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Feds unveil plan to save honey bees — and $15 billion in crops they pollinate

Published: February 26, 2014
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Source: Washington Examiner

Honey Bee on Willow Catkin / Photo by Bob Peterson, via Wikimedia Commons

Honey Bee on Willow Catkin / Photo by Bob Peterson, via Wikimedia Commons

Claiming that the future of American food production depends on a revived honey bee population, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday announced it will spend $3 million to help ranchers and farmers improve the health of the bugs, key to pollinating $15 billion worth of food.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement, “Expanded support for research, combined with USDA’s other efforts to improve honey bee health, should help America’s beekeepers combat the current, unprecedented loss of honey bee hives each year.”

The money will be in the form of financial assistance and technical help targeted to five Midwestern states: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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