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Continued decline in honey bee colonies confirmed by latest survey

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WILLMAR -- According to a recent survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beekeepers report a 33.8 percent decline in managed honey bee colonies nationwide. The reported losses were from all causes during the period of October 2009 to April 2010.

This is an increase from overall losses of 29 percent reported from a similar survey covering the winter of 2008-2009, and similar to the 35.8 percent loss for the winter of 2007-2008.

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