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ABF Call for Research Project Proposals_August 2012
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ABF Call for Research Project Proposals

Members of the Beekeeping Industry Encouraged to Apply

Photo courtesy of USDA-ARS

For the past several years there has been a "semi-formal" meeting of the ABF Research Committee at the ABF annual conference to discuss ways in which the ABF could promote and improve communication of research discoveries to the membership at large.  This led to the development of the monthly "Science Buzz" column in the ABF E-Buzz, which we hope has been useful in letting you know what is new.  However, it has been determined that the ABF should be doing more to get new ideas on bee management to the membership and in fostering research by members. Why let the scientists have all the fun when beekeepers and members of the beekeeping industry are always trying new things?

In light of this, the ABF Research Committee has kicked into high gear and has formally established a new research program aimed at supporting research conducted by beekeepers and those within the industry.  This program was initiated because members of the ABF leadership realize that beekeepers are doing their own research all of the time, although we sometimes think of it as just tinkering or tweaking things to improve bee management.  The new research program is aimed at providing some support to beekeepers and members of the beekeeping industry to conduct studies on their ideas to improve bee management in replicated studies using test and control groups so that results can be compared and presented to the ABF members as a whole.

This is really exciting because you can apply for funds to prove that your ideas work and present your findings at the ABF annual conference so others can use them! Results will also be presented in the monthly "Science Buzz" column.  In short, we all have tricks we think are great — now let's prove they're great and get the word out to our fellow beekeepers.

Click here to learn how you can submit a research proposal to the ABF Research Committee (PDF file). Please put your ideas together and let's improve bee management! Feel free to contact ABF Research Committee member Peter Teal at peter.teal@ars.usda.gov with any questions or comments.

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