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Nation's beekeepers lost 33% of bees in 2016-17

Annual losses improved over last year; winter losses lowest in survey history.

Beekeepers across the U.S. lost 33% of their honeybee colonies during the year spanning April 2016 to April 2017, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss — and consequently, total annual losses — improved compared with last year.

Total annual losses were the lowest since 2011-12, when the survey recorded less than 29% of colonies lost throughout the year. Winter losses were the lowest recorded si

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