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Can Stress Management Help Save Honey Bees?

Posted On: November 25, 2014

Honey bee populations are clearly under stress–from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors–but it’s been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honey bee hives. Researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Parasitology on November 24th say that Continue Reading »

Giving Thanks! Honey Feast Recipes

Posted On: November 21, 2014

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) Thanksgiving has snuck up on us once again this year and since it is next week, we thought a honey-inspired holiday menu was appropriate. You see, one-third of our food is made possible by insect pollinated crops and these hard-working ladies are responsible for about 80 percent of that Continue Reading »

Symbiotic Plants are More Diverse, Finds New Study

Posted On: November 14, 2014

Some plants form into new species with a little help from their friends, according to Cornell University research published Oct. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study finds that when plants develop mutually beneficial relationships with animals, mainly insects, those plant families become more diverse by evolving into more species Continue Reading »

International Beekeeping Photography Competition 2014

Posted On: November 6, 2014

Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association (SBA) launches the 2014 international beekeeping photography competition. The competition is open to individuals from all countries who may participate by submitting their own yet unpublished photographs. The competition is focused on four subject categories: 1. Honey Bee and the World of Plants 2. The Life of Bees (biology) 3. Beekeeping Tasks Continue Reading »

EPA and USDA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Pollinator Strategy

Posted On: November 5, 2014

Sessions to be held November 12 and 17 in the D.C. metro area WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two public listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees Continue Reading »

The Small Hive Beetle Is in Europe to Stay

Posted On: November 3, 2014

The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is an exotic pest originally from South Africa which can infest honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies, destroying combs and brood often causing total colony loss. It invaded the southern USA in the 1990s causing significant economic loss, and has later been found in Australia, Canada and elsewhere. It is Continue Reading »

USDA to Provide $4 Million for Honey Bee Habitat

Posted On: October 29, 2014

Announcement Builds on Previous Investment in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that  more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important Continue Reading »

Honey Bee Health Coalition Letter to USDA & EPA

Posted On: October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014 The Honorable Thomas Vilsack Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20250 The Honorable Regina McCarthy Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator – 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Dear Mr. Secretary and Madam Administrator, As leaders charged by the President to coordinate Continue Reading »

EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production

Posted On: October 17, 2014

U.S. EPA News Release Washington, October 16, 2014 — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The Continue Reading »

Bad Breeding Between European and Asian Honeybees Concerns Australian Beekeeping Industry

Posted On: October 8, 2014

ABC Rural By Eliza Rogers Reprinted with Permission Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem and economy, but bad mating could cause damage. Beekeepers are on alert after tests found Australia’s European honeybees are breeding with the destructive Asian honeybee.  Sperm from the Asian honeybee, that carries the deadly Varroa mite, was found in Continue Reading »

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