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.
Cornell University’s Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
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.