Project Apis m. seeks a qualified seed supplier that can fulfill our planned seed orders for the 2023 cover crop planting season, June – December 2023 related to their sub-awarded USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Partnerships project. The selected contractor shall be responsible for providing the particular seed mixes and estimated quantities outlined below. Please read the complete RFP for supplier requirements and application instructions.
Expected seed mixes include but are not limited to the following and contents may change on an as needed basis:
The seed provider should expect the majority of seed orders to be the Pollinator Brassica mix, with an estimated need of 16 tons in the first year. The estimated need for the Perennial Carbon Mix 2 is 4.5 tons, NitroBuilder is estimated at 8 tons, Annual Bee Clover is estimated at 5 tons, and Pollinator Wildflower is estimated at 0.5 ton in the first year.
Contractors will be selected based on how well they are able to meet the organization’s needs. Preference will be given to contractors with technical proposals that meet all requirements set forth in the RFP. Please review the complete RFP which includes application instructions.
Hawaii is a major producer of queen bees for both the U.S. and Canada due to it’s tropical climate enabling year-round queens production. Hawaii’s terrain and geographical isolation can also be ideal for breeding queens that carry specific genes. For many years, PAm's Executive Director Danielle Downey has been working in Hilo, HI working on just such a breeding project. Follow along with Danielle explaining the process of installing newly inseminated queens.
Project Apis m.’s next deadline for submitting proposals is June 1st. In addition to PAm’s long-standing research priorities, we are soliciting applications that will address emerging and potential issues for the industry. We hope to meet these challenges with creative, collaborative, robust responses from researchers.
Project Apis m. is seeking a Climate Smart Habitat Manager to join our team contributing to the Seeds for Bees program in California! Below are the details of the position, and you can download a copy of the position announcement HERE. Help us get the word out! This position is open until filled.
Apply for Free Seed! Seeds for Bees program enrollment is now open in California and applications will be accepted until August 31st. Each year, we aim to plant more cover crop that is mutually beneficial for both growers and beekeepers. The 2022-2023 crop year brought challenges for beekeepers and growers as historic rains complicated the transport of bees and orchard management. These rains also highlighted one of the benefits of cover crops: water management. Established plantings were visibly helpful in abating standing water and reducing erosion.
Blueberries are native across North America and it seems like in as many regions as they grown, there are at least as many questions about what happens to honey bees when they pollinate this major cash crop.
Beekeepers weigh concerns about European foulbrood and fungicides and consider if the pollination fees are worth the potential for damage to their colonies. In some growing regions in Canada the government is helping boost rental fees because there aren’t enough colonies to meet demand.(1)
To provide answers for beekeepers over the years, Project Apis m. has funded several research projects with scientists studying the subject-beginning as long ago as 2008!(2)
Welcome, Sara and Stetcyn!
The PAmily is growing with the addition of two new team members to the ‘field force’: Sara Brown and Stetcyn Maldonado.
If you couldn't be there, or missed a talk at the recent American Beekeeping Federation conference in Jacksonville, FL, we got you!
PAm was proud to sponsor the first ever virtual option for ABF, and the recorded general session talks are now available on our YouTube channel, and listed below.
Livestreaming the ABF Conference!
We hope to see you soon at bee meetings, but if you can't travel don't miss out! PAm is excited to sponsor the first ever virtual option to attend the American Beekeeping Federation Conference in January. Register to watch a live stream of the Keynotes and General Session stage January 3-7. There will also be access to recordings afterward.
Healthy Hives, an initiative dedicated to identifying tangible solutions to improve honey bee colony health in the U.S. Launched in 2015 with an initial $1 million grant from Bayer, and an additional $500,000 provided in 2020, Healthy Hives has funded beekeeper-driven projects and research at a wide range of academic institutions around the world. Projects are aimed at finding ways commercial beekeeping operations can improve production and efficiency while reducing costs.
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PO Box 26793
Salt Lake City, UT 84126