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Indiana Leads Way in Bee Preservation

July 23rd, 2015

Indiana Leads Way in Bee Preservation

The Midwest has always been called the “bread basket” of the United States, and for good reason.  Not only wheat and corn grow here but large quantities of other staples come from this region.  And a big population of farmers means plenty of knowledge of proper land use.

The Natural Resources of Indiana is working with farm-conscious residents and  taking the threat to pollinators seriously.  They are set to begin drafting a response to bee die-off globally and locally.

Chief Apiary Inspector for the state’s Department of Natural Resources, Kathleen Prough, is on the front lines of bee conservation.  She was called out recently to literally save a few bees who were shipped to the Indiannapolis post office, but escaped their box.

Prough reminded rattled postal workers that the bees were under more threat from them than the other way around.  She calmed both bees and humans, and delivered the bees safely to their destination.

A calm viewpoint is what’s needed as the state prepares to commission work on a statewide pollinator protection plan.  Estimates of productivity show that about $15 billion in crops are the result of bee pollination efforts.

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