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Make Your Contribution to PAm by Dec. 31st!
PAm Creates Needed Bee Pastures
PAm met and exceeded its Year 1 goal in California.  The aim was to enroll 10% of the state's almond growers in the 'Seeds for Bees' forage project.  We exceeded that number.  With over 155 growers and over 2,500 acres sowed with thousands of pounds of clovers, mustards & vetch, these bee pastures will help provide bees with a polyfloral diet.
The National Honey Bee Conferences are just around the corner...
The American Beekeeping Federation will bee on the bayou in Baton Rouge & the American Honey Producers Association will bee donning boots in San Antonio.  PAm will bee at both - register today!
Thirsty Bees?  Hot bees?
Hydrate them at the Border Stations
Migratory beekeepers bringing their colonies into CA this coming pollination season will have access to water at Benton, Blythe Needles, Truckee & Yermo. The CA Dept of Food & Ag (CDFA)  installed multiple heavy duty hoses that will extend from the water lines to shippers' trucks to provide water to the bees.  This was co-funded by CSBA, PAm and the Almond Board of California. 
Do You Provide Pollination Services?
The Almond Board of CA has
re-structured its Pollination Directory.  The Directory provides growers with information they need for pollination services.  Beekeepers and bee brokers, make sure you are listed and your information is up-to-date! Log on to the Pollination Directory by following this link.
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.
December 2013
Partner with PAm and Help the Honey Bee 
This holiday season, show your passion for bees.  How?  Partner with PAm.  Make a donation to Project Apis m.  Why us? This is some of what PAm has done for beekeepers:
  • Funded bee researchers in the US & UK
  • Infused $2.5 million into bee research
  • Developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for beekeepers and growers who rent bees
  • Improved California  border inspection stations with water hosebibs
  • Provided a cost-share program for pesticide analysis of hive matrices
  • Purchased equipment for bee labs
  • Funded a new germplasm repository for the preservation of honey bee genetic stock
  • Funded tech transfer teams throughout the US to assist beekeepers with varroa and viral loads in their colonies
  • Convinced landowners to provide forage for bees
  • Awarded a 3-year PhD scholarship to a student studying bees 

With your help, together we can make a difference.  Don't miss your chance - donate beefore December 31st!  You can mail your check or donate securely online at www.ProjectApism.orgThank you and have a safe and very happy holiday from the PAm board, staff and scientific advisors.

                                              Meg Ribotto, Editor
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Check Out Our New and Improved Website  
New additions include videos and blogs and up-to-date, PAm-funded research and supporters. We will continue to bring you the Wardell and Cummings Reports, as well as BMPs, forage, events and the latest News.  Let us know what you think!
Contact Hannah, PAm Communications Manager at  Thank you.
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Written by Christi Heintz & Meg Ribotto
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Happy Holidays from Project Apis m.
Thank you for all your support in 2013
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