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 …

Washington Traps First Asian Giant Hornet

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) trapped its first Asian giant hornet this month. The hornet was found in a WSDA trap set near Birch Bay in Whatcom County. WSDA trappers checked the bottle trap on July 14 and submitted the contents for processing at WSDA’s entomology lab. The hornet was identified during processing on July 29. This …

Colony-Level Genetics Predict Gentle Behavior
in Puerto Rican Honey Bees

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, July 6, 2020 — Puerto Rico’s population of African-European hybrid honey bees (AHB) are famously known for being much gentler than their continental counterparts. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues have found that this reduced defending of the nest is determined by colony-level genetics as opposed to individual bees' DNA, according to a study …

The GIANT Company Completes Pollinator Field at Carlisle, Pa Headquarters

  First of its kind synergistic environment that generates clean energy and support for bee habitats; $50,000 donated to Planet Bee Foundation CARLISLE, Pa., June 22, 2020 – In celebration of National Pollinator Week, The GIANT Company today announced it has completed a seven-acre pollinator-friendly solar field at its corporate headquarters at 1149 Harrisburg Pike in Carlisle, Pa. This initiative is the …

The Covid-19 Crisis is Severely Affecting Bee Research

As their contribution to World Bee Day on 20th May, members of the international COLOSS association are presenting preliminary results of a survey to evaluate the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on vital research into bees. The crisis affects all countries, but measures adopted by different governments vary considerably in their effects on beekeeping and bee research. The survey ran between …

Coronavirus Update from Dadant and Sons, Inc

Dadant & Sons Inc is open for business.   We are an agriculture business that is considered an essential business. Our operating hours will remain the same for all our locations.   Branch hours and contact information can be found at https://www.dadant.com/location/ by selecting a branch location on the map.   We offer free shipping on orders over $100.00 for qualified items (some exclusions apply). …

New ‘Feed Your Mind’ Initiative Launches to Increase Consumer Understanding of Genetically Engineered Foods

FDA, EPA and USDA coordinating on education effort to highlight science behind GMOs The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand foods created through genetic engineering, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms. The initiative, “Feed Your Mind,” aims to …

March Is National Nutrition Month!

Now is good a time to reflect on your eating habits and perhaps make some changes towards a healthier lifestyle. But with so many diets out there, it’s hard to know which one is best for you. While we are not experts on the subject, we did decide to explore one of this year’s most popular diets - The Mediterranean diet - and …