Flea Beetle, Neonic Risk Assessments, Our 2017 Accomplishments, and more

Pollinator News                 Dec. 22, 2017

Take Action Against the Non-Native Flea Beetle

Beekeepers are needed to take action sending an email to their legislators, and policy makers concerning the introduction of a non-native insect to eradicate pollinator forage.  READ MORE

Please send an email to your legislator and policy makers in support of beekeepers, honey bees, pollinator forage, and protecting our ecosystem.

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EPA Releases Neonic Risk Assessments

EPA Pesticide Program Updates, From EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs , www.epa.gov/pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing preliminary ecological and human health risk assessments for these neonicotinoid insecticides — clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran — and a preliminary ecological risk assessment for imidacloprid, assessing risks to birds, mammals, non-target insects, and plants. Preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for these chemicals were published for comment in 2016 and 2017, and preliminary human health and ecological assessments (for aquatic species only) for imidacloprid were also released in 2017.  READ MORE

If you are still unsure as to the toxicity of neonicotinoid pesticides to pollinators, review the links below to this recent article series by Ross Conrad:
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3

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Herbicide spraying faulted for dead tobacco crops

Author: Marc Sallinger    Published: 8:27 PM EST November 27, 2017

“It appears that the applicators… did not follow label precaution for Drift issues with the herbicide Arsenal.”   Melvin Daniels and his family have been farming tobacco on the same land in Claiborne County since the Revolutionary War. He survived the recession in 2008 and the business has faced tough times through the years, but Daniel’s says he has never been in worse shape than he is now.  READ MORE

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Honey Labels and “added sugar” -Update

Last spring our members took action concerning The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed guidance for nutrition labels.  The new guidance proposed packaged honey would have to include on the nutrition label both “Total Sugars” and “Added Sugars.” However, FDA does not distinguish between the two.  READ MORE

 

 

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Serving our mission and members in 2017

During 2017 the Pollinator Stewardship Council accomplishments were made possible by the support of members and donors like you.  Working together is how we make change for our honey bees and native pollinators. READ MORE

Your support will help us continue our work for you.
Become a member or make a charitable donation today and support our work for you!

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Research

A common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, impairs honey bee flight ability, S. Tosi, G. Burgio, J. Nieh, Scientific Reports 7, Article Number: 1201 (2017)
READ THE ABSTRACT

BugLife: Neonicotinoid Insecticides in British Freshwaters
2016 Water Framework Directive Watch List Monitoring Results and Recommendation
READ THE ABSTRACT

A common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, alters honey bee activity, motor functions, and movement to light,  S. Tosi & J. C. Nieh  
READ THE ABSTRACT

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Need a speaker for your bee club, State beekeeping conference, and community group?

The Pollinator Stewardship Council offers 13 topics addressing the health crisis of honey bees, the impact of pesticides upon pollinators, beekeeping association management and strategic planning.

Learn more here

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 Annual 2018 Convention & Trade Show

The AHPA 49th annual convention will be January 9-13, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, California.

Our trade show is one of the largest beekeeping trade shows in the country and it’s a highlight for the convention attendees to come and meet new companies and see new products.

We will have conference sessions on new research and hot topics within the beekeeping industry such as legislative changes, new science information, honey trade & adulteration issues, and honey market & pollination reports. Our key note speaker is Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy.

The group activity this year will be a Fiesta in Old Town San Diego! Don’t miss out on the fun!

Convention & Trade Show information and registration can be found on www.ahpanet.com

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American Beekeeping Federation 2018 Conference and Trade Show

Celebrate the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Discover the many facets of the ABF with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.
-Hear from experts, trendsetters & influencers.
-Learn best practices.
-Shop a tradeshow full of the latest beekeeping innovations.
-Showcase your skills in the 2018 Honey Show.
-Have next-generation fun at the Kids and Bees program.
-Network with 900+ fellow beekeepers
75-YEARS STRONG! Make your plans today to join us in Reno for a brilliant conference and a celebration of the association’s 75 years of accomplishments.  More information go to http://abfconference.com/

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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.

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Seeds for honey bees WEST of the MississippiBBB Seed Plant for Pollinators Proj logo

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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Betterbee Has Seeds for Pollinator Habitat betterbee logo

Betterbee  offers a variety of seed mixes for beekeepers to plant.   You can find their seed mix varieties at their website

Planting forage for our bees is important; and beekeepers can lead by example!

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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.