New Workers in Town: Ford Launches Beekeeping Program Adding Six Honey Bee Hives at World Headquarters

DEARBORN, Mich., - This month Ford launches a global beekeeping program with six new honey bee hives at its Dearborn World Headquarters in support of honey bee populations, the local ecosystem, and gardening and farming communities. “Sustainability is more than improving fuel economy and reducing waste,” says Kim Pittel, Ford group vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “It’s about improving the …

Beekeepers Support All Pollinators

For Pollinator Week it has come to our attention that PETA has launched a campaign to Save Our Bees, recommending ways that individuals can help protect pollinators. While we fully support their effort to encourage planting more bee forage, we were disappointed to learn that they advocate purchasing a honey substitute and avoiding any beeswax products. In their plea against …

University of California To Measure Economic Impact of Honey Industry

Industry can promote its economic contributions – but only if beekeepers, importers, packers and processors participate in study FREDERICK, Colo. (May 16, 2018) – From beekeepers and honey importers to packers and processors, the honey industry plays a unique and vital role in the U.S. economy.  To illustrate the industry’s true impact, the University of California is asking business owners …

BIP Colony Loss & Management Survey!

Dear Beekeeper, It’s April! That means April Fool’s, Easter, rainy weather, and the BIP Colony Loss & Management Survey! We know it’s one of the busiest times of the year for you – you’re out catching swarms, picking up packages, and planning your next steps in the bee yard – but we hope that you can take the time to participate in …

Dr. Gene Robinson Awarded 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois receives distinguished honor Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois, has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for "leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee." Awarded each year since …

UC Davis Honey Bee Guru Receives National Award

For 38 years, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen did everything he could to help the honey bees. “I am basically all pro-bee; whatever I can do for bees, I do it,” Mussen told the American Bee Journal in a two-part interview published in 2011. “It doesn't matter whether there is one hive in the backyard or 15,000 colonies. Bees are bees and …

Honey Bee Research Funding Proposals Requested

Research proposals are requested that focus on honey bee health and productivity which provide practical and tangible solutions to the beekeeping industry. The National Honey Board and Project Apis m. reinforce their commitment to the future of bees through an investment of $10 million by 2020 in bee health projects, through the financial support of successful research proposals. The goal of this …

Coal Miners Shift to Beekeeping

University of Delaware researcher helps establish socioeconomic growth program for displaced miners in West Virginia University of Delaware Former coal miners or citizens whose lives have been shaped by the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia spent their summer learning how to establish and operate bee colonies thanks to help from the University of Delaware's Debbie Delaney. Delaney, associate professor of entomology in …