How your donations helped us work for beekeepers and protect managed and native pollinators
• 501c3 nonprofit status determined
o changed name of organization to appeal to beekeepers and better suit our mission
o Hired a Program Director
• Secured initial start-up funds
• Sought grant funds to provide bee kill evidence kits and lab analysis for beekeepers
• Created a public face for the organization
o Developed “talking points” for organization
o Developed public presentation materials
o Presentations to state bee associations: Michigan (2), Kentucky (2), W. Virginia (2), Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado State BK winter mtng, Calif. State Beekeepers Fall Conf., SE Indiana, Ohio State Beekeepers Fall mtng.
o Attended EAS, HAS, WAS conferences, Penn State Pollinator Health Conf.
• Developed legal strategy in service of affecting policy changes.
o Agree to be plaintiff on sulfoxaflor petition to EPA with fellow bee industry groups
o Filed Appeal petition in 9th Circuit Court
• Worked to influence regulation and policy regarding pollinator protection
o Serve on EPA’s PPDC and Pollinator workgroup
o Board members serve on National Honey Bee Advisory Board, AHPA, and ABF Boards
• Worked to influence and support legislative initiatives to improve protection of pollinators from adverse pesticide impacts
o Farm Bill support for Boxer amendment #1027
o Sen. Boxer’s Pollinator Protection amendment; Pollinator Protection Act
o Sign on to Support Pollinator Prot. Amend support letter. with 58 other groups- (Conyers bill)
o Analyze new neonic pesticide label to inform beekeepers of issues
• Expanded communications to our constituents
o advertised in Bee Culture magazine and American Beekeeping Journal
o Published newsletter regularly
o Created a Facebook page with regular posts
o Participated in Medina Bee Festival
o Revised brochure
o Set up process to collect bee kill info. through website
o Set up info. page for beekeepers to collect evidence of bee kills
o submitted data to EPA (if permitted by reporting beekeeper)
• Held strategic planning session Dec. 2013
o Developed Resolutions for pollinators
Pollinator Stewardship Council resolutions to protect honey bees & native pollinators:
1) Native and managed pollinators are a national resource needing protection, as pollinators provide an irreplaceable service for our ecosystem in the production of high quality fruits and vegetables for our families.
2) Pollinators must be protected all year long in every setting in order to be abundant and healthy for the essential pollination moments.
3) Reducing pesticide exposure when pollinators are collecting nectar and pollen would improve pollinator health. Eliminating exposure of toxic levels of pesticides applied to pollinator attractive bloom would support the nutritional needs of pollinators.
4) Pesticide free forage is needed to support healthy and sustainable native and managed pollinators in agriculture, urban, and suburban areas.
5) Pesticide labeling is the law, but EPA has removed the mandatory protection language. Without mandatory protective guidelines, pollinators will be killed by pesticide misuse.
6) EPA fails to protect pollinators, basing their decisions on politics and economics rather than credible science. Pollinators are indicator species for the health of the environment and require stewardship.
7) Accelerate the timeline for the re-registration decision of neonic class of pesticides. A moratorium* must be placed on their use on bee attractive plants, until the science can be reviewed. Treated seeds must be declared a pesticide application. (*definition of “moratorium” — “a planned activity is postponed.”)