Oklahoma agency tries to save honey bees

Oklahoma agency tries to save honey bees

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._An Oklahoma state agency is working to save the declining bee population.

Federal agriculture officials say managed honey bee colonies have been on the decline for decades, decreasing from 5 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. The bees also help pollinate a large amount of crops annually.

In an effort to help find solutions, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry developed a draft pollinator protection plan. Some of the plan's proposals include developing and distributing a list of alternative pesticides less toxic to bees and creating a website with information on protecting pollinators.