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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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Science, Politics, and Honey Bee Health

Pollinator News        Nov. 11, 2016 We Want You!  Seeking Board members for PSC Last September the Pollinator Stewardship Council became a member organization.  This last quarter of 2016 we are seeking nominations for the Board of Directors.  Current members will vote in the next few weeks for nominated Board members.  For more information or

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Sulfoxaflor Re-Registered; Swarm the aisles; Join the Board

  Pollinator News        Oct. 28, 2016 Sulfoxaflor: Re-registered EPA has re-registered the bee toxic pesticide, sulfoxaflor.    This re-registration comes after the US beekeeping industry filed an appeal in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor due to lack of data and protections for pollinators in July 2013.  Ruling in

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Bee Club “How to;” More on Mosquito Abatement

Pollinator News        Oct. 14, 2016 Brave and hardy souls lead our State and Local Beekeeping Associations and Clubs The Pollinator Stewardship Council has been writing about bee club organization in Bee Culture magazine all year.  These “how to” guides are in response to struggling bee clubs mired in “the way it has always been

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Bee Kill Reporting System Failings, Experimental Mosquito, and more

Pollinator News    Sept. 30, 2016 Bee Kill Reporting System Failings Each State is given “primacy” to administer the rules and guidelines of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  According to FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) states can have their “primacy” removed if they do not enforce the laws defined under FIFRA.  Challenging a

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Future threats and opportunities for pollinators

Pollinator News Sept. 16, 2016 A horizon scan of future threats and opportunities for pollinators and pollination Published August 9, 2016 in PeerJ Pollinators, which provide the agriculturally and ecologically essential service of pollination, are under threat at a global scale. Habitat loss and homogenisation, pesticides, parasites and pathogens, invasive species, and climate change have

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Neonics in MN, Ohio Pollinator Plan, White House Plan Comments

Pollinator News   Sept. 2, 2016 Recommendations to the White House Pollinator Health Task Force in Response to the Pollinator Partnership Action Plan The Pollinator Stewardship Council was joined by the American Beekeeping Federation, and American Honey Producers Association in a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,

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Pollinators help cotton farmers; More Research from the Intern’l Conference

Pollinator News      Aug. 19, 2016 Cotton farmers profit from simple steps to help pollinators Sarah Cusser, University of Texas at Austin | on August 11, 2016 Sarah Cusser, University of Texas at Austin and Shalene Jha, University of Texas at Austin Cotton is the world’s most widely-grown and economically important nonfood crop. In the United

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Mosquitoes; Pollinator Research

Pollinator News   Aug. 5, 2016 “Science vs. Mosquitoes” The August 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine has a highly informative article about mosquitoes.  Mosquito control pesticide labels will clearly state their toxicity to honey bees.  However, the “public health exemption” allows mosquito control districts to apply these bee toxic pesticides against the directions (spraying it

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