Honey Bee survey coming soon

Staff Writer

In April 2018, the United Stated Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be breaching out to Bee and Honey producers in an effort to collect quarterly colony losses, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The data collected will be used for a Quarterly Colony Loss survey that measures colony losses to determine the stability of the regional bee population and aids in monitoring health of hives.
Director of the Delta Regional Office, Eugene Young said in the release, Colony Collapse Disorder is a continuing threat, and this survey will help identify the hives lost during the winter months. He also said that the majority of Arkansas’ cash crops depend on the bee pollination during the growing season, and that makes it important to start out the season understanding the needs of pollination.
Approximately 41 beekeepers in Arkansas will be surveyed by the National Association State Directors of Agriculture (NASDA). Beekeepers participating in ensure NASS provides timely, objective and accurate data of the industry to help make proper business decisions.
All information provided during the survey will be held confidential, according to the news release.
According the news release, NASS will publish survey results in its Honey Bee Colonies report on Aug. 1, 2018.
For more information about this survey or the upcoming publication, please call the NASS Delta Regional Office at (800) 327-2970 or visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/.

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