Federal Government Resumes Study of Previously Suspended Honeybees

The federal study of honeybees that was suspended in July will soon be buzzing again.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture stopped the work due to budget constraints.

It gathers data from all 50 states to track bee loss due to colony collapse disorder.

Honeybees help pollinate a third of all the food we eat, but their population has been steadily declining over the last 13 years.

They’re under threat from parasites, widespread pesticide use, and climate change.

The Obama-era annual survey started in 2015.

The funding cut was part of President Trump’s USDA roll-back.

Now, the agency says this past year’s survey results, with one-quarter of data missing, will be released in August 2020.


Source: NewsNet | Federal Government Resumes Study of Previously Suspended Honeybees