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White House Announces a National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health

Posted On: May 19, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, the White House announced the National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health. The strategy released today and its accompanying Pollinator Research Action Plan outline needs and priority actions to better understand pollinator losses, improve pollinator health, and to enhance pollinator habitat. The strategy’s broad-reaching goals are to: Restore colony health to sustainable Continue Reading »


Remembering and Celebrating!

Posted On: May 19, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board Honey Feast Newsletter) Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and here at the National Honey Board we want to remember and celebrate all of our fallen military. We thank you for your sacrifice and appreciate everything our military does to keep us safe here at home. That being said, Memorial Continue Reading »


Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Their Bees in 2014-15

Posted On: May 15, 2015

Summer losses eclipse winter losses for the first time on record UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared Continue Reading »


Study: Gene Regulation Underlies the Evolution of Social Complexity in Bees

Posted On: May 15, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that accompany the evolution of social complexity in bees, including honey bees. Credit L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Explaining the evolution of insect society, with sterile society members displaying extreme levels of altruism, has long been a major scientific challenge, Continue Reading »


Newly Named Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae Thrive

Posted On: May 7, 2015

by Kim Kaplan U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified a bacterium that appears to give honey bee larvae a better chance of surviving to become pupae. Molecular biologist Vanessa Corby-Harris and microbial ecologist Kirk E. Anderson at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, have named the new species Parasaccharibacter apium. Continue Reading »


Celebrating the Queen Bee!

Posted On: May 7, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board Honey Feast Recipe Newsletter) She’s the one who is always there, always cares, and loves you unconditionally. She is a nurse, therapist, chauffeur, chef and all-around Superwoman. She is Mom! Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we want to give you some fresh ideas on how to Continue Reading »


How Does a Honey Bee Queen Avoid Inbreeding in Her Colony?

Posted On: April 30, 2015

UPPSALA UNIVERSITY Matthew Webster and Andreas Wallberg at Uppsala University, have studied recombination in honeybees. Credit: Petra Korall Recombination, or crossing-over, occurs when sperm and egg cells are formed and segments of each chromosome pair are interchanged. This process plays an crucial role in the maintanance of genetic variation. Matthew Webster and Andreas Wallberg at Continue Reading »


US Summer Forecast: Northeast to Endure More 90-Degree Days Than in 2014; Extreme Drought to Expand in West

Posted On: April 30, 2015

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – April 29, 2015 – AccuWeather reported  this summer, warmth and dryness will build in the West, worsening the historical drought conditions that have plagued California for four straight years. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast will have an abundance of moisture, raising concerns for flooding at times. In the nation’s midsection, severe weather Continue Reading »


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 »


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