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New program launched to boost honeybee population

JACKSON — In light of the decline of honeybee populations around the world, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with several other agricultural organizations, has launched the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. This program outlines the basic standards that should exist between farmers and beekeepers when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. “Mississippi currently produces from 1 ...

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Beekeepers get exemption to use mite-fighting HopGuard II

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval of an emergency exemption that will allow Mississippi beekeepers access to a miticide to help control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. HopGuard II uses cardboard strips ...

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New program aimed at keeping beehives buzzing

A new program has launched aimed at further protecting threatened honeybees. Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University Extension Service apiculturist, said ongoing discussions over the course of several months resulted in the Mississippi Honey Bee Stewardship Program. “In light of the global decline of honeybee populations, the Extension Service and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federations facilitated discussions to foster a better working ...

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Group launches project aimed at saving honeybees

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Pearl River County Master Gardeners hope to boost the population of the Blue Orchard bee in south Mississippi with a project intended to attract this native pollinator to area backyards. The group, a volunteer organization facilitated by Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and committed to consumer horticulture education and community service, is in the second ...

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EPA exempts products to fight varroa mite in honeybees

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two emergency exemptions to help Mississippi beekeepers control damaging varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The products are HopGuard, manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products, and Apivar, manufactured by Veto-Pharma S.A. HopGuard cardboard strips treated with potassium salt of hop beta acids may be inserted in honeybee colonies or packages of adult ...

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Ag Department discovers, destroys Africanized bee colony

PASS CHRISTIAN — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) located and destroyed a colony of Africanized bees at a residence in Pass Christian on Oct. 29 after receiving a complaint from a homeowner. During the investigation of the complaint, a colony of bees was discovered in the subfloor of the structure. According to the homeowner, the bees had ...

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