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Surprisingly Few ‘Busy Bees’ Make Global Crops Grow

Posted On: June 17, 2015

University of Vermont A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world’s crops. The paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide. The study is one of the largest on bee pollination to date. While Continue Reading »

Georgia Beekeeper and Engineer Wins 2015 Bayer CropScience Bee Care Community Leadership Award

Posted On: June 17, 2015

Paul Vonk Honored During National Pollinator Week for Creating HiveTool™, a Noninvasive System to Monitor Bee Hives WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2015) – Bayer CropScience today announced that Georgia beekeeper Paul Vonk has won the third annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award. Paul was chosen because of his efforts to improve pollinator health, by Continue Reading »

EPA Celebrates Pollinator Week; Encourages Pollinator Protection Every Day

Posted On: June 15, 2015

Pollinators are a vital part of America’s economy and environment. Without pollinators, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for our fruits and vegetables to grow. From June 15-21, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. EPA is continuing to Continue Reading »

EPA’s Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides – Public Webinar and Comment Period Extension

Posted On: June 12, 2015

EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends that states and tribes develop pollinator protections plans and best Continue Reading »

Bee warned – Study Finds Pesticides Threaten Native Pollinators

Posted On: June 5, 2015

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ITHACA, N.Y. – A new Cornell study of New York state apple orchards finds that pesticides harm wild bees, and fungicides labeled “safe for bees” also indirectly may threaten native pollinators. The research, published June 3 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, finds the negative effects of pesticides on wild bees lessens Continue Reading »

A Smelling Bee?

Posted On: June 4, 2015

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MSU research reveals that Varroa mites, the most-serious threat to honeybees worldwide, are infiltrating hives by smelling like bees. Credit Photo by Zachary Huang   EAST LANSING, Mich. – If there were an international smelling bee, a deadly mite would be a favorite to win. New research has revealed that Varroa mites, Continue Reading »

The Sweetness of Summer

Posted On: June 2, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) Who taught you how to ride your bike, throw a ball and drive a car? Chances are your first thoughts go to dad, your childhood hero! June is an exciting month! Not only do we have Father’s Day, but we also get to usher in the official start of Continue Reading »

Secretary Vilsack Announces Additional 800,000 Acres Dedicated to Conservation Reserve Program for Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands

Posted On: May 29, 2015

Secretary Hails Program’s 30th Anniversary, Announces General Signup Period MILWAUKEE, May 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that an additional 800,000 acres of highly environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives that provide multiple benefits on the same land. The U.S. Department Continue Reading »

EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

Posted On: May 28, 2015

Proposed restrictions will prohibit use where bees are present for commercial pollination To further support President Obama’s Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing additional restrictions on the use of acutely toxic pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present. Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited when Continue Reading »

Chart Your Honey Bee Season with Vita’s Free Infographic

Posted On: May 20, 2015

(a completed My Beekeeping Year infographic for publication can be downloaded here: )                                           20 May 2015 A customizable infographic for beekeepers to record their honey bee season is now available for download from the website of Vita (Europe) Ltd, the honey bee health specialist. My Beekeeping Year is a fun, A4-sized seasonal chart Continue Reading »

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