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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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HoneyBEE; GRO1000 grants; Pesticide Label; and more

Pollinator News             Jan. 6, 2017 HoneyBEE  (Beekeeping Electronic Education) developed by Meghan Milbrath, an extension and outreach specialist at Michigan State University.   The HoneyBEE app will be for the development of beekeeping skills through the management of virtual honey bee colonies. This game will be a fun and engaging way for non-beekeepers to have

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2016 Accomplishments, Beekeepers Get Grants, EPA Removes 72 Inerts

Pollinator News                    Dec. 23, 2016 Our 2016 Accomplishments Beekeepers supporting beekeepers will make a life-long impact for honey bees and beekeeping.  Beekeepers supporting nonprofits led by beekeepers are supporting their industry directly. During 2016 the Pollinator Stewardship Council accomplishments were made possible by the support of beekeepers, pollinator partners, and local and state beekeeping associations. 

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EPA Nominee,Neonics; Pesticide Policy Map; Goulson; Center for Pollinator Research; HBHC Varroa Videos

Pollinator News Dec. 9, 2016 Catch Up on Your Reading December is the month beekeepers catch up on their reading.  This issue of the Pollinator News is no exception.  We share current research on neonicotinoids, a Dave Goulson talk, information on pesticide laws across the USA, HBHC Unveils Varroa Videos, and more.  Select links to

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Pesticide-coated Seeds Unregulated; Red-Headed Honey; Hivemind; Efforts to Combat Zika

Pollinator News Nov. 25, 2016 Pesticide Coated Seeds Still Not Regulated The Pollinator Stewardship Council, along with individual beekeepers, farmers, and advocates were plaintiffs in a US District Court federal agency action against EPA concerning pesticide-treated seeds.  The plaintiffs simply sought labels for the bags of pesticide coated seeds.  Product labels advise consumers how to

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