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Essential Practices for Beekeepers in Ontario

A comprehensive resource for beekeepers, and developed in partnership with OMAFRA and the OBA, with input from the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre and Niagara College, Essential Practices for Beekeepers in Ontario outlines recommended practices to ensure healthy, productive managed honey bees in Ontario. View or download Essential Practices for Beekeepers in Ontario. This document is intended to instruct beekeepers…
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July 20, 2021
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OBA & CAPA Winterloss Reports

 Recently, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) released a preliminary report on the reported winterloss percentages across Canada. The report shows that Ontario, with early reported information, is showing a winterloss of 17%. British Columbia seems to have experienced higher losses with an initial report of 32% with the Canadian average currently sitting around 23%. See the Preliminary report on Honey Bee Wintering…
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July 12, 2021
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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…
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June 28, 2021
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Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the honey bee industry are developed by different levels and divisions of government, various organizations, institutions and stakeholders. Content ranging from regulations for pest and disease treatment thresholds to management of colonies during pollination services are included. While in many cases these recommendations are readily available, their authors are varied and the publications are provided…
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June 16, 2021
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Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

 The Governments of Canada and Ontario are launching a new targeted beekeeper intake to support and strengthen the health of managed honey bees and Ontario’s beekeeping sector. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (The Partnership) the new 50 per cent cost share intake opens on June 21, 2021 and will support beekeepers with 10 or more colonies registered with the Provincial Apiarist. Beekeepers…
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June 3, 2021
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New TTP Lead!

The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) would like to welcome Colette Mesher to the OBA Tech-Transfer Program (TTP). Colette will be the Lead of the OBA TTP starting May 31st. Colette completed a BSc at the University of Guelph, an MSc at Rhodes University in South Africa and a PhD at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.   Colette has been actively…
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May 25, 2021
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2020/21 Winterloss Survey – OBA

Every year we like to see how well the bees did over the winter. Please take part in our basic winterloss survey. This survey does not replace the official OMAFRA winterloss survey, which is used for provincial, national and research statistics and purposes, but we do like to see what is happening in Ontario with our members and followers. Participate in…
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May 21, 2021
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Job Opportunity – Technology-Transfer Program Lead

We are seeking a new Lead Specialist for OBA's world-class Technology-Transfer Program.Position HighlightsEducationGraduate degree or Bachelor of Science, with coursework in apiculture, entomology, biology, and/or agriculture.ExperienceThree years or more of experience working with honey bees. Experience with project management, applied research in the field and experience in laboratory work.KnowledgeThorough knowledge of the business of beekeeping and general beekeeping practices, including honey…
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March 4, 2021
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Beekeeper Registration Survey

 In order to to seek feedback on the beekeeper registration experience, the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) is looking to survey beekeepers who have, ideally within the last two (2) beekeeping seasons, successfully or unsuccessfully renewed their beekeeper registration with OMAFRA, primarily through the Ask OMAFRA Bees Portal.Data collected from this survey will be summarized and shared with OMAFRA, but your participation is…
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February 17, 2021