Beekeeping buzz hits West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Bayer Bee Care tour stops in West Lafayette on Thursday, in an effort foster cooperation between beekeepers, growers and others who want to foster honeybee health. The group will be presenting at Purdue University’s Beck Agricultural Center, beginning at 10 a.m.

The seven-stop national tour began in Washington on Feb. 6 and will conclude in Washington, D.C. on June 16.

Sara Myers, one of the presenters on the tour, said that bees are not only good at making delicious honey, they also play a vital role in agriculture.

“They play a very important role in our food supply,” Myers said. “They also play a part in sustainable agriculture and beautifying our gardens and backyards.”

There was a worrying collapse of the honeybee population in the last decade, prompting California — whose agriculture depends greatly on the bee — to look at alternative beekeeping methods.

According to Myers, the population of late has not been dangerously low.

“The good news is the number of colonies has actually stabilized in the U.S.,” Myers said.

To watch the full interview from News 18 This Morning, click on the video above.

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