Missouri Seeks To Create Bee Buzz

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Missouri Department of Agriculture is

trying to create a buzz about bees.  State ag director Jon Hagler was visiting St. Louis on Friday to  launch a statewide initiative promoting the importance of bees in  food production.  The “Great Missouri Buzz Off” encourages people to visit a
website _ http://www.AgriMissouri.com _ to learn more about
beekeeping and consider raising bees.
 
Officials say Missouri is home to more than 400 species of bees,
most of which pollinate native plants. They also produce roughly 2
million pounds of honey each year.  Friday’s event was scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Missouri  Botanical Garden, with Hagler being joined by officials from the
Garden, the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri State Beekeepers
Association.