June 30, 2014

Planting Garden Center Flowers Is Good For Bees And Other Beneficial Insects

Michigan State University Extension recently published this consumer article by Dr. David Smitley on why the discovery of neonicotinoid insecticides in leaves and flowers of some garden center plants should not stop consumers from buying and planting flowers, because the benefit to bees far outweighs the potential risk. It's a good resource to share with your customers and consumers.

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June 30, 2014

Native Bees And Their Conservation On Farmland

This downloadable fact sheet from Michigan State University Extension has been developed by Rufus Isaacs and Juliana Tuell from the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, to provide information for growers about farm practices that can support native bees.

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June 24, 2014

USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population, Pollinator Health Task Force Formed

This week, President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees. A new Pollinator Health Task Force will focus federal efforts to conduct research and take action to help pollinators recover from population losses.

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June 24, 2014

Bee Palooza Educated Consumers About Pollinators At Michigan State University’s Horticulture Gardens

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, Michigan State University (MSU) hosted the Third Annual Bee Palooza from on Sunday, June 22. This interactive event was open to people of all ages to learn more about pollinators by visiting a series of seven stations set up in various parts of the MSU Horticulture Gardens.

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June 4, 2014

Do Your Part: Pollinator Week Is June 16-22, 2014

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

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June 3, 2014

Industry Is Taking The Next Steps Toward Improved Pollinator Health, Reardon Says

Specialty agriculture has an enormous role to play in improving pollinator health. Here is what growers can expect to see from government agencies and industry associations.

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June 3, 2014

Active Grower Voices Are Invaluable To Retailers, Consumers, Drotleff Says [Editorial]

Creating our own advocacy is an important tool in areas like presenting science-based knowledge about pollinator health, and informing the public about how growers already preserve natural resources through responsible practices like integrated pest management (IPM), water reclamation and recycling, plastic recycling and sustainability initiatives.

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As directed by EPA, the bee hazard icon appears in the Directions For Use for each application site for specific use restrictions and instructions to protect bee and other pollinators.

June 1, 2014

Bachman’s Takes Steps Toward Pollinator Preservation

Bachman's, a wholesale nursery and retail business based in Minnesota, has taken measures to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators, including eliminating the use of neonicotinoids in some of its own production.

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May 19, 2014

USDA Survey Shows Fewer Bee Colony Losses In United States

USDA survey shows fewer bee colony losses in United States. The USDA also announces a fall summit on Bee Nutrition and Forage and launches the Bee Watch website.

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May 15, 2014

Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices

To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products.

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May 13, 2014

Attract Birds, Bees And Butterflies With 21 New Pollinator-Friendly Varieties

Try out these new pollinator-friendly varieties the next time you want to attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.

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