Local Couple Strives to Save Honey Bees

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- A national effort has just been launched by the White House to save honey bees and other pollinators.

As the bee population declines, people locally are doing what they can to help. One couple is doing what they can to rescue bees. Jeffery Mullins and Dale Fulk have more than a dozen hives,but they said sometimes bees just chose to abandon their hives.

The number of bee colonies in the U.S. has declined over the past 60 years, according to the White House. That is why President Obama's 2015 budget recommends about $50 million go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help bees and other pollinators, like butterflies.

To survive, many crops must be pollinated by honey bees.

"We would be eating grass, because without the honey bee we're not gonna be here," said Mullins.

Diseases and pesticides are two reasons for the population decline. Mullins said honey bees aren't to be feared and asks people not to call an exterminator first, "A lot of these chemicals and these sprays and stuff that are being sprayed on the cornfields and soybean fields. I really think that has a big influence on it."

With bees contributing billions of dollars to the economy, the couple is hopeful that more people will get interested in hives locally.

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