Pesticide-coated Seeds Unregulated; Red-Headed Honey; Hivemind; Efforts to Combat Zika

Pollinator News Nov. 25, 2016

Pesticide Coated Seeds Still Not Regulated

us-district-court-nothern-calif-logoThe Pollinator Stewardship Council, along with individual beekeepers, farmers, and advocates were plaintiffs in a US District Court federal agency action against EPA concerning pesticide-treated seeds.  The plaintiffs simply sought labels for the bags of pesticide coated seeds.  Product labels advise consumers how to use a product, guidelines for protection in implementing a product, and the environmental hazards that a product may present.  Pesticide labels provide important information and safeguards to farmers, and pesticide applicators.  As the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) defines pesticide coated seeds as a “treated article;” it is exempt from pesticide labelling.  Beekeepers want farmers to have the necessary information about the coated seeds; especially those coated with systemic insecticides like neonicotinoids they are planting, in order to protect the pollinators that would be foraging in the area during planting, and when the plants are in bloom.  READ MORE

Read the Court’s decision here




Red-Headed Honey Supports Our Work

red-headed-honey-logoRed-Headed Honey, members of Pollinator Stewardship Council, are celebrating the holiday season and supporting our work!  November 26th  through January 3rd  Red-Headed Honey is featuring their Pollinator Protection Honey Balm Bar.  This 2 ounce body bar retails for $15.00 with 10% of each sale a donation to support the work of Pollinator Stewardship Council.   READ MORE


Conferences Introduce Tech to Beekeepers

hive-strength-monitor-in-hiveHivemind design and manufacture remote monitoring systems to help beekeepers. A key issue for all beekeepers is understanding what is happening with their hives, without having to visit and open the hive every day. For commercial beekeepers, remote monitoring means they are able to optimize their operations and ensure they only visit remote locations when required, and when they do visit they know what needs to be done. For hobbyists, researchers and bee educators, gathering and sharing data on hive performance is an essential way to build knowledge and increase understanding of the hive and how best to manage it.  READ MORE


Efforts to combat Zika don’t have to harm the environment

Here’s how we can minimize collateral damage in the war against disease-carrying mosquitoes

by Liza Gross at Ensia
. . . “For years, beekeepers have been the default monitors of the effects of spraying insecticides to protect public health,” says Michele Colopy, program director for the Pollinator Stewardship Council. But many beekeepers have stopped reporting their losses to government agencies because nothing happens when they do, she says. “We have a big gap about the impacts of pesticides because beekeepers have given up.”  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE


Not Your Grandfather’s Beekeeping Club Anymore

The Pollinator Stewardship Council has been writing about bee club organization in Bee Culture magazine all year.  This series of articles addresses the gamut of how to start a nonprofit bee club to managing finances and grants.  Pollinator Stewardship Council offers support to those leaders across the US who want to serve their members.  Brave and hardy souls lead our State and Local Beekeeping Associations and Clubs.   Leaders who wish to “serve” understand the focus of the beekeeping association is the mission.  The mission statement guides the objectives, program ideas and goals, and the strategic plan of every organization.  Board members, volunteers, and staff must direct their work and efforts at promoting the mission, fulfilling the mission, and protecting the mission.

Links to other articles in the series are below.  In serving a public or mutual benefit, nonprofits can do great work, led by great people who have come together to promote, fulfill, and protect the nonprofit beekeeping association for future beekeepers.

Read the articles at the following links:

Developmental Stages of Nonprofit Bee Clubs 
How to be a professional bee club
How to Start a Nonprofit Bee Club-Part 1
How to start a nonprofit bee club- Part 2
Board member roles and responsibilities
How to break a bee club
Financial literacy for Beekeepers
Grant Management for Bee Clubs



Neonicotinoid insecticide interact with honeybee odorant-binding protein: implication for olfactory dysfunction

Toxic Spring: The Capriciousness of Cost-Benefit Analysis Under FIFRA’s Pesticide Registration Process and Its Effect on Farmworkers




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


Strategies for sustainable management and propagation of the blue orchard bee in tree fruit orchards

Integrating Pest and Pollinator Management for Lawns, Ornamental Landscapes, and Golf Courses

Threat to an ecosystem service: pesticide induced impairment to individual and colony level traits in social bees

Expert-based Best Management Practices for U.S. 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.