A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honeybees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects.
A group of Minnesota beekeepers on March 5 asked state agriculture officials to suspend the use of corn seeds treated with certain pesticides.
The petition, signed by 40 beekeepers, blames neonicotinoid pesticides for killing honeybees.
North Dakota, which has long led the nation in honey production, has developed guidelines for farmers, ranchers, landowners and beekeepers to better protect honeybees and help reverse the effects of a mysterious disorder that has vastly eroded the insects’ population in recent years.
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