Cocke County beekeeper part of national study

Cocke County beekeeper part of national study

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

PARROTSVILLE (WATE) – A Cocke County apiary is part of a national survey that will help figure out what is happening with the bee population in the U.S.

At Long Creek Apiaries, they raise about 300 bee colonies. The owner, David Winters, sells the bees to beekeepers across the country.

They in turn use the bees to make honey.

"Bees are important because when you sit down and eat, two-thirds of what is on your plate depends on pollination," said Winters.

Winters says the bee population in America is dwindling and there's no clear explanation why.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking notice of the problem. They're doing a survey of 350 apiaries in 13 states.

The study includes the apiary owned by Winters. The USDA will study the bees to find out what diseases are prevalent among bees in this country.

That information can be used to keep bees with new diseases from being imported into America.

"It's great because I've always felt that there's no need to bring in any bees from other countries," said Winters.

He says the bee survey will continue around the country for the next two years. In all there are 25 apiaries in Tennessee taking part.

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