As the world faces a declining bee population, California almond growers say they are doing their best to promote bee health. Many growers are using pesticides and compounds at night rather than in the day when the insects are active. Through the Almond Board they support the Bee Informed Partnership, a nationwide collaboration of leading research labs and universities in agriculture science, providing pest control advisers and other assistance to beekeepers. The beekeepers who participate in the “Bee Informed” partnership report they have fewer bee die offs because of the strategies in the partnership, according to the Almond Board of California’s Bob Curtis. Almond grower Christine Gemperle discussed how some almond growers have started planting cover crops to aid pollinator health. She said this provides variety in their diets and that “all the benefits have far outweighed any argument.”
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