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Native bumblebees working alongside other bee species will improve pollination over Honey bees working alone. Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock (HobbyFarms.com)

Bee Diversity Equals Better Pollination Two studies confirm that a variety of bee species on the farm will help increase crop pollination.

Two new apple varieties, RubyFrost (pictured) and SnapDragon, were introduced to the New York market this month by Cornell University and New York Apple Growers. Photo courtesy Kevin Maloney (HobbyFarms.com)

New York announces names for new apple varieties - The apple - 'RubyFrost'

According to researchers at the University of Maryland and the USDA, chemicals used on agricultural crops can impair bees' ability to fight off parasites. Photo by Rachael Brugger (HobbyFarms.com)

Researchers find that fungicides and miticides meant to protect bees from parasites might actually impair their immune systems’ ability to ward off the diseases on their own.

International Year of Family Farming: @IFAD's  commitment and call for action

International Year of Family Farming: commitment and call for action

This year, it’s the International Year of the Family Farm and two other family farmers are going to join me here while we run through the A-Z of farming. http://fleurmcdonald.com/the-a-z-of-farming/

This year, it’s the International Year of the Family Farm and two other family farmers are going to join me here while we run through the A-Z of farming. http://fleurmcdonald.com/the-a-z-of-farming/

Celebrating family farming - Agriculture - General - News - The Land   IT’S official – 2014 is here and so is the International Year of Family Farming. According to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), 99 per cent of Australian farms are family owned and operated.

IT’S official – 2014 is here and so is the International Year of Family Farming.

International Year of Family Farming: @IFAD's  commitment and call for action

International Year of Family Farming: commitment and call for action

International Year of Family Farming 2014

Towards the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming

2014: International Year of Family Farming

International Year of Family Farming