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Bayer to build bee care center in North Carolina

Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer Corp., will build a North American Bee Care Center at its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The Pittsburgh-based Bayer said ground will be broken on the center in February and construction will be completed by July.

The 6,600-square-foot center is designed to find ways to keep bees healthy so they're able to provide pollen and honey products. The center will include a lab, apiary and meeting space for beekeepers and others to learn about bee health.

“We understand the necessity for healthy bees as pollinators and their critical role to agriculture, and by working with scientists, growers, beekeepers and customers, we strive to create new approaches and solutions to benefit bee health and the global food supply,” Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America, said in a prepared statement.

Bayer already has a bee-care center in Germany. The cost for the new center will be about $2.65 million, according to The Herald Sun newspaper in Durham, N.C.

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