Missouri has more than 400 species of bees, and they are responsible for pollinating our cucumbers, pumpkins, fruit trees, berries, tomatoes, soybeans and corn. One estimate suggests that bees increase the annual value of U.S. crop production by $15 billion. Bees are necessary.
In light of recent declines of honeybee populations worldwide, representatives of Missouri’s agricultural producers and beekeepers have developed a set of standard practices that will encourage cooperation and communication among growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers
The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program seeks to minimize economic losses for both farmers and beekeepers by adequately managing row-crop pests while minimizing the effect of pesticides on honeybee colonies.
This voluntary program encourages cooperation and communication between beekeepers and farmers: