4-H Essay Contest for 2017: Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

Foundation for preservation of honey bees logoSponsored 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?”4 H logo

Beekeeping has had its five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question.  Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.  The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.  Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.  Each state 4-H office is responsible for selecting the state’s winner and should set its deadline so state judging can be completed in time for the winning essay to be submitted to the ABF office before March 3, 2017 For more details about the contest go to  http://preservationofhoneybees.org/essays

Below is information we hope is helpful to 4- H Students!  Good luck on your essay!

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Essay question responses from the Pollinator Stewardship Council

MP3 Analysis

Pesticide Label- items of concern-neonics foliar use

State MP3 plans

Honey Bee Health Coalition



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