Course Description

Honey Bee Stewardship. The primary concern plaguing the bee keeping industry is the decline of honey bees around the world. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the leading cause behind this steady decline in honey bee numbers. There are many different factors affecting this decline. This course provides an outline of the best practices concerning honey bee stewardship.

Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators. Whether applying pesticides in the home garden or in a commercial setting, many of the chemical pesticides used to control insects, fungal disease, and even weeds can hurt non-target pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies. This section will ensure your ability to effectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

•  Gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.

•  Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.

•  Recognize the importance of pollinators in agriculture and why protecting native pollinators is of
    great concern.

•  The federal and state enforcement and compliance procedure as related to pollinator safety and
    alternatives to hard chemicals.


Honey Bee Stewardship

Lesson 1

The Problem: Colony Collapse Disorder

Varroa Mite
Pesticide and Drift
Agrochemical Residues
Poor Nutrition
Honey Bee Protection
Benefits of Honey Bees

Mississippi Pollinator Stewardship Program

The Best Protection
Farmer-Beekeeper Partners
"Bee Aware" Flag

Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators

Lesson 1

Federal and State Enforcement and Compliance
Alternatives to Hard Chemicals
Organic Approved Pesticides
Considerations When Applying Pesticides Near Beehives
Pesticide Toxicity Groups
Granular Bait Insecticide
Bait Stations, Pheromone Lures, and Sticky Traps
Contact cs. Systemic Insecticides
Roadside Habitat Management

Final Assessment


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