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Ag Research Update: Bees and Biofuels

>> The buzz is bees are dying and scientists don’t know why. Pennsylvania State University is the lead institution conducting research on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the massive die-off affecting an entire beehive or bee colony.

Theories abound as to why the bee die-offs are occurring. Researchers with Penn State’s Working Group are looking at stress caused by moving bees around, malnutrition from the practice of feeding bees high fructose corn syrup, unknown pathogens, mites, pesticides, disease, or genetically modified crops as potential contributors.

Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurial Training

The Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University is holding a one-day entrepreneurial sustainable agriculture training workshop on May 29, 2007, at their campus in Logan, Utah. Lots of information on alternatives for processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing in retail and Internet environments will be provided.

NOTABLES THIS MONTH

>> Executive Director Wanted: The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS), a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a mission to “promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities, and quality of life, for present and future generations,” is looking for an executive director.

Commencement Kudos

Center for Rural Affairs’ policy assistant and intern Rhea Landholm graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications on May 5, 2007. Rhea graduated from the honors program with high honors, and also wore an honors cord for Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Fraternity. Way to go, Rhea!

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