USDA – ARS Study Shows Amygdalin in Almond Nectar Can Reduce Viruses and Gut Parasites in Honey Bees

BELTSVILLE, Md., June 22, 2021 – Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that a component in almond nectar and pollen can reduce honey bee viruses and gut parasites, which are some of the leading threats to bee health and colonies. The study, published in the journal Insects, showed amygdalin — a naturally-occurring chemical …

Off-label Varroa Treatments Pose Long-term Risks for Beekeeping Industry

Honey Bee Health Coalition Publishes Guide Documenting How Commercial Beekeepers Keep Healthy Hives without Consistent Use of Off-label Varroa Treatments DENVER, CO, Keystone Policy Center – Commercial beekeepers are finding success treating Varroa, a parasitic mite that kills honeybees, in their hives without relying exclusively on off-label chemical treatments, according to a guide published this week by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. …

Parasite Hijacks Iron in Honey Bees

BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND, February 18, 2021—An Agricultural Research Service entomologist has discovered the Nosema ceranae parasite that causes major problems and death in honey bees works by hijacking its host's iron for itself. Iron is as essential a micronutrient for honey bees as it is for people. Honey bees usually get enough to meet their needs from their flower pollen diet. They …

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Package Bees 2021 Pre-Sale

Forego the hassle of picking up your package bees, this year have your package bees shipped directly to your home! Dadant has the best pricing on healthy Italian honey bees! Order your package bees online or by calling our corporate office toll-free at (888) 922-1293. Our packages contain approximately three pounds of gentle, Italian honey bees and a naturally mated Italian queen! …

True Source Honey to Update Certification Standards in 2021

True Source Certified® Honey Will Require Specific Authenticity Testing Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2020 – The True Source Honey program will enhance its standards starting Jan. 1, 2021 to better address honey authenticity. The updated standards will note that True Source Certified Honey, whether imported to North America or purchased directly from North American beekeepers, is tested for authenticity by an …

Beekeepers, Farmers and Applicators Must All BeeWhere!

Sacramento, CA – California beekeepers are working to spread the word about a collaborative effort designed to protect the millions of bees placed in California farms this coming pollination season. Under California law all beekeepers operating in California are required each year to register their hives with the Agriculture Commissioner in their home county or the first county where hives are …

The Value of Honey Bees in Self-Pollinating Almonds

by Grace Kunkel Project Apis m. Almond growers have a lot of inputs to consider to produce their crop. They must balance the cost of labor, pest management, water, and bees for pollination.  Those costs are not fixed year-after-year, especially renting the bees. The fact is the cost of colony rentals for pollination has steadily increased, and remained, at a premium. And almond acreage …

Asian Giant Hornet Complete Genome Released by the Agricultural Research Service

BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND, AUGUST 6, 2020--The first complete genome of the Asian giant hornet has been released by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. ARS has made the genome available to the research community in AgDataCommons and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, even before publishing the results in a scientific journal to make the data freely accessible as …