Pollinator Stewardship | Texas Approval #849259

Pollinator Stewardship

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 a number of different factors affecting this decline. This course provides an outline of the best practices concerning honeybee 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 diseases, 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:

  • Identify the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.
  • Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.
  • Describe the importance of pollinators in agriculture and why protecting native pollinators is of great concern.
  • Outline the federal and state enforcement and compliance procedure as related to pollinator safety and alternatives to hard chemicals. 

Chapter 1 – Pollinator Stewardship 

Lesson 1 – The Problem: Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Varroa mite
  • Viruses
  • Pesticide and drift
  • Agrochemical residues
  • Poor nutrition
  • Honey bee protection
  • Benefits of honey bees

Mississippi Pollinator Stewardship Program

  • Stakeholders
  • The best protection
  • Farmer-beekeeper partners
  • "Bee Aware" flag

Chapter 2 – 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 vs. systemic insecticides
  • Roadside habitat management

Final Assessment 

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