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PAm hosted a Honey Bee Health Summit in conjunction with the Honey Bee Advisory Council (HBAC) in St. Louis.  Blogs, bios & more!  Quick Link
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Christi Heintz, PAm Executive Director, shows off the PAm Wildflower Forage Mix at the Jaworski Ag Science Gallery at the Honey Bee Health Summit held in Chesterfield, MO
Photo - Ribotto
The PAm-Costco Fellowship will fund a PhD level candidate with a 3-year commitment to honey bee research. The Application Deadline is Friday, July 5, 2013, 5 pm PDT. Motivated applicants can follow this link.
Mark your Calendar!

July 11-13            HAS

Aug 5 - 9              EAS

Aug 13 - 14          Grassland Conf

Aug 14 - 17          PSU Int'l Conf

Sept 19 - Oct 4    Apimondia

Oct 12                  North Dakota

Oct 16 - 19           WAS

Oct 22- 24            NAPPC

Oct 31 - Nov 2     Oregon

Nov 10 -13           ESA

Nov 18 - 22          CSBA

Dec 3 - 5              Almond Board

Jan 7 - 11            AHPA

Jan 7 - 11            ABF

For quick links click here!

PAm Promotes Honey Bee Forage at the Nickels Field Day
Christi Heintz and Meg Ribotto were invited to the Nickels Soil Lab in Colusa County on May 15th.  Almond growers learned about the need for forage resources for honey bees, benefits to the soil and areas where to plant forage in their orchards.  Also invited and speaking on honey bee health was PAm Scientific Advisor, Dr. Eric Mussen.  The article can be read in the June issue of the Pacific Nut Producer (PNP).
Got Pollen?
PAm wants pure pollen from Midwest honey bee plants to run nutritional analyses.  Contact:
PAm Speaks at Colorado State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting
The Summer meeting was held on Saturday, June 15th in Silt, CO.  PAm gave an update and promoted the 'Seeds for Bees' forage project.  Educational materials and PAm wildflower seed packets were given to the 80+ attendees.
Beth Conrey CSBA Pres
Beth Conrey, President, Colorado State Beekeepers Association & Meg Ribotto, PAm
BEE Part of the Solution!
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Bee Informed Partnership and the USDA have piloted a program to aid beekeepers.  ERK is designed to rule out causes of large scale, suspicious colony loss through small scale sampling. The cost of the kit without pesticide analysis is $80. PAm offers a cost-share program for pesticide analyses of hive matrices.  View lab directory.
July Bee Husbandry
We are uncovering scientific evidence nearly every day that says good nutrition can mitigate honey bee stressors, improve bees' immune system, and help them better deal with pesticide exposure.  BUT, it can be limited in late Summer.  Find floral resources where you can, and feed bees sugar syrup and pollen substitutes to improve survival.
July 2013
Enhancing the Health of Honeybees
The word "innovate" originates from a French word meaning "renewal" or "a new way of doing things."  It can be traced all the way back to 1440.  Innovators typically want to improve on things.  PAm's mission is to enhance the health of the honey bee while improving crop production. 
The PAm-sponsored, Monsanto-hosted Honey Bee Health Summit has been widely written about and reported on with the use of blogs, live tweeting and a globally streamed video. 
On day one, Monsanto Honey Bee Lead, Jerry Hayes posed a question; "Did the 100+ attendees ever imagine themselves sitting in a Monsanto conference room discussing the health of honey bees?" Many speakers started their presentations with a literal answer,  "No, I never did." 
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp even strayed from his normal bee talk to discuss the role of innovators in advancing ideas. 
It made me reflect on just how this summit became a reality.  Besides the actual work it takes to pull off a conference was the initial idea of PAm partnering with Monsanto.  It took the vision and courage of a few 'innovators'. 
The honey bee needs our help.  PAm and Monsanto co-hosted a Honey Bee Health Summit attended by the best in the industry.  Innovation is not a formula.  It is people.  The innovator possesses qualities that inspire and drive them with a need for change and a new way of doing things.  PAm believes collaboration is a start. 
                                                   Meg Ribotto, Editor
HBHS PAm Board Members

Project Apis m. Board Members Attend

June Honey Bee Health Summit in St. Louis

L-R: Doug Hauke, Dan Cummings, Dr. Gordon Wardell (Chairman), Gene Brandi, Zac Browning and John Miller

(Missing:  Joe Traynor & Dave Mendes)


                                                                                          Photo - Ribotto

PAm Scientific Advisor, Board Members & Executive Director Featured in

 "Blossom Buddies"


Growing California video series:
Growing California video series features Dan Cummings, John Miller, Dr. Eric Mussen and Christi Heintz.                                                 Video length: 3:48
PAm Co-Funds CA Border Station Hose Bibs
Migratory beekeepers bringing their colonies into CA this coming pollination season will have have access to water at the hottest border inspection stations. The CA Dept of Food & Ag (CDFA) is installing multiple heavy duty hoses that will extend from the water lines to the shippers' trucks to provide water to the bees.  The border stations include:  Benton, Needles, Truckee and Yermo. Click on the photo above for helpful tips on pre-outfitting your trucks with coupling hoses. PAm also has a  PDF guide. PAm contributed $10,000 to this project - practical solutions for beekeepers!
Land Managers/Growers Needed
Are you an almond grower in California?  Do you know or have a contract with a grower in CA?  If so, PAm has identified low moisture requiring plants that are an excellent source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.  You provide the land and we provide the seed! 
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, and reduce soil erosion.
'BEE' part of the solution!  To enroll in the pollinator forage project, contact us at
  These Projects Need Funding!
PAm is counting on YOUR support to continue our comprehensive research program.  We have received some exciting and innovative proposals.  Practical research - guided BY beekeepers FOR beekeepers! 
Dr. Reed Johnson, Ohio State, Dimilin Research,
This research will look at the effects of insecticide and insecticide-fungicide combinations on queen and worker larval development.
MaryAnn Frazier, Penn State, Pesticide Cost-Share Program, $15,000
This funding pays for half of the beekeeper's cost to run full pesticide analyses.
Dr. Brian Johnson, UC-Davis, IVDS Validation Work, $34,755
This study will test the utility of the integrated virus detection system (IVDS) using traditional molecular approaches.
Dr. Jonathan Engelsma, Grand Valley State University, Hive Scale Network, $22,140
This program will enable a national network of hive scales to be integrated into the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP's) disease & management database.
Dr. David Tarpy, NC State University, Nexcelom Vision System to Process Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Samples. $29,480
This equipment will greatly enhance the ability to screen queens (and drones) for sperm number and viability.
TOTAL Research Funds Needed:  $236,015
Pollination Contract
Have your almond pollination contract in place by the end of the summer at the latest.  A contract template can be accessed by clicking on the picture.

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