Farm Bill 10007 Highlights - Enhance plant pest and disease survey

Farm Bill 10007 Highlights - Enhance plant pest and disease survey

National surveys guide research on improving honey bee health and increasing bee populations. 

With Farm Bill funds, the University of Maryland, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, and apiary specialists in 37 States and Territories launched the 2015 National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases. Honey bees are vital for agriculture, but their populations are declining. This coast-to-coast survey—the most comprehensive one to date for honey bee pests—gives crucial, baseline data to gauge colony health, detect exotic pest introductions quickly, and prevent their spread. 

 

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