State Official Says Not to Worry Over Loss of Bees

Laramie, WY – Honeybees in eight Wyoming counties are dying off, but the Department of Agriculture's Hank Uhden says most farmers and recreational gardeners have little to worry about.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture surveyed all 150 beekeepers in the state after a hive disorder affected honeybee colonies across the country last winter. Uhden says beekeepers in eight counties reported significant population declines in their hives this year. Uhden says farmers growing seed alfalfa may be affected by the loss of these pollinating insects, but most of the bees in the state are raised for honey production.

Scientists don't yet know the cause of the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder.