One of the most visible efforts from Bayer are new labels for neonicotinoids that carry a bee logo. This is designed to alert users of additional steps to take to reduce possible bee exposure to the product.
Ayers says the registrant group also is pushing for a national varroa mite summit to address what most in the industry consider the top bee pest. The pinhead-sized mite attaches itself to the back of bees and literally sucks the life out of its host.
In addition, a handful of states, including Florida and Mississippi, are in various stages of drafting voluntary best management practices for pesticide applicators to protect the larger class of pollinators.
This isn’t just a beekeeper issue or an issue if you rent beehives, but an industrywide problem that needs everybody’s help to address and—let’s hope—solve.