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Virginia Is Helping Everyone Become A Beekeeper

By Marissa Higgins

Bees are a tremendously important part of our environment. They pollinate the majority of our flowering plants, including many crops used to feed humans. Bees are also integral when it comes to the crops used to feed livestock.

Unfortunately, bees have not had the easiest time. Many people are familiar with colony collapse disorder, as people in both the U.S. and abroad realized that honey bees are dying at an alarming rate. It's actually not just honey bees, either; wild bees are hurting too. 

In the last decade, countries have been keeping a close watch on their bees. In the U.S., for example, we know that in the 2015-2016 winter season, we lost 28.1 percent of colonies. For perspective, beekeepers generally expect to lose up to 15 percent of their colonies in the winter months.