Online Tool Identifies Best and Safest Places to Keep Bees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Honeybees play essential roles in pollinating plants that humans and animals rely on for food. Declines in bee populations - including 20 percent of honeybee colonies per year in Indiana - threaten our food supply. Insecticide exposure, loss of flowering plants, and fewer nesting habitats, disease and parasites are all factors.Beekeepers must, therefore, identify safe places …

Bayer’s Feed a Bee Program Reaches 50-State Milestone

ST. LOUIS – Feed a Bee, the national pollinator forage initiative by Bayer, has reached its goal of awarding grants supporting diverse forage for honey bees and other pollinators in all 50 states. The 50th recipient awarded recently was Gateway to the Arctic Camp in Talkeetna, Alaska.Dedicated to service and agriculture, the nonprofit camp teaches the significance of serving those …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Members Release Corn, Canola Guides for Bee Protection

National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Canola Association partner with Coalition to develop best practices growers can use to reduce risk to honey bees, other pollinators  Two Honey Bee Health Coalition member organizations — the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Canola Association — recently unveiled best management practices for growers to help protect bees in and around corn and canola …

Beekeepers Support All Pollinators

For Pollinator Week it has come to our attention that PETA has launched a campaign to Save Our Bees, recommending ways that individuals can help protect pollinators. While we fully support their effort to encourage planting more bee forage, we were disappointed to learn that they advocate purchasing a honey substitute and avoiding any beeswax products. In their plea against …

Sowing Strips of Flowering Plants Has
Limited Effect on Pollination

Strips of wildflowers dotting fields is visually attractive and provides much needed forage to bees. But does it actually increase pollination of nearby agricultural crops? Turns out that it depends on the scale and diversity of the farm. Researchers at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University have studied how pollination varies in different agricultural landscapes, by …

Lizards, Mice, Bats and Other Vertebrates
are Important Pollinators Too

Study reviews the global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproductionBees are not the only animals that carry pollen from flower to flower. Species with backbones, among them bats, birds, mice, and even lizards, also serve as pollinators. Although less familiar as flower visitors than insect pollinators, vertebrate pollinators are more likely to have co-evolved tight relationships of high value …

Declining Bee Population to Get Helping
Hand with National Project

Grant allows researchers to develop app and Amazon-like seed distributionFunded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Barbara Sharanowski will coordinate a nationwide team of citizen scientists who will convert lawns into native wildflower havens especially designed to attract native bees and other insects that pollinate plants.Bees and other pollinators are essential to food production. Some scientists estimate that …

‘Lazy Lawn Mowers’ Can Help Support Suburban
Bee Populations and Diversity

UMass Amherst research shows less-frequent mowing may help suburban beesAMHERST, Mass. - Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects need look no further than their own back yards, says ecologist Susannah Lerman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the USDA Forest Service. In new research, she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support …