Feds’ pollinator report delayed until after Christmas

If you were looking forward to sitting by the open fire on Christmas Eve and the reading the report on how to save pollinators that President Obama mandated in June, forget it. The White House has announced that the report will be delayed until after the holidays, according to Greenwire, a service of EENews. TheContinue reading “Feds’ pollinator report delayed until after Christmas”

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”

Is CCD over?

Is colony collapse disorder (CCD) over? Apparently, an increasing portion of the scientific and governmental community concerned with bees believes that it is. If so, it’s good news. But it isn’t all good news, as Noah Wilson-Rich, founder and chief scientific officer of the Best Bees Company and the author of The Bee: A Natural History,Continue reading “Is CCD over?”

New Jersey beekeepers produce video urging people to start pollinator gardens

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has produced a beautiful eight-minute video calling for citizens in that state to plant “pollinator gardens” — spaces that have blooms attractive to pollinators that last all summer long. The video lays out the reasons — well known to use beekeepers — why the non-beekeeping public should be concerned aboutContinue reading “New Jersey beekeepers produce video urging people to start pollinator gardens”

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”

The responsibilities of a beekeeper

Jim Tew’s presentations to the Blount County Beekeepers Association meeting on Monday provoked my thinking about the responsibilities we take on when we call ourselves beekeepers. So just what are those responsibilities? To my mind, there are three: Providing a home for the bees . . . . . . as long as they willContinue reading “The responsibilities of a beekeeper”

Tammy Horn says future of bees, beekeeping is in the trees

Where will bees and beekeeping be in the future? Very probably, in the trees, according to Tammy Horn, the Kentucky state apiarist, advocate of beekeeping and prolific author of books about bees. In a Food and Farm interview with Ray Bowman on America’s Web Radio, Horn talked about forest-based beekeeping, something that she has been encouraging,Continue reading “Tammy Horn says future of bees, beekeeping is in the trees”

From The Hill: UT’s John Skinner writes about efforts to study cranberries and their pollinators

University of Tennessee State Apiculturist John Skinner has recently been part of a research project to find out more about the pollination of cranberries and other berries in the eastern United States. Below is his report, which was originally published in The Hive Tool, the newsletter of the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. The Amazing Cranberry –Bogs,Continue reading “From The Hill: UT’s John Skinner writes about efforts to study cranberries and their pollinators”