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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

USDA Report Released: Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

USDA Report Released: Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released an report titled, Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health (2013).  According to the press release for the 72-page report available here, the following is discussed:
[t]he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.
"There is an important link between the health of American agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our country's long term agricultural productivity," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "The forces impacting honeybee health are complex and USDA, our research partners, and key stakeholders will be engaged in addressing this challenge."

"The decline in honey bee health is a complex problem caused by a combination of stressors, and at EPA we are committed to continuing our work with USDA, researchers, beekeepers, growers and the public to address this challenge," said Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "The report we've released today is the product of unprecedented collaboration, and our work in concert must continue. As the report makes clear, we've made significant progress, but there is still much work to be done to protect the honey bee population."

In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.http://paceeenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/2013/05/usda-report-released-report-on-national.html

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