The Iowa Department of Agriculture’s bee specialist says Iowa is losing honey bees.
According to Radio Iowa, usually winter losses among US beekeepers run are at about 30 percent. But due to the extremely cold winter, the loss is expected to be up to 65 percent this year.
The lost colonies will be replaced with bees from others states but apiarist Andrew Joseph says it’s difficult and costly.
Officials say lower numbers of honey bees could drive up the cost of foods that need pollinators including fruits and vegetables.