CAPA report tells good news story for Canadian honey bees

It was a successful winter for honey bees across Canada according to the latest report from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), with overwinter losses nationally just below 17 per cent. Couple this with the fact that honey bee numbers in Canada are at an all-time high and there’s a great story to tell […]

New app offers improved communication between farmers and beekeepers

CropLife Canada and the Canadian Honey Council have partnered to bring BeeConnected, an app that helps encourage communication between beekeepers and farmers, to Canada. BeeConnected anonymously connects registered farmers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators – free of charge – to provide information on any pesticide application activity or beehive locations near them – all through the […]

Health Canada points to safety and value of neonics

Two reports from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) provide some very important perspective on the hotly debated topic of a certain type of pesticide – neonicotinoids. The PMRA released two draft reports – an interim re-evaluation of a specific neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, and a value assessment of all neonicotinoid seed treatments for corn and soybeans. […]

Overwintering bee losses in Canada on the decline: What Ontario can learn from the rest of the country

Despite a cold, hard winter in many parts of the country beekeepers in all regions except one reported better than average winter survival rates. The one region that still has a problem? Ontario, where some beekeepers have aligned themselves with environmental activist groups and fought successfully to hobble farmers by essentially banning a highly effective […]

Beekeeping in Alberta – a great Canadian success story

Everyone has heard about the value of honeybees to the food chain, and no one is more aware of that than those of us that manage these bees across Canada. There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the plight of the honeybee, and while there are numerous challenges before us as beekeepers we […]

Science sacrificed in PR campaign on neonics

Recently it seemed that just about every paper, web site, TV station and radio channel ran apocalyptic stories about the demise of bees and laid the blame squarely at the feet of a relatively new class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. It is a shame because this distracts and misguides everyone who cares about honey bees and the […]