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F E A T U R E How Are Honeybees Doing? Mysterious afflictions continue to kill honeybees and play havoc with the beekeeping industry. by Michael Fickes L ast winter was easier on honeybees than the winter before. According to the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership and the U.S. department of Agriculture, 23.2 percent of honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off during the 2013-2014 winter. That was significantly lower than the 30.5 percent loss suffered during the 2012-2013 winter. Last winter's losses were also better than the average losses recorded by the survey over the past eight years - 29.6 percent. Then again, there is only one winter of good news. There are lots of other winters with terrible news. beekeepers reported losses of 30 to 90 percent of the hives. Losses have totaled 20 percent to 33 percent every winter since then. Beekeepers say that loses around 19 percent are economically manageable, but not higher. Called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the problem of massive bee loses arose during the winter of 2006-2007 when No one knows what is wrong. Some groups blame pesticides and herbicides. Others blame nutrition. There are many theories. FOOD SHIPPERS OF AMERICA | | 59

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Letter
Intermodal Challenges
Pain on the Train
Transportation Funding Preview
The Real Key to the Driver Shortage – Creating a Better Environment for Drivers
Starting Over
FSA’s Annual Conference
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Cleaning Up Aisle 6
How Are Honeybees Doing?
Capturing Talent
A Traffic Jam Model of Leadership
Afraid to Admit That You Don’t Understand Social Media?
FSA Members
Index of Advertisers

Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015