Bayer CropScience is seeking nominations for its second annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who has utilized beekeeping to create innovative projects that benefit a community.
The award, an initiative of Bayer’s North American Bee Care Program, provides a $5,000 grant to the winner, to be used in support of a community beekeeping project. The winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to a reception in Washington, DC, on June 17, 2014, at the U.S. Botanic Gardens during National Pollinator Week.
“Honey bees play a vital role in our food supply because one-third of all the food we eat is pollinated,” said Dr. Becky Langer, head of the Bayer North American Bee Care Program. “The support of beekeeping and beekeepers can bring a wide range of benefits to a local community, and we believe these beneficial programs deserve recognition and encouragement.”
Last year’s Bee Care Community Leadership Award winner, Steve McNair from Flanagan, IL, created an initiative that encourages at-risk young men to learn about beekeeping. Housed at Salem4youth, the project resulted in many of its young men learning about the complexity of a hive and leaving the program with a newfound interest in keeping bees and understanding the importance of bees to their everyday life.
Entrants are evaluated by a four-member panel of judges, incuding Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine; Dr. David Tarpy, professor of entomology at North Carolina State University; Darren Cox, national beekeeper of the year and president of Cox Honey of Utah, LLC; and Dick Rogers, entomologist and manager of the North American Bayer Bee Care Center. Individuals interested in applying for the award can obtain an application at www.pollinatorweek.bayer.com. The deadline for submission is May 9, 2014.