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Walmart & True Value phase out bee killing pesticides; Adopting a Hive Mentality

  Pollinator News                    May 12, 2017 Walmart and True Value to phase out bee-killing pesticides while Ace Hardware lags behind Posted May. 3, 2017 /  by: Erin Jensen Garden retailers nearly unanimous in rejecting bee-killing pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. —Friends of the Earth and its allies announced a major advancement in their fight

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Bee Audacious, Bee Highway, Bee Safe

Pollinator News                April 28, 2017 Audacious: “A willingness to take surprisingly bold risks; bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, heroic, plucky.” Guest submission by Wendy Mather I volunteered as a note taker at the “Bee Audacious” conference in Marshall, California from December 11 – 13, 2016.   The impressive line-up of thought

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Water prize, MD Pollinator Bill, Myths About Modern Ag, Review of Neonic Evidence

Pollinator News                April 14, 2017 The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Announced as Presenting Sponsor of The Everglades Foundation’s George Barley Water Prize $10 million Barley Water Prize is world’s largest water prize to combat phosphorus pollution; organizations address global freshwater crisis in World Water Day national summit The Everglades Foundation announced The Scotts

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Beekeeper Takes Action; EPA Meeting; Chlorpyrifos; and more

Pollinator News                March 31, 2017 Georgia Beekeeper Takes Action You see the darnedest things driving down the street!  A Georgia beekeeper Julia M., came upon a spill coming from a lawn care company truck in her neighborhood last week.  “I followed the driver and he was very nice and told me that

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Bumble Bee; Cheerios; SAP and Glyphosate; Research Needs Farmers; HAS, and more

Pollinator News                March 24, 2017 An Historic Day: Protection for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee First bee in the continental United States to become an endangered species XERCES SOCIETY—March 21 protection of the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act took effect, making this the first bee in the continental

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Native bees sliding toward extinction; Take Action for Honey Labels, and more

Pollinator News                   March 3, 2017 Landmark Report: Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction PORTLAND, Ore.— In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data

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Synergism, Ag mega-mergers, be smart, and more

Pollinator News                 Feb. 17, 2017 The synergism of the federal hiring freeze With the new federal administration and the hiring freeze instituted for federal agencies, it appears the “freeze” has extended to grant funded projects as well.  Typically, when a grant is awarded and the contract signed, the project simply moves forward according to the

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Pesticide Policy Proposal; Bee & Butterfly Habitat; 4-H MP3 Essay

Pollinator News                Feb. 3, 2017 Pesticide Policy Proposal for Pollinators The Board members of the Pollinator Stewardship Council serve in many capacities within the bee industry, including on the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB).  Last summer the NHBAB developed a pesticide policy for the U.S. beekeeping industry. The key points are listed here; for

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4-H Essay Contest: Protecting bees from pesticides

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  the 2017 4-H essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?”  Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?”   Each state 4-H office is responsible for

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EPA Finalizes Steps to Protect Bees; EPA releases neonic risk assessment; Info. for your bee assn., and more

Pollinator News             Jan. 20, 2017 EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides EPA’s is releasing a final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides.  Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited under certain conditions when bees are most likely to be present.  While the restrictions focus on

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