Community Leadership Award

Bayer celebrates pollinator enthusiasts and beekeepers who share the benefits of bees with their community.

Who can apply?

The Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award honors a partnership between a beekeeper and a grower, researcher, golf course superintendent or other buzz-worthy pair whose teamwork protects pollinators and has a positive community impact. The award is sponsored by the Bayer North American Bee Care Program and provides the winning partners a $5,000 prize to continue their valuable collaborative work.

2016 Community Leader Award Winners Scott Witte and Luke Cella
2016 winners Scott Witte and Luke Cella use beekeeping to promote the power of non-traditional green spaces like golf courses for pollinator forage plantings.

New in 2017, the Community Leadership Award also recognizes a young beekeeper with a $1,000 prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives he or she is promoting within the school or community. Examples include:

  • researching ways to improve honey bee health
  • establishing an apiary on this or her school campus
  • amplifying existing beekeeping efforts

The Fine Print

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.

Meet the Judges

A panel of three judges will review the applications for the 2017 Community Leadership Award.

Pamela Smith
Pamela Smith

Crops Technology Editor for Progressive Farmer

Pam is the Crops Technology Editor for DTN/Progressive Farmer. Prior to that, she also served as Crop Editor at Farm Journal Media for over 20 years.

Joe Graham
Joe Graham

Editor of American Bee Journal

Beekeeper and editor of the American Bee Journal for 42 years, Joe was also editor of the 1992 and 2015 editions of The Hive and the Honey Bee beekeeping textbook.

Becky Langer-Curry
Becky Langer-Curry

Project Manager, Bayer North American Bee Care Program

Becky, who joined Bayer in 2010 as North American biosafety site manager, ensures the success of the North American Bee Project Team and directs and manages Bee Care strategy and activities.

The call for applications is announced each spring. In the meantime, read more about past Community Leadership Award winners and their BEE-autiful efforts to protect pollinators here.