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Silent Killer Has Beekeepers Buzzing

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Stephen Wilson, wearing a bee suit, checks on one of his 11 hives in his apiary on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Altamont, N.Y. Wilson said that each of his hives have between 60,000 to 100,000 bees. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

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Dee C (229)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 9:58 am
A swarm of honey bee issues may not have made it to the Capital Region, but that doesn't mean it hasn't created a buzz.

Local small-time beekeepers are watching for signs of Colony Collapse Disorder, which could have serious crop repercussions if the epidemic combined with a drought, blight or other factors.

Colony Collapse Disorder CCD as it is known in the bee community has decimated bee populations across the country. Farmers depend on bees as pollinators to help fertilize crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to figure out what is causing the disorder.

Nearly one-third of the bee population has been lost each year to CCD, which appeared on the scene in 2006, according to the USDA. It's not the first time beekeepers have been affected, but it has created worry in the bee and farm worlds.

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Veronique L (209)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 10:03 am
Thank you for sharing Dee, this is ever so sad and alarming...

Laura T (105)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:52 pm
thank you very much, I know many beekeepers&have been following this closley

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:51 pm
The numbers are astonishing!

Susan B (5)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:06 am
Worried that the government cares not to save the honeys. So sad.

TOM TREE (246)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:03 am
Noted & Shared Thanks!

Elisa F (235)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:51 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dee.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:34 pm
The pesticide manufacturers are using the same tactics as the Tobacco industry used. "You can't prove conclusively that it is our chemical(or tobacco)causing all these bee losses(or lung cancer), so it must be safe.

Teresa Fazackerley (395)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 5:31 am
wow, thank you Dee, noted
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