EPA Finalizes Steps to Protect Bees; EPA releases neonic risk assessment; Info. for your bee assn., and more

Pollinator News             Jan. 20, 2017

EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

EPA’s is releasing a final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides.  Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited under certain conditions when bees are most likely to be present.  While the restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas.  New label language will protect managed bees under contract to provide crop pollination services.

The final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products   is more flexible and practical than the proposed policy.  For example, a product that retains its toxicity to bees for a shorter time might be allowed to be applied under certain circumstances. Also, in some cases, pesticide application would be allowed when it is unlikely that pollinators will be foraging for crops that have extended bloom periods. The EPA will begin implementing this policy in 2017 by sending letters to registrants describing steps that must be taken to incorporate the new labeling.


EPA Releases Four Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which we published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some risks for aquatic insects.  READ MORE


GRO1000 Grants for Pollinator Habitat

To plant a garden is to believe in possibility. Scotts is committed to strengthening and revitalizing communities.
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


Ohio Pollinator Health, Protection, and Conservation Plan: Progress Report

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, working with its partner organizations, has secured input from farmers, beekeepers, gardeners, food consumers, food retailers, pesticide applicators, pesticide companies, mosquito control districts, public and private land managers, and others interested in developing a plan to improve the health of Ohio pollinators. Five public stakeholder meetings were held across Ohio in September and October. The public stakeholder meetings were facilitated discussions focusing on the threats to Ohio pollinators, the strengths we have in the state to impact the threats, and the actions we can take to help pollinators.   While the Plan originally was titled the Ohio Pollinator Protection Plan, the committee was advised to change the name.  READ MORE


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Information for Your Beekeeping Association

                               “when in doubt, don’t use the picture” 

You just need a few photos for your beekeeping presentation, so you copy and paste them from the internet.  Honeybee in front yard 2015According to writer David Trilling, “If you use a photo that’s not yours and you don’t have permission, that’s copyright infringement. Not only is it wrong, but the creator could pursue legal action.”   Sharing a Facebook post on your Facebook page is not the issue here.  Passing off a Facebook image as your own is another story—literally, that is another story!
Trilling writes, “In the United States and European Union, as soon as a photographer hits the shutter and makes an image, the photographer owns the copyright (unless he or she sells those rights to another person or organization. Sometimes, as in the case of a New York Times photographer shooting for the paper, this is called “work for hire”). Contact the person or organization for permission. Only they can grant permission or place the work in the public domain.”                                                                                                                                                           
To protect yourself, your beekeeping association, and respect the creativity of others, read David Trilling’s full article which includes how to find copyright free images, how to determine if an image is protected by copyright, and how to seek permission.  Find the full article at  https://journalistsresource.org/tip-sheets/find-copyright-free-images-photos


Sustainable Agriculture

From “Farming Wheat Without Neonicotinoids”

Peter Lundgren, White Home Farm – the economic case for avoiding neonicotinoid seed treatments

White Home Farm is an arable holding in Lincolnshire. Peter runs the farm conventionally (i.e. using pesticides), with a strong focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles and on encouraging beneficial insects. In 2014 Peter provided a report to Friends of the Earth giving an economic analysis of growing wheat and oilseed rape with and without neonicotinoids*. The current case study is based on this and on an interview with Peter carried out in August 2016.

Peter’s key finding from the 2014 study was that switching to a neonicotinoid-free pesticide regime in winter wheat could save him money. READ MORE



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xerces Sublethal effects of neonics

                  Read the Executive summary at http://www.xerces.org/neonic-report-exec-summary/



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We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition

HBHC Logo-Revised jpg-smallTools for Beekeepers and Growers

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!

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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.