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Vita invites beekeeping associations across the globe to tell us about their initiatives to improve bee health. And there are prizes! 
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Bees are big business. To lease or to buy? Californian almond grower buys beekeeping business. "In an environment where bee supply is always in question every year, it gives us a little bit of security to have our own bees."
Almond growers consider beekeeping
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Workers selectively favour some drones. But on what basis? UNC Charlotte Professor Stan Schneider in the USA is part way through a research project and early findings are released. 
UNC Charlotte professor Stan Schneider's laboratory, a series of glass-encased hives containing more than 12,000 honeybees, has become the buzz for research on how bees choose who will create their future generations.
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Here's a fascinating assessment written last year for what has been called the world's largest pollination event in 2015. The pollination of California's almonds. 
(Joe Traynor, American Bee Journal, July, 2014). It's July 1st – Do you have your 2015 almond contracts lined up? Over the past 2 decades, almond pollination income has surpassed honey income for virtually all commercial beekeepers and most will tell you they couldn't survive without it.
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Indian farmers are being trained in beekeeping to increase crop yields as a result of better pollination (40% increases in some cases, they say). At first Italian bees were used, but there were bee health issues and Indian bees (Apis cerana indica) are now preferred. 
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Do you trust to honesty boxes for honey sales?
"... one of his favorite notes came from a customer who told him he only had a $20 bill for an $18 jar of honey. The customer wrote "one of us is going to have to trust the other. It appears that you probably have more money than I do, so I'll owe you."
"A couple of weeks later, that man put the $18 in the box." 
A honey business that counts on the honesty of customers for nearly 70 years.
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Here's a smart new book title: Farming for the Landless. It's about beekeeping of course and looks to be a promising 
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Inspections of hive movements are too expensive and ineffective, so let's manage Small Hive Beetle with traps say Australian bee industry leaders.
Beekeeper leaders say cross-border biosecurity regulations are hurting the industry instead of protecting it.
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Quite unlike honeybees, ants seem to have a toilet area in their nests! Fascinating story and great photos. 
Designated bathrooms may keep the colony healthy or feed its young, according to experiments with black garden ants.
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Going to Bee Tradex at Stoneleigh on 7 March? You can save some money by reserving an Apishield hornet trap and avoiding £15 post and packing charges.
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If you are a beekeeper on a journey suffering from a plague and fainting a lot, we have good news. St Valentine is patron saint to all of those conditions and more! 
And if you object to paying so much to take your loved one out on 14 February when prices seem to peak, we have more good news: there were probably about a dozen St Valentines, so you could pick a less busy evening out by celebrating one of the other non-February ones! 
Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.
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Do colonies fail because stresses are causing young bees to become foragers too early? Researchers tracking bees have found that bees that start foraging younger complete fewer foraging flights than others and are more likely to die on their first flights.
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Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries.
Vita products:
Apiguard to control varroa and chalkbrood
Apistan (outside North America) to control varroa B401 to control wax moth
Vita Feed Green and Vita Feed Gold to boost immune systems
foulbrood diagnostic kits to test for EFB and AFB at the hiveside
Vita Swarm Attractant Wipe to lure swarms