Preserving Honey Bees Means Protecting Our Food Supply

From: Forbes

Nancy Kavazanjian and Jay Hill | Nancy, with Hammer and Kavazanjian Farms, is a corn, soybean and wheat farmer. Jay, with Hill Farms, is a vegetable, nut and beef farmer.

This year, we established 16 acres of pollinator habitat on our Wisconsin corn, soybean and wheat farm. With honey bees dying at higher rates, agriculture is part of the solution in preserving this important species. We’ve made this part of our Conservation Stewardship Program, and my husband and I are pretty proud of this.

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Contre le déclin des abeilles en France, les chercheurs ont peut-être trouvé une issue

Editor’s Note: Translation from the French original via Google Translate.

From: Le Huffington Post 

Against the decline of bees in France, the researchers may have found a way out

Annabel Benhaiem, Journaliste, Le Huffington Post

Parmi les causes du déclin des abeilles noires en Europe, on trouve le parasite Varroa, qui ressemble à un petit pou rond. [Blaine Franger]

ENVIRONMENT – Will bees win against mites? This long-term battle is on the way to finding a way out, revealed Thursday December 8 at the Anses International Scientific Meeting on Bee Health.

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Honeybees are not in crisis, but what about beekeepers?

From: Genetic Literacy Project

Scientists are now in agreement that we are not facing a beepocalypse as many in the media have been maintaining. Bee populations aren’t declining; they’re rising. According to statistics kept by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, honeybee populations in the United States, Canada and Europe have been stable or growing for the two decades

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Changes in the Bacteriome of Honey Bees Associated with the Parasite Varroa destructor, and Pathogens Nosema and Lotmaria passim

From: Microbial Ecology via researchgate.net

Microbial Ecology · October 2016

, Ondrej Ledvinka, Tomas Erban, Phil J. Lester

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Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

From: USDA Ag Research Magazine

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The Varroa mite, Varroa destructor, is considered public enemy number one to honey bees nationwide. The parasite feeds on the blood of adult bees and their brood, weakening them and endangering the entire hive when infestations become severe. But the mite also poses an indirect threat to more than 90 flowering crops that depend on bee pollination, including almonds, apples, blueberries, cherries, and cantaloupes.

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The researchers’ investigations in North Dakota this summer will follow up on their leading theory to explain this phenomenon, dubbed “mite migration.” It holds that Varroa mites move among colonies by attaching to forager bees.

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New Zealand EPA keeps watching brief on Canada’s neonicotinoid decision

Editor’s Note: The Australian government performed a comprehensive review of neonicotinoids, for more information about government evaluations of neonics, see here.

From: New Zealand EPA via Scoop.co.nz

EPA keeps watching brief on Canada’s neonicotinoid decision

The EPA is keeping a watching brief on international developments following Health Canada’s proposed re-evaluation decision of agricultural use of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, which it states is unsustainable.

The announcement, on November 24, came at the same time as Health Canada announced a Special Review of two other neonicotinoids: clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

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La lucha contra la varroa, principal campo de batalla para la apicultura en Salamanca

Editor’s Note: The English below is via Google Translation.

From: Tribuna mini Salamanca

The fight against varroa, the main battlefield for beekeeping in Salamanca

Beekeepers denounce and acknowledge that varroa is already the main concern for beekeeping, which also causes other diseases.

The varroa has already become ‘official’ in the main concern of beekeepers, whose death rate of hives soars and their control and struggle is one of the main challenges for professionals in the province of Salamanca and all Castilla y León.  

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Honeybee industry calls for more work to protect Australian bees from varroa destructor mite invasion

From: ABC News | Rural

By Sarina Locke

The Australian honeybee industry is concerned pests will get past Australia’s border surveillance, saying the situation is like a game of soccer without a goalie.

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Australia is the last major honey-producing country without the varroa destructor mite.

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Another Thanksgiving victory for agriculture

From: Farm Futures

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Federal court rules in favor of science-based regulatory review

From: Wisconsin State Farmer

WASHINGTON, DC — A California federal court ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an industry coalition including CropLife America, the American Seed Trade Association, the Agricultural Retailers Association, the National Cotton Council of America, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers Association (Intervenors) in Anderson v. EPA, a lawsuit brought against EPA by a number of plaintiffs.

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