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MASSIVE LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF HIVES AFFLICTS ORCHARD GROWERS AND BEEKEEPERS –

MASSIVE LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF HIVES AFFLICTS ORCHARD GROWERS AND BEEKEEPERS – California beekeeper Bret Adee lost half of his hives this winter – 50,000, and he’s not alone. Many beekeepers across the U.S. have lost half their hives and many of the hives that survived aren’t strong in numbers. Experts say honey bees are dealing with many stressors like chemicals, loss of wildflowers, climate, nutrition and viruses. But a tiny parasite called the varroa mite could also have been a problem this year. (NPR)

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