Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon

Courtesy of Varroa mites are one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. The Honey Bee Health Coalition has been proud to equip beekeepers with the information, tools, and resources they need to detect, monitor, and manage these destructive mites. We are proud now to share information about the first ever Mite-A-Thon, supported by the Pollinator …

Quarantine Area in the Peace River Region Established for Small Hive Beetle Found in Honey Bee Colonies

Medhat Nasr, PhD. Provincial Apiculturist Crop Diversification Centre North 17507 Fort Rd, NW Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5Y 6H3 Office Phone: 780-415-2314, Cell Phone: 780-554-1566 email: medhat.nasr@gov.ab.ca On July 19, 2017, Alberta has established a quarantine area in the Peace  River region where small hive beetle was detected in a beekeeping operation during an inspection. The pest has been linked to honey colonies that were imported from Ontario …

Apiculture Insurance Expanded to More States

Increased safety net available to beekeepers in 48 states. USDA News Release WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 – Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for …

Organic Industry Watchdog Lobbies for Stricter Regulations Governing Imports

After 10 Years of Pressure by The Cornucopia Institute, an Article in The Washington Post is Changing the Competitive Landscape in Organics   https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/07/organic-industry-watchdog-lobbies-stricter-regulations-governing-imports/ Cornucopia, WI — A recent Washington Post investigation illustrated serious flaws in the organic certification program at the USDA, undermining confidence in the organic label and spotlighting the harm domestic organic grain farmers continue to suffer at the hands …

2017 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Winners Honored for Impactful Local Honey Bee Health Initiatives

Jake Reisdorf, Tubbs Berry Farm and Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District, recognized for innovative approaches to promoting pollinator health and dedication to educating future generations Research Triangle Park, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Bayer announced the recipients of the fifth annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award: young beekeeper Jake Reisdorf, and Kirk and Heidi Tubbs of Tubbs Berry Farm …

Climate Change Threatens Domestic Bee Species

University of Würzburg There are around 550 different bee species in Germany. Most of them are solitary bees. They don't live in large beehives like the honeybee, but each female bee often builds multiple nests and feeds her offspring alone. Solitary bees use their short lifespan of a few weeks exclusively to reproduce and to provide food for their brood to …

Seeing the Colored Light:
Bee Brains Open Way for Better Cameras

Researchers discover totally new mechanism for processing color information RMIT University   (Click here or on image to the right for video) New research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.   Identifying colour in complex outdoor environments is extremely difficult because the colour of light is continuously changing. Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, looked …

Blind Beekeeper from Uganda Wins International Award to Support Blind and Low Vision Entrepreneurs

‘Hive Uganda’ Founder plans to bring honey production and beekeeping training to the blind community of Ugandaas an inaugural winner of the Holman Prize. GULU, UGANDA – June 29, 2017 – Imagine tending a beehive – or a whole farm of bees – with hundreds of thousands of buzzing, pollen-loving insects crawling all over you, stingers at the ready. Now imagine doing …