HoneyBEE; GRO1000 grants; Pesticide Label; and more

Pollinator News             Jan. 6, 2017

meghan-milbrath-picHoneyBEE  (Beekeeping Electronic Education) developed by Meghan Milbrath, an extension and outreach
specialist at Michigan State University.

  The HoneyBEE app will be for the development of beekeeping skills through the management of virtual honey bee colonies. This game will be a fun and engaging way for non-beekeepers to have a peek into the beekeeping world.  It will also help individuals consider the challenges in a risk-free environment before spending money or purchasing any animals.   READ MORE





Sustainable Agriculture

“Sustainable agriculture” as legally defined in U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103 means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long term:
•    Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
•    Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends.
•    Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
•    Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
•    Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.


Read more at http://www.ipbes.net/sites/default/files/downloads/pdf/spm_deliverable_3a_pollination_20161124.pdf   


Information for Your Beekeeping Association: GRO1000

gro1000-post-2Scotts is helping people of all ages express themselves on their own piece of the Earth.
When people come together in a garden, or gather on a green space, something good happens: the world and their place in it becomes more amazing, more special, more powerful. With urban and economic development at an all-time high, we desperately need to protect and grow our collective connection to nature, to the environment and to each other.
Learn more and apply for a grant at http://scottsmiraclegro.com/responsibility/gro1000/
If your Beekeeping Association is a member of Pollinator Stewardship Council, we can work with you in writing the grant and serving as your fiscal agent.  Email the Program Director for more information progdirector@pollinatorstewardship.org


EPA Financial Advisory Board Nominations

The EPA is pleased to invite nominations for individuals to serve on our Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). Members of EFAB provide advice and recommendations to EPA on a wide range of issues including: reducing the cost of financing environmental facilities; identifying approaches specifically targeted to small community financing; developing new and innovative environmental financing approaches and supporting and encouraging the use of cost-effective existing approaches; and increasing the total investment in environmental protection of public and private environmental resources to help ease the environmental financing challenge facing our nation.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10, 2017. For more information or to provide a nomination, please refer to the Federal Register notice at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-29/pdf/2016-31449.pdf. For more information on EFAB, please visit https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/efab.


Pesticide Label Review Manual

EPA has updated the Pesticide Label Review Manual (LRM)’s Chapter 1. (https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/label-review-manual ) This manual began as a guide for EPA label reviewers, and now it serves as a tool to assist EPA’s stakeholders in understanding the pesticide labeling process. The LRM is also useful in understanding approaches for how labels should generally be drafted.  READ MORE



We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition

HBHC Logo-Revised jpg-smallVideos Complement Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide, and 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


Plant for Pollinators

Products made by beekeepers and their honey bees, and natural food sources for  honey bees and native pollinators support beekeepers, honey bees, and the work of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. 

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.  Go to their website, today 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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Pollinator Stewardship Council
1624 Idlewood Ave., Akron, OH 44313
832-727-9492              www.pollinatorstewardship.org

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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.