Bee Sample Submissions – Update 2014

Manitoba Beekeepers can submit bee samples for diagnostic services to the following labs this year. Please see contact information below.

Laboratory Diagnostic Services:

Bee Diagnostic and Disease Monitoring programs:
Daryl Wright
Phone: 204-229-9343 (Winnipeg)

National Bee Diagnostic Centre
P.O. Box 1118
1 Research Road
Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0
Phone: 1-780-357-7737 (Alberta)
Fax: 1-780-354-8080

Voluntary Pesticide Incident Reporting – 2014

Beekeepers in Manitoba can report pesticide incidents that result in observable symptoms or effect on honey bees. Incidents may include in-hive as well as field crop incidents. For general information on how to file a pesticide incident report you can contact Rheal or David. Please note that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is ultimately responsible for investigating and regulating pesticides. The Pesticide Incident Reporting Form (Environmental Incident) used to report pesticide impact to bees can be found on the following website: or contact the Pest Management Information Service Centre: 1-800-267-6315.

2014 Recommendations for Administering Antibiotics and Acaricides to Honey Bees

For the “2014 Recommendations for Administering Antibiotics and Acaricides to Honey Bees” please click here.

Winter 2014 Newsletter

MBA Winter 2014


The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.

Canola Council of Canada and the Canadian Honey Council Factsheets

Here are a couple of new factsheets from the Canola Council of Canada and the Canadian Honey Council on the benefits of honey bees to Canola seed production. (general audience)
(producer audience)


Growing Assurance – Food Safety On-farm – Apiculture (Honey Bee)

All Manitoba honey bee producers registered with Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Development as active beekeepers are eligible to participate in this program.  Producers must also participate in a one day Biosecurity Training Workshop prior to filing an application and complete the Honey Bee Biosecurity Self-Evaluation Checklist as part of the application to access program funding under the Growing Assurance for Farms – Apiculture program.

The training workshops will be offered at various locations around the provinces (list of training workshop locations below).  Pre-registration is recommended to ensure your participation at your preferred workshop location, space may be limited.  As part of the pre-registration process, you will be asked if you have an Access Manitoba Identification number, which along with your Manitoba Beekeeper Registration number and Premises Id number are all required in order to complete the application process.  NB: if you want one of the pre-registration contact people to help you acquire an AccessManitoba identification number (i.e. client ID and/or Business ID numbers) you will have to grant your consent in order for your information to be entered into the AccessManitoba network.  Please review the Privacy Notice and Client Consent information prior to pre-registering for a workshop.

Click here to access the Honey Bee Producer Guide to the National Bee Farm-level Biosecurity Standard (online version)

Click here to access the Honey Bee Producer Guide to the National Bee Farm-level  Biosecurity Standard (PDF version – 16 MB)

Click here to access information on the Growing Assurance – Food Safety On-farm program for Apiculture (Honey Bee) – (PDF document).

Bee Biosecurity Training Workshop

Date & time

Pre-registration Contact person

Workshop Location

Steinbach workshop

Tues, Jan 14, 2014

(9:00 am – 2 pm)

Everlito Mendoza


Royal Canadian Legion

294 Lumber Ave,

Steinbach, Manitoba


Teulon  workshop

Thurs, Jan 16, 2014

(9:00 am – 2 pm)

Robert Broadfoot


Teulon Rockwood Cent. Centre

14 Main Street,

Teulon, Manitoba


Carman workshop

Tues, Jan 21, 2014

(9:00 am – 2 pm)

Frieda Wight


Royal Canadian Legion

28 - 1st Street NW,

Carman, Manitoba


Dauphin workshop

Tues, Feb 4, 2014

(9:00 am – 2 pm)

Mary Lou Goshulak


Super 8 Dauphin

1457 Main St. S., Hwy 10

Dauphin, Manitoba


Winnipeg workshop

Thurs, Feb 6, 2014

(9:00 am – 2 pm)

Rhéal Lafrenière


Ag Services Complex

EOC meeting room (basement)

545 University Crescent

Winnipeg, Manitoba


2014 Beekeepers’ Convention & Symposium


Date: Friday 28 February – Saturday 1 March 2014

Location: Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park

1405 St Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba (corner Empress & St Matthews)

Phone 204-775-8791 (use Conference code 241737, or Manitoba Beekeepers Assoc)

Special Room rate of $115 plus taxes available only on advance reservations before January 27, 2014

CONVENTION REGISTRATION (available at the door): Friday, February 28th 8:00
a.m. -  8:54 a.m. and Saturday, March 1st 8:00 a.m. -  8:54 a.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. James Ellis, Randy Oliver and Dr. Carlos Castillo

TRADESHOW: Main Floor (Ambassador 2), Canad Inns Polo Park

CONVENTION/SYMPOSIUM: Main Floor Convention Area, Ambassador 1, Canad Inns Polo Park.

SOCIAL EVENING/BANQUET: Planned for 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday night 28 February 2014, Main Floor (Ambassador 2).

REGISTRATION FORM: Please click here for details. (Early bird deadline Feb. 14!)

CONVENTION RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AGENDA: Please click here for the agenda.

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please click here for more details.

Note: Information on this page may be changed without notice.

Page Posted 19 February 2104.

Fall 2013 Newsletter

MBA Fall 2013


The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.

Neonicotinoid – Position of MBA


Neonicotinoids is a class of systemic pesticides that have been linked recently to pollinator decline primarily in Ontario and Quebec. This
insecticide can be applied in various ways such as a seed coating (i.e. on corn, canola, soybean, winter wheat, etc), as a foliar spray and as a soil
drench or granules. Systemic pesticides are absorbed into plant tissues and are able to migrate through the entire plant. The pesticide affects the insects’ central nervous system resulting in paralysis and death. The following are examples of insecticides found in the Chloronicotinyl insectides (a.k.a. Neonicotinoid): Acetamiprid, Clothianidin, Imidacloprid, Thiacloprid and Thiamethoxam.

Recently, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published Notice of Intent NO12013-01: Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides wherein PMRA “concluded that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable” and proposed that ”for the 2014 planting season, we (CFIA) intend to implement additional protective measures for corn and soybean production, including”:

  • Requiring  the use of safer dust-reducing seed flow lubricants;
  • Requiring  adherence to safer seed planting practices;
  • Requiring  new pesticide and seed package labels with enhanced warnings; and,
  • Requiring  updated value information be provided to support the continued need for
    neonicotinoid  treatment on up to 100% of the corn seed and 50% of the soybean seed.”

PMRA is currently conducting a re-evaluation of all uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)  to better understand and manage potential risks these pesticides may pose to long-term bee health.  PMRA is also proposes to implement label improvements similar to those announced by the US EPA on 15 August 2013.

Public consultation of PMRA’s Notice of Intent was open for comment till December 12, 2013. The comments and suggestions received during the public consultation period will be considered prior to PMRA producing the final report, which will detail what corrective actions will be taken to protect bees from exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides.  Below are the comments submitted by the MBA Board of Directors.


Pest Management Regulatory Agency

2720 Riverside Drive A.L.6604-E2 Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9


This letter confirms the support of the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association (MBA) for the December 12, 2013 Canadian Honey Council’s Submission to Health Canada’s call for comments on notice of intent NO12013-01.

MBA is a province-wide association representing about 550 Manitoba beekeepers, with over 80,000 colonies of honey bees.  MBA has a long history of working collaboratively with various groups, and to this end feels it is imperative to find a resolution for the neonicotinoid issue beneficial to both seed growers and pollinator providers. We recognize seed growers could face difficulties if seed suppliers are reluctant to reduce current treatment regimes. We therefore encourage co-operation of industry, beekeepers and government to develop a sustainable solution. MBA recognizes the importance of the regulatory agency to take quick action to mitigate the ongoing impacts widespread prophylactic neonicotinoid use has on bees. We therefore encourage Pest Management Regulatory Agency to work with various industry groups to develop a process to quickly reduce neonicotinoid dependency.

Should you require additional information on this letter of support, please feel free to contact our association at your convenience.


Link to Canadian Honey Council’s Submission to Health Canada’s call for comments on notice of intent NO12013-01

2013 All Resolutions 13 Nov

The following Resolutions were presented, discussed, and voted upon at the MBA Annual General Meeting of 13 November 2013, held in Neepawa, Manitoba.


WHEREAS each province has a Bee Act that regulates its own beekeeping industry including interprovincial movement of bees, and

WHEREAS the federal government supports regionalization (zoning) in agriculture trade agreements;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA work with MAFRD and CFIA to recognize each province has jurisdiction under the provincial bee acts to develop policies and protocols with the regards to the movement of bees into and out of each province.                         CARRIED

1a) Assigned to Stock Replacement Committee on 11 Dec 2013


WHEREAS the MBA has support from members to identify sources of replacement bees, including from the US, and

WHEREAS import protocols are already in place for New Zealand, Australia, and Chile packages, and for queens from California, it may be possible to extend existing protocols for California to include packages while protecting bee health;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA work with MAFRD, CFIA, and other interested parties to developing protocols for the importation of package honey bees from California to Manitoba.      CARRIED

2a) Assigned to Stock Replacement Committee on 11 Dec 2013


WHEREAS the MBA desires to see Canadian Honey Council become a stronger voice for the country, and

WHEREAS directors typically maintain their provincial perspective, and

WHEREAS committee structure remains a valid method of combining diverse views, and

WHEREAS CHC should strive to find workable solutions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA encourage CHC to encourage more cohesive ways to have committees arrive at solutions that consider the different perspectives of all Canadian Provinces.                      CARRIED

3a) Assigned to President, Al Campbell, on 11 Dec 2013.

4. BOARD SIZE           

WHEREAS the MBA board is a 12 member board and the voting membership is usually 60 members and under, and

WHEREAS the AGM usually has less than 40 members attending and many of these members have served on the board for a number of terms, and

WHEREAS for the last few years the MBA has had trouble filling all the Director seats

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA board reduce its size from 12 to 8 directors.                CARRIED

4a) Assigned to Fee & Levy Committee, and Secretary on 11 Dec 2013.

4b) Preliminary review indicates other areas (i.e. membership categories) need updating as well. 30Jan 2014

4c) Advised Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council of member motion to update bylaws. 24 Feb 2014

5. SECRETARY           

WHEREAS the MBA has learned that Jim has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing the stress and distress of treatment

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA expresses our best wishes for a speedy and successful outcome, and once again thanks Jim for his many years of dedicated support to our organization and beekeeping in Manitoba. CARRIED

5a) Assigned to Promotion Committee on 11 Dec 2013.


WHEREAS the MBA recommended honey house price has been unchanged for several years and the wholesale price has increased significantly

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA membership encourage the executive to review the present market conditions to determine an appropriate recommended price for the 2014 season for the spring issue of the Manitoba Beekeeper newsletter. CARRIED

6a) Assigned to Newsletter Committee on 11 Dec 2013.

6b) Board agreed to new price of $3.50/lb to be in April Newsletter 17 March 2014


BE IT RESOLVED that MBA lobby KAP, CFA, and CSGA for the commercialization of flea beetle tolerant-traited canola.             TABLED

7a) Discussed by board and agreed to assign to KAP delegate for consideration.


WHEREAS: Apiarist Staff support the beekeeping industry in important ways

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA inform the Manitoba Ag Minister of our appreciation for the work Rhéal and David do for our industry. CARRIED

8a) Assigned to President, Al Campbell, 11 Dec 2013.


BE IT RESOLVED: that MBA rotate the location of the MBA annual meeting between Winnipeg, Brandon, and Neepawa. DEFEATED