The Rome City Commission accepted a Bee City USA designation this week.  The approval comes with a commitment to encourage pollinator habitats.

This will make the third city in Georgia, and 46th in the country, to approve the designation.

The initiative was created to help fight “colony collapse disorder” and other threats to the food and tree pollinators.

Floyd County is home to over 70 private beekeepers.

In addition, West End Elementary School gave a presentation with plans that included two state grants that will go along with the designation.

The grants include $10,000 for a WEE Worms composting initiative and $4,500 for WEE Cook, a farm-to-table cookbook that will be written by the youngest students.

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