Category Archives: Pollinators

Why Does Bee Health Matter? The Science Surrounding Honey Bee Health Concerns and What We Can Do About It

June 19, 2017…Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), Ames, Iowa. A colony of healthy honey bees is like a superorganism–individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients necessary … Continue reading

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How can we save the pollinators?

Louise I. Lynch and Doug Golick, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Original article with photos at http://oxford.ly/2tsBiw1 An often-cited estimate is that one-third of the food you eat comes from insect pollinators. Many of the fruits and vegetables that … Continue reading

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New Resources Released for National Pollinator Week

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg From Growing Produce How can growers help bees and ensure they get reliable pollination for their crops? That question is being addressed by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, which is celebrating National Pollinator … Continue reading

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New Bee Better Certification for Farmers and Ranchers Who Help Bees

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with conservation partners like the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to help farmers plan and implement conservation practices that benefit bees and other pollinators. Through a new certification program – Bee Better Certified … Continue reading

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June 19-25, 2017 declared “National Pollinator Week

Second Lady Karen Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled a newly-installed beehive on the grounds of the vice president’s residence, drawing attention to the plight of pollinators, whose numbers are in decline. Together, the two urged Americans to do … Continue reading

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National Monitoring Plan for Native Bees listening session, webinar announced

NIFA has scheduled a public listening session to “…discuss a strategy to monitor native bees in the United States…” The session will address: Why a national monitoring plan for native bees is important; What kind of information/data are needed; and … Continue reading

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News about roadside management and pollinators

Save the Date: Mark your calendars for the next Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Oct. 26 – 27, 2017. More information coming soon. Other upcoming events of interest: The Wildlife Habitat Council is … Continue reading

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Webinars to celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 19–23

Bayer, in partnership with Bee Culture and Project Apis m., will celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 19–23, by hosting live webinars on June 19, June 21 and June 23 to showcase innovative research aimed at making an immediate impact on … Continue reading

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Bee decline threatens US crop production

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170219165128.htm From Science Daily The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands — from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If wild bee … Continue reading

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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

By Sara LaJeunesse A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more … Continue reading

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