Washington, DC – Honeybees that help pollinate Tennessee's apples, pumpkins and squash are disappearing. Struggling beekeepers who have lost their hives are looking for relief in the Farm bill.
Beekeeper Kevin Jester lives about fifty miles north of Memphis in West Ridge, Arkansas. He typically raises about two thousand colonies of bees. In 2006, he lost nearly all of them. He bought more bees, but then lost them too. Needless to say business hasn't been good.