Latest News from Project Apis mJuly 2012
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A 12 Month Seasonal BMP Guide Available

Project Apis m. now has a 'Seasonal Guide of Best Management Practices' brochure  available in PDF form online (click here) or upon written request for your beekeeping club meetings.  Contact us at  Focusing on honeybee health and colony strength for pollination services, this comprehensive pamphlet covers Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  Nutrition, pest and disease control, colony and business management are just a few of the topics covered in the guide.

YouTube Features 2 NEW BMPs: 

Nutrition & Nosema

PAm has posted 2 new videos on YouTube.  Featuring PAm scientific advisor, Dr. Gordon Wardell, the 3-4 minute videos on honeybee Nutrition and Nosema control join the popular Varroa control clip.  To view these educational posts click here, our BMP page, and select the topic you would like to view.

Heartland Apicultural Society Conference

The 2012 Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Conference will be held July 12 - 14th on the University of Missouri (UMSL) campus in St. Louis, Missouri.  Speakers include Christi Heintz, PAm Executive Director; Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine; Jerry Hayes, Monsanto Corporation, contributor to the American Bee Journal and PAm scientific advisor; and also Zachary Huang, MSU, whose research is funded in part by PAm.  To register for this 3-day event go to


Heartland Beekeepers visit

Gateway to the West

The iconic arch symbolizes the westward expansion of the United States and the pioneer spirit.  Built on the bank of the Mississippi River, at 630', it is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.



Specialty Crop Block Grants - Proposed Funding $70M
The 'Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Acts of 2012' passed the Senate and now goes to the House.  Included is Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) funding of $70 million per year. This continues the support of specialty crops that was initially established in the 2008 Farm Bill.  PAm has taken advantage of SCBG's to infuse greater funding into bee research and programs.
Mark Your Calendar - Upcoming Beekeeping Conferences 
EAS -   August 13 -17, 2012 University of Vermont
WAS -  October 4 - 7, 2012 Seattle, WA
CSBA - November 12 - 16, 2012 Cabazon, CA
ABF -   January 8 - 12, 2013 Hershey, PA
AHPA - January 8 - 12, 2013 San Diego, CA
The Almond Board of California celebrates its 40th Anniversary December 11 - 13, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  A 'Pollination Pavillion' will be featured again this year at the conference.
For more info on all these events click here.
             Reading Beekeeper's Lament?    
If not, NOW is the time to purchase the book.  Why?  $5 from every Beekeepers Lamentsale will go to PAm to fund honey bee research.  This critically acclaimed and national best seller by Hannah Nordhaus can be purchased by clicking on the image.  Read about PAm board member John Miller, a 4th generation beekeeper.  Find out what it takes to pollinate crops to feed the nation.  Ms. Nordhaus was a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards this past month. 

July Bee Husbandry 

Inspect and Monitor - Varroa 

Be aware that strong colonies in mid-Summer can be highly infested with Varroa mites and can crash.

  1. Check often - conduct a random sampling of hives.
  2. Use biotech methods to suppress mite populations when surplus honey is being produced.
  3. Exercise judicious treatment and use soft chemicals.  Follow recommended label instructions.
  4. Rotate treatments to prevent resistance.
  5. Recheck for efficacy.  Don't assume your treatments are working.

Inspect and monitor - Nosema

Be aware that Nosema in the presence of high mite levels can compromise colony health.

  1. Check often using a random sampling with microscopic examination.
  2. Chemical control with Fumagillin.  Practice judicious treatment.  Follow proper prep, storage and application.


Natural forage can start to be limited.

  1. Feed!  When floral resources are inadequate, feed bees sugar syrup and pollen substitutes to improve colony survival and performance. 
            Elearning Modules on PAm Website  
PAm has developed and implemented an outreach program of sustainable Best Management Practices (BMPS) for beekeepers.  Modules can be accessed online for Nutrition, Varroa Control, Nosema & other areas.  Click here to view the modules.  These short, fun and educational models are designed for honey bee enthusiasts of all levels.  Start learning today!
                   Bee Forage Resources 
 PAm is building honey bee populations by building food resources.  We are looking at wildflower mixtures and oilseed crops as a means of providing sustainable nutrition for bees.  Click here to view PAm's forage resource page.


In This Issue
BMP Seasonal Guide
HAS Conference
SCBGs Pass Senate
Event Dates
Novel: Beekeeper's Lament
July Bee Husbandry
Elearning Modules
Bee Forage Resources

Quick Links

E-Learning Modules

Lab Directory

BMP's for Beekeepers

Sample Pollination Contract

Bee Conference Dates

Cummings Report


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If you were a Paramount beekeeper for almonds or pomegranates, let us know with your donation and Paramount will match! 
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