• Kara Maddox

Celebrating Pollinators During Pollinator Week and Every Day

This announcement was originally posted by FieldWatch, Inc. on June 17, 2019.

During Pollinator Week 2019 (June 17-23), FieldWatch celebrates the important role honey bees and other pollinators play in agriculture. Farm and ranch lands that support pollinators are disappearing at the alarming rate of 3,000 acres a day, according to Pollinator Partnership. To protect valuable crop pollinators, like honey bees, butterflies and flies, FieldWatch partners with like-minded ag organizations that bring together beekeepers, government agencies, growers and other key partners to improve the health of honey bees, specifically around production agriculture.

Since 2016, we have been a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, which aligns ag stakeholders to implement solutions that help honey bees thrive in agriculture and our ecosystem. In March 2019, two Honey Bee Health Coalition member organizations — the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Canola Association — unveiled best management practices for growers to help protect bees in corn and canola fields. For tips on how to communicate about hive locations, crop management practices and more best practices to protect pollinators, click here.  

FieldWatch is doing its share to help apiarists protect honey bees year-round through continuous improvements to our technology. Our BeeCheck mapping tool helps beekeepers communicate their beehive locations to their neighboring agricultural producers. Beekeepers who use the BeeCheck online platform and BeeCheck mobile app can map their apiaries and easily update beehive locations through real-time GPS technology when out in the field. The BeeCheck mobile app provides streamlined data input and access and is available free of charge on Android and iOS devices. Our BeeCheck platform was featured in the March issue of the American Bee Journal, which you can read here.

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