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USDA to Provide $4 Million for Honey Bee Habitat

Posted On: October 29, 2014

Announcement Builds on Previous Investment in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that  more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important Continue Reading »


Honey Bee Health Coalition Letter to USDA & EPA

Posted On: October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014 The Honorable Thomas Vilsack Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20250 The Honorable Regina McCarthy Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator – 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Dear Mr. Secretary and Madam Administrator, As leaders charged by the President to coordinate Continue Reading »


EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production

Posted On: October 17, 2014

U.S. EPA News Release Washington, October 16, 2014 — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The Continue Reading »


Bad Breeding Between European and Asian Honeybees Concerns Australian Beekeeping Industry

Posted On: October 8, 2014

ABC Rural By Eliza Rogers Reprinted with Permission Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem and economy, but bad mating could cause damage. Beekeepers are on alert after tests found Australia’s European honeybees are breeding with the destructive Asian honeybee.  Sperm from the Asian honeybee, that carries the deadly Varroa mite, was found in Continue Reading »


Government Extends Comment Period for Honey Identity Standard

Posted On: September 22, 2014

United States Standard of Identity for Honey; Extension of Comment Period The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the comment period for the solicitation of comments on how a Federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture. COMMENT Continue Reading »


Diane Ullman Named Recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award from Entomological Society of America

Posted On: September 12, 2014

by Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology DAVIS–Diane Ullman, a professor and longtime administrator at the University of California, Davis who was heavily involved in art-science fusion projects in her department’s honey bee garden–one of her many activities–has been named the 2014 recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s distinguished achievement Continue Reading »


Bacteria from Bees Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

Posted On: September 12, 2014

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey – as we now know it – was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the Continue Reading »


National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

Posted On: August 27, 2014

Firestone, Colo., Aug. 25, 2014 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis Continue Reading »


Evolutionary History of Honeybees Revealed by Genomics

Posted On: August 26, 2014

 New findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. (Credit Alex Hayward) In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings Continue Reading »


Of Bees, Mites, and Viruses

Posted On: August 21, 2014

Virus infections after arrival of a new parasitic mite in New Zealand honeybee colonies Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates worldwide. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain their decline, but the exact cause—and how bees can be saved—remains unclear. An article published on August 21st in PLOS Pathogens examines the viral landscape in Continue Reading »


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