National Beekeeper of Year Focuses on Dying Bees

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.

Darren Cox of Cache County received the award from the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year.

He says he seeks solutions to stop the disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die. The disorder wipes out thousands of colonies each year, and threatens the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Cox says the disorder is spreading nationwide, and the die-off was 70 percent at his 5,000 hives in Utah, California and Wyoming this past winter.

To prevent deaths, the fourth-generation beekeeper urges farmers to spray crops with chemicals at night instead of daytime when bees are more active.

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