Canadian Honey Council: The CHC is the national association of beekeepers representing 7,000 apiculturists across Canada. The CHC provides a forum where producers, packers, professionals, provincial associations and officials from different levels of government can talk and recommend action in the best interests of the Canadian honey bee industry.

Beekeepers Wanted to Participate in Beekeeping-Economics Survey

Researchers at the University of Guelph, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and the University of British Columbia’s Department of Food and Resource Economics are conducting a study on how production decisions, pollination, queen breeding, and preventative practices affect both economic performance of beekeepers and colony losses. The primary goal of the study will be to provide beekeepers with information on production portfolios and practices that help increase profits from their operations while maintaining healthy bees. We hope that beekeepers will provide us with their invaluable expertise about their industry whose economic contribution to the Canadian economy is undeniably huge.

If you are a Canadian beekeeper and you wish to participate in the survey, simply click on the link provided below: uoguelph.ca/canpolin/Survey/English/enhonry_beekeeper_survey_2010.htm
Alternatively, you can go to the CANPOLIN site: and select the "BeeKeeping Survey 2010" menu item from the left hand side of the main page: The survey will be open from June 20th through October 1st, 2011. You may also request a printed copy of the survey to be mailed to you with a return self-addressed stamped envelope by contacting:

Lina Urbisci Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Guelph (519)824-4120 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (519)824-4120 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 53428 hbsurvey

Small Hive Beetle in Honeybee Queen Shipments from Hawaii Update: May 10, 2011

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was informed by provincial apiculturists that an adult small hive beetle (SHB), as well as first and second star larvae, were found on the packing material of queens imported from Hawaii on April 7, 2011, with destinations in Manitoba and Alberta. At that time, additional import measures were put into place for queens originating from Hawaii and the provincial apiculturists began additional inspections of imported shipments at destination, prior to redistribution to beekeepers in their provinces.

Since that time, SHB has been detected in three additional shipments, two by provincial apiculturists during inspection of shipments at destination and one by CFIA at the first point of
entry into the country. In each case, shipments were handled in a co-ordinated fashion to help prevent inadvertent introduction of SHB into Canadian colonies. As before, it was recommended that queens in any high risk shipments (i.e. those in which SHB has been detected) be placed into new queens cages prior to introduction to the hives.

Inspections will be ongoing throughout the import season. There has been minimal interruption to the delivery of queens thus far. CFIA has worked with provincial apiculturists to determine a minimum level of inspection that is scientifically justified to reduce the risk of SHB introduction through shipments of queens from Hawaii. However, it is important to note that each individual province may decide that levels of inspection beyond the minimum are required.

We appreciate the cooperation that we have been given by producers to date and wish to reiterate that your ongoing cooperation iscritical in allowing the continued importation of queens from Hawaii with as little disruption as possible. Please continue to communicate with your provincial apiculturists regarding upcoming shipments of queens or any concerns that you may have with a shipment. CFIA will continue to communicate with both the provincial apiculturists and CHC executive as needed throughout the import season.

Updates on importation issues will be provided on a regular basis. Medivet Pharmaceuticals is pleased to announce that PMRA has – in record time – approved the use of liquid Formic Acid 65% for treatment against varroa mites and tracheal mites in honey bee colonies. The label is very inclusive of the various formic acid applications. Liquid formic acid 65% is available from your favourite bee supply store or from Medivet directly.

Minister Ritz meets with CHC: Gerry Ritz, Minister for Agriculture & Agri-Food met with Corey Bacon (Chair Board) and Heather Clay (CEO) at a Savour Canada event in Calgary. Discussion centred on losses of honey bee colonies, especially in flooded areas of the prairies and the importance of pollinators to Canada’s agricultural crops. Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux expressed interest in the issue of labelling and the use of Canada grade name as well as the use of the new Brand Canada logo. The event profiled Canadian agricultural products. Alongside beef, pork, chicken and canola there was also a sampling of monofloral buckwheat honey, apple blossom honey and clover honey. It was a successful event and helped CHC convey beekeeper’s concerns directly to the minister.

Save Our Bees: CHC has launched a new Save Our Bees campaign to raise money for hive health action and education. Your help is needed to raise the needed funds for immediate and positive response to hive loss situation.

Strategic Priorities: The CHC has four priorities and is taking an active approach in pursuing these goals 1. Hive health 2. Market Access/Share 3. Food Safety
4. Labour and Succession which includes foreign worker issues and education.
Teachers of Grades 1 to 3 can access curriculum based information on honey bees on our page Schools kit.

Sponsorship: The Canadian Honey Council receives half its operating budget from membership. The rest is from the generous support of sponsors. We offer different levels of opportunities for sponsors to show their support of the honey industry Click here to download a sponsor form.

Hivelights: Visit the website of our national magazine Hivelights for classifieds, articles, our monthly newsletter b-TALK and an archive of the proceedings of our AGMs since 1947.

Canadian Honey: Visit our website Pure Honey 100% Canadian for honey information, promotion items and kid stuff

C-BISQT: Canadian Bee Industy Safety Quality and Traceability (C-BISQT) is a food safety program developed by the CHC with information on good production practices, on farm food safety and honey house design.

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