National Pollinator Week Webinar Series: “The Keys to Colony Success”

What would happen if we put all the known best practices in action for our bees? This project implements all our best tools- Varroa management, pesticide pollinator protections, supplemental forage and beekeeper/grower communications- exciting right? Tune in for this webinar about a really important project funded by our Healthy Hives 2020 initiative!

Click Here to Register for “The Keys to Colony Success”
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Julie Shapiro, Coalition Facilitator, Keystone Policy Center, Keystone, CO, and Mike Smith, Project Director, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), West Lafayette, IN

Visit the HH2020 web page for additional information and see other upcoming HH2020 webinars below:

Click Here to Register for “Tracking the Changing Deformed Wing Virus”
Mon, Jun 19, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Stephen Martin, Ph.D., Professor, School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Click Here to Register for “Smarter Hives, Healthier Bees”
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Joseph Cazier, Ph.D. and Ed Hassler, Ph.D. of the Center for Analytics Research and Education, Appalachian State University, and James Wilkes, Ph.D., Computer Science Department, Appalachian State University, and Founder,


June 28th Foraging Workshop Presented by Project Apis m.

Come join us to learn about the benefits cover crops can provide for your orchard!

Seeds for Bees 2016/17This workshop hosted by Project Apis m. will educate growers and advisors about how cover crops improve soil health and reduce pests while supporting pollination. Expert speakers will be presenting information, techniques and Best Management Practices information on:

Cover crop effects on nematodes
Seeds for Bees free cover crop seed program
Managing organic matter for frost protection
Integrated Pest Management for orchards
Pollinator safety
Concerns about cover crops competing with almond bloom
Best Management Practices for growers of bee pollinated crops



·      CE/CEU Credits will be offered
·      Free to attend
·      Free coffee and doughnuts in the morning
·      Workshop will conclude by 12:00 PM. Free lunch will be served immediately after.           Guests are welcome to stay and talk with speakers or take their lunch to go

For More Information: View event flyer (.pdf)

Or contact Billy Synk:  (614) 330-6932 or

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.

Post Doc Position at Penn State

Postdoctoral Position on Plant-Pollinator Interactions at Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research

Penn State’s Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a USDA-SCRI funded project examining pollinator interactions with ornamental plant species.  The candidate should have extensive experience in (1) working with honey bees (2) evaluating foraging behavior of bees (3) palynology and (4) use of molecular tools to identify plant species from pollen samples.  The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to collaborate with and coordinate the efforts of a large team of researchers from different universities, and a track record of publishing his/her work in scientific journals and presenting to broad audiences.  Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Entomology, Biology, or related field.  This is a one-year appointment, with possibility of extension.

For more information, please contact Christina Grozinger, Professor, Department of Entomology, Penn State University,

Apply at


Bee Informed Partnership Launching Crowdfunding Campaign

For several years, PAm has supported the Bee Informed Partnership, a sort of ‘geek squad’ for beekeepers. They help in crises like pesticide kills, but they also routinely monitor bee health and help beekeepers optimize their management for successful and sustainable beekeeping all year. The beekeepers who have access to this service are very fortunate, and with your help BIP wants to offer this service to more beekeepers! You can help our pollinators by giving to their campaign.  Find out more here:

Tech transfer teams at work

Tech transfer teams at work

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!



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