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American Beekeeping Federation Press Release to the Presidential Memorandum


On behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, I would like to express our appreciation to President Obama for his recent Presidential Memorandum June 20, 2014, “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” It was a privilege to be asked to provide input into the process after our discovery meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014. If implemented as written, there may be reason for hope in seeking solutions to our honey bee health issues. After more than seven years of research into the causes of pollinator health decline, the American Beekeeping Federation is encouraged to see a broad surge of interest in solving this problem, including what we deem as necessary intervention by the highest levels of government. As such, we strongly support the President’s FY2015 budget proposal to substantially enhance coordination between the USDA and other Federal agencies, improve reporting and data collection on bee health through the National Agricultural Statistical Service and increasing federal resources dedicated to researching solutions. A concerted “all hands on deck” effort by government, industry and private organizations working together to protect all pollinator species will be needed to stem the current trend of declining bee health, and the budget proposal seeks to harness just that level of effort in its proposed Innovation Institute on pollinator health. 

In directing a broad range of agencies to develop a National Pollinator Health Strategy with explicit goals and metrics to measure progress, we feel the President's Memorandum offers a pathway for a solution to the problems facing honey bees in the U.S. In our recommendations to the White House, we suggested that this initiative would require involvement by any and all who enjoy a diverse and varied diet, because that is what we have determined is fundamentally at stake. Most of what we eat and what adds rich diversity to American diets are those fruits and vegetables pollinated by honey bees and native pollinators. It is critical that we find answers to the issues that are causing our honey bees to fail to thrive in the manner they once did, ten to fifteen years ago.  Read More




Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators


MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.

Pollinator losses have been severe. The number of migrating Monarch butterflies sank to the lowest recorded population level in 2013-14, and there is an imminent risk of failed migration. The continued loss of commercial honey bee colonies poses a threat to the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations in the United States, which could have profound implications for agriculture and food. Severe yearly declines create concern that bee colony losses could reach a point from which the commercial pollination industry would not be able to adequately recover. The loss of native bees, which also play a key role in pollination of crops, is much less studied, but many native bee species are believed to be in decline. Scientists believe that bee losses are likely caused by a combination of stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, pathogens, lack of genetic diversity, and exposure to pesticides. Read More



BEE Our Guest - 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow


CALL FOR PAPERS


Mark your calendar and save the date to attend the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow on January 6-10, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim California. The conference committee is busy planning a top-notch conference that is sure to impress even the most senior of beekeepers.

Call for Papers/Presentations:

ABF is pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you. Please complete the call for papers submission form and return to Tara Zeravsky no later than July 15, 2014. You will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

We are looking forward to a 'magical' conference is sunny California. We hope to see you all there!



Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series


The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to introduce a new online educational Webinar series titled "Conversation with a Beekeeper."  The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar series is an ABF member-only benefit. You must be a current ABF member in order to access the upcoming session and archived session recordings. Please log into your ABF profile and under Education & Events choose the "Conversation with a Beekeeper". 

Below is a list of upcoming sessions .

Upcoming Sessions:

Making Nucs! A Beekeepers' Discovery
Tuesday, July 29 , 2014
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST
Tim Tucker

Beekeeping Mentor
Thursday, July 31, 2014
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST
John Talbert


 

USDA News & Notes

USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population

Five Midwest States Receive Additional Incentives to Establish Honey Bee Habitats

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