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April 24, 2013
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National honeybee population in decline

Honeybees are dying in alarming numbers across the United States according to researchers and commercial beekeepers. “Populations have declined in North America almost 50 percent over the past two decades,” (Cline, 2013, Western Farm Press). USDA reports major bee declines since 2006. K. Keatley Garvey from UC Davis writes in Western Farm Press that every winter honeybees are dying in large numbers. 2012 was one of the worst winters on record for bee deaths. One example of the pressing need for bees for successful production is California’s 800,000 acres of almonds. UC Davis Extension apiculturist, Eric Mussen says, “We need …

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