As this year comes to a close, we look back on the accomplishments, lessons learned, and work to be done within Project Apis m.’s “hive” at the intersection of beekeeping and agriculture.
Like the bees we love and seek to protect, it takes the dedication of many! To the beekeepers, growers, donors, supporters, participants, researchers, affiliated organizations and associations, industry businesses, volunteers, and colleagues in the honey bee world —thank you! Individually, we could never achieve what we can by working together! We are grateful for your advocacy, financial support and frankly, your grit to help solve the complex problems and opportunities our industry and our honey bees face.
This year, you’ve helped PAm advance honey bee health in three critical areas:
1. Investment in research that generates practical solutions, today and for the future.
2. Planting forage habitat where bees need good nutrition most
3. Collaboration to leverage our learning and maximize our efforts
Every year we look back and assess our results. What worked? How are PAm programs providing movement toward our goals? What do we need to revamp or enhance? Are there new ideas, partnerships, and initiatives to increase and leverage our impact? And always, how can we drive our mission on behalf of honey bees forward?
I am interested in hearing your ideas for the future of beekeeping and honey bee health. Contact me! Your past, present, and future support make all the difference.
Danielle Downey is the Executive Director for Project Apis m. She has been working with honey bees and the parasites that plague them for over 20 years.