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Baton Rouge Bee Lab Director Retires

Posted On: February 4, 2016

USDA News Release Dr. Thomas E. Rinderer, Supervisory Research Geneticist, retired on Jan. 2, 2016, after a research career of 40+ years. He has been in his assignment as Research Leader of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since 1977. Dr. Rinderer’s research has resulted in 312 publications (246 Continue Reading »

US Spring Forecast: March Snow to Threaten Northeast; April Warmth to Fuel Widespread Severe Weather Outbreaks

Posted On: February 4, 2016

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – February 2, 2016 – AccuWeather reports  Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Feb. 2, 2016, indicating an early start to spring for the United States. The decision marks only the 18th time Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog hasn’t seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887. For the Northeast Continue Reading »

Score Big with Honey!

Posted On: February 4, 2016

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board)   This weekend the National Football League (NFL) is celebrating 50 years. That’s 50 years of “I could hear that from here!” tackles, “Did that just happen?!?” plays, “I can’t believe it!” tear-inducing losses and “We are the champions!” sweet victories. But it’s not just about the game, or Continue Reading »

EPA Posts List of Pesticides Registered to Combat Varroa Mites in Bee Hives

Posted On: January 28, 2016

The EPA has posted a list of pesticides registered for use against Varroa mites to help beekeepers identify products that can help fight this invasive species of bee pest. As part of EPA’s role in the National Pollinator Health Strategy, the Agency has expedited its review of registration applications for new products targeting pests harmful Continue Reading »

2016 American Honey Queen & Princess Hail from Wisconsin & Texas

Posted On: January 26, 2016

(From American Honey Queen Program, Anna L. Kettlewell, Chairperson, 10432 W. Norwich Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53228)     The American Beekeeping Federation is proud to announce that Kim Kester and Tabitha Mansker were selected as the 2016 American Honey Queen and Princess at its annual January convention in Jacksonville, FL. Queen Kim is the 23-year-old Continue Reading »

New ARS Bee Genebank Will Preserve Honey Bee Genetic Diversity and Provide Breeding Resources

Posted On: January 26, 2016

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is organizing a national bee genebank as part of the agency’s response to ongoing problems facing the country’s beekeepers. Average losses of managed honey bee colonies have increased to more than 30 percent per year due to pathogens, pests, parasites, and other pressures including deficient nutrition and sublethal impacts of Continue Reading »

Small Farms Benefit Significantly From a Few Extra Pollinators

Posted On: January 21, 2016

American Association for the Advancement of Science Higher numbers of pollinators can significantly increase crop productivity of small-sized farms, while large farms experience a similar yield benefit only if increases in pollinator density are accompanied by diversity, a new study finds. More than two billion people are reliant on small-scale agriculture in developing nations, and Continue Reading »

New Study Challenges Popular Explanation for Why a Social Insect Becomes a Worker or Queen

Posted On: January 21, 2016

Rockefeller University The exquisite social hierarchy of insect colonies has long fascinated scientists. Take two eggs–both contain identical genetic material, but while one becomes a sterile worker, the other may develop into a queen that can reproduce. Workers perform brood care and other crucial tasks that keep the colony going, and typically live for a Continue Reading »

EPA Opens Public Comment Period on the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 15, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened the 60-day public comment period for its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, in a Federal Register notice published today. After the comment period ends, the EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received and, if necessary, take action to reduce risks from the insecticide. Continue Reading »


Posted On: January 15, 2016

(Courtesy of Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the USDA-ARS is currently enrolling participants in a study to look at the effects of a probiotic, Parasaccharibacter apium (or P. apium) on colony health. In both lab and small-scale field studies, she sees a potential benefit of P. apium to colony health. Bees supplemented with this bacterium Continue Reading »

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