Preliminary Results: Honey Bee Colony Losses in the U.S., Winter 2011-2012.
"Survey by USDA and Collaborators Reports Fewer Winter Honey Bee Losses
By Kim Kaplan
May 31, 2012
WASHINGTON—Total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 21.9 percent nationwide for the 2011/2012 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America.
This represents a substantial drop in mortality compared to the previous five years..."
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