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Department of Agriculture suspends bee population research

The US Department of Agriculture has angry beekeepers buzzing after suspending data collection on the insects decline.

The agency blamed cost cuts, CNN reported Saturday.

An annual department survey, inaugurated in 2015, gathers data on the number of honeybees per state, including those lost due to symptoms of colony-collapse disorder.

“The decision to suspend data collection … was necessary given available fiscal . . . resources,” the agency said.

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