The plan is a result of a 2014 presidential memorandum that recognized the increase in pollinator losses in recent years, made the health of honeybees and other pollinators a presidential-level concern and set up a task force of many federal agencies to develop a government-wide strategy to reduce their losses.
In farming, technology will only take you so far. GPS can help drive automated harvesters around the fields, satellites help to ensure the right crops get planted at the right time. But if you want your crops to grow, you’ll have to rely on something a little more old-fashioned: honeybee
The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released a report on the state of America’s honeybees, and the news is not that sweet.
As this Reuters graphic shows, beekeepers reported a loss of 42.1 percent of their colonies in 2014 and 2015. Summer losses were 27.4 percent, and for the first time on record exceeded the winter rate, which was 23.1 percent.
Losses of managed honeybee colonies were 23.1 percent for the 2014 to 2015 winter, but summer losses exceeded winter numbers for the first time, making annual losses for the year 42.1 percent, according to preliminary results of the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Apiary Inspectors of America.
A new ordinance in Bemidji, Minn., encourages both beekeepers and the environmental boost from their hives.
As of April 8, the Greater Bemidji Area Planning and Zoning board now has a process in place whereby Bemidji residents can get a permit to have domestic honeybee hives within city limits and in some neighboring townships.
CHICAGO - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.
Beekeepers swarmed to the Capitol on Jan. 29 to testify against a bill that would have put a 2-mile no-hive zone around North Dakota homes, day care centers and schools, a restriction industry leaders say would have ended beekeeping in the state.
Honeybees, crucial in the pollination of many U.S. crops, are still dying off at an worrisome rate, even though fewer were lost over the past winter, according to a government report issued on Thursday.
Seventeen DFL legislators rebuked the state Department of Agriculture late last week over its planned review of the controversial pesticides implicated in the decline in honeybees, arguing that the study should include the possibility of restricting or even banning them in Minnesota.
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