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Advisors Collaborate on Beekeeping Project

Advisors Collaborate on Beekeeping Project

Advisors Collaborate on Beekeeping Project

The recent media focus on the impact of colony collapse disorder to
the nation’s beekeeping industry increased the public’s awareness
of the importance of honey bees to agriculture. Shannon Mueller
and Richard Molinar began keeping bees to gain hands-on experience and to have access to colonies for educational activities with their clientele. Shannon serves as a resource on bees and pollination in Fresno County. Richard is exploring beekeeping as an opportunity for family farms/specialty crops clientele. Together, they manage five colonies and give presentations throughout the year covering basic beekeeping and the importance of bees and pollination in agriculture. Because they maintain their own colonies, they are able to bring bees in an observation hive to clientele meetings. Adults and children are fascinated watching the various activities of the inhabitants of the hive. This activity has resulted in significant improvement in interactions with local beekeepers and has potential as a new opportunity for small farmers, given the shortage of bees for pollination in California.

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Tomato Virus Disease Concerns

Tomato virus disease concerns at UC West Side Extension Center

Among the obvious concerns that vegetable crop growers face this season is the potential of a second consecutive year for curly top disease in tomatoes. In 2013, some fields in Fresno, Kings and Kern Counties were severely impacted by this beet leafhopper-transmitted virus disease. In some fields, the majority of the plants were lost early in the season and the fields were replanted, while in other cases, the impact was seen too late to replant and the fields may have been shredded or farmed to harvest, frequently, with disappointing yields.

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The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of campus based Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses working collaboratively with county-based Cooperative Extension advisors located in 50 county offices throughout the state.

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