An article recently ran in the Houston Chronicle on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The article said that CCD is still on the rise and poses a very real threat to the beekeeping industry.
Here is a quote from the beginning of the article: "Dropping in droves, bees are still puzzling agriculturists. It is the fourth straight winter that more than a quarter of the existing honeybee population has disappeared. This year, however, the rate of loss hit its second-highest point since 2007-2008."