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Published June 10, 2010, 04:39 PM

Threats to honeybee under study

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota is among 13 states where the federal government will be looking for parasites and disease-causing microorganisms that may be killing bees.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota is among 13 states where the federal government will be looking for parasites and disease-causing microorganisms that may be killing bees.

The USDA says bee populations have been declining for more than 20 years for a variety of reasons known and unknown.

The voluntary survey includes 350 apiaries and will last through the end of the year.

Bees are important because they pollinate dozens of crops. South Dakota ranked second nationally for honey production in 2008.

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