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Agricultural production is in full swing in North Dakota, and flowering field crops or weeds in the field are important food sources of many species of pollinators, including honeybees and native bees.
In a sprawling bee yard, beekeeper Steve Ellis, wearily surveyed 1,300 hives destined for fields across the countryside.
Given that bees pollinate fruits, vegetables and nuts, and pollination is required for about one third of all food production, he should be enthused about their summer journey.
Emily Campbell sees bees as fascinating and beneficial. Campbell — the Minnesota Honey Queen and a seven-time grand champion at the Minnesota State Fair for projects involving bees — will compete in Hershey, Pa., in January to become American Honey Queen.
Beekeepers and several environmental groups argue in an emergency petition filed with the EPA that the agency failed to require some legally mandated field testing before the pesticide was approved in 2003. New research, including two studies published last week in the journal Science, raises serious questions about its effect on pollinators of all kinds, they maintain.
Wisconsin produced 3.6 million pounds of honey in 2011. That's down 12 percent from the 4.1 million pounds it produced the previous year. And Minnesota produced 6.4 million pounds last year, a decrease of 25 percent.
Winters are usually what one agriculture specialist calls a "reset button" that gives farmer a fresh start come planting season. But with relatively mild temperatures and little snow, insects are surviving, growing and, in some areas, already munching on budding plants.
The Montana Highway Patrol says a truck carrying a load of beehives from Minnesota to California crashed in south-central Montana, spilling the hives and wrecking the truck. The driver was not injured.
Robert Larimore always wanted to be a candle-maker. A dozen years ago, he got his wish. Larimore, a beekeeper for 30 years, operates Dakota Candles with his son, Nathan, and wife, Pam. They make candles from beeswax produced in their honey operation, Dakota Honey.
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