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USDA will feed the bees

sugar water feeder

“Q. When is the best time to feed the bees?

“A. The best thing is never to feed them, but let them gather their own stores. But if the season is a failure, as it is some years in most places, then you must feed. The best time for that is just as soon as you know they will need feeding for winter; say in August or September. October does very well, however, and even if you haven’t fed until December, better feed then than to let the bees starve.”

–C.C. Miller, A Thousand Answers to Beekeeping Questions, 1917

USDA is planning to spend $3 million to feed bees in five midwestern states. Read more