Healthy Hives 2020 is a partnership between Project Apis m. and Bayer to support needed research and practical projects. This multi-year, $1.3 million research initiative is laser focused on finding measurable and tangible solutions for beekeepers to improve U.S. honey bee colony health. With PAm’s administrative support, Healthy Hives 2020 has funded 14 research and collaborative projects.
At the American Beekeeping Federation annual meeting in January, 2020, PAm and Bayer presented an inaugural symposium to talk about the initiative and the resulting research projects. The symposium was well attended and included talks by several researchers and a panel discussion followed by interactive demonstrations and displays.
Research areas supported through HH2020 include smart hive technology, Varroa controls, pathogens and virus research, queen quality and collaborative efforts like the Bee Integrated Demonstration Project. You can read about each of the projects included in this initiative by searching for “HH2020” on our website at ProjectApism.org/honey-bee-research.
As the largest honey bee focused nonprofit in the USA, PAm is committed to enhancing the health of honey bees and crop production. With unparalleled connections and relationships with the beekeeping and honey bee research communities, PAm’s mission and position make a good fit to bring corporate support to agricultural researchers and beekeepers with a shared mission to help honey bees. PAm maintains a position of independence (link below) while ensuring that the research is of value to beekeepers and founded in good science. Our corporate donors have funded over $5.3 Million in honey bee research projects. Of that $5.3 Million, over $1 Million has come from Bayer to support the HH2020 Initiative. Beekeepers and other donors have funded an additional $1.2 Million in honey bee research collectively.
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When working with all corporate sponsors, PAm maintains a position of independence which you can read here. If you have questions, we encourage you to read our Corporate Sponsor FAQs and/or reach out to us directly. We are glad to talk about our partnerships.
The HH2020 projects are ongoing, we are looking forward to taking project suggestions from beekeepers based on their needs, and fund practical research to inform their beeping practices. Are you a beekeeper? If so, talk to a PAm board member or let us know what your funding priorities are. Many beekeepers donate to PAm to support research in their best interest, dialogue with beekeepers is essential to prioritize the most practical solutions that make a difference.
Other HH2020 Resources:
NEW! Download the FREE HH2020 Guide for Indoor Storage of Honey Bee Colonies in the United States.
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Link: Healthy Hives 2020 Flip Book
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