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A local bee keeper has started working with an apprentice, thanks to a new state program. Last summer, an employee of Iowa WORKS in Davenport approached Phil Crandall, President of Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, as he was selling honey at the Freight House farmers market.

The employee, Martha Garcia-Tappa, asked if he'd be interested in starting a "Master Bee Keeper Registered Apprenticeship Program."

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The decline in populations of bees, monarch butterflies, and other pollinators continues as the second annual pollinator conference is held in the Quad Cities.

A White House “national strategy” to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations is being praised by a University of Illinois scientist known for her research on the subject.

University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum says the plan is, to her knowledge, the federal government’s first comprehensive effort to address the decline in the number of pollinating insects.

“This appears to be really a landmark --- I don’t know how much will be implemented. That’s politics. At least the plan is there. And it is eminently feasible.”

Peoria County helps bees and budget

Mar 30, 2015

Peoria County is reducing the amount of mowing usually done along its highways and right of ways this summer.  

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News


Honeybees in the U.S. are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, but a long, cold winter put a huge dent in the number of hives in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

On today's WVIK News Focus, in the first of a two-part series, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers, including Phil Crandall at Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, IL.


(She also talks with Dave Irvin the President of the Eastern Central Iowa Beekeepers and USDA Senior Entomologist David Epstein.)