North Dakota is home to over half a million honey bee colonies, and is the number 1 honey producing state in the US for the past 30 years. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, in 2017, North Dakota produced 33 million pounds of honey valued at over $65 million. The vast expanse of land, as far as the eye can see, offers a dense and rich clover forage, a favorite of the honey bee. It is therefore no surprise that more beekeepers want to bring their bees to the Peace Garden State each year. In contrast, corn and soybean are gaining popularity in the agricultural landscape of North Dakota, replacing some of the more traditional grain crops of the past. As a result of these two opposing landscape factors, beekeepers in North Dakota report an increase in honey bee colony density and a decrease in forage for the pollinator. Zac Browning of Browning Honey Co. warns that North Dakota is the ‘Last Best Place for Bees’.
Scholarships Available to Graduate Students Studying Honey Bees from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
Contact: Molly Sausaman, Executive Director, 404-760-2875,
Submission Deadline: September 28, 2018
The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is offering four $3,000
scholarships to apiculture graduate students in 2019. The purpose of this
scholarship program, now in its twelfth year, is to foster professional
development of emerging apicultural scientists by allowing award recipients to attend the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Conference & Tradeshow. This year’s event is scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 8-12, 2019.