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Bayer bee project: Honey of a way to promote Jersey ag

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Pharmaceutical company Bayer, which has its U.S. headquarters in Whippany, is abuzz about a bee project intended to promote New Jersey agriculture.

The bees – 30,000 of them and a much smaller number of beekeepers – are part of a 5-year-old project by Bayer’s U.S. operations.

“My vision is to bring high school students here, see how we work and take away some of the faceless nature that big commercial companies could have,” said Phil Blake, a senior executive with Bayer U.S.

This action helps “make ourselves a little bit more human,” Blake added in remarks Tuesday to publicize the bee project.

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher was on hand and said bees are essential to many farm crops.

Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey touts pharmaceutical company Bayer for investing in the health of honeybees at the opening of the Whippany Bee Project.
Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey touts pharmaceutical company Bayer for investing in the health of honeybees at the opening of the Whippany Bee Project. - (Photo / )
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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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