January 2013

Guardian: EU Proposes to Ban Insecticides Linked to Bee Decline

"Insecticides linked to serious harm in bees coud be banned from use on flowering crops in Europe as early as July, under proposals set out by the

Farms.com: Taking Steps Towards reducing the Risk to Pollinators

"Many growers are asking what actions they can take to help reduce the risk of bee kills this spring during planting."

Ontario Student Receives Coveted CAPA Award

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) Awards Committee is pleased to announce that Brock Harpur, a PhD candidate at York Un

Better Farming Magazine: Are Pesticides Killing Ontario Bees?

February 2013 edition.

EEA: Late Lessons from Early Warnings

European Environment  Agency (EEA) report published Jan.

The Western Producer: Insecticides Could Be Costing Growers Yield.

Extensively spraying fields when crop-eating bugs are first seen might be costing farmers 10 to 15 percent of their canola yield.

New Zealand Report on Honey Crop 2012

The New Zealand honey crop for 2011/12 was estimated at 10,385 tonnes, up 10% from 2010/11.

New Rates Announced for Foreign Agricultural Workers

Check out the F.A.R.M.S website for information on and access to the foreign workers program.

Opposition Slows Dow's 2,4-D Corn

"Dow announced last week that it is no longer planning to market its 2,4-D corn for the 2013 planting season.

Stats Canada Report on Canadian Domestic Honey Exports 2012

Released today: latest figures for honey exports for 2012.

CFIA Provides Industry with Better Access to Expert Advice

Canadian Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, announced January 7 that the Canadian Food Inspection

The Australian Beekeeper's Perspective on Neonicotinoids

Here's an interesting blog from Australia on their experience with neonics.

Bloomberg: DuPont-Dow Corn Defeated by Armyworm

This study follows last year's discovery in Iowa that rootworms have developed resistance to Monsanto's corn.  Concern that the insecticides are fa

ABJ: Proceedings of American Bee Research Conference

This ABJ Extra provides proceedings of the ABR Research Conference held in Hershey, PA this month.

Research: Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas


European Food Safety Authority Press Release on Pesticides

Following is the original press release from EFSA that underlies much of the recent media reports.  The press release also provides links to the fu

Business Week: Syngenta to defend pesticide

Not surprisingly, the pesticide companies are reacting to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report. 

Nature Magazine video on bees and pesticides

Good video to supplement all the news stories on effect of pesticides on bees. View.

UK Guardian reports pesticide presents unacceptable risk to bees

The world's most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an "unacceptable danger to bees feeding on flowing crops.

Today's Farmer: No Answer to Bee Deaths

No definitive answer yet to mysterious bee deaths

CAPA Presentation to the Apiariary Inspectors of America 2013

Thanks to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) for sharing their recent PowerPoint Presentation to the Apiary Inspectors o

Honey Bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present.

A newsletter from the American Beekeeping Journal reports that a study published in the "Proceedings of the Royal Society" concludes that "when blu

"Apis Newsletter" January edition

A source of interesting news from the U.S.

Winnipeg Considers Bees "Exotic Animals"

The City of Winnipeg has ruled against a loosening of regulations prohibiting urban beekeepers. 

Corn and Soybean News: Can Bees Build Soybean Yields?

"Recent research into the little-understood relationships between the two indicates there could be big yield benefits from bees.

U.S. Study Proves Pesticide Exposure to Bumble Bee Colony - Apinews

Quote from the report: "Here we show that chronic exposure of bumble bees to two pesticides (neonicotinoid and pyrethroid) at concentrations that c

NSERC-Canpolin December Newsletter

Is this really the last year for Canpolin?