Ohio Growers Now Eligible For Program Helping Curb Declining Bee Population

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2015-09-02 00:01:31


U.S. Bee Buffer Project to Provide 100 Bee Forage Kits to Ohio Landowners to Support Pollinator-Dependent Crops

Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH (OPENPRESS) The U.S. Bee Buffer Project, an initiative of the Pollinator Partnership (P2), Burt's Bees® and The Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation, is immediately seeking 100 Ohio farmers, ranchers and orchardists to set aside small plots of land as bee buffer zones. Once established, the nectar-rich honey bee forage will support pollinator- dependent crops, which represents one-third of the food we eat.



"Offering the U.S. Bee Buffer Project in Ohio supports the state's farmers and honey bee population; both play an integral role in the success of American agriculture," says Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership. "By fostering the health and growth of honey bee colonies, farmers are helping to enrich their crops and, ultimately, improve their bottom line."



This is year-two for the U.S. Bee Buffer Project; last year the program launched exclusively in California and North Carolina — where now 200 bee buffer zones are established. Bee buffer zones help offset losses for the bee industry while improving the health of crops and orchards within four miles of the buffer site.



Why bees? Why now?

Honey bees are valuable to the nation's crops and economics, contributing approximately $24 billion to the U.S. economy each year (1). Still, U.S. honey bees are struggling to find food to store for winter months, and our goal is to reduce their stress.



In 2014, Ohio's high-value crops requiring pollination had a production value of more than $66 million, which includes the following crops (2).





Crop Production Production Value

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Apples 43,000,000 LB $19,465,000

Pumpkins 1,053,000 CWT $18,701,000

Cucumbers 40,950 TONS $12,285,000

Squash 304,000 CWT $10,336,000

Strawberries 18,000 CWT $3,474,000

Grapes 3,560 TONS $1,697,000

Peaches 220 TONS $370,000

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TOTAL $66,328,000



"We are excited to be a partner with the U. S. Bee Buffer Project and to work with Ohio's many farmers providing nutritious forage for Ohio's honey bees," says Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine in Medina, Ohio. "Habitats created by these buffers go a long way in ensuring a sustainable future for not only Ohio's honeybees, but all of Ohio's pollinators … which in turn ensures a diverse and healthy future of our agricultural environment."



Save bees. Protect crops. Help yourself.

Ohio farmers, ranchers and orchardists willing to dedicate and maintain .25 to 3 acres — collectively impacting 6,000 acres — can apply for the U.S. Bee Buffer Project until December 15, 2015. Those selected will receive free bee buffer seed kits to plant in their buffers.



To learn more, reference the U.S. Bee Buffer Frequently Asked Questions. To review the eligibility requirements and complete participant application, visit http://beebuffer.com.



About the Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization—the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. Learn more at www.pollinator.org.

Burt's ¬Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper's backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt's Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.



WHAT IS A BEE BUFFER?

A strip of land alongside crops full of nectar-rich plants — creating vital, nutritious honey bee habitats. The buffer allows bees to forage on the plentiful nutrition in the diverse buffer areas, while also pollinating adjacent crops. Research has shown a little Bee Buffer can go a long way—just one acre of pollinator-friendly plants is enough to impact 33 acres of farmland, together offering bees a broad expanse of diverse forage.





(1) https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/fact-sheet-economic-challenge-posed-declining-pollinator-populations

(2) http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=OHIO




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