Bayer celebrates those who have used their passion for honey bees to improve their communities. The Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award, sponsored by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program, recognizes a partnership between a beekeeper and a grower, researcher, golf course superintendent or other stakeholder whose collaboration protects pollinators and benefits their community. The award provides the winning partners a $5,000 prize to continue their valuable collaborative work with bees in the community.
The 2017 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award also recognizes a young beekeeper under 18 years old with a $1,000 prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives in his or her school or community, such as researching ways to improve honey bee health, establishing an apiary on his or her school campus or amplifying existing beekeeping efforts. Any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian and sponsoring mentor, such as an apiarist, grower, community leader, teacher, school official, beekeeper, etc., may apply.