BEE INTEGRATED PROJECT IS BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY
The CTIC team is helping the Honeybee Health Coalition spread lessons nationwide from the three-year Bee Integrated Demonstration Project, which paired farmers and beekeepers in North Dakota to help strengthen honeybee colonies and create habitat for pollinators.
Farmers and beekeepers in Michigan, Iowa and Oregon have teamed up to engage in better communication about their operations, adoption of best management practices. CTIC and staff from the Keystone Policy Center have begun creating videos, articles and literature to share insights being gathered around the country.
"There's a tremendous amount of respect between farmers and beekeepers, and a strong sense that they need to work together to keep colonies strong and encourage good pollination," says Mike Smith, CTIC's project director for the Bee Integrated Demonstration Program. "What we've learned since the pilot phase of the project began in 2016 is how effective some BMPs can be, and what it takes to make them practical for the farmers and beekeepers using them. We have also learned the importance of good communication between farmers and beekeepers. Those are lessons we're sharing through the next phase of the project, which is the communications effort."
The Honeybee Health Coalition has created BMP guides for growers of canola, soybeans and corn, as well as for beekeepers. Click here
to see those resources...and stay tuned for the next wave of videos and articles.