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California’s almond orchards have been thirsty for a while in a drought that threatens to lower yields. Also the bees that pollinate them also found water in short supply this year, according to a beekeeper who spoke at a field day in Fresno on challenges facing growers this year. The dozens who gathered at the event — including growers, pest control advisors and others — heard strategies for stretching water supplies and ways to keep those bees healthy and active in developing the nut crop with a value in the billions of dollars.

In an effort to protect honeybees, grain farmers in Ontario will have new guidelines to follow this planting season. According to the the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, farmers can only use a particular type of lubricant to assist in planting seeds coated in a particular family of insecticides. Farmers can only use Bayer CropScience lubricant in their mechanical planters "to minimize the potential for abrasion that produces insecticidal seed dust." The government agencies say other methods scrape seeds during planting and create too much dust that can be picked up by pollinating bees. Last spring, controversy surrounded insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, that coat corn and soybean seeds. Leo Gilbeault grows soybeans on a farm just outside of Windsor. The seeds he uses come coated in neonicotinoids. Gilbeault says he will adhere to the new rule and use best management practices to avoid killing bees. However, he won't stop using seeds coated in neonicotinoids.

Lying on her bed in the Beijing Apitherapy Hospital, Liu Yu, 27, gritted her teeth as she was stung repeatedly by bees. Using tweezers to hold a bee above Liu's neck, attending doctor Wang Menglin allowed the insect to sting her jugular acupoints, and leave behind its stinger and venom sac on the skin. "The devil of disease is more horrible than the stings of bees," said Liu, who takes an average of 80 stings over her entire body during her daily treatment. In 2010, after experiencing numbness in her legs, Liu was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an often debilitating disease in which one's own immune system eats away at the protective myelin sheath that covers the nerves. There is no known cure for MS, but Liu sought treatment at West China Hospital of Sichuan University. After being injected with hormones for five days, Liu's condition worsened. She lost faith in Western medicine.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:24

SUDAN- BEEKEEPING IN SOUTH DAFUR STATE

Kutum Locality is the highest honey producer in South Darfur State, said Omer Musa Mohamed, president of the Union of Honey Producers in South Darfur. This year's production of honey reached more than ten thousand tons compared to other producing States, he said, adding that production will increase if modern rather than traditional techniques are used.

Organized by SENASA, is intended to wholesalers, retailers and veterinary products which operate achieved by Annexes I and II of Resolution 369/2013. It will take place on April 29, from 9:30 am to 01:00 pm  at the headquarters of the Regional Centre SENASA Entre Ríos, located on  Pellegrini 861, City of Concordia, in the province of Entre Rios. More information and registration please contact Damian Slongo by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Angel Robert Maschke, coordinator of Misiones Beekeeping Program - Ministry of Agriculture and Production said "In Misiones we did a study and found to have between 5 and 6 percent of Varroa in beehives and yet are productive; We are investigating what makes the bees much support parasite load. It is something we must see and not justified the application of acaricides "

In order to consolidate the beekeeping development in the province of Cienfuegos, exists in the town of Rodas, the largest manufacturer of honey in this region of central Cuba a Reproductive Center Queen Bees, directed to the replacement of the oldest ones

COAG Almería has analyzed how the tax relief is published "fudge" when set modules reductions in the agricultural sector in the province. Agrarian Organization "is an unfair and incomprehensible tax cut for virtually all Almeria"

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:42

MEXICO- BEEKEEPING IN TAMAULIPAS

This year, beekeepers from central Tamaulipas, are projected to export 300 tons of honey to countries like Japan and the European Union. Tomás Berrones Anaya, a member of the Union of Beekeepers social sector League of Agrarian Communities in the state, said that what is currently exported, equivalent to 50 percent of the honey produced by this organization. "Currently in Tamaulipas has an inventory of 19,000 bee hives distributed in potential area of Hidalgo, Nuevo Padilla, Güemez, Llera, El Mante and Victoria and in recent years the production has increased to around 600 tonnes  "he said.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:39

BRAZIL- STINGLESS BEES SEMINARY IN PARÁ

The Lower Amazon Melinponiculture Seminar will be held on Wednesday (23) in Santarém, west of  Pará, through the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae). The event will focus on farmers interested in melinponiculture, which is the creation of stingless bees in the region.

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