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2013 HUMMINBIRD FESTIVAL at the LBL - DATES AUG 3-4, 2013
dates to be annouced - watch the LBL Calendar
for more details! - usually the first weekend in August.
Report: Multiple Factors Play Role in Honey Bee Decline
Multiple factors are playing a part in the decline of honey bee colonies, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the report, parasites and diseases, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure are contributing factors, although more research is being conducted. About one-third of all food and beverages are made possible by pollination mainly by honey bees. Since 2006, there has been a widespread disappearance of adult honeybees from beehives. This decline places greater pressure on agricultural sectors reliant on commercial pollination services. Read the report.
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USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health
Release Date: 05/02/2013
Contact Information: EPA, Molly Hooven (News Media Only), email@example.com, 202-564-2313, 202-564-4355, USDA, Michelle Saghafi (News Media Only), Michelle.Saghafi@oc.usda.gov, 202-720-6959
- In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.
Key findings include:
Parasites and Disease Present Risks to Honey Bees:< >The parasitic Varroa mite is recognized as the major factor underlying colony loss in the U.S. and other countries. There is widespread resistance to the chemicals beekeepers use to control mites within the hive. New virus species have been found in the U.S. and several of these have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).U.S. honeybee colonies need increased genetic diversity. Genetic variation improves bees thermoregulation (the ability to keep body temperature steady even if the surrounding environment is different), disease resistance and worker productivity. Honey bee breeding should emphasize traits such as hygienic behavior that confer improved resistance to Varroa mites and diseases (such as American foulbrood). Nutrition has a major impact on individual bee and colony longevity. A nutrition-poor diet can make bees more susceptible to harm from disease and parasites. Bees need better forage and a variety of plants to support colony health.Federal and state partners should consider actions affecting land management to maximize available nutritional forage to promote and enhance good bee health and to protect bees by keeping them away from pesticide-treated fields.Best Management Practices associated with bees and pesticide use, exist, but are not widely or systematically followed by members of the crop-producing industry. There is a need for informed and coordinated communication between growers and beekeepers and effective collaboration between stakeholders on practices to protect bees from pesticides. Beekeepers emphasized the need for accurate and timely bee kill incident reporting, monitoring, and enforcement.The most pressing pesticide research questions relate to determining actual pesticide exposures and effects of pesticides to bees in the field and the potential for impacts on bee health and productivity of whole honey bee colonies.http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf
See Photos page for photos from the Bee-ginners Class and
Jim Garrison's talk on Pollen and Nectar Plants for Beekeepers!
Mitch Latsch will be attending the TBA Queen Rearing Class. He will present what he has learned at our April 15th meeting. Come and here what he has learned!
2013 HUMMINBIRD FESTIVAL at the LBL
dates to be annouced - watch the LBL Calendar for more details! - usually the first weekend in August.
We write and request information to be handed out at Ag Day, Farm Day, Houston County Fair, and the Hummingbird Festival. The response has been WONDERFUL! We have information from The National Honey Board, Betterbee, Dadant, and Rossman Apiary.
We want to thank them for their generous donations and support of our programs!
Please check out what they have to offer!
Jane gave a talk and demonstration of cooking and canning with honey. There were samples of canned pears using honey, spiced honey pecans (National Honey Board recipes) and homemade whole wheat sourdough bread.
If you would like to learn about this and missed the meeting - the handout is available online here!
CATCH THE BUZZ - Alternative Sweetner Needs Bees....Irony at its best
Stevia - You need honey bees to grow this alternative sweetener…don’t you love the irony?
5-09-2012 Partially Africanized Bees Found in East Tennessee