2016 Accomplishments, Beekeepers Get Grants, EPA Removes 72 Inerts

Pollinator News                    Dec. 23, 2016

Our 2016 Accomplishments

Beekeepers supporting beekeepers will make a life-long impact for honey bees and beekeeping.  Beekeepers supporting nonprofits led by beekeepers are supporting their industry directly.
During 2016 the Pollinator Stewardship Council accomplishments were made possible by the support of beekeepers, pollinator partners, and local and state beekeeping associations.  We tallied our work for managed and native pollinators and you. READ MORE HERE


Yellow color = Reported Bee Kills to Pollinator Stewardship Council




Red-Headed Honey Supports Our Work

red-headed-honey-logoNow 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.  This 2 oz. body moisturizing bar, contains natural pollinator inspired ingredients. Follow this link to learn more about Red-Headed Honey .

This holiday season give the gift of a Pollinator Protection Honey Balm Bar, and Red-Headed Honey will give a donation in support of the work of the Pollinator Stewardship Council !


Board Elections

The Pollinator Stewardship Council held its first elections for Board members.  Over the next few years three positions will open on the Board each year until we get into a cycle of three new Board members each year. This will facilitate bringing new ideas and new energy to the Board, as well as maintaining continuity of work and organizational history.  Additionally, we will seek Board members to provide a full complement who represent the diversity of our membership: beekeepers (men, women, backyard, sideliner, commercial), pollinator partners, and local and state beekeeping associations.  Thank you for voting. Please welcome our new Board members:

-Steve Ellis, a Minnesota beekeeper, has served on the National Honey Bee Advisory Board for many years, and has extensive knowledge of pesticide issues concerning pollinators.
-Jim Garrison is the president of Tennessee Beekeepers Assoc.  He has served in several leadership roles of beekeeping organizations in the State of Tennessee and the surrounding States.  Jim keeps honey bees as a sideliner/backyard beekeeper in Tennessee.
-Robert (Bob) McDonell is a backyard beekeeper in Illinois with 40 consecutive years of experience.
-David Miksa, a Florida beekeeper, is a producer of queen bees and queen cells.

Returning Board members:
Beth Conrey, Colorado beekeeper
Jeff Anderson, Calif-MN beekeeper
Rick Smith, Arizona beekeeper/farmer
Bret Adee, South Dakota beekeeper
Bill Rhodes, Florida beekeeper
Zac Browning, Idaho beekeeper


Beekeepers Receive Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)

USDA logoThe fifty States, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories were awarded Fiscal Year 2016 funds to perform a total of 693 projects that benefit the specialty crop industry.  Of those projects Ohio, California, Montana, and Texas received funds for projects specific to honey bees and beekeeping.   READ MORE




Synergistic effects of pesticides adversely affect pollinators

The Pollinator Stewardship Council has expressed concern about the increased toxicity and harm to pollinators from the mixture of chemicals contained in pesticide products and co-applied in the environment. Today we sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and the Director of the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, Jack Housenger, to comply with federal law and enact label language which will protect pollinators.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a duty to ensure that the use of these chemical concoctions will not unreasonably adversely affect humans or the environment.  Yet the EPA consistently approves new uses and new products without adequate information to reach any reasoned conclusions.  READ THE LETTER HERE


Ontario, Canada Releases Pollinator Health Action Plan

ontario-phap-logoThe Province of Ontario has launched the Pollinator Health Action Plan (PHAP). It’s a comprehensive plan developed with many rounds of stakeholder consultations that is making use of government support and partnerships with many organizations to promote pollinator health. The PHAP is one of three key components to the Pollinator Health Strategy, which also includes production insurance for beekeepers and the regulation of NNI-treated seed.
Visit http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/pollinator/action_plan.htm or http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/french/pollinator/action_plan.htm to review their plan, and check out highlighted partners and projects already underway.
As part of the PHAP, Pollinator Partnership Canada has developed landscape management resources for gardeners and other key land managers (farmers, roadside managers, and corridor managers).  Planting guides are already available at www.pollinator.org/canada .


EPA Taking Action to Remove 72 Inert Ingredients Previously Approved for Use in Pesticide Products

(LENEXA, KAN., Dec. 20, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.

Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.

EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products. Instead, EPA will evaluate potential risks of inert ingredients and reduce risks, as appropriate.
Many of the 72 inert ingredients removed with this action are on the list of 371 identified by the petitioners as hazardous. EPA is taking this action after considering public comments on its October 2014 proposal. EPA’s list of approved inert ingredients will be updated after the Federal Register publication.

Most pesticide products contain a mixture of different ingredients. Ingredients that are directly responsible for controlling pests such as insects or weeds are called active ingredients. An inert ingredient is any other substance that is intentionally included in a pesticide that is not an active ingredient.

For the list of 72 chemical substances see the Federal Register Notice in docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0558.

For EPA’s current approach on inert ingredients and the May 22, 2014, response to the petitioners: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0558-0003

For general information on inert ingredients:




Impaired Learning and Memory after a Week Long Exposure of Acetamiprid in Adult Rats

Efficacy of thiamethoxam and fipronil, applied alone and in combination, to control Limonius
californicus and Hypnoidus bicolor (Coleoptera: Elateridae)

The formulation makes the honey bee poison



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

Advancing our understanding of honey bee queen reproduction and potential applications for beekeepers

GWAS for marker-assisted selection and studying colony level traits in Honey bees

Effects of Urbanization on Diseases and Immunocompetence of Native Bees

Pollinator Community Composition Influences Virus Prevalence in Honey Bees and Native Bees

          Research POSTERS
          Insecticide impacts on bees: from colony founding to pollination services




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.

Honey Bee Health Coalition Unveils Videos to Help Beekeepers Combat Varroa

HBHC Logo-Revised jpg-smallVideos Complement Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide, Provides Step-By-Step Demonstrations of Utilizing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy of Monitoring and Treatment

HBHC Varroa videos:
Varroa mite PSA
Video 1 – IPM
Video 2, 3 – Sampling methods

Video 4 – Essential oils 
Video 5 – Using Apivar 
Video 6 – Using Apistan or Checkmite+ 
Video 7 – Formic acid 
Video 8 – Using HopGuard 
Video 9 – Using Oxalic Acid 
Video 10 – Using sanitation, screen bottoms
Video 11 – Using drone brood removal
Video 12 – Using requeening 

Tools for Honey Bee Health
    Tools for Varroa Management  
    Quick Guide to Reporting A Bee Kill 
    Beekeeper Guide 
    Grower Guide 
    Bee Healthy Roadmap
The Bee Understanding Project


Gifts for Beekeepers

Products made by beekeepers and their honey bees, and natural food sources for your honey bees and native pollinators support beekeepers, honey bees, and the work of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. For a unique gift for the holidays, shop with and for bees!


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


Bring Us To Your State

The Pollinator Stewardship Council is available to speak at your State Beekeeping Association Conference, Beekeeping School, local bee club, and community group.  In 2013 and 2014, the Program Director gave presentations at eleven events; during 2015 at thirty events; and during 2016 the Program Director gave presentations at thirty-four events across the US, and Canada!  Bring the Pollinator Stewardship Council to your group for 2017. The speaker’s honorarium is just $100 for one or two presentations across a one or two day conference, plus travel expenses.  The Program Director works from Ohio and will drive within a ten hour radius: beyond that radius airplane travel will be required.

•    State Pollinator Protection Plans: What Beekeepers Need to Know
•    Understanding the Pollinator Crisis and How You Can Help
•    Pollinator Stewardship Council Collaborations: Education, Advocacy, Action  
•    Migratory beekeeping: why keeping them alive is so difficult.
•    Pesticides wintering in your hives
•    Mosquito Abatement Programs Can Damage Honey Bees and Native Pollinators
•    Creating your own pesticide-free pollinator habitat
•    Pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement
•    Should you become a nonprofit beekeeping club?
•    Fundraising for Bee Clubs
•    How Beekeepers Can Take Action for Local, State, and National Beekeeping Issues

For information and to schedule a presentation contact Michele Colopy, Program Director, progdirector@pollinatorstewardship.org or call 832-727-9492.


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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.