Pollination Connection Buzz

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Pollination Connection has been interviewed on various occasions by various news stations and industry specific groups for articles regarding pollination and special reporting on the bee shortage that we have been faced with for the last few years.  Check this page for updated media clippings of our interviews and other industry related articles in the news.

Pollination Has Powerful Partners
February 2021

“Joining forces for the 2021 effort are BeeHero and the Pollination Connection, a union that will bring the providers of smart hive technology who operate the world’s largest database of bee activity data into partnership with California’s premier bee brokerage.”
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Denise Qualls featured on  Good Day Sacramento
October 2020

“California’s almond growers are facing a crisis due to historically low prices for their crop. Cody is joined by Omer Davidi from Bee Hero to talk about how bees may be coming to the rescue!”

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Partnership with BeeHero
October 2020

Together, BeeHero and The Pollination Connection will empower California’s almond growers to thrive using smarthive technology that predicts, measures, and optimizes bee pollination quality in real-time to increase transparency, predictive modeling, and operational costs of almond production.

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Blue Diamond Crop Progress Report
September 2020

“Harvest operations continue in all areas of the Central Valley. Observers are reporting that all but the last few Nonpareil plantings have been harvested and that growers have been moving into their various pollinizer varieties as fast as conditions allow.”

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USDA-NASS Predicts Third Straight Record-Breaking Almond Crop
May 2020

“The first of two production reports for the upcoming crop year, the Subjective Forecast is based on opinions obtained from randomly selected almond growers located throughout the state via a phone survey, this year conducted from April 20 to May 6. ”

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Land IQ Releases 2019 Final Estimate of California Acreage
December 2019

“Based upon their assessment in 2019, Land IQ determined that there are 1,497,336 total acres (bearing and non-bearing) of almonds in California. Of this total, 1,181,903 acres are considered bearing (defined as anything planted in 2016 or earlier) and the remaining 315,433 acres are a non-bearing estimate.2 Non-bearing almonds (mostly one and two-year-old trees) cannot be consistently differentiated from other similarly aged tree crops using remotely sensed methods.”

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The Blue Diamond Crop Progress Reports
February 2019

The 2018 crop progress reports are available on the Blue Diamond website.

“The early blooming Sonora achieved peak bloom over the weekend in all regions and its flowers are beginning to lose their petals. Most other varieties are at different stages depending on the region. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California type pollinizers in the southern region have over 80% of their flowers open for pollination. Carmel has 40% of its flowers open, and the late blooming Butte has 10% open.”

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The BIP BOX (The last best place for bees)
October 2018

“North Dakota is home to over half a million honey bee colonies, and is the number 1 honey producing state in the US for the past 30 years. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, in 2017, North Dakota produced 33 million pounds of honey valued at over $65 million. The vast expanse of land, as far as the eye can see, offers a dense and rich clover forage, a favorite of the honey bee.”

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The Bees Go To California
February 2017 

To be a honeybee. This podcast features interviews with Denise Qualls and some of our beekeepers. The journey of a honeybee from summer forage to the orchards for pollination. “But why make the 2,000 mile trek from the South instead of raising bees right in the Central Valley? It comes down to comparative advantage. Louisiana has better conditions for bees. It’s warm, green and there are plenty of flowers for the bees. And California has the edge in almond growing.”

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Historic Growth in California’s Almond Acreage
June 2016 

California’s almond acreage is estimated to be up at least 6 percent in spite of the drought and water issues that we have been facing.  We have done an exceptional job at marketing the almond to global consumers, which in turn has increased the demand and up to 70% of California’s almonds will be exported out of the US.

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Pollination Season Starts
January 2016

This year’s Pollination season is starting early. The bees are on their way into an orchard near you. With hives at record prices, Growers started hive procurement as early as the beginning of November. This year we will see great results as we continue to exceed all expectations.

A few months back, we had the honor of being a part of the beautiful photography that you will see in the article below. We hope you enjoy and look forward to a wonderful 2016 Pollination season.

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Preparing for Pollination 2016
October 9th, 2015

“With almond harvest complete and orchards transitioning into dormancy, next year’s growing season becomes the new focus. The first vital input for any new growing season is, of course, honey bees.” Click below for the full Almond Board October Newsletter.

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Truth or Myth? Neonicotinoids and Their Impact on Pollinators
September 9th, 2015

“That neonic insecticides kill bees is not up for debate. If an unlucky bee flies into a cloud of dust kicked up when coated seeds are planted, she’ll die on the spot. What is contested, however, is the severity of the effects that might arise from tiny, sublethal exposures to neonics over the course of a worker bee’s six week lifespan as she gathers pollen and nectar that is laced with trace amounts – and what happens when she brings this pollen and nectar back to the hive”

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Objective Almond Forcast Released
July 1st, 2015

The California Almond objective forecast for the 2015–2016 crop year was announced today, July 1, at the offices of the Almond Board of California (ABC). Based on 890,000 bearing acres, the forecast is 1.80 billion meat pounds of California Almonds. The forecast, funded by ABC, is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service — California Field Office (NASS/CFO).

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Hours of Service of Drivers: California Farm Bureau Federation;
Granting of Application for Exemption
June 2015

FMCSA announces the granting of an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the Agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers transporting bees. FMCSA has analyzed both the exemption application submitted by the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) on behalf of its members and other agricultural organizations and the public comments received in response to the Agency’s January 8, 2015, Federal Register notice. The Agency has determined that it is appropriate to grant an exemption to ensure the well-being of Nation’s bees during interstate transportation by CMV.

The exemption is consistent with the goals and strategies to protect the health of honey bees and other pollinators as stated in the ‘‘Presidential Memorandum Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators,’’ issued on June 20, 2014. The exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. This exemption preempts inconsistent State and local requirements.

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2014 Media

Star Tribune – August

Sacramento Bee – April 20th

2013 Media

Sacramento, KCRA 3 News – May 8th

NBC Nightly News – May 6th

Sacramento Bee – May 5th

Dan Rather Report – April 2nd


Time Magazine – The Plight of the Honey Bee

What Happened to the Bees?