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Farm Bureau, other farm groups petition DOT for hauling flexibility

Farm Bureau, other farm groups petition DOT for hauling flexibility
On Oct. 15 the American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations representing haulers of livestock, bees and fish submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting flexibility on hours of service requirements.



Celebratory week, beekeeper funding focuses on honeybee health

Celebratory week, beekeeper funding focuses on honeybee health
June 18-24 has been set aside as National Pollinator Week, and Gov. Ralph Northam has declared it Virginia Pollinator Week as well.



Virginia has fewer bees but is seeing fewer losses

Virginia has fewer bees but is seeing fewer losses
The number of Virginia honey bee colonies declined between the winter of 2015 and the winter of 2016, but a warm winter may have helped more bees survive this year.



National Honey Month concludes, beekeepers create a buzz at State Fair

National Honey Month concludes, beekeepers create a buzz at State Fair
September is National Honey Month, but even when the month-long observance ends, attendees at the State Fair of Virginia can continue the celebration.



Virginia AITC picks pollinator book as its 2018 Book of the Year

Virginia AITC picks pollinator book as its 2018 Book of the Year
Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s annual Agriculture Literacy Week will take place March 5-9; and Virginia AITC has selected These Bees Count, a children’s book by Alison Formento, as its 2018 Book of the Year.



Agriculture Literacy Week to feature readings of These Bees Count!

Agriculture Literacy Week to feature readings of These Bees Count!
Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s annual Agriculture Literacy Week will take place March 5-9, and Virginia AITC has selected These Bees Count!, a children’s book by Alison Formento, as its 2018 Book of the Year.



Pollinator plan to help bees; feed directive takes effect Jan. 1

Bees are essential to pollinating crops and have been on the decline for decades. Honeybee losses continue to afflict U.S. beekeepers and agriculture producers and can happen for numerous reasons. One piece of that puzzle is pesticide use, according to Liza Fleeson Trossbach, program manager for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Pesticide Services.



Spring freeze took its toll on 2016 honey production in Virginia

Spring freeze took its toll on 2016 honey production in Virginia
Freezing temperatures in Virginia late last spring had a chilling effect on Virginia honey production in 2016.



Pollinator Week is a good time to brush up on pollinators, honeybee health

Pollinator Week is a good time to brush up on pollinators, honeybee health
Pollinators are important to farmers and ranchers, gardeners and the food industry. That’s why June 19-25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior.



Va. pollinator plan aligned with national recommendations to revive honeybee population

Va. pollinator plan aligned with national recommendations to revive honeybee population
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released its pollinator protection plan just as a task force for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology published a commentary examining honey bee health stressors. 



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