September 22, 2014

Seattle City Council To Vote On Citywide Ban Of Neonicotinoids

On September 17, a committee of the Seattle City Council endorsed a ban on the purchase and use of neonicotinoid products on city property. The measure includes supportive language for sales and use bans for all use patterns, including plants, seeds or products containing neonicotinoids in the city, and support for a national moratorium on products.

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Gary Mangum

August 12, 2014

What Bell Nursery Learned From Growing Without Neonicotinoids This Spring

Determined to find out firsthand what a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides would mean for growers, Bell Nursery CEO Gary Mangum challenged his team to grow without them. Read to find out about the lessons he learned.

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August 12, 2014

USDA Awards MSU $6.9 Million Grant To Help Bees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $6.9 million to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States. The grant was funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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August 5, 2014

High School Student Seeks Solutions To Combat Varroa Mites On Bees

Sarah Marino started the first phase of her experiment as a sophomore, and plans more studies to help bees with plant-derived solutions.

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July 31, 2014

Watch “Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through The Clutter,” On YouTube

If you weren't able to attend the Saturday, July 12 Cultivate'14 session on neonicotinoids and pollinators, "Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through The Clutter," you can now watch it on Greenhouse Grower's YouTube Channel.

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July 2, 2014

RISE Explains How To Promote Pollinator Health

National Pollinator Week takes place June 16-22. Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) offers steps to promote pollinator health.

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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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