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Bee Integrated Demonstration Project

Honey bees support approximately one-third of the food we eat and more than $15 billion a year in U.S. agriculture; the North Central Region is the summer home to 40% of all U.S. honey bee colonies. Broad consensus has emerged that primary risk factors associated with the current high rates of honey bee colony loss are honey bee pests and diseases, poor nutrition, and crop pest controls.
Multi-factor problems require multi-factor solutions. The Bee Integrated Demonstration Project is a one-of-a-kind effort that will leverage existing research and package together effective programs and best practices into a common project and agricultural landscape to improve bee health. Bee Integrated will bring together beekeepers and farmers in the upper Midwest to demonstrate how a portfolio of best practices can be used together to reduce colony mortality, improve honey production, decrease varroa mite loads, increase quality bee forage, promote IPM practices for crop pest control, and advance collaboration among beekeepers and farmers. Conservation Technology Information Center will serve as project manager, working with diverse members of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Bee Informed Partnership, and Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership.

Members and Collaborators

Mike Smith, Project Director, Conservation Technology Information Center smith@ctic.org
Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership
Keri Carstens, Senior Manager, Integrated Product Research & Stewardship Seed Treatment Enterprise, DuPont Pioneer
Karen Rennich, Bee Informed Partnership Executive Director, University of Maryland Entomology Department
Julie Shapiro, Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center and Facilitator, Honey Bee Health Coalition