment on honey bee health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that bees are suffering from a complex set of stressors, including parasites and diseases, lack of genetic diversity and inadequate nutrition (for more on this subject, see "Bee the solution" in the general public about the important role honey April issue of GCM, Page 44). A critical component in promoting best bees play in pollinating crops that help meet management practices, the USDA said, is the growing global demand for a nutritious and collaboration and information sharing among all abundant food supply. To address current challenges to feeding the world's population, the censtakeholders. With these goals in mind, Bayer CropScience ter will bring together technological, scientifc broke ground last month on its North American and academic resources to protect and improve Bee Care Center, located in Research Triangle honey bee health and sustainable agriculture. "At Bayer, we have been committed to bee Park, N.C. Senior company managers, bee health experts and representatives from the community health for more than 25 years," says Jim Blome, were on hand to begin work on the new facility. president and CEO of Bayer CropScience. "Te Te 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building bee care center is the latest example of our dediwill complement an existing bee care center that cation to sustainable agriculture, and we hope was established last year at the company's global to continue to provide the research necessary to ensure the health of colonies and honey bees headquarters in Monheim, Germany. Te North American Bee Care Center will around the world. Our scientists are working house a full laboratory and teaching apiary; honey to help solve some of the most pressing honey extraction and workshop space; an interactive bee health problems, as their importance to the learning center; and meeting, training and presen- global food supply cannot be overstated." Te North American Bee Care Center will be tation facilities for beekeepers, farmers and educators, as well as ofce space for university graduate a highly sustainable facility, Bayer says, helping students. Although the center will have its own the company reduce its carbon footprint and prohoney bee colonies for teaching and demonstra- mote corporate environmental stewardship. For additional information about the North tion purposes, the facility will be supported by other research apiaries located near the Research American Bee Care Center and about the compaTriangle Park area to coordinate and extend re- ny's commitment to honey bee health, visit www. bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bee-health. search projects directed toward bee health. Bayer says the center will support scientifc GCM research and help educate stakeholders and the

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