OKLAHOMA CITY - You may consider the honey bee a nuisance or a threat, but they are vital to farmers across the state.

Many blame the use of pesticide and harsh weather for the dramatic drop in the number of bees.

Some estimate the bee population has dropped over 30 percent within the last seven years in the United States.

The buzz of safe haven for the honey bee will be heard at several public meetings with farmers, ranchers and beekeepers.

The first was held in Oklahoma City Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s the first big public gathering to try to get people to talk about issues dealing with pollinators,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Jim Reese.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is highlighting and taking suggestions on their plan to preserve pollinators.

Ideas include better notification when pesticides are used on crops and possible PSAs about fertilizing your own lawn may also be including the final plan.

The department plans to have four more public meetings throughout the state before adopting a pollinator protection plan next spring.