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Court Holds Bee-killing Pesticide Approvals Violated the Law

Pollinator News                 Dec. 9, 2017 Court Holds Bee-killing Pesticide Approvals Violated the Law EPA must analyze risks to endangered species Center for Food Safety—A Federal Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) systematically violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – a key wildlife protection law – when it approved bee-killing

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Food and Farm Act; Protect ESA from pesticides; Making Your Mark; Research

Pollinator News                 Nov. 24, 2017 Tell Your Congressional Delegation to Support the Food and Farm Act! From Beyond Pesticides As we approach 2018, Congress is working on the next Farm Bill, which will determine how $956 billion of our tax money will be spent over the coming years in shaping our food

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Water is the Connection; The Bee Corp; Natural Yellow jacket control, and more

Pollinator News                 Oct. 27, 2017 Water is the Connection: Managing Pesticide Risk for Salmon Recovery (from Northwest  Center for Alternatives to Pesticides) Water – abundant, pure and cool – is of vital significance in western Oregon. A dense network of streams and rivers fed by snow and rainwater filtered through mountain forest

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We need your support; Dicamba update; New editor at ABJ; and more

Pollinator News                 Oct. 20, 2017 Working for Beekeepers! We support you; please support us! Pollinator Stewardship Council provides services to our members and works on their behalf. This map shows our outreach from January through September this year.  Our Program Director has traveled to and presented at forty (40) different groups and

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Mites; Nutrient collapse; Court rejects approval on bee toxic pesticides; Neonics act like endocrine disruptors; and more

Pollinator News               Sept. 29, 2017 It is the mites because . . . “But even if the varroa mite problem were solved today, this would not by itself solve all of the problems facing honey bees and beekeepers,” Dr. Jeff Pettis, Research Leader USDA -Agricultural Research Service The latest research on mites,

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Pollinator Habitats Damaged; Effect of IGRs; Organic View Radio, and more

Pollinator News               Sept. 15, 2017 Contradictions in City Ordinances Put Pollinators (and homeowners) At Risk- a personal story by Michele Colopy As a beekeeper, I work to be an example for others that we all need to support our pollinators.  Planting pollinator supportive plants is key to supporting the health and nutrition

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It’s the mites because . . .

“But even if the varroa mite problem were solved today, this would not by itself solve all of the problems facing honey bees and beekeepers,” Dr. Jeff Pettis, Research Leader USDA -Agricultural Research Service 1 The latest research on mites, and another avenue2 to control them is welcomed.  However, the recent research 3 and surveys4,5

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Gaps in Pesticide Use Estimates; Routes of Neonic Exposure; Mosquito Control Resources; Research

Pollinator News                    Sept. 1, 2017 Gaps in Pesticide Use Estimates (from the Xerces Society) California’s pesticide use reporting is the best available data on pesticide use in the country. Still, common uses of neonicotinoids in agricultural and urban settings are not captured, leading to gaps in our understanding of use

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USDA Survey, Mite-a-thon, Fipronil in Eggs, and more

Pollinator News          Aug. 18, 2017 Bee Health Is Not Just About Numbers of Hives USDA- NASS released its annual report of honey bee losses last week.  These annual bee health and honey surveys by NASS are a snapshot in time.  These surveys can be confusing for the non-beekeeper.  However, it shows what any beekeeper would

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Congressional Briefing; Harvest Nectar; Film Showings; Outreach, and more

Pollinator News          Aug. 4, 2017 Congressional briefing on pesticides toxic to bees, birds, and other wildlife Members of Congress, scientific experts, beekeepers, farmers and environmental advocates to document the devastating impacts of pollinator population decline WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of environmental, beekeeping, and farming organizations held a Congressional briefing on Thursday, July 27th to

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