(USDA NASS) The total number of colonies has increased, but so has the number of colonies lost to colony collapse disorder. Varroa mites are a top stressor. Read the full report. You can also read past reports.
(Montana State University) Researchers set out to identify the economic ripple effects of colony collapse disorder by examining trends in four categories: number of commercial honeybee colonies nationwide, honey production, prices of queens and packaged bees and pollination fees charged by commercial beekeepers to growers. The team found some surprising results.
(Omaha World-Herald) The official Nebraska state insect is feeling the sting of agricultural chemicals, unfavorable weather, flooding and mites, according to beekeepers big and small.
(Press-Republican) At a northern New York bee farm this week, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer once again criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to suspend data collection on U.S. honey bee colonies for its annual survey.
(Post-Star) “We need this data to keep New York an agricultural juggernaut,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said in a release. “To enact a new policy that discounts bees and their impact on New York is bad environmental, economic and agricultural policy. We are here today to say: reverse the decision…”
(EurekAlert/University of Maryland) Beekeepers across the United States lost over 40 percent of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019. “It’s disconcerting that we’re still seeing elevated losses after over a decade of survey and quite intense work to try to understand and reduce colony loss.”