Bee health is dependent on good nutrition.  Scientists widely agree that four main issues affect honey bee health: forage/nutrition, parasites/pathogens, pesticides, and genetics.

In a healthy honey bee colony, bees get adequate nutrition and have low parasite, pest and pathogen levels.  In Washington State, bee health suffers due to:

1) Lack of adequate season-long forage for bees

2) Loss of forage to development and land management practices, and

3) Forage lost to weed control practices

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