Survey reports fewer winter honey bee losses
ARS and other USDA agencies, university programs like the University of Maryland and the Bee Informed Partnership are working hard to develop best management practices to help beekeepers in the short term and are carrying out research to solve critical problems for pollinators in the long term.
The survey results are based on information self-reported by beekeepers. About 7,200 beekeepers who managed 564,522 colonies in October 2013, representing 21.7 percent of the country's 2.6 million colonies, responded to the survey. In the survey of bee losses for the winter of 2012-2013, more than 6,000 beekeepers responded, representing 22 percent of the country's estimated 2.6 million colonies.
This survey was funded in part by a grant from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which also provides significant funding for the Bee Informed Partnership.
A complete analysis of the survey data will be published later this year. The abstract of the analysis is at http://beeinformed.org/results-categories/winter-loss-2013-2014/.
More information about ARS honey bee health research and CCD can be found at www.ars.usda.gov/ccd.
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