North Dakota is leads the nation in honey production and a new plan is helping protect those busy bees.
In 2006, worker bees started to disappear from hives across the nation, also known as Colony Collapse disorder.
North Dakota officials, farmers, and bee keepers have been working to develop a plan to protect those bees.
The Pollinator Plan is a tool with tips like moving hives closer to forage sources and making sure there is water near by.
Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says the key is for bee keepers and farmers to work together.
(Doug Goehring / ND Ag Commissioner) "When you look at some of these pesticide labels, they do say do not apply when..people need to be mindful of that, but it also means notifying beekeepers if you have an application coming up so they can net their hives, close those hives or move those hives at last for that short duration while their is an application made to deal with other pests and other diseases. So that we can maintain the health of those bee colonies and help them pollinate at least 30% of the rest of the crops that exist in the United States."
If you would like to learn more about the pollinator plan log on to the Ag Department's web site at nd dot gov slash ndda.