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The goal of the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program is for all beekeepers, farmers, and other pesticide applicators to provide added safeguards to protect bees in areas of pesticide use, says Randy Knight, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Program, which is leading the cooperative effort with other farm organizations in the state.
COOPERATION between beekeepers, farmers, and pesticide applicators is among the guidelines in the newly developed Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. — USDA/ARS photo
Exchange basic info
“Farmers and beekeepers are encouraged to foster a strong level of communication with each other during any cooperative arrangement. Both should exchange very basic information: name, phone number, location of hive(s) on the farm, crops grown in the fields adjacent to haves, and general information about insecticides to be applied on those crops during the normal growing season.
“Cooperators are encouraged to have open dialogue about this information each year in order to foster a strong level of communication.”