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Pollinator plan to help bees; feed directive takes effect Jan. 1

Bees are essential to pollinating crops and have been on the decline for decades. Honeybee losses continue to afflict U.S. beekeepers and agriculture producers and can happen for numerous reasons. One piece of that puzzle is pesticide use, according to Liza Fleeson Trossbach, program manager for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Pesticide Services.



Virginia has fewer bee colonies but is seeing fewer losses

The number of Virginia honey bee colonies declined between the winter of 2015 and the winter of 2016, but a warm winter may have helped more bees survive this year.



Honeybee research could help prevent winter die-off

Winters are tough on honeybees. Cold weather means no pollen for food, and hives can starve to death while pests and disease problems are amplified. In recent winters about one-third of allVirginia bee colonies have not survived to see spring.



New programs help people protect pollinators

It’s not just farmers who are interested in protecting pollinators. And now anyone can help save Virginia’s honeybees with two new programs.



Survey: Fewer honeybee colonies lost this past winter

Total losses of managed honeybee colonies from all causes were 21.9 percent nationwide for the 2011/2012 winter, according to an annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America.



Report cites multiple causes for bee colony collapses

U.S. beekeepers have struggled with the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, for years and have been uncertain of the cause. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the decline in honey bee numbers due to CCD can be attributed to multiple factors.



Virginia gaining beekeepers, but hive numbers still diminished

Congress has not given the U.S. Department of Agriculture the money it needs to track the full impact of Colony Collapse Disorder, a problem that’s killing thousands of honey bee colonies each winter.



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