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Pollinator Week 2022 – Video: Progress for Pollinators

June 20-26 is National Pollinator Week. To celebrate, CDFA is joining farmers, ranchers and the broader agricultural community in California to recognize the efforts of our state’s growers, gardeners, landscapers and others who have incorporated pollinator-friendly habitat and other measures … Continue reading

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California Pollinator Coalition Reports Increasing Cooperation Among Ag, Conservation Groups

Members note successful projects in celebration of National Pollinator Week June 20-26 A year after coming together to help make the agricultural landscape more friendly to pollinators, members of the California Pollinator Coalition say they’re gaining momentum, building stronger relationships … Continue reading

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Farmer-Veteran Grant Helps Marine Transition into Beekeeping

Jesus Toro is a man with a plan. The son of a farmworker and a former Marine helicopter mechanic, Toro’s goal is to become a fulltime beekeeper within three years, servicing orchards in California and the Pacific Northwest. A just-awarded … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Bee Day: May 20, 2021

Happy World Bee Day! This international observation, led by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is “an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.” To … Continue reading

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Did You Know? CDFA Bee Safe Program protects essential hives

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A video for #PollinatorWeek2020 – CDFA’s Bee Safe Program

National Pollinator Week is June 22-28, 2020 Many of our crops are dependent on pollinators. CDFA’s Bee Safe Program protects beekeepers and bees from a number of issues, such as theft, pests and lack of forage. Check out this video … Continue reading

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Join CDFA in Celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2020

In honor of National Pollinator Week, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross will kick off a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020 entitled, “California’s Efforts to Restore and Protect Pollinator Populations.” The webinar, set for 10-11:30 … Continue reading

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UCR scientist rediscovers insect lost for 105 years

Little is known about elusive beetle species, despite role in wildflower pollination By Sarah Nightingale, UCR A scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has rediscovered a tiny flower beetle that was last seen more than a century ago. Adriean … Continue reading

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It’s the Pollen Nation!

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is featuring the Pollen Nation, a web page dedicated to awareness about the many players in the pollination process, from the birds and the bees to the wind, and even … Continue reading

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CDFA introduces Pollinator Protection web page

As the health of European honey bees and other pollinators continues to be a top priority for scientists around the country, CDFA has introduced a Pollinator Protection web page as a resource for Californians and others interested in the issue. … Continue reading

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