Caption: An established stand of PAm Annual Clover mix growing in a field. Image by: Project Apis m.
Cover crops are an affordable tool which can solve multiple issues on the farm. This practice can be used to combat soil erosion, reduce dust, improve water infiltration, slow or prevent nutrient leaching, and many other benefits. Popular places to plant cover crops include orchard drive rows, field edges, winter fallow crop lands, and unused areas.
Quiet, unassuming, modest and self-deprecating is not how you would imagine describing a titan or elder statesman of an industry but that was Joe Traynor, bee broker, pomologist, apiculturist, bee research philanthropist and dedicated family man. Joe passed away peacefully the morning of August 26, 2023 surrounded by family. His friends, family and the industry mourn their loss.
In California’s dry climate, farmers are often left with a difficult question to answer: are cover crops worth the water? Despite atmospheric rivers, early spring rains and tropical storms causing flooding across the state this year, water conservation remains a top priority for California’s farmers, especially those in more drought-prone parts of the state. With the last two years being some of the driest on record - there is good reason to be water-wise and to plant with care.
Project Apis m. and North Dakota Honey Promotion Fund Award Grant for Tropilaelaps Trainings Together
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 13, 2023-For Immediate Release
Grant Awarded for Tropilaelaps Trainings
Parasitic mites are arguably one of the worst problems for honey bee health. For decades since it was introduced from Asia, beekeepers have fought the Varroa mite. There is another, potentially worse mite in Asia: Tropilaelaps species. This mite is spreading in honey bees but has not yet reached the USA or Canada. Recognizing this alarming risk, Project Apis m. (PAm) spearheaded conversations with beekeepers, bee inspectors, and researchers at an industry meeting in January 2023 and has since been calling for proposals to support training and research on Tropilaelaps. Four projects funded through PAm, using Healthy Hives, National Honey Board, and PAm funds include studies on Tropilaelaps biology, developing various ways to treat and control these mites, and studying the viruses they carry.
Project Apis m. will host its first-ever, Corn-Hole Tournament! Plan to join in the fun! Qualifying Pool Play will run all day on Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th. Championship brackets are scheduled for Friday January 12th. It's free to play with GREAT winning prizes! Let's get together for some fun, show off your bag tossing skills, and win great prizes!
On September 14th at 2:00pm EST. the Apiary Inspectors of America and Project Apis m. hosted a webinar about Vespa velutina and the recording is now available.
More details about tis event and the detection of Vespa in Georgia are below.
I have been fascinated by the cellular and molecular aspects of disease since my first biology class in high school. For most folks with that type of interest the obvious path is to study human disease with the goal of finding new therapies and diagnostic tools. So, I pursued a PhD in biomedical sciences and was trained in uncovering the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying diseases of the blood and cancer in humans. By the time I was doing my post-doctoral work, I had a growing interest in the food system and the organisms that are part of it. After taking a beekeeping class in 2009, I became captivated by honey bees with their critical role in pollination in both natural and agricultural ecosystems and decided to apply my biomedical training towards developing approaches to help protect honey bee health. Since that fateful decision, it has been quite a journey with a steep learning curve and lots of ups and downs. The support I have gotten from Project Apis m. (PAm) has been instrumental in helping me to move from a beginner to making potentially important contributions in the field of honey bee health.
Salt Lake City, Utah-August 22nd 2022.
Managed honey bees in North America continue to be under increasing pressure to meet pollination demands for our food supply. At the same time, annual colony losses are increasing- 48.2% in the US in 2022, and the natural forage which gives bees healthy nutrition and a honey crop for producers is decreasing. Colony losses are often attributed to pathogens, parasites, pesticides, hive management (queen mating, genetics, maintenance), climate, and available nutrition. United States honey production in 2022 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 126 million pounds, down 1% from 2021 .Sustainable beekeeping is dependent on maximizing outputs (colony health, colony numbers, pollination contracts, honey production, profitability) while minimizing the inputs (time, money, personnel, treatments). A sustainable beekeeping industry contributes to a more sustainable agricultural landscape through a stable supply of bees for crop pollination. Therefore, Project Apis m. (PAm) is requesting research proposals that focus on enhancing the health, survival, and productivity of honey bee colonies, which provide practical and tangible solutions to the beekeeping industry.