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CATCH THE BUZZ – USDA Honey Report

Honey  ISSN: 1949-1492 Released March 18, 2021, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). United States Honey Production Down 6 Percent in 2020 United States honey production in 2020 totaled 148 million pounds, down 6 percent from 2019. There were 2.71 million colonies producing honey in 2020, down 4 percent from…
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April 16, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Honey Bees are Much more than a Friendly Buzz

Buzzing Biology: honey bee researcher joins the U of Alberta Dr. Olav Rueppell says that it isn’t the bee populations that are diminishing, but rather their caretakers. “The honey bee is not going to go extinct because it is so intensely managed, and a lot of beekeepers are putting a lot of effort into keeping their populations up,” Rueppell explained. “But we…
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April 15, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ- Australia’s Purple Hives

Purple hives are here to keep alien mites out of Victoria’s food bowl By: Michael Fowler Beekeeper Ian Cane normally uses the “sugar shake” to check if his bees have been infested by a tiny but incredibly dangerous alien pest. Mr. Cane gathers 300 bees in a jar, fills it with icing sugar, rattles it and looks to see if a…
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April 14, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Desperately Trying to Keep Honey Bees Alive on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island beekeepers desperately try to keep Ligurian strain alive after last year’s bushfires destroyed hives By: Claire Campbell Beekeepers on Kangaroo Island are planting flowers that they have not tried before which will lead to new flavours of honey. ABC News: Lincoln Rothall The taste of Kangaroo Island honey could be set to change, as struggling local beekeepers try everything…
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April 13, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ- AgLab for Science Minded Students

ARS News Service USDA Agency Launches New Site for Science-Minded Students AgLab, a new science-education website operated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, is now “open for business” to student and educators alike at https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/. AgLab builds on the past successes of its predecessor, Sci4Kids, in educating students about the critical intersect of science and agriculture in their daily lives, such…
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April 12, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ – USDA Quality Loss Program

USDA Extends Application Deadline for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov WASHINGTON, March 5, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline from March 5 to April 9 for agricultural producers to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program because of recent winter storms and some clarifications to program rules. This program assists producers who suffered…
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April 9, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Pollinator Habitat Fits Farmer

Pollinator Habitat Fits Farmer’s Sandy Soils This article was written by Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer, blogger https://thefarmerslife.com/ and a Conservation Steward for the America’s Conservation Ag Movement. Farming sand doesn’t usually produce the most fruitful harvest come fall. Add in a woodland along one border, and the yields on the edges drop even more. A field we once rented but now…
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April 8, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ- 17% of Food Production Wasted

17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates By: Candice Choi, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy takeout. It’s a familiar routine for many — and indicative of habits that contribute to a global food waste problem that a new United Nations report says needs to be…
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April 7, 2021
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CATCH THE BUZZ – W.A.S. Mini Conference

WAS MINI-CONFERENCE April 28, 2021 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) Soldiers, Veterans and Bees _________________________________________ Please join us for this month’s Zoom webinar generously sponsored by Olivarez Honey Bees!  April Mini-Conference – Soldiers, Veterans and Bees Wednesday, April 28, 7 PM (MDT)   Speakers and Moderator: Gary LaGrange, Retired Army Colonel Founder of Service member Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) at Golden…
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April 6, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Save the Butterflies—but Not to Save Our Food Supply

Save the Butterflies—but Not to Save Our Food Supply These insects are lovely, but despite what many think, they aren’t significant contributors to pollinating agriculturally important plants By: Erica Fleishman Credit: Getty Images Spring never has been more welcome. After more than a year of isolation, spirits across the country are being reinvigorated by daffodils, birdsong and longer days. In the western…
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April 5, 2021