New Government Report: Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
by Renee Johnson
Paperback, 17 pages, 2010, $15.00
“Starting in late 2006, commercial migratory beekeepers along the East Coast of the U.S. began reporting sharp declines in their honey bee colonies. Because of the severity and unusual circumstances of these colony declines, scientists named this phenomenon colony collapse disorder (CCD). Reports indicate that beekeepers in most states have been affected. Overall, the number of managed honey bee colonies dropped an estimated 35.8% and 31.8% in the winters of 2007/2008 and 2006/2007, respectively. Preliminary loss estimates for the 2008/2009 winter are reported at 28.6%. To date, the precise reasons for colony losses are not yet known. Honey bees are the most economically valuable pollinators of agricultural crops worldwide.
Contents of this report: (I) Importance of Honey Bee Pollination; (II) Extent and Symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder: Past Honey Bee Population Losses; Current Colony Losses from Available Surveys; How CCD Differs from Past Bee Colony Losses; Symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder; Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder; Other Related Events; (III) Issues for Congress: Committee Actions and Hearings; 2008 Farm Bill; Conservation Provision; Research Provisions; Insurance and Disaster Provisions; Other Provisions; USDA Actions and Funding; USDA’s Action Plan; USDA’s 200-2008 Progress Report; Available USDA Research Funding. Tables and figures.”