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USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry and Additional USDA Support Available with New Farm Bill

Posted On: March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new figures today that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world. Through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program, USDA has helped an additional 763 Continue Reading »

Bees Capable of Learning Feats with Tasty Prize in Sight

Posted On: March 19, 2014

They may have tiny brains, but bumblebees are capable of some remarkable learning feats, especially when they might get a tasty reward, according to two studies by University of Guelph researchers. PhD student Hamida Mirwan and Prof. Peter Kevan, School of Environmental Sciences, are studying bees’ ability to learn by themselves and from each other. Continue Reading »

Nectar: A Sweet Reward from Plants to Attract Pollinators

Posted On: March 17, 2014

Flowering plants need sugar transporter SWEET9 for nectar production Evolution is based on diversity, and sexual reproduction is key to creating a diverse population that secures competitiveness in nature. Plants as largely immobile organisms had to solve a problem: they needed to find ways to spread their genetic material beyond individual flowers. To make sure Continue Reading »

Disinfecting Honey Comb with Ozone

Posted On: March 13, 2014

By Jan Suszkiw ARS News Service Read the magazine story to find out more. ARS research has found ozone gas can disinfect honeycomb of chalkbrood and foulbrood—diseases that may persist for years on beekeeping equipment— as well as degrade pesticide levels. Photo by Stephen Ausmus. Sometimes even honey bees need help with “housekeeping,” especially when Continue Reading »

2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring, September 17, 2014, Missoula, MT – Call for Papers

Posted On: March 6, 2014

This is the First Call for Papers, Exhibits, and Demonstrations of Hive AND Bee Monitoring Methods, Equipment, and Research.  Topic Areas include, but are not limited to: Scale Hives, Hive Sensors, Hive Communications (wireless, phone, and satellite), Infrared Imaging of Hives and Bees, Bee and Colony Acoustics, Radiofrequency Identification Tags for Bees and Hives, Bee Continue Reading »

Virtual Bees Help to Unravel Complex Causes of Colony Decline

Posted On: March 5, 2014

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies Scientists have created an ingenious computer model that simulates a honey bee colony over the course of several years. The BEEHAVE model, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, was created to investigate the losses of honeybee Continue Reading »

Asian Hornet trap launched to Combat the Latest Honey Bee Pest in Europe

Posted On: March 3, 2014

Beekeepers now have a weapon to counter the Asian hornet, a new invasive honeybee pest that is threatening honey bee colonies across Europe. ApiShield, just launched by Vita (Europe) Ltd, has been designed specifically to trap the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina). The trap doesn’t require any bait or chemicals and beekeepers can easily incorporate it Continue Reading »

Agriculture Secretary Announces $3 Million for a New Program to Improve Pollinator Health

Posted On: February 26, 2014

USDA News Release WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused Continue Reading »

Flowers Linked to Bee Disease Transmission

Posted On: February 25, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. – Like a kindergarten or a busy airport where cold viruses and other germs circulate freely, flowers are common gathering places where pollinators such as bees and butterflies can pick up fungal, bacterial or viral infections that might be as benign as the sniffles or as debilitating as influenza. But “almost nothing is Continue Reading »

Bee Supply and Demand Should Be Balanced for Almond Bloom

Posted On: February 25, 2014

by Greg Northcutt Reprinted with permission from Feb. 19, 2014 Western Farm Press With many almond orchards reaching full bloom by the third week of February, California growers appear to have all the bees they’ll need to pollinate their trees this season. That contrasts with last year when growers barely had enough bees due to Continue Reading »

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