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U.S. Ag Producers Continue to Face Shortage of Pollinators

February 15, 2013

Florida bee keepers play an important role in crop pollination in many parts of the nation, and this week many of them were packing up their colonies and heading west tofor California’s almond groves, where growers fear there won’t  be enough bees to pollinate their 800,000 acres of trees.

Growers say they need 1.6 million colonies to ensure proper nutting on their trees, but this year their state has managed to rally only 500,000 colonies. Florida can provide 90,000-100,000 more. The need is especially acute this year because of a high level of die-off among California bee colonies due to malnutrition, one of the stressors of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a mysterious malady that has killed off one-third of the nation’s bees every year since 2006.

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Nationwide, 2012 was a bad year for agriculture, due to widespread droughts. Experts say it may have been one of the worst honey production years in the history of the country. Shortages of healthy crops mean a shortage of nectar and pollen, both required for making the honey that provides nutrition to bees.

“The problem is, there just aren’t enough bees. Researchers are working on CCD, but it remains a huge threat,” said David Westervelt, David Westervelt, Apiary Inspection assistant chief of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI).

Inspectors from FDACS-DPI are inspecting each truck carrying bees to California, ensuring they meet that state’s standards.

Once the bees return from California, they will be put to work pollinating Florida blueberries and other crops. Then, as temperatures warm, they will move northward, pollinating crops as for north as Maine. But try as they may, the continuing shortage of bees will continue to adversely affect U.S. agriculture.

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One Response to “U.S. Ag Producers Continue to Face Shortage of Pollinators”

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