honeybees

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

If you love apples, cashews, or string beans, you should love honeybees, too. Those are just three of the many foods that require bee pollination. Wild honeybees have almost disappeared in the US over the last 30 years. And in recent years, the number of commercial honeybees has also been dropping.

 On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers about the reasons for the decline, in the second part of her series about the future of honeybees. 

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.)