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Kansas State researches using drones to protect crops

posted on March 20, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Kansas State University is researching how to use drones to detect invasive insects and emerging diseases in wheat fields. Full Story

A Warm Winter May Bring Bugs

posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze have not. Winters are... Full Story

Traps aimed at shedding light on forest-damaging bug

posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees across the country are helping state and federal agriculture officials learn more about a deadly beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada and... Full Story

Kudzu makes play on soybeans

posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM

- Kudzu - the "plant that ate the South" - has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers. Full Story

Amid Bee Die-Off, Healthy Hives Thrive in Cities

posted on July 29, 2011 at 6:42 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Among the wildflowers and native grasses in the garden atop Chicago's City Hall stand two beehives where more than 100,000 bees come and go in patterns more graceful, but just as busy, as the traffic on the street 11 stories below. Full Story

Insects Leading Threat to U.S. Forests

posted on July 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich (AP) -- Marauding insects have become a leading threat to the nation's forests over the past decade, a problem made worse by drought and a warming climate, a federal report says. Full Story

Proposal to tax Calif. beekeepers stirs up swarm

posted on April 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM

FRESNO, Calif (AP) - A proposal to tax beekeepers who do business in California to pay for research on honey bees' health is stirring up a swarm. Full Story

World's Bee Hives to Decline Without Human Changes

posted on March 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM

(Associated Press) The U.N.'s environmental agency warned in a new report Thursday that the world's bee population is likely to keep declining unless humans change the way they manage the planet. Full Story

Michigan Farmers Warned of Stink Bugs

posted on February 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (AP) - Michigan agriculture officials are warning farmers to watch for the brown marmorated stink bug, a nasty invader from Asia that emits a foul stench when squashed and wreaks havoc on fruits and field crops. Full Story

Beekeepers Derail Proposed Bee Rules

posted on January 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind (AP) — Western Indiana beekeepers who swarmed county officials with complaints about proposed limits on their honey-making hobby have forced officials to drop the proposal after warning that it would have virtually eliminated the... Full Story

Companies Hope Sourcing Will Stem Illegal Honey

posted on December 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

FRESNO, Calif (AP) -- Honey companies and importers are launching a program in January to try to stop the flow of illegally sourced honey from coming into the country. Full Story

Spotted Knapweed Control Draws Ire from Beekeepers

posted on December 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

DETROIT (AP) — An effort to fight an invasive plant with insects that eat it has drawn opposition from beekeepers who worry it will leave them without an adequate source of nectar and pollen for their honeybees. Full Story

Study: High-tech Corn Cuts Pest Damage Far Afield

posted on October 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — New research finds that corn genetically engineered to resist insects also helps out non-modified corn growing nearby. Full Story

States Expand Efforts To Combat 'Funny Honey'

posted on September 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

RALEIGH, N.C — You might call them the Honey Police — beekeepers and honey producers ready to comb through North Carolina to nab unscrupulous sellers of sweet-but-bogus "funny honey." North Carolina is the latest state to create a standard that... Full Story

Fed Money for Grasshopper Fight

posted on June 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

The federal government is setting aside extra money to combat an expected outbreak of grasshoppers this summer in Nebraska, the Dakotas and other states. Full Story
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