Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Mark Emrich with honey bee hives.April 30, 2013 | NW Public Radio, by Tom Banse

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

“I was doing great until about five weeks ago,” he says. “Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit.”

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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