Seeds For Bees: More Than Just Free Seed – By Billy Synk

At Project Apis m. we do more than fund research and hand out free seed. We package up our knowledge and expertise in a way that is useful to beekeepers and growers. For example, Dr. Reed Johnson’s pesticide research is complicated. Growers and their advisors may have a hard time navigating the results when trying to determine the best way to protect their crops without harming bees. This is why we partnered with the Almond Board to create a list of Best Management Practices. Now growers have an easy-to-read, practical guide for what to do when applying pesticides. My point is, providing raw data and information without applying it to practical solutions isn’t very useful.

Seeds for Bees free seed is only half the program. The technical advice and onsite assistance I provide is how the program truly becomes useful.  A significant amount of 2016/2017 Seeds for Bees enrollees had never grown cover crops in their orchard before. Simply sending them seed isn’t good enough. In an effort to educate, Project Apis m. and Kamprath Seeds have teamed up to host three Bee Forage Cover Crop Field Days in March.  Taking place in three different growing regions of California, these field days will demonstrate how cover crops can improve soil and bee health.  Join us on March 7th, 9th, and 15th to learn more about how cover crops can benefit your operation. This will be an outdoor event where attendees can view cover crops in almond orchards and hear presentations from growers and industry experts. Please RSVP to Billy Synk at or 614-330-6932.



You will find Project Apis m. at most of these events!

Free Cover Crop Workshop
Presented by Project Apis m.
June 28th 9:30am – 12pm
For more information:  View flyer (.pdf)

International Pollinator Conference
July, 2017

Heartland Apicultural Society
July, 2017

Eastern Apicultural Society
August, 2017

British Columbia Honey Producers Association
October, 2017

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
October, 2017

Western Apicultural Society
October, 2017

Honey Bee Health Coalition
October, 2017

North Dakota State Beekeepers Association
October, 2017

Oregon State Beekeepers Association
October, 2017

California State Beekeepers Association
November, 2017

Annual Almond Industry Conference
December, 2017

American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow
January, 2018

American Bee Research Conference and Apiary Inspectors of America
January, 2018

American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) Convention and Tradeshow
January, 2018

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign – Call for Proposals

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Call for Research Proposals Related to Honey Bee Health

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is seeking proposals for research related to improving the health of honey bees.  Proposals should focus on research to manage, suppress, and eradicate Varroa mites, small hive beetles, and other pests, pathogens, and diseases contributing to colony losses.  Summaries of previously funded projects can be found at Review and selection of proposals will be conducted by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force.

See the Call for Research Proposals Here

Healthy Hives 2020 Request for Proposals

Seeking Solutions for Sustainable Beekeeping
The funding sponsor for these proposals is the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative (HH2020), with Project Apis m. (PAm) administering the proposal, accountability and funding process. HH2020 is an initiative of the Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Program with the goal of improving the health of honey bee colonies in the United States by the year 2020. In June 2015, BCS kicked-off HH2020 with a two-day multi-stakeholder workshop to discuss current status of bee health and identify key areas for research. This RPF marks the second round of solicitation for HH2020 funding. Projects funded in year 1 are summarized here.

Please see the PAm 2017 HH2020 Request For Proposals for priority areas for funding and more information.

View the press release here: HH2020 2017 RFP Announcement

Proposals should be submitted via email to both and by 5 pm PST, Friday, December 9nd, 2016.

Job Position Available: University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applications for a beekeeper to manage a newly constructed bee research facility.  For more information, see the attached job posting.

Research Specialist In Life Sciences

National Honey Board Production Research funds Request for Proposals is Now!

With the National Honey Board as the funding sponsor, and PAm administering the proposal, accountability and funding process, together we are seeking solutions for a more sustainable industry. With this call for research proposals, priority will be given to projects that focus on honey bee health and productivity that provide practical and tangible solutions to the beekeeping industry. Research outside the U.S. is possible, as are multiple year proposals. The goal of this research is to help U.S. producers maintain colony health, honey and crop production. The funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of successful proposals; the estimated funds available for 2017 is $400K. The submission format can be reasonably short as long as proposals include the items specified in the submission guidelines, found here. Proposals will be accepted until midnight Pacific Time, October 23.

Time to Plant Seeds for Bees

Billy Synk, PAm’s Director of Pollination Programs, tells us why it’s a good idea for almond growers to plant forage for honey bees.  Planting occurs in the fall.  Billy can be reached at for more information.  To hear his brief 2+ minute radio interview, click here.

Positions Open for Tech Transfer Teams

The Technical Transfer Teams of the Bee Informed Partnership are looking for motivated applicants.  Check out their job posting here!



Canadian PAm-Costco Scholarship Announcement

Project Apis m. (PAm) and Costco (Canada) Wholesale Corporation have collaborated to sponsor a competitive scholarship program for a Ph.D. – level graduate student in Canada.  The purpose of the Costco Scholar Program is to ensure the continuity of honey bee health scientists and specialists in the academic and research world.  The fellowship intends to develop and contribute to the sustainability of the beekeeping industry and assure its future contributions to agriculture, where many crops depend upon pollination for success.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are, or will be, pursuing research-based doctoral degrees in fields within the Project Apis m. mission of enhancing colony health and improving crop production.  Click the links below for more information:

PAm-Costco (Canada) Announcement 2016

PAm-Costco (Canada) Scholar Application 2016

Healthy Hives 2020 Grant Winners Announced

Project Apis m. is very pleased to announce that we have been asked to administer the production research funds for the National Honey Board! Starting in 2017, PAm will manage the NHB funds ($0.015/lb) collected by federal marketing order with a focus on maintaining the health of honey bee colonies. In 2016, these funds were $416K. Uniting our efforts moves us one big step closer to harmonizing the many opportunities in our industry: to propose, review, support, and direct research projects efficiently and for the greatest benefit. Proposals received and funded by PAm and NHB have much in common, reflecting our similar interests in supporting the industry. By combining our efforts, there is one less round of independent writing and reviewing proposals AND ALSO the opportunity to connect funding and ideas with much broader resources, everyone wins!

Read about the projects that have been awarded funding!

HH2020 Grant Winner Announcement

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