A Best Management Practice is a practice, or suite of practices, determined to be the most effective and practical means to achieve a desired objective.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been developed by different stakeholders and organizations to help everyone work together to manage honey bees in a way that protects them from pests, pathogens, and environmental factors.
Beekeepers, bee brokers, growers, farm managers, pest control advisors, applicators, regulators at all levels, and researchers all need to follow the same guidelines to enhance the health of honey bees which will ensure that we have enough colonies to meet our pollination needs, and produce the honey for our marketplace.
Project Apis m. has worked with the Almond Board of California and the Honey Bee Health Coalition to create BMPs for managing Varroa and Nosema, and assisting almond pollination. BMPs can be adopted by everyone in the chain of communications with shared goals, so please share and download them freely. While considered the “best” by experts, BMPs are voluntary practices and not legally binding.