State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey


All Blount County beekeepers can extract honey from their hives, Mike Studer, state apiarist, said on Saturday morning. But beekeepers should continue to monitor their hives to see if they notice any significant bee kills that might occur over the next couple of weeks. Studer asked on Friday that honey extraction be suspended from manyContinue reading “State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey”

State asks some Blount beekeepers to leave honey on hives until it can be tested


Mike Studer, the state apiarist, has asked that Blount County beekeepers, particularly those who have hives near the site of the recent train derailment, to do the following: — Leave the honey on the hives. Do not extract any honey until the state has had a chance to run some tests to determine if theContinue reading “State asks some Blount beekeepers to leave honey on hives until it can be tested”

Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills


The Pollinator Stewardship Council has sent along (via Kim Flottum) this appeal for beekeepers who have experienced bee kills to report them: Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled  89,000 colonies in fiveContinue reading “Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills”