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Bees are Big Business

Honeybees pollinate crops, increase yields and give rise to a lucrative honey industry. Jennifer Kiel   She calls herself a “honey girl,” having a love of all things related to honeybees and the goodness they produce. When Genji Leclair moved from Chicago to Fremont, Mich., a few years ago, she knew her life would be different. Just how different started…
UOVBA News Bot
June 30, 2021
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Ontario increases provincial support under AgriStability

The Government of Ontario has moved ahead with increasing the compensation rate for AgriStability from 70 to 80 per cent on the provincial portion. The increased coverage is effective as of the 2020 growing season. The provincial increase to the compensation rate is in addition to the combined federal and provincial support announced on March 25 to remove the reference margin…
UOVBA News Bot
June 28, 2021
Bee Culture

High Losses Continue

US beekeepers continue to report high colony loss rates, no clear progression toward improvement Annual Bee Informed Partnership survey results show the continuing cycle of high honey bee colony turnover, with beekeepers and researchers hoping to find solutions   Josh Woods | College of Agriculture Geoff Williams, Auburn assistant professor of entomology and apiology, inspects brood cells, or “mother cells,” in…
UOVBA News Bot
June 28, 2021
Bee Culture

HBHC Guide to Varroa Controls

  New Guide Documents How Commercial Beekeepers Keep Healthy Hives without Exclusive Use of Off-label Varroa Treatments Commercial beekeepers are finding success treating Varroa, a parasitic mite that kills honeybees, in their hives without relying exclusively on off-label chemical treatments, according to a new guide published this week by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. The guide is pivotal to the industry as Varroa…
UOVBA News Bot
June 25, 2021
Bee Culture

45.5% Loss of US Honey Bee Colonies

  U.S. Beekeepers Continue to Report High Colony Loss Rates, No Clear Progression Toward Improvement Annual Bee Informed Partnership survey results show the continuing cycle of high honey bee colony turnover, with beekeepers and researchers hoping to find solutions Beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021, according to…
UOVBA News Bot
June 24, 2021
Bee Culture

Apiary competition in Russia for 13 yr Old.

13 year old bee keeper from Hiawatha First Nation heading to Russia for apiary competition Annette Francis Olivia Wilson loves bees – despite not really liking the honey.  She’s fascinated by them. “My favourite colour is yellow first of all,” says the 13 year old from Hiawatha First Nation, 30 kilometres south of Peterborough. “I just like how they move and…
UOVBA News Bot
June 22, 2021
Bee Culture

Honey Bees on the Move: USDA/ERS Webinar

  Webinar Details   Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Time: 1:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour Host: Jennifer Bond, Economic Research Service, USDA   Description:   In this webinar, ERS Economist Jennifer Bond presents findings from the Honey Bees on the Move: From Pollination to Honey Production and Back report. As U.S. growers expand their cultivation of pollinator-dependent crops, including fruits and nuts, an increasing…
UOVBA News Bot
June 21, 2021
Bee Culture

4 Ways You Can Promote Pollinators

  4 ways you can promote pollinators In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 21-27, here’s how IGCs can market and educate customers about the benefits of eco-friendly plants and insects. By Julianne Mobilian   There’s no better time to remind your friends about the eco-friendly benefits of native plants and pollinators than the present. Compared to their predecessors, climate…
UOVBA News Bot
June 18, 2021