April Showers Bring May Flowers


Spring is in the air! With spring comes warmer days as well as plenty of pollen and bugs. One very important bug to agriculture is the bee. Now I know the bee is often seen as just a pest that, ABC news says, millions of people across America are allergic to.

However the bees are a very vital part of the pollination process of many crops. It is estimated by beesmater.ca.com, that 1 out of 3 bites of the food we consume, is a result of bees pollination. That is 90% of the world food that is pollinated by bees. Canola farms have one of the best relationships with bees, providing an excellent food source for the bees, while, in turn, the bees produce a measurably higher yield for the farmers. Because of this, the coexistence between these farms and bees is extremely important.

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One of the big problems today is that many of the pesticides used on crops, are killing off the bee. Bees pollinate up to $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year, and if they die, the crops don't get pollinated and we eventually too will die. Reported by Fox News, these pesticides are causing, what scientist are calling, Colon Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD causes the bees to become confused or disoriented and eventually the bees will abandon their hive and queen.

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Two of the most important things that can be done to help save the bee population is buy organic as well as buying from local farms. Here at AMP we are equipped to meet the needs of local farmers striving to switch their farming equipment from non-organic to organic. For more information visit use at www.ouramp.com or for a more one-on-one contact call us at (407) 299-1592.