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USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Posted On: April 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. “These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief Continue Reading »

Attracting Wild Bees to Farms is a Good Insurance Policy

Posted On: April 4, 2014

Inviting more wild bees to farmland is not only sustainable, but it also will pay for itself in four years or less.   EAST LANSING, Mich. – Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination, but it can also pay for Continue Reading »

Have You Filled Out the Bee Informed Survey?

Posted On: April 4, 2014

We need your help!  The Bee Informed Partnership is conducting our annual National Honey Bee Loss and Management survey, now open through the end of April. Please take 30 minutes out of your busy day to complete the surveys. The purpose of the Bee Informed Partnership is to use beekeepers’ real world experiences to help solve beekeepers’ real Continue Reading »

80,000+ Beehives Damaged or Dead; Beekeepers Meet With EPA

Posted On: April 3, 2014

Courtesy of Pollinator Stewardship Council The last two weeks the Pollinator Stewardship Council has received reports of bee kills at the end of the almond bloom.  A meeting with EPA was held by Pollinator Stewardship Council and the American Beekeeping Federation, Monday, March 24 in Los Banos, California to discuss the pollinator losses during Continue Reading »

U.S. Court of International Trade Rejects Chinese Honey Exporter’s Attempt to Lower Its Anti-Dumping Duty

Posted On: March 25, 2014

Plaintiff Dongtai Peak Honey Industry Co., Ltd. (“Peak”), moved for judgment on the agency record contesting the United States Department of Commerce’s(“Commerce”) determination in Administrative Review of Honey From the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of Anti-dumping Duty Administrative Review, 77 Fed. Reg. 70,417 (Nov. 26, 2012) (“Final Results”). Commerce and defendant-intervenors American Honey Continue Reading »

2013 U.S. Honey Production Up 5 Percent

Posted On: March 24, 2014

(Courtesy National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA) Honey production in 2013 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 149 million pounds, up 5 percent from 2012. There were 2.64 million colonies producing honey in 2013, up 4 percent from 2012. Yield per colony averaged 56.6 pounds, up 1 percent from the 56.0 pounds in 2012. Continue Reading »

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 »

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