In many agricultural systems, it is common practice to use consultants to solve problems and optimize practices and production. This was never an available resource for commercial beekeeping, until the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP, Inc.), which developed the first Technology Transfer Teams. Each teams serves 15-25 beekeepers, and each beekeeper is sampled three to six times a year. Sampling data is used to make management decisions, can be compared (anonymously) to other beekeepers in the region, and are accumulated in a nationwide database to form the most complete honey bee health database in the world. Currently there are five existing tech teams and one remote team which, in total, service 107 beekeepers who collectively manage over 632,000 colonies. In 2016, 9,847 samples were collected from these operations. These beekeepers manage about 7-10% of the pollinating colonies for almonds and other vital agricultural nut, vegetable and seed crops. Participation in these teams correlates with significant reduction of annual bee losses. Learn more from the Bee Informed Partnership.
Project Apis m. Support PAm has provided direction, funding, and support for these teams continuously since 2012.
Current Tech Transfer Teams are located in: Florida-Georgia, Northern California , The Midwest , Michigan team, the Pacific Northwest, and Texas