Fact Sheet: Survey of Bee Losses During Winter of 2012/2013

By Kim Kaplan

Total losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 31.1 percent from all causes for the 2012/2013 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Continue reading

Senate Agricultural Committee includes authorization for IPM Centers, Specialty Crops research in Farm Bill draft

The preliminary draft of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (2013 Farm Bill) from the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee includes specific authorization for the Regional IPM Centers as well as mandatory funding for five programs from the 2008 Farm Bill.

This first draft is Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow’s markup and can be found at this link. The bill goes to the full Senate Agricultural Committee for markup on May 14. That draft will then be voted on by the full Senate.

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Park releases new species of predator beetles

In Smoky Mountain News

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is planning to release two new predatory beetles to stop the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that has devastated hemlock forests throughout the eastern United States.

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