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Research Shows Honey Bee Diseases Can Strike in All Seasons

Posted On: February 5, 2015

Read the magazine story to find out more. New research by ARS scientists and their Brazilian collaborators has found that two bacterial pathogens are more common in honey bees than previously thought. Click the image for more information about it. Survey Reports Fewer Winter Honey Bee Losses Disinfecting Honey Comb with Ozone Bees Exposed to Continue Reading »

New Blog Post – Farmers Shift Towards Biopesticides

Posted On: February 3, 2015

EPA News Release Did you know that the use of biopesticides has more than quadrupled since 2000? Made from naturally occurring substances derived from animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and minerals, biopesticides are used as safer alternatives to controlling pests and are frequently part of Integrated Pest Management plans. In his new blog post, Farmers Shift Towards Virtually Non-Toxic Continue Reading »

Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry with Acquisition of Headwaters Farm

Posted On: February 3, 2015

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Paramount Farming, a leading grower of almonds and pistachios, today announced that it has acquired Headwaters Farm, one of the larger beekeepers in the U.S., to ensure the availability of bees to pollinate almond orchards in California.  Going forward, the beekeeping operation within Paramount Farming will be called Continue Reading »

National Honey Board Offers Free Honey Brochure to Industry Members

Posted On: February 2, 2015

 Firestone, Colo., February 2, 2015 – The National Honey Board (NHB) announced that it has produced a new recipe brochure for 2015 entitled Sweet Honey Recipes for the Everyday Cook. The recipe brochure, which will be available at no cost to honey industry members throughout the United States, features eight scrumptious recipes, ranging from beverages Continue Reading »

True Source Applauds U.S. Investigators for Seizing Illegal Chinese Honey in Houston

Posted On: January 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. – January 29, 2015 – The True Source Honey CertificationTM Program ( applauds special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for yesterday’s announcement that they have seized significant amounts of illegal honey in Houston in an ongoing effort to crack down Continue Reading »

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 »

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