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CATCH THE BUZZ – Theft of Beehives in Africa

Theft of beehives spikes as demand for pollinators increases By: Lindi Botha The incidence of theft of beehives and honey increased significantly during the COVID-19-related national lockdown. Photo: FW Archive Beekeeping has offered a lifeline to many rural communities, as this essential service allowed them to generate an income during the COVID-19-related lockdown. However, the spike in demand for honey…
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September 30, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Fake Honey

Honey is one of the most faked foods in the world, and the US government isn’t doing much to fix it Cody Copeland Beekeepers work in maintenance and extraction of honey from hives on August 10, 2019 in Girona, Spain. Manuel Medir/Getty Images • Honey is the third-most-faked food in the world, behind milk and olive oil, according to compliance…
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September 29, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Responsibly Reusing Wastewater

New research finds way to meet agricultural water demand by responsibly reusing wastewater Irrigation for agriculture accounts for about 70% of freshwater use worldwide, and is a large contributor to global water shortages. New research from Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and KWR Water has found a way to meet this water demand. The researchers suggest using waste water in…
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September 25, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Mite Biter Gene

Targeting a single gene responsible for grooming behavior in the IN Mite-biter strain. Honey bee researchers at Purdue university and the University Guelph School of Environmental Sciences have isolated a gene associated with grooming behavior! With virus vectoring Varroa mites in about 90% of US honey bee colonies most beekeepers especially commercial rely on some form chemical compound or miticide…
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September 24, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- PennDOT Pollinator Gardens

PennDOT drives project for Erie area pollinator gardens By: Valerie Myers This wildflower garden along Interstate 90 at the Route 8 interchange was planted by Pheasants Forever Chapter 728 to provide pollinator habitat. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to plant pollinator gardens in northwestern Pennsylvania. The department is asking the public to “adopt” plots of land along…
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September 23, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Beekeeping Journey Started in 2016

Stephen Burney and his wife Jen started Hudson Hives in 2016. HUDSON – Stephen Burney has long had an affinity for bees and beekeeping. Burney’s love of the golden-yellow buzzing creatures dates back to time spent with family in Ireland during his childhood. He intently watched his cousin, a beekeeper, and quickly developed an interest. “That’s what gave me the…
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September 22, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Honey Bee Nutrition

Honey bee nutrition might be key to healthy populations AgriLife Research, USDA project looks to honey bee diets to reduce population losses. A newly funded Texas A&M AgriLife Research project seeks to slow population losses among more than 2.6 million managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. Honey bees provide pollination services that uphold $16 billion in U.S. agricultural crops.…
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September 21, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Ambassadors for Pollinators

“Ambassadors for Pollinators” Help Save the Planet Most Northern Virginia apiarists view beekeeping as a way to help save the Earth. Read about the buzz about honeybees! By: Glenda Booth Alexandria beekeeper Alex Crawford-Batt (r) with her daughter Lena holding up a frame of capped honey. (Photo: Eli Wilcon) Alexandria, VA – Elected officials are used to verbal attacks, but…
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September 18, 2020