The nation's beekeepers continue to struggle to keep their hives healthy.

According to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the Agricultural Research Service, losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide totaled 33.8 percent from October 2009 to April.

Beekeepers cited starvation, poor weather and weak colonies going into the winter as the top reasons for mortality.

This compares with losses of 29 percent reported in 2008-2009 and 35.8 percent in 2007-2008.

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