Category Archives: Pollination

USDA Announces Partnership With Honey Bee Organizations

USDA Announces Partnership With Honey Bee Organizations

Last week, scientists, educators and legislators came together to discuss the plight of the honey bee during the eighth annual National Pollinator Week. All over the country, people met to learn more about pollinators and brainstorm new ways to protect their habitats from destruction.   In observance of this important yearly event, the USDA revealed… Continue Reading

A Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

A Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

In recent years, we’ve gotten pretty accustomed to hearing dire warnings about the plight of pollinators. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon we still don’t fully understand, has claimed the lives of millions of honeybees over the course of the past decade. In one year alone (between April 2014 and April 2015), it’s estimated that… Continue Reading

Historic California Drought Hinders Honey Production

Historic California Drought Hinders Honey Production

A decade ago, California was the number-one honey producing state in the nation. Today, California honey accounts for less than 10 percent of America’s annual honey production. This worrisome decline is due in large part to the record-breaking drought that has been ravaging California for the last four years.   In January, Governor Jerry Brown… Continue Reading

Honeybees Play Large Role In Almond Pollination

  Almond pollination usually relies on wild bees and other species to pollinate and breed.  New studies show that honeybees are playing a larger role in the pollination process and have more of an effect on almond pollination when other bees are present. California’s total acreage for almond orchards now reaches 800,000, and each acre… Continue Reading