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4:29 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Wash. state pressed to save honey bees by restricting pesticides

Beekeeper Mark Emrich checks his hives near Rochester, Wash.
Tom Banse

This is the time of year when local farmers count on bees and other insects to pollinate orchards and vegetable and berry fields. The change in the seasons is not the only thing creating a buzz in the world of beekeeping.

This week, the European Commission put a moratorium on the use of three popular pesticides judged to pose high risk to bees.

Beekeepers have started to push Washington State's Department of Agriculture to go in that direction, too. And that could have an effect on what's available at your local garden center.

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