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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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Intern’l Pollinator Conference; Maryland MP3- comment by July 25th

Pollinator News       July 22, 2016 International Pollinator Research Presented The Third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, & Policy was held July 18-20, 2016 at Pennsylvania State University.  The conference featured forty-five current and in progress research presentations relative to managed and native pollinators.  There were six topic areas including epidemiology, ecosystem services, nutrition,

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NY MP3, Ohio Pollinator Week, Pronounce it, Know it, Understand it

Pollinator News         July 8, 2016 New York State Pollinator Plan Another state pollinator plan developed with little beekeeper input has been released.  Local media added their input at Bee study stings some: Skeptics of chemical linked to huge die-offs angered at state stance   and Altamont beekeeper says state report in response to malady affecting

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