BMP Updates on Honey Bee Diseases, Pests and Nutrition

The buzz of a strong honey bee colony can put a jingle in more than the beekeeper’s pocket, according to one bee biologist. Click here to read more 

What are beekeepers feeding their colonies and what are they doing to control mites and diseases?  Learn the latest best management practices by watching these short videos presented by Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp with the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP).  The information is gathered by an online survey that is conducted each year to quantify the colony losses suffered by U.S. beekeepers over the Winter.  These videos are the result of the 2012-2013 beekeeper survey.


BMPs Guide for Beekeepers(Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter) Click Here

Benefits of Planting Honey Bee Forage to Farmers, Orchardists, Landowners and Land Managers

Planting a bee forage cover crop will:

  • Improve soil fertility
  • Increase organic material
  • Fix nitrogen
  • Improve water infiltration
  • Suppress noxious weeds
  • Conserve soil moisture
  • Increase beneficial insects by providing pollen and nectar
  • Increase pollination diversity by attracting native pollinators
  • Reduce soil erosion
  • Create visual appeal

PAm has developed a Growers Guide for Planting Forage for Honey Bees  Click Here

Project Apis m. and the Managed Agricultural Project (MAP) have teamed up on Best Management Practices for beekeepers and growers.

BMPs for Beekeepers Pollinating California’s Agricultural Crops Click Here

BMPs are:

  • Honey Bee Nutrition
  • Pest/Varroa Control
  • Disease Control/Nosema
  • Hive Equipment
  • Colony Management
  • Business Management
  • Almond Growers Renting Bees


Apiary shipments (Source: CDFA) to California for Pollination Services (Year/Truckloads) 

  • 2013 – 3,321
  • 2012 – 3,409
  • 2011 – 3,475
  • 2010 – 2,713

Additional hose bibs have been installed at the California Border Inspection Stations that have the most volume of colonies passing through.  This effort to assist beekeepers has been funded by PAm, California State Beekeepers Association and the Almond Board of California. 


BMPs for transporting honey bee colonies are also available in PDF form: 

A Guide for Honeybee Colonies Entering California Click Here

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