Forget the latest job loss numbers, Science Daily is reporting that between October 2009 and April 2010, nearly 34% of managed honeybee colonies were lost. This isn’t necessarily Louisville news, but we have covered the (increasingly popular) bee beat here before, and there are reportedly beekeeping classes coming soon to Louisville.

(via Rural Blog)

This is an increase from overall losses of 29 percent reported from a similar survey covering the winter of 2008-2009, and similar to the 35.8 percent losses for the winter of 2007-2008.

The continued high rate of losses are worrying, especially considering losses occurring over the summer months were not being captured, notes Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of ARS’ Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s principal intramural scientific research agency. The survey was conducted by Pettis and past AIA presidents Dennis vanEngelsdorp and Jerry Hayes. The three researchers said that continued losses of this magnitude are not economically sustainable for commercial beekeepers.

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