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CATCH THE BUZZ- Commercial Beekeeping

Multistate beekeeping operations continue through pandemic. Beekeepers were in the midst of the almond pollination season when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Though they’ve had to make changes, they’ve adjusted and now are ready for the honey production season. Written By: Jenny Schlecht WISHEK, N.D. — On Jan. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of…
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June 30, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Honey Bee Cold Storage

ARS New Service Kim Kaplan Kim.Kaplan@usda.gov Helping Honey Bees Make It Through Winter With Early Cold Storage; TUCSON, ARIZONA, June 22, 2020—Putting honey bees into early indoor cold storage in October rather than November increases their chances of surviving the winter and the colonies emerge readier to pollinate almonds, according to a new Agricultural Research Service (ARS) website. Overwintering managed…
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June 29, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Honey as a Wound Treatment

Honey as a Wound Treatment? Scientists Are Exploring Its Potential Healing Effects Research on honey’s antibacterial qualities could push this ancient remedy from alternative medicine into the mainstream. By: Allison Whitten Ancient humans liked to put weird things on open wounds: animal poop, moldy bread, and a gooey substance produced by bees. But modern science suggests the gooey one —…
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June 26, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- ‘The Beekeepers Lament’

The four best audiobooks of June to take you places! Hardboiled mysteries, obscure farming communities, and tales of home and family provide ample entertainment in June’s audiobook roundup. “The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America” by Hannah Nordhaus Read by Xe Sands; Tantor Audio; Seven Hours Fans of science, bees, cultural history,…
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June 25, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – BIP Survey of Honey Bee Losses

US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high summer losses By: University of Maryland Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Beekeepers across the United States lost 43.7% of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2019 to April 2020, according to preliminary results of the 14th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). These losses mark the…
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June 24, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Orchid Pheromones Attract Pollinators

Intoxicating, Putrid and Sexy: How Orchid Pheromones Attract Pollinators By: Jessica Sherburne PIXABAY Nectarless orchids are masters of mimicry and can appear and smell identical to other nectar-rich orchids. Thus, they draw pollinators into their flower, and then the forced pollination begins. Certain orchids shoot sticky balls of pollen at their pollinators. Others are known to intoxicate the pollinators so…
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June 23, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Pollinator Week

Pollinator Partnership Prepares for an Action-Packed (and Physically Distant) Pollinator Week Pollinator Week 2020 (June 22-28) is the thirteenth consecutive year of bringing greater awareness to the critically important issue of pollinator conservation since Pollinator Partnership (P2) founded the initiative in 2007. While this year might not be a typical Pollinator Week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the…
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June 22, 2020