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Arable Ys goes stateside

Bayer’s North American Bee Care Centre was the highlight of a trip by 17 young New Zealand farmers who travelled to the USA to explore the local cropping industry recently. The Bayer Bee Care Centre in North Carolina was just one of stops on the trip that also took in Oregon, Chicago, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The team, made up of members of the Arable Ys, were able to see small seed, grains and horticultural production as well as race horse studs, tobacco farms and a distillery. However it was the Bayer Bee Care Centre and their honey bee colonies that was said to be the highlight. 

The Centre opened in 2014 as a part of the Bayer Bee Care Program which promotes the importance of bee health. It houses a full laboratory, teaching apiary and honey extraction workshop. FAR Graduate Angus McKenzie says that the trip was a valuable experience that everyone took something away from.

“The trip was rewarding and eye-opening experience for us all. “We all brought home different messages related to our specific farms and businesses but we all agreed on one key thing, the realisation of how lucky we are to farm in New Zealand with the climate and supporting infrastructure enabling diverse, sustainable and profitable crop rotations.” As strong supporters of youth and agricultural Bayer New Zealand was proud to sponsor the Arable Ys trip. 

Bayer firmly believes in developing the future leaders of the agricultural and horticultural industry and aims to create opportunities to build and enhance knowledge through sponsorships like this and the Global Youth Ag Summit, Young Horticulturist of the Year and Young Viticulturist of the Year competitions.