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USDA Announces Record Number of Organic Producers in U.S.

Posted On: April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Continue Reading »


USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

Posted On: April 7, 2015

“Farm Bill Program Offers Producers Relief for 2014 Losses in more than 40 States” WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 – The U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm- Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Continue Reading »


Rapid Increase in Neonicotinoid Insecticides Driven by Seed Treatments

Posted On: April 3, 2015

(Courtesy of PENN STATE) Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides. Image shows treated soybean seeds (blue), versus untreated soybean seeds at the top and treated corn seeds (red) versus untreated corn Continue Reading »


EPA Announces It Is Unlikely to Approve New Outdoor Neonicotinoid Pesticide Uses

Posted On: April 2, 2015

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to protect pollinators, the Agency has sent letters to registrants of neonicotinoid pesticides with outdoor uses informing them that EPA will likely not be in a position to approve most applications for new uses of these chemicals until new bee data have been submitted and pollinator risk assessments are Continue Reading »


Ringing in Spring!

Posted On: April 2, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) The end of March ushered in the official first day of spring, so in April we would like to celebrate the spring honey harvest with some fun, bright and light recipes that will help you shake off the chill and gloom of winter and prepare yourself for the sunshine Continue Reading »


Monsanto Announces Multi-year Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies

Posted On: March 31, 2015

ST. LOUIS (March 31, 2015) – Monsanto Company announced today a $400,000 commitment to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies. This comes in addition to the company’s earlier announcement of a $3.6 million grant to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Monsanto’s funding is part of the Continue Reading »


Honey Bees Use Multiple Genetic Pathways to Fight Infections

Posted On: March 27, 2015

PENN STATE Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections. Credit: Bernardo Niño, Penn State Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey Continue Reading »


U.S. Honey Certification Program Joins Sen. Bob Casey in Calling for Honey Standard of Identity

Posted On: March 26, 2015

Washington, D.C. – March 26, 2015 – The True Source Honey CertificationTM Program (www.TrueSourceHoney.com) commends Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) for his action last week calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a federal standard of identity for honey, and echoes his plea for such a standard to be executed quickly to help Continue Reading »


Manganese Is Harmful to Honey Bees

Posted On: March 26, 2015

Redistributed industrial metal is present at levels harmful to bees Washington University in St. Louis Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global warming.” But that’s really just the start of it. People burn fossil fuels, but they also mine and manufacture. It’s who we are: Homo Continue Reading »


2014 United States Honey Production Up 19 Percent

Posted On: March 20, 2015

(Courtesy USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service) Honey production in 2014 from producers with five or more colonies totaled178 million pounds, up 19 percent from 2013. There were 2.74 million colonies producing honey in 2014, up 4 percent from 2013. Yield per colony averaged65.1 pounds, up 15 percent from the 56.6 pounds in 2013. Colonies which Continue Reading »


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