Citrus grower fined for killing honeybees

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Citrus grower fined for killing honeybees

Post  DHF on Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:44 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A major Florida citrus grower has been fined after a state investigation found it illegally sprayed pesticide that caused the death of millions of honeybees.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services fined Ben Hill Griffin Inc. $1,500 last week.

The Palm Beach Post http://goo.gl/VWjxv6 reports that beekeepers have argued since at least 2006 that citrus growers have at times illegally sprayed pesticides to kill the Asian citrus psyllid. The tiny insect spreads greening, a lethal and widespread citrus disease that is devastating groves. But beekeepers say their honey-making insects have been killed along with psyllids.

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