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 a number of 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 affectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.
Participants in this course will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.
- Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.
- 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.
Chapter 1 – Pollinator Stewardship
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
Chapter 2 – Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators
- 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, Phermone Lures, and Sticky Traps
- Contact vs. Systemic Insecticides
- Roadside Habitat Management
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