Analia Manriquez

Analia Manriquez

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Research by the U.S. Geological Survey recently found widespread concentrations of a type of insecticide in Iowa streams, one that some other studies have linked to declines in honey bee populations. While the USGS did find these compounds in Iowa waterways, there’s still a question of whether that discovery is in any way linked to the losses beekeepers have seen in Iowa in recent years. Either way, beekeepers we spoke with told us there’s science that proves neonics are bad for bees.

Although a veteran commercial beekeeper said “classic starvation” induced by inexperienced hobbyists killed thousands of honey bees in Clackamas County this summer, a retired entomology professor who examined the hives said the case isn’t that simple. Dewey Caron, who has 40 years experience working with honey bees, said there’s no evidence to blame beginning beekeepers for the deaths, which prompted an intensive investigation and laboratory analysis by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “We do not know what happened,” Caron said. “It doesn’t completely fit starvation and it doesn’t completely fit pesticides. We no more know that it was the beekeepers’ fault than it was an accident, happenstance or one of the things that happen to living animals.”

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Dr. Dipanjan Pan and his team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign presented their findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.


The province has so far produced 273 tonnes, worth an estimated annual plan of 430 tons

Beekeeping in the province has made steady progress in consolidating its position as a productive sector, strengthening its production capacity, sanitary conditions, quality and marketing proposals. In a short-and medium term the provincial government plans to double the number of hives, as a strategic policy for the  development of the sector.

The Entre Ríos Fire Department Police Sappers had to move to a home of Osvaldo Magnasco, west of Villa Zorraquin, since a fire broke out in a shed where hives and other items were kept. Fire people reported total losses

Corresponds to the month of  August  2014

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Corresponds to the month of September 2014

Kristy Allen and Mark O’Rourke are bee ambassadors with deceptively similar messages. Allen, founder of a small business called the Beez Kneez, pedals through the Twin Cities selling honey from a bike trailer and handing out lawn signs that read, “Healthy bees, healthy lives.” O’Rourke, a seed-treatment specialist for Bayer Crop Science, travels the country with sleek interactive displays to promote the company’s insecticides and its views on honeybee health. Allen wears a helmet with bobbing antennae. O’Rourke sports a bee-yellow shirt with the Bayer logo.

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