Agricultural endeavors and beekeeping are not mutually exclusive enterprises. One hundred years ago, every farm had a bee hive to provide honey and beeswax for everyday use. More importantly, they were kept to provide for the pollination needs of the farm.
Now, there is a resurgence in interest in bees–native pollinators and managed honey bees–on the farm. If you are a grower and you are interested in the benefits of pollinators to your operation, use the following links for more information.
Of course, pesticides pose a problem for native and managed pollinators. Consider practicing Integrated Pest Management in your operation. See our Integrated Pest Management page for more information. High Plains IPM offers a host of alternatives to chemicals for crop pest management. You can search by pest or crop on the site.