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Pesticide Policy Proposal; Bee & Butterfly Habitat; 4-H MP3 Essay

Pollinator News                Feb. 3, 2017 Pesticide Policy Proposal for Pollinators The Board members of the Pollinator Stewardship Council serve in many capacities within the bee industry, including on the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB).  Last summer the NHBAB developed a pesticide policy for the U.S. beekeeping industry. The key points are listed here; for

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4-H Essay Contest: Protecting bees from pesticides

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  the 2017 4-H essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?”  Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?”   Each state 4-H office is responsible for

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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

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HoneyBEE; GRO1000 grants; Pesticide Label; and more

Pollinator News             Jan. 6, 2017 HoneyBEE  (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

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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. 

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EPA Nominee,Neonics; Pesticide Policy Map; Goulson; Center for Pollinator Research; HBHC Varroa Videos

Pollinator News Dec. 9, 2016 Catch Up on Your Reading December is the month beekeepers catch up on their reading.  This issue of the Pollinator News is no exception.  We share current research on neonicotinoids, a Dave Goulson talk, information on pesticide laws across the USA, HBHC Unveils Varroa Videos, and more.  Select links to

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Pesticide-coated Seeds Unregulated; Red-Headed Honey; Hivemind; Efforts to Combat Zika

Pollinator News Nov. 25, 2016 Pesticide Coated Seeds Still Not Regulated The Pollinator Stewardship Council, along with individual beekeepers, farmers, and advocates were plaintiffs in a US District Court federal agency action against EPA concerning pesticide-treated seeds.  The plaintiffs simply sought labels for the bags of pesticide coated seeds.  Product labels advise consumers how to

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Science, Politics, and Honey Bee Health

Pollinator News        Nov. 11, 2016 We Want You!  Seeking Board members for PSC Last September the Pollinator Stewardship Council became a member organization.  This last quarter of 2016 we are seeking nominations for the Board of Directors.  Current members will vote in the next few weeks for nominated Board members.  For more information or

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Sulfoxaflor Re-Registered; Swarm the aisles; Join the Board

  Pollinator News        Oct. 28, 2016 Sulfoxaflor: Re-registered EPA has re-registered the bee toxic pesticide, sulfoxaflor.    This re-registration comes after the US beekeeping industry filed an appeal in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor due to lack of data and protections for pollinators in July 2013.  Ruling in

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Bee Club “How to;” More on Mosquito Abatement

Pollinator News        Oct. 14, 2016 Brave and hardy souls lead our State and Local Beekeeping Associations and Clubs The Pollinator Stewardship Council has been writing about bee club organization in Bee Culture magazine all year.  These “how to” guides are in response to struggling bee clubs mired in “the way it has always been

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