EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017

Well, you can’t accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of making a snap decision. The EPA announced that a recommendation on the use of neonics won’t come until at least 2016 — and maybe 2017. That’s the good news, I suppose. The earlier project was 2018. Jim Jones, the agency’s head of its chemical safety andContinue reading “EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017”

EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations

EarthJustice.org, one of the nation’s largest environmental protection law firms, is claiming victory in its fight to regulate coal ash dumping. Here’s part of a recent announcement: For nearly 6 years, we have pressured the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the White House and our elected officials to protect thousands of communities and millions of AmericansContinue reading “EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations”

Plant bee-friendly flowers – that’s the message

The video embedded in this post is more than a bit over the top. So, make sure you’ve taken your anti-schmalz meds before you watch it. Still, the sentiment is correct. We should plant more bee-friendly flowers. That’s something everyone can do to help arrest the massive losses of honeybees we are experiencing. The videoContinue reading “Plant bee-friendly flowers – that’s the message”

September is National Honey Month

September is National Honey Month. For beekeepers, of course, every month is a time when we think about bees and what they produce, but this may give us a chance to bring a few more folks in on our thinking. Tammy Horn, state apiarist for Kentucky and nationally known bee expert and author, has notedContinue reading “September is National Honey Month”

New thoughts about old comb

If you look at most any list of “best beekeeping practices,” you will probably find this item: Remove old comb from the hive and replace it on a regular basis. It’s one of those items that gives people like us — who are trying to be good beekeepers — a guilty conscience. We may removeContinue reading “New thoughts about old comb”

Bee bacteria could be substitute for antibiotics

Scientists are Lund University in Sweden are finding that 13 lactic acid bacteria found in raw honey are possibly powerful agents in combatting infections, particularly those infections that have grown resistant to commonly used antibiotics. People have known about the healing power of honey on open wounds for hundreds of years, but just why itContinue reading “Bee bacteria could be substitute for antibiotics”

EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees

A big part of the battle to save bees and improve the environment for all of us is taking place, not in the fields and around the hives, but in the nation’s courtrooms. One of those battles is being fought by an outfit named EarthJustice.org. EarthJustice.org describes itself as . . . the nation’s premiereContinue reading “EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees”

Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.

Those of us who are beekeepers rightly love our bugs. Chances are, we don’t spend too much time thinking about other bugs. Scott R. Shaw does. He’s a professor and curator of the Insect Museum at the University of Wyoming. He’s also author of Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects. He’sContinue reading “Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.”

Obama puts feds behind efforts to save pollinators

In our super-polarized political environment, here’s an issue that should unite Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, lefties, wing-nuts and all manner of thespians: President Barack Obama has committed the Federal government to an all-out effort to save pollinators. In a statement issued by the White House on June 20, the president ordered a government to taskContinue reading “Obama puts feds behind efforts to save pollinators”

Remember: Provide water for your bees

Bees need water just about all year long — especially in these final hot, dry days of summer. Water is vital for a number of functions the bee must perform, particularly cooling the hive, so it’s up to the beekeeper to make sure the bees have a good source of clean, fresh water close toContinue reading “Remember: Provide water for your bees”