JeffX | April 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Beekeeping For Beginners

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So many people are interested in beekeeping right now, the next beginner class at the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association sold out. 

The word is spreading about just how important bees are to the pollination of many plants, including many we depend upon for food. 

So we'll present something of a mini-class for beginners. 

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Blooms Too Early For Bees

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The official start of spring is not until Friday, March 20th.  But the weather in much of the region has been spring-like for weeks. 

And that means flowers are blooming, and fruit trees are ready for pollination by bees. 

Trouble is, the bees aren't ready. 

Sarah Red-Laird, the Rogue Valley's "Bee Girl," is concerned the bees will not have enough to eat later in the year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Pollinator Recommendations Deliver A Sting

The thousands of bees that died in Oregon a couple of summers ago did not die in vain. 

The die-off, a result of pesticide use, increased awareness of both the value of bees (and other pollinators) and the perils of ignorance in chemical use. 

The Xerces Society and other groups that want more protections for pollinators hailed the formation of a task force to make recommendations to the legislature. 

The task force recently presented its work, and Xerces is less than pleased. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Sweet Time At The Oregon Honey Festival

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Maybe the physical environment is tough, but the cultural climate is really good for bees right now. 

The mass bee kills of 2013 in Oregon only added to a growing concern over the fate of bees and other pollinators. 

And the fruits of their efforts will be celebrated this weekend at the Oregon Honey Festival

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Jefferson Exchange | August 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Building A Better Bee

Bees are critically important to plants and the food supply, and they've had serious survival problems in recent years. 

We could work to remove all possible health hazards for bees from the environment, but that's a long and slow process. 

What we could also do is work to breed "tougher" bees, bees with greater resistance to mites and disease. 

Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association President John Jacob is involved in the effort to breed sturdier bees. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Week To Celebrate Pollinators

How much of what we take for granted in the plant world would disappear without pollinators? 

We probably don't want to find out. 

Problems with bee colony die-offs in recent years pointed out the many things bees and other pollinators make possible. 

Those accomplishments are celebrated during Pollinator Week this week. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides


It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation


The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids


The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
10:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Being Good To The Bees

A bee buzzing near a lemon tree.

The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.