Bees need farms and farms need bees. It’s that simple.
Farms need the pollination services provided by bees to grow up to a third of the crops that we produce. In return, bees need a safe environment in which to do their job.
Farmers should take an active role in protecting pollinators by making informed decisions about pesticide applications and other activities that may adversely affect bees. It starts with opening lines of communication with local beekeepers.
Working together, we can create a healthier environment for all pollinators and help keep agriculture North Carolina’s No. 1 industry.
Cover crops for farmers
Consider these and other native plants to create pollinator habitats on the farm
Know the Label
Some pesticide products are known to be toxic to bees, whether by direct exposure or by residues on blooming crops or weeds. These pesticide labels caution against allowing drift to blooming crops or weeds while bees are foraging in the treatment area. Prior to applying any pesticide, look for the bee adisory box and read and follow the label, particularly concerning statements and restrictions regarding bees.
- Apiary Registration Form
- The Pollinating Power of Solitary Bees, and How to Attract These Gentle Insects To Your Backyard Garden (Joe Gardener)
- Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production-18 pages(EPA)
- Conserving Bumble Bees - 40 pages(The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
- Evaluation of Canadian Bee Mortalities that Coincided with Corn Planting in the Spring 2012 - 3 pages (Health Canada)
- Reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning to honey bees - 6 pages (NCSU)
- Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health - 72 pages (USDA)
- Securing Pollinator Health and Crop Protection - 71 pages (Pollinator Partnership)
- A report to the legislature from the honey bee work group - 42 pages (WSDA)
- North Dakota Pollinator Plan - 9 pages (NDDA)