USDA: Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a serious problem threatening honey bee populations, the health of the hives, and the economic stability of beekeeping in the United States. The specific causes of CCD have not yet been identified, despite numerous speculations and claims. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's internal research agency, is looking into possible causes and aiming to enhance overall honey bee health by improving bee management practices. In addition to the USDAs efforts, there are several other Federal agencies and State departments of agriculture, universities, and private companies that are conducting studies to find the causes of this disorder.