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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 »

Honey Bee Scientist Elina Niño New Apiculturist at UC Davis

Posted On: July 1, 2014

by Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology Honey bee scientist Elina Lastro Niño of Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, known for her expertise on honey bee queen biology, chemical ecology, and genomics, is the newly hired Extension apiculturist at the University of California, Davis. She will join the UC Davis Continue Reading »

USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population

Posted On: June 20, 2014

Five Midwest States Receive Additional Incentives to Establish Honey Bee Habitats WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. More than Continue Reading »

New Coalition Brings Together Diverse Stakeholders to Improve Honey Bee Health

Posted On: June 18, 2014

KEYSTONE, CO, June 18, 2014 – At the Saint Louis Zoo’s Annual Pollinator Dinner last night, The Keystone Center announced the formation of a new Honey Bee Health Coalition. Recognizing that declines in honey bee and pollinator health have put agriculture, healthy ecosystems, and worldwide food security at risk, this diverse coalition was formed to Continue Reading »

Pollinator Week will take place June 16 – 22, 2014

Posted On: June 17, 2014

Background of Pollinator Week Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an Continue Reading »

USDA Announces New Farm Bill Funds Available for Research to Fight Citrus Greening

Posted On: June 16, 2014

$31.5 Million Being Allocated to Test Various Ways to Combat Disease Threatening U.S. Citrus Industry WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 – United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $25 million in funding for research and Cooperative Extension Service projects to combat huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. The funding comes Continue Reading »

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