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USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock (Honeybee) Disaster Assistance Deadline

Posted On: January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching. Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, restored by the 2014 Farm Bill resumed Continue Reading »

EPA Registers New Insecticide Alternative to Neonicotinoids, Safer for Bees

Posted On: January 21, 2015

The EPA is registering a new insecticide, flupyradifurone, that is safer for bees. It is expected to be an alternative to more toxic products including certain pyrethroid, neonicotinoid, organophosphate and avermectin insecticides. As an insecticide, flupyradifurone is unusual in that laboratory-based studies indicate that the compound is practically non-toxic to adult honeybees. Studies show no Continue Reading »

Wild Pollinators at Risk from Diseased Commercial Species of Bee

Posted On: January 21, 2015

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that viruses carried by commercial bees can jump to wild pollinator populations with potentially devastating effects. The researchers are calling for new measures to be introduced that will prevent the introduction of diseased pollinators into natural environments. Commercial species of honey bee and bumble bee Continue Reading »

USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

Posted On: December 16, 2014

Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and Limited Income Farmers WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by Continue Reading »

Should the Agricultural Use of Neonicotinoids Be Banned?

Posted On: December 16, 2014

by Kathy Keatley Garvey UC-Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology A team of entomology graduate students from the University of California, Davis, successfully argued at the Entomological Society of America’s recent student debates that a ban on the insecticides in agriculture “will not improve pollinator health or restore populations, based on current science. Neonicotinoids are Continue Reading »

Helping Beekeepers in Ethiopia

Posted On: December 12, 2014

As you are interested in bees? This season we are asking you to support the poorest people in Ethiopia – to utilize beekeeping to alleviate their poverty. Bees for Development is the leading beekeeping charity working to address the dual concerns of poverty and environmental damage in the developing world, all with the help of Continue Reading »

“A Little Dab Will Do Ya” – Propolis Promotes Hair Growth in Mice

Posted On: December 11, 2014

Hair loss can be devastating for the millions of men and women who experience it. Now scientists are reporting that propolis might contain clues for developing a potential new therapy. They found that propolis encouraged hair growth in mice. The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Ken Kobayashi and colleagues note Continue Reading »

Holiday Entertaining with Honey!

Posted On: December 11, 2014

Courtesy of the National Honey Board We are in the midst of the holiday season and we want to make sure that honey is your secret weapon when entertaining friends and family! Honey’s versatility is endless and can span your entire holiday menu because its unique flavor complements both sweet and savory dishes. When adding Continue Reading »

A Warming World May Spell Bad News for Honey Bees

Posted On: November 26, 2014

Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite, Nosema ceranae, -now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers, including Myrsini Natsopoulou from the Continue Reading »

True Source Honey Issues Alert on Honey Shipped from Turkey

Posted On: November 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. – November 25, 2014 – The True Source Honey CertificationTM Program (, whose mission it is to protect consumers, retailers and manufacturers from illegally sourced honey, has issued an alert concerning honey labeled as coming from Turkey. “We advise honey importers, retailers and manufacturers to proceed carefully and consider additional safeguards if they Continue Reading »

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