The BFF program enables farmers to become Bee Friendly Farming Certified by implementing practices that promote, protect and preserve bee health. This includes offering nutrition and habitat for bees and implementing bee-safe integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.
With revolutionary peptide-empowered technology, Vestaron innovations work in collaboration with nature to target invasive pests while being soft on bees, farm workers, mammals, fish and natural enemies of pests.
“Bee Friendly Farming is a natural partner for us at Vestaron because we share the priorities of working collaboratively with farmers to implement practices and technology that keep our bee populations healthy,” said Ben Cicora, SVP sales and marketing at Vestaron. “We know that farmers trust and respect the work of Bee Friendly Farming and the Pollinator Partnership in this space and look forward to helping them grow and share their mission.”
In this three-year commitment, Vestaron will donate $30,000 to Bee Friendly Farming and support the program through a variety of promotional initiatives. Cicora has also been nominated to serve on the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Pesticide Education Task Force.
“The Bee Friendly Farming program that Pollinator Partnership developed has grown to cover more than 65,000 certified acres of farmland in the U.S. and Canada in 2020 alone,” says Laurie Davies Adams, president and CEO of Pollinator Partnership. “That growth is thanks in large part to our close collaboration with growers and the dedicated sponsors like Vestaron who understand the importance of working with farmers to protect bee health.”
Vestaron has developed a proprietary platform for the optimization, production and delivery of peptide-based crop protection. Leading with Spear, a biopesticide with a novel mode of action, Vestaron is gaining market share in crops like almonds and pistachios that are strongly dependent on bees as pollinators.