USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

March 9, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production. In the past, beekeepers have transported bees to the Upper Midwest during the summer to gather nectar and pollen, and then moved them in the spring to California in order to pollinate crops. But colony collapse, loss of habitat and pesticides have decimated bee populations, causing losses as high as 30 percent each year.

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