California Almond Industry Moves to Protect Vital Bee Colonies

The importance of honeybees to California’s almond crop is written across the state’s landscape every February – when an armada of trucks filled with beehives enters the state.

Without the bees to pollinate the trees, there would be no almond crop.

The importance of honeybees is now written across a first-ever set of public guidelines for almond growers and beekeepers, released Thursday by the California Almond Board. The guidelines are meant to safeguard bees, whose winter numbers have plunged.