Science, Politics, and Honey Bee Health

Pollinator News        Nov. 11, 2016

We Want You!  Seeking Board members for PSC

Last September the Pollinator Stewardship Council became a member good-governance-picorganization.  This last quarter of 2016 we are seeking nominations for the Board of Directors.  Current members will vote in the next few weeks for nominated Board members.  For more information or to nominate yourself or another member of the Pollinator Stewardship Council contact the Program Director at or 832-727-9492.

For the Membership Amendment select here 

Deadline for nominations is Nov. 23, 2016.


Science, Politics, and Honey Bee Health

vanishing-bees-book-picIn 2005, beekeepers in the United States began observing a mysterious and disturbing phenomenon: once-healthy colonies of bees were suddenly collapsing, leaving behind empty hives full of honey and pollen. Over the following decade, widespread honeybee deaths—some of which have come to be called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)—have continued to bedevil beekeepers and threaten the agricultural industries that rely on bees for pollination. Scientists continue to debate the causes of CCD, yet there is no clear consensus on how to best solve the problem.

Vanishing Bees takes us inside the debates over widespread honeybee deaths, introducing the various groups with a stake in solving the mystery of CCD, including beekeepers, entomologists, growers, agrichemical companies, and government regulators. Drawing from extensive interviews and first-hand observations, Sainath Suryanarayanan and Daniel Lee Kleinman examine how members of each group have acquired, disseminated, and evaluated knowledge about CCD. In addition, they explore the often-contentious interactions among different groups, detailing how they assert authority, gain trust, and build alliances.

As it explores the contours of the CCD crisis, Vanishing Bees considers an equally urgent question: what happens when farmers, scientists, beekeepers, corporations, and federal agencies approach the problem from different vantage points and cannot see eye-to-eye? The answer may have profound consequences for every person who wants to keep fresh food on the table.   For more information visit Rutgers University Press at


Intersections between neonicotinoid seed treatments and honey bees

The Effectiveness of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Soybean



Center for Poll Research at Penn StateResearch Abstracts Presented at the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, & Policy

Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management: Practical Solutions that Farmers Can Live With

Unexpected consequences of neonicotinoid seed treatments reveal opportunities for IPM

The California Almond Experience with Best Management Practices for Growers and Beekeepers




We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition

Empowering Beekeepers To Make Data Driven Management Decisions

The best beekeepers keep the best bees. Declining honey bee health does not have a single cause or a single solution, but putting the best tools, techniques, and technologies in the hands of the people on the front lines – the beekeepers – has made a huge impact.  Bee Tech Teams are made up of trained experts who work directly with commercial beekeepers to provide them with these tools, techniques, and technologies.  Commercial beekeepers that work with Tech Teams lose significantly fewer colonies than those who do not. Participation in Tech Teams can reduce losses by as much as 30%. Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), a fellow Honey Bee Health Coalition member is raising funds to support and expand their Tech Transfer Team program.  You can learn more about the campaign and Bee Tech Teams here:

Tools for Honey Bee Health
    Tools for Varroa Management   HBHC Logo-Revised jpg-small
    Quick Guide to Reporting A Bee Kill 
    Beekeeper Guide 
    Grower Guide 
    Bee Healthy Roadmap
The Bee Understanding Project


Seeds for honey bees EAST of the Mississippi!

OPN pic for PSc websitePlant pollinator forage for your bees. Pollinator Stewardship Council has partnered with Ohio Prairie Nursery in support of pollinator habitat.  You can get native seeds for the eastern U.S. planting zones here.  Select “Support our Cause”  to view featured seed selections to benefit pollinators.  A portion of sales generated from our website will help support our work.


Seeds for honey bees WEST of the Mississippi

To increase plant biodiversity, improve gardens yields, and make a positive difference for the future, plant for pollinators WEST of the Mississippi with bbbseed.  The Plant for Pollinators Project, developed by bbbseed, offers a discount on their pollinator mixes. Go to their website, find and enter the discount code, and Plant For Pollinators!

BBB Seed Plant for Pollinators Proj logo



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Beekeepers Working for Beekeepers

The Board and Program Director are all beekeepers.   
We work to:

•    Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.

•    Provide advocacy, guidance, and tools to document the detrimental effect of pesticides on pollinators.

•    Affect regulatory processes of pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement.