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A bee sits on a Cosmea flower, jewellery basket, and collects nectar. The cabinet has approved the animal welfare label of Agriculture Minister Klöckner (CDU), the insect protection programme of Environment Minister Schulze (SPD), which also deals with the withdrawal of the weed poison glyphosate, as well as a reallocation of EU agricultural subsidies in favour of the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/dpa (Photo by Wolfgang Kumm/picture alliance via Getty Images)

One Maryland county is taking new steps to help protect bees.

TV station WBAL reports Howard County is joining the Bee City USA Coalition. As part of that, the county is committing to reducing pesticide use and has created 55 acres of pollinator-friendly meadow habitat on county parkland.

County Executive Calvin Ball says Howard County is one of the first counties in the nation to join the coalition.

Bees, which pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops, are critical to the human food supply, but their populations have been declining. Scientists blame a variety of factors including pesticides, parasites, disease and climate change.

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