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Maritime Honey Festival

Posted:Tue, Sep 12th, 2017 2:14:56 pm

Professor Walter "Steve" Sheppard of Washington State University Keynote speaker at Maritime Honey festival on Friday 22 September from 7:00 pm (Free Admission).

The Maritime Honey Festival, Sept. 22 and 23 at the Capital Exhibit Centre Fredericton, hosted by Central New Brunswick Beekeepers Association, offers the public an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of bees and increase awareness of the importance of bees in food production. The festival will feature local honey, beeswax, other hive products as well as honey-based craft beers. Additionally, there will be beekeeping information sessions and even a Kids Zone for the younger visitors!

The Maritime Honey Festival is the place to "bee" with opportunities to purchase not only honey and other bee-related products such as beeswax candles but also assorted body care products made from beeswax, honey wine, and beer! Hobby and commercial beekeepers alike will also have the opportunity to purchase beekeeping supplies and chat with beekeepers. Local brewers have created honey craft beers for a unique beer garden.

See our full itinerary and schedule of events for both Friday 22 and Saturday 23 at



DR. ANDREW BYERS, President Central Beekeepers Association; 902 890

Further information available at

The Maritime Honey Festival is sponsored by Pollen Angels by Sunset Heights Meadery and Apiary, Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, New Brunswick Beekeepers Association, CropLife Canada, Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association, Atlantic Gold and Medivet.


CAPA Statement on Colony Losses

Posted:Wed, Aug 30th, 2017 6:24:11 pm

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) coordinated the annual honey bee wintering loss report for 2016/2017 in Canada. Harmonized questions based on national beekeeping industry profiles were used in the survey as in previous years. The Provincial Apiculturists collected survey data. The respondents operated 413,342 honey bee colonies across Canada. This represents 53.8% of all colonies operated and wintered in Canada in 2016/2017. The national winter loss was 25.1% with provincial values ranging from 13.2% to 41.8%. The overall national colony loss reported in 2017 is in the middle of reported losses since 2006/2007. Despite higher than normal wintering losses during recent years, Canadian beekeepers have been successfully able to replace their annual dead colonies and increase the number of colonies. They increased the number of bee colonies from 589,254 in 2007 to 750,155 in 2016. This represents an increase of the total number of bee colonies by 27.3% during this period in Canada.

Please click here to read the complete CAPA Statement on Colony Losses [PDF]


Nova Scotia Bee Industry Under Threat

Posted:Tue, Mar 28th, 2017 11:07:06 am

The Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association (NSBA) believes the beekeeping industry is under threat by a government decision to import unnecessary honey bee colonies from an area of Canada with a known pest that is not present in the Province.

The NSBA has learned an importation permit will be issued for one truckload of bees. This would add an insignificant quantity of pollinators that could easily be provided by local beekeepers. In previous years the importation of honey bee colonies has been necessary to supplement the number of hives here in the province to pollinate wild blueberry fields. Due to the historic low market price for blueberries and therefore a drop in demand for hives, Nova Scotia beekeepers can provide all of the hives required for 2017 pollination. This importation is completely unnecessary and would put the entire beekeeping sector at risk of Small Hive Beetle infestation.

Through the support of the government initiated Pollination Expansion Program, government and beekeepers have invested to expand their hive numbers to 28000 in an effort to meet the demand for hives to pollinate blueberry fields. In 2016, only 24000 hives were used in Nova Scotia and in 2017 the number of hives required is projected to be significantly less. Nova Scotia hives, paid for in part by the Pollination Expansion Program for the purpose of having enough colonies in Nova Scotia for pollination, will go unrented to make way for hives from Ontario.

Additional Facts:

• Ontario is the only region in Canada to have an established population of Small Hive Beetles. The rest of Canada is Small Hive Beetle free.

• In 5 years, the Pollination Expansion Program has invested $900,000 in the beekeeping industry, with similar investment incurred by Nova Scotia beekeepers.

• The Pollination Expansion Program has been extended to 2017-2018 and the application period is now closed.

2016 Letter to the Minister

2017 Letter to Minister Colwell


Ontario Beekeepers Tell the House Bees are Still Threatened

Posted:Sun, Mar 20th, 2016 2:00:41 pm

Ontario Beekeepers Tell the House Bees are Still Threatened

In a letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food Hearing on Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposal to phase out the main uses of imidacloprid, the Ontario Beekeepers' Association warned committee members that the threat to Ontario bees and the Ontario beekeeping industry from neonicotinoid pesticides like Imidacloprid continues despite the initiation of legislation in Ontario.

Ontario also grows almost 37% of Canada's fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of these farm products require insect pollinators. Therefor the health of Ontario's bees and all insect pollinators should be of prime importance for anyone concerned about Canada's food security.

More than 65% of all the corn and soy grown in Canada is grown in Ontario. The broad application of neonicotinoid pesticides like Imidacloprid on field crops has been linked by PMRA to the decline in bee populations in Ontario. Bees are exposed to these highly toxic, water-soluble insecticides via contact with dust from planting, from pollen gathered from target and adjacent crops or from ground water that translocates from the excess pesticide residues in the soil to streams and rivers.

While Ontario Beekeepers applaud Health Canada for taking action to phase out neonicotinoids. The proposed three to five year phase out will do much to protect our environment and preserve our food security, the OBA has made several recommendations to enhance how this phase out can help provide a healthy environment for insect pollinators:

1. Accelerate the Phase out to begin this fall before treated seeds are ordered. Every year of delay is another planting season where bees will be exposed to deadly pesticides and where more toxic chemicals are added to our soils, streams and rivers.

2. Pesticides like Imidacloprid have been oversold
The policy to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in Ontario was based on the determination that while nearly 100% of corn and 65% of soy were being sold as neonicotinoid treated seeds, only 20% of acreage was actually threatened by the pests targeted by the pesticides. This overuse of pesticides clearly benefits pesticide manufacturers at the expense of insect pollinators.

3.Neonicotinoids including Imidalcoprid continue to be a serious hazard to managed bees and all insect pollinators in Ontario

After analyzing hundreds of incidents of acute bee kills in Ontario during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons, PMRA concluded that the current use of neonicotinoids in agriculture was not sustainable.

Beekeepers in Ontario continue to observe abnormally high bee mortality indicators including: acute bee deaths, unsustainable winter losses, loss of queens, low queen vitality, poor (spotty) brood patterns and crashing of hives in fall and early winter.

4.Health Canada must review its pollinator risk assessment model before registering any new systemic pesticides.
in anticipation of restrictions of neonicotinoids in Ontario, several new systemic insecticides such as (Dupont's Lumivia (chlorantraniliprole) are being sold as alternative seed treatments for corn grown in Ontario. Yet, despite research that has shown that the active ingredient in Lumivia negatively effects the behaviour of bees. PMRA certified its use on corn in June of 2016.

5.All pesticides should be used only as part of an Integrated Pest Management program
The current practice of the overuse of pesticides is destructive to our environment and benefits only the AgChem industry. Using pesticides in an IPM program and only when there is a demonstrated need is a reasonable policy for limiting their use.

Since 1881, the Ontario Beekeepers' Association has represented the interests of bees and beekeeping in Ontario. Exposure to neuro toxic pesticides is the most important issue affecting the health of insect pollinators in Ontario today and threatening the sustainability of Ontario's beekeeping industry.

For more information:

Dennis Edell, Chair, Issues Management Committee
Jim Coneybeare OBA president
Lorna Irwin, OBA Business Manager


Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety- Update

Posted:Mon, Mar 14th, 2016 11:17:12 am

The Canadian Honey Council has recently updated the Canadian Beekeepers' Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety, and made available an abridged version for beginner beekeepers.  For more information please see the Canadian Beekeepers' Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety [PDF] new reslease.

To access the free online version. please visit the Canadian Honey Council  [new window]


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