See you in September

BMCC Library will reopen
September 4th, 8 am - 4 pm

in the meantime, resources and services

available via our website: 








  Database of the month:  Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of hundreds of journals and magazines, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture. Read more in our blog!


Come browse the library's summer display, including a

pollinator friendly plant guide and suggestions for

pollinator friendly meals!


Check out our databases for research options!  Find out...

What is pollination Why is it important?                                 
Ways you can help pollinators remain a vital force     
Pollinator friendly planting guides by region                
Pick the Pollinator, a game matching plants and their pollinators  


Read about bees in this excerpt from the Agriculture Collection:

Bee supply better for 2012 almond pollination

It’s not perfect this year, but it’s better.

That sums up the observations of bee expert Eric Mussen and California beekeepers on the state of honey bee strength for the 2012 almond pollination season.

Truckloads of bees from nearly every state begin arriving in California’s Central Valley in late December in preparation for almond pollination starting last month.

Nearly 1 million hives are trucked into California each winter for pollination services for the states multi-million dollar almond industry. As the nation’s No. 1 producer of almonds, California has more than 750,000 acres of bearing almonds and needs two strong colonies per acre to achieve proper pollination. California beekeepers supply the remaining half million hives needed.

"Growers want the strongest possible hives, and we offer them a look at the inside of the hives when we deliver," said Gene Brandi, a Los Banos beekeeper who is active in state and national beekeeping associations. Brandi added that he has not heard of too many major crashes in honey bee hives recently a change from a few years ago when talk of colony collapse disorder cause great concern among growers. (click here to read more of this article)

Source: Western Farm Press (Online Exclusive). (Feb. 21, 2012)








 Where are you traveling this Summer?

We would like to know!

Possible destinations:

How about London for the 2012 Olympics?

        the Oregon beaches


                             Tell us where you are going!! 

where you are going!