By: National Honey Board
The National Honey Board is excited to celebrate Project Apis m. surpassing its milestone goal of raising $10 million to fund research to improve honey bee health. As an organization that is focused on providing resources to those whose lives directly depend on the bees, Project Apis m. has spent the last 16 years bringing together farmers, researchers, and government agencies to achieve their mission of sustainability within the beekeeping and agricultural industry.
Each year, National Honey Board designates 5 percent of its annual revenue to production research, and that money is managed by Project Apis m. To date, NHB has funded more than $3 million in research studies.
“Project Apis m. has been a great partner to the National Honey Board. Their expert advice and deep understanding of the science behind bee health has been invaluable in advising our board on how to best utilize our funds for research that is practical and applicable immediately for beekeepers.” -Margaret Lombard, CEO, National Honey Board
Project by project, PAm helps address the bee health questions of today while helping beekeepers prepare for the future. Across the U.S. and Canada, recently funded projects are beginning on topics ranging from Varroa and viral diseases to drought-tolerant bee forage.
Salt Lake City, Utah-August 25th 2021.
Managed honey bees in North America are under increasing pressure to meet pollination demands for our food supply. At the same time, annual colony losses are high- 45.5% in the US in 2020, 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 2020 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 148 million pounds, down 6% from 2019. 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, 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.
Project Apis m. and the National Honey Board Announce a Request for
Research Proposals to Support and Enhance Honey Bee Health.
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 4th, 2018 – Scientific research provides us with the foundation of knowledge we rely on in order to understand honey bee health threats and address them.
Project Apis m. and the National Honey Board are requesting research proposals to support and enhance honey bee health. Proposals will be accepted between October 4th, 2018 and November 10th, 2018. Please Click Here to view the full RFP or visit ProjectApism.org/rfps.
A. I. Root Company Honey Blends candles are a lovely example of the good that companies can do for the world, and for honey bees.
The A. I. Root Company has a fascinating story and a deep history with honey bees. The founder, Amos Ives Root, became involved in candle-making through his interest in bee keeping. In the 19th century, he was behind many advances in bee keeping, leading the movement to standardizing beekeeping equipment. His Airline Honey was known nationally as the finest honey on the market. He wrote a popular book on bees - The ABCs of Bee Culture - and founded a magazine for bee keepers named Gleanings In Bee Culture. Little wonder A.I. Root was known as "the bee man" in fifteen languages the world over. Today, A. I. Root Company is still actively involved in advancing the knowledge and science of bee keeping.
Project Apis m.'s executive director Danielle Downey has been involved in groundbreaking research breeding and developing varroa resistant bees in Hawaii since 2010.
One of PAm's key partners in this project is beekeeper David Thomas, the owner of Hawaii Island Honey Company, who joined the effort in 2012, offering staff, resources, and even building a lab for the project! David's apiaries have been displaced by the Kilauea eruption and his business is being effected.
Follow the link here to read and see video about what's happening at the Hawaii Island Honey Company, and stay posted for the current status of breeding Varroa resistant bees in Hawaii.
Industry can promote its economic contributions – but only if beekeepers, importers, packers and processors participate in study .
FREDERICK, Colo. (May 16, 2018) – From beekeepers and honey importers to packers and processors, the honey industry plays a unique and vital role in the U.S. economy. To illustrate the industry’s true impact, the University of California is asking business owners to complete a short survey. The questionnaire will measure the economic impact of all aspects of the honey industry by calculating the number of jobs the industry creates and its total economic activity...