May 2015 Newsletter
Pollinator Declines
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Pollinator Declines

Domestichoney bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. This long term decline was punctuated by recent average losses of 30% perwinter since 2006. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining.
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses.
Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are:
  • poor nutrition
  • pesticides
  • pathogens/ parasites
  • poor quality genetic stock
Pollinators became a hot topic when thousands of hives in the US were found strangely empty starting in 2006. Since then, nationwide surveys have found that beekeepers lose approximately one third of their colonies each winter. The losses in 2006 were attributed to "Colony Collapse Disorder," where collapsed colonies still had a queen and some young bees, but most of the adult bee population disappeared [17]. Since 2006, colonies losses have continued, but beekeepers have attributed these losses to factors other than Colony Collapse Disorder. However, the outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006 served to bring international attention to long term, pervasive declines in honey bees and other pollinators.

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Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Energy & Climate Change WEBINAR

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69 acre certified organic grass fed beef farm. Owners are looking for someone to pick up the soul of this farm and improve on it as only a younger person/s can do.
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