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
In addition to her role as an advisor to NHB, Danielle Downey, executive director of Project Apis m., has quickly become one of the most visible spokespeople when it comes to the sustainability efforts of the National Honey Board. Through her role as an expert, she has acted as a spokesperson at meetings, in presentations, to the media, and in videos seen by millions of consumers about the importance of honey bees to our food supply and the planet.
Most recently, the Celebrating Beekeeping videos feature Danielle and a myriad of beekeepers from around the country telling honey industry stories ranging from sustainability, the impact pollination has on the environment and the rewards of beekeeping. These videos have helped educate millions of consumers about honey bees and also paid homage to the hardworking beekeepers who aid in the pollination of one third of the world’s food supply. In the video, Celebrating Beekeeping: A Labor of Love, Danielle’s words sum up the true importance of honey bees.
“When you buy honey, you are supporting a beekeeper directly, and indirectly, you’re supporting their ability to keep healthy bees,” she said in the video. “And healthy bees are connected to our ecosystem and our food supply.” -Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m.
Congratulations to the whole team at Project Apis m. for achieving this milestone and continuing in your mission to fund and direct honey bee research and enhance honey bee health and vitality while improving crop production.