Updated: U. S. Honey Bee Industry Struggles with 34% Colonies Loss

“The rate of honey bee loss experienced by the industry is unsustainable.”

- Apiary Inspectors of America Survey, Winter 2009-2010

A total 33.8% of U. S. commercial honey bee colonies  were lost in 2009-2010. But some individual beekeepers had to replace 75% to 100% of their colonies.
A total 33.8% of U. S. commercial honey bee colonies were lost in 2009-2010. But some individual beekeepers had to replace 75% to 100% of their colonies.
Before the fall of 2006 and the first report of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the U. S. commercial honey bee industry generally thrived on California almond pollination, other orchard crops, vegetables and berries. But in January 2010, many commercial beekeepers who trucked colonies to California for almond pollination lost nearly 100 percent of their hives.
Before the fall of 2006 and the first report of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the U. S. commercial honey bee industry generally thrived on California almond pollination, other orchard crops, vegetables and berries. But in January 2010, many commercial beekeepers who trucked colonies to California for almond pollination lost nearly 100 percent of their hives.

 

Updated:  May 5, 2010  Gainesville, Florida - On April 22, 2010, the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture ARS Honey Bee Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, reported, “Preliminary Results: Honey Bee Colonies Losses in the U. S., Winter 2009-2010.” [ See More Information below for complete summary report.]

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