Tag Archives: Agriculture

Let dandelions grow. Bees, beetles and birds need them

Dandelions are demonised as one of the most pernicious weeds, but hold back on the mowing and you’ll find a whole range of garden wildlife depends on them for food, writes Kate Bradbury A few weeks ago I walked past … Continue reading

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Swindon helps prove that bees thrive in towns and cities

THE plight of the humble bee has been well documented. Honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinating insects are under threat from some pesticides, disease and loss of habitat – our wildflower-rich grasslands, a prime habitat for pollinators, have declined … Continue reading

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Wildflower meadow protection plan ‘backfires’

  A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England. Some 98% of English meadows have been lost to intensive farming, but the rate of loss nearly doubled after the … Continue reading

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Seasons of pain and gain

A SERIES of bushfires ripped through the south-east of the state in the early part of the year, which wreaked havoc on farmland. The state’s agricultural industry and wider community were quick to lend a hand in any way they … Continue reading

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2013 Wasn’t a Good Year for Honey Production

Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent. The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some … Continue reading

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Keeping Honeybees Can Be a Great Hobby

Have you ever considered keeping honeybees? Trade in a few hours to see if this hobby is in your future. The honeybee is a fascinating and beneficial insect, but the stresses of modern agriculture are making life difficult for the … Continue reading

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Lessons from bees

Bees and children normally have a volatile relationship. The fear of being stung and the increasing number of children with allergic reactions tends to create a unsympathetic environment for the humble bee. But one East Auckland school is going against … Continue reading

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Saving the Bees!

On December 21st Beekeepers from the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) were determined to save a hive of bees. The bees escaped from a failed extermination attempt and created a beautiful exposed hive 30 feet in the air. The hive … Continue reading

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Athreb Mountain: Where scenery and honey are redefined

ABHA – Athreb Mountain is one of the highest in the Asir region. Standing at 2,200 meters above sea level, it has always been an important tourist attraction because of the mesmerizing scenery, serenity and beautiful weather. Its strategic location overlooks … Continue reading

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Saudi spray jets destroy bees instead of locusts

Saudi planes spraying insecticides to destroy large swarms of locusts invading many parts of the Gulf Kingdom accidentally exterminated millions of bees in nearly 850 hives in just one area, prompting farmers to demand damages. Farmers inspecting their hives after … Continue reading

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Kano Govt. gives out N3m nursed plants for bee farming

The Kano State Government said it had given out over three million nursed plants to farmers to use for bee farming in the state. The State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Abdullahi Abbas, made this known at the opening of a … Continue reading

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Life is sweet

Stung by his knowledge of 50 years’ experience as a bee-keeper, the students, kitted out in their protective clothing, were buzzing around Mr Oosting’s Edgcumbe Beach property to learn everything they could about keeping bees before they returned home to … Continue reading

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Honeybees, Home, and the Holidays

My life with bees over the past 40 years — first as a commercial beekeeper and now as a hobbyist with a few hives in my back yard — has given me a unique lens through which to look at … Continue reading

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Bee farming in school curriculum

Fiji- THERE is a need to revise the agricultural science syllabus in secondary schools to ensure bee farming is included in all schools. Speaking at a bee farming symposium in the North, the Agriculture Ministry’s national co-ordinator for the honey … Continue reading

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CO-OP SUPPORT CREATES A BUZZ FOR BEEKEEPING BUSINESS

A Suffolk bee farmer is enjoying huge business success and has been provided with a long-term route to market for his honey, thanks to the support and involvement of the East of England Co-op. The regional supermarket chain identified Great … Continue reading

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Beekeeping: A lesson in adaptation

My husband and I have kept honey bees for a few years now. We’ve learned, through a combination of trial and error and beekeeping classes that bees are susceptible to pests and disease. As a result, we learned to test … Continue reading

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Organic bee farming prospects

THE National Bee Farmers Association will introduce organic bee farming to local farmers around the country next year. Agriculture Ministry’s national co-ordinator Kamal Prasad said an organic honey variety, known as Lapita honey, had been farmed in Kadavu. He said … Continue reading

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Males kicked out of the hive – work done

THE cold is starting to bite and the bees in the old Mendip Hospital Cemetery are preparing to settle down for the winter. By now the queen will have stopped laying and will be surrounded by about 10,000 of her … Continue reading

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Honeybee Robots?

I don’t claim to have the most abundant flower garden at our home, but I think I saw fewer than about 50 honeybees all this year. And the bad news, as the media have reported now for months, is that … Continue reading

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The bee’s knees in food security

A study claiming that bees contribute to world food security by reducing food wastage says there should be more investment in pollination. Up to 50 per cent of crops can go to waste between harvest and the supermarket, but a … Continue reading

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Alert over beehives

THE National Bee Keeping Association in Fiji is calling on beekeepers to be wary of the spread of virus and unwanted pathogens when beginning hives for their farm. Ministry of Agriculture’s national co-ordinator Honey Industry, Kamal Prasad said a viral … Continue reading

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Cameron all abuzz over project

Agriculture students at Cameron University are looking at a sweet future. A student with an interest in apiculture  also known as beekeeping  has been taking care of a commercial hive on the Cameron farm this semester and has already harvested … Continue reading

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The buzz about bees

When Rosalie Gabbert met her husband, Benson, she didn’t know a thing about bees. So she never would have expected that 56 years later she would publish a children’s book about the “Father of American Beekeeping.” Once upon a time, … Continue reading

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Reason for vanishing honeybees remains a mystery, speaker says

FARGO – Since about 2006, experts from across the country have worked on answering a major question for American agriculture: What is killing America’s honeybees? Today, the question remains largely unanswered, although it is beginning to look like there is … Continue reading

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Clermont’s Belle Hemesath crowned Iowa Honey Queen

CLERMONT | Gabrielle “Belle” Hemesath expects 2014 to be especially sweet — even if she’s busy as a bee. The senior will graduate from North Fayette Valley High School in May and will also reign as Iowa Honey Queen. As … Continue reading

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