The Value of Honey Bees

The U.S. population of honey bees is undergoing serious decline due to Colony Collapse Disorder, new pathogens and parasites, and a lack of diverse sources for pollination. Climate Progress reports that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will allocate another $4 million for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who agree to grow more plants that are advantageous to honey bees, such as wildflowers, native grasses, and cover crops (e.g., sunflowers, clover, and buckwheat). Over the past two years, this government initiative has helped increase food for honey bees on 35,000 acres.