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USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought

Posted On: July 18, 2014

USDA News Release FARMERSVILLE, Calif., July 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is providing $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record. “This drought is devastating those who live, work and raise their families in much of rural California,” Vilsack Continue Reading »


Scientists Track Gene Activity When Honey Bees Do and Don’t Eat Honey

Posted On: July 18, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive — and as yet not fully explained — annual die-off of honey bees in the U.S. and Europe. Some Continue Reading »


Losses of Honey Bee Colonies Over the 2013/14 Winter

Posted On: July 18, 2014

Preliminary results from an international study The honey bee protection network COLOSS1 has today announced the preliminary results of an international study to investigate honey bee winter colony losses. Data were collected from Israel and Algeria and 19 European countries. In total 17,135 respondents provided overwintering mortality and other data of their honey bee colonies. Continue Reading »


Loss Benefits Available to Beekeepers; Don’t Miss the Sign-up Deadlines

Posted On: July 18, 2014

There is potential assistance available to you under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) authorized under the Agricultural Assistance Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) for eligible honey bee losses that occurred from October1, 2011, to present. The 2014 Farm Bill authorized $20 million each fiscal year for ELAP Continue Reading »


Honey Entries Sought for Good Food Awards Competition

Posted On: July 17, 2014

I am reaching out to you in regards to the fifth annual Good Food Awards that will be held in January 2015 in San Francisco.  This is our first year with a honey category and we would love your help spreading the word to local producers nationwide. The Good Food Awards launches its fifth year Continue Reading »


Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure: Study

Posted On: July 10, 2014

This image shows bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) workers with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Credit: Photographer: Richard Gill A study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research by Nigel Raine, a Continue Reading »


Why ‘Whispers’ Among Bees Sometimes Evolve Into ‘Shouts’

Posted On: July 8, 2014

Let’s say you’re a bee and you’ve spotted a new and particularly lucrative source of nectar and pollen. What’s the best way to communicate the location of this prize cache of food to the rest of your nestmates without revealing it to competitors, or “eavesdropping” spies, outside of the colony? Many animals are thought to Continue Reading »


Leadership Change at The USDA-ARS Beltsville Bee Lab

Posted On: July 3, 2014

After nine productive years, Dr. Jeffery Pettis is stepping down as Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory (BRL) in Beltsville, MD, and will devote his energy to his research program and collaborations with colleagues and beekeepers. Dr. Pettis guided the Laboratory through the turbulent times of Colony Collapse Disorder and helped build a Continue Reading »


National Honey Board Calls for Research Proposals to Seek Ways to Increase U.S. Honey Production

Posted On: July 2, 2014

Firestone, Colo., July 1, 2014 – The National Honey Board has issued a call for research proposals to study how to increase U.S. honey production. The goal of the study will be to provide the National Honey Board as well as the U.S. honey and beekeeping industry with possible strategies and action steps to proactively Continue Reading »


USDA Reports Record High Soybean Acreage, Corn Acres Down

Posted On: July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2014, up 11 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn acres planted is estimated at 91.6 million acres, down 4 Continue Reading »


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