Fargo researchers working on first-ever genetic bank for bees

Researchers in Fargo are working to make sure current honey bee genetics are preserved until the end of time — in case we need them then. The goal: make sure that if there is a future shock to the population we can wind back the clock.

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Honey Bees & Monarch Butterflies Get Habitat Boost from Federal Project

A public-private partnership program announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to incentivize building habitat that’s good for honey bees and monarch butterflies. The program will provide seed for putting land into habitat friendly plants and flowers as well as land rental.

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Williston Farmers Educate EPA Officials on Honey Bees and ND Farming

Tours organized by the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and introducing EPA officials the challenges of North Dakota Farming. The tours are happening all over the state including Minot, but at the tour near Williston the focus turned toward honey bees.

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Norway’s Capital City is Building a Highway for Bees

Norway’s capitol city Oslo is taking losses in honey bee colonies seriously; or, they’re using it as an excuse to brighten up the place with flowering insect rest stops. Either way, it sounds like an environmentally aesthetic two-for-one.

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Feds Propose Multi-Pronged Plan to Bolster Decline in Bees

Reports last week that 2014 was a particularly bad year for honey bees have federal officials calling all hands and activating resources in an attempt to reverse the trend.      

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U.S. Honeybee Losses Soar Over Last Year, USDA Report Finds

The cause of dying the honey bee colonies used for pollination in the agriculture industry and honey production remains unknown. What is certain — the problem appears to be getting worse. Get the story from Reuters.

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Another Perplexing Detail Emerges in the Beepocalypse Mystery

When it comes to honey bees colony collapse disorder, there’s a lot more of what we don’t know than what we do, but the mystery is becoming clearer. This article from Quartz highlights some new information that’s coming to light.

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Pesticides and Bees: It’s Complex

There’s been growing coverage of honey bees in recent years, specifically of a phenomenon being called colony collapse disorder. And as scientists have worked to find the cause, what they seem to be finding is not a single smoking gun, but a whole bunch of them.

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Science Finding Answers to Honey Bee Declines

Scientists have found a link between commonly used insecticides known as neonicotinoids and impaired brain activity in bees. The research provides a promising direction of inquiry in the search for the cause of the little-understood colony collapse disorder facing the bee industry.

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Why Bees Build Perfect Hexagons

It’s a good thing honey bees haven’t asked for a wage, we can’t afford to pay them, and we can’t afford to let them off the job. It turns out they’re pretty good engineers too.

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Honey Bee Producers get Boost from USDA Incentives

The federal dollars, $7 million in total, will be distributed in conjunction with the CRP program to farmers and ranchers who plant flowering cover crops that provide foraging grounds for honey bees.

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