Winter 2015 Newsletter

MBA Winter 2015

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Over the past several years, Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association (MBA) has been working at meeting the needs for healthy bee stocks in our province. We recognize the border issue was contentious in the past, yet recent surveys revealed beekeepers attitudes changed over the years, as has our beekeeping industry.

In light of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Risk Assessment on the Importation of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Packages from the United States of America document released in 2014, it became apparent that the risks associated with importation are not uniform across Canada. MBA, with the assistance of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, critically reviewed each of the risks outlined in the CFIA Risk Assessment, in relation to the threat they posed to Manitoba through packaged bees imported from Northern California. We restricted our evaluation to packages from the same locations, and in fact some of the same operations, where queen bees are imported from starting in 2004. Our findings, recommendations, and actions are documented in a White Paper called “Importation of Packaged Honey Bees from California, United States to Manitoba, Canada”

MBA is releasing this “White Paper” document to the public, to inform them of our findings, as well as solicit feedback to help develop the necessary procedures and protocols to mitigate the threats.

WHITE PAPER: Please click here for PDF document.

Please provide your feedback to before 28 February 2015.

Fall 2014 Newsletter

MBA Fall 2014

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Growing Assurance – On Farm Program: Apiculture

Manitoba honey beekeepers registered with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development as active beekeepers are eligible to participate in the Growing Assurance – On Farm program for Apiculture. Prior to accessing funding under this program, as part of the application process beekeepers must also participate in a half day Honey Bee Biosecurity Training Workshop and complete a Honey Bee Biosecurity Self-Evaluation Checklist (provided at the workshop).

Click here for workshop location and date options!

After a beekeeper has completed the Biosecurity Training Workshop and Biosecurity Checklist he/she will be invited to submit an application for program funding, which can be submitted electronically or dropped off at one of the local MAFRD GO Centres. The training workshops will identify which projects are best suited to address the areas of Biosecurity important for the individual producer’s farm. Information on how to document the impact associated with adopting those Biosecurity practices will also be discussed during the workshops.
Beekeepers that have already completed the Honey Bee Biosecurity Training Workshop (Part 1) are invited to participate in an optional Biosecurity training workshop (Part 2) on monitoring and diagnosing honey bee pests and diseases. This monitoring and diagnostics workshop is open to all beekeepers that have completed Part 1 earlier that day or any of the Bee Biosecurity training events offered this year or last year. Again, the monitoring and diagnostics workshop is completely optional and is not a required training session for Biosecurity funding.

Applications will be received and approved on a first come first served basis. The deadline for receiving Growing Assurance for On farm applications that are expected to be completed this year (i.e. by February 2015) is December 5th, 2014. Any applications received after December 5th will not be processed till next fiscal year (after March 31, 2015). Applicants must have an AccessManitoba client Id number and a Premise Id number (Part D of Growing Assurance application) prior to filing their application.

Please review Privacy Notice and Client Consent Information prior to filling out the application online or through a MAFRD GO office. Applicants must ensure their projects are in accordance with applicable federal and provincial acts, regulations and environmental directives. Failure to comply with any of the former could result in an applicant being deemed ineligible. For more information about the program and workshops, please contact Rhéal Lafrenière, 204-945-4825 or email

2014 Resolutions 12 Nov

The folowing Resolutions were presented, discussed, and voted upon by the 15 Designated Representatives present at the MBA Annual General Meeting of 12 November 2014, held in Nepawa, Manitoba.


 WHEREAS Members of MBA approved a resolution in 2013 to permit their board size to be reduced to eight (8) members and,

WHEREAS the Designated Representative role clarified in 2003 as a result of Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council directive and,

WHEREAS MBA incorporated these items into an amended Administrative By-law distributed to its members,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA approves amendments to the Administration By-law 1/92.

a) Amendments were approved at 12 November AGM


 2)      AMEND REGULATION 244/87

 WHEREAS On 12 November 2014 MBA members approved the board member count from 12 to 8 in its Administration By-Law, and

WHEREAS Manitoba Honey Marketing Plan Regulation 244/87R identifies a twelve member board in paragraph 3(2),

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVEDThat MBA seek approval of the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council to amend Regulation 244/87R to reflect an eight (8) Member board.

a) Task was assigned to Fee/Levy Committee at 27 Nov 2014 directors meeting.



 WHEREAS Members of MBA approved Administration By-law 1/92 amendments on 12 November 2014,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA forwards its amended Administration By-law to Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council for approval.

a) Task assigned to Fee/Levy Committee at 27 Nov 2014 directors meeting 


 WHEREAS several members of the beekeeping community are living with the infection results of Blacklegged (Deer) Tick bites and,

WHEREAS beekeepers are prone to tick bites, in part, due to the nature of routine hive placement and management,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA pursue grant funding for Blacklegged (Deer) Tick surveillance research.

a) Application has been prepared jointly by Dr Rochon, U of M, and co-applicant Jim Campbell, MBA.

b) Application under Innovation category has been forwarded in Nov to MAFRD to meet input Growing Innovation deadline of 12 Dec 2014  


 WHEREAS MBA had offered to administer the Leafcutter Bee Inspection program during 2014 as there may have been efficiencies in administering two programs together and,

WHEREAS there is little financial benefit to MBA members to Continue administering this service,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA is not interested in being involved in the 2015 Leafcutter Surveillance Program at this time.

a) Resolution is published on line and Forage Seed Association is apprised of information. Task completed 6 December 2014.


WHEREAS during the past two years, there has not been a consistency of apiary inspection and early detection for all regulated diseases, nor availability of year round diagnostic services, and

WHEREAS producers are concerned about bee health and thus preventing the spread of diseases, preventing gaps in inspection history, plus utilizing local bee diagnostic services,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA confirm to the province that the beekeeping industry desires continuing the Honey Bee Disease Inspection and Bee Diagnostic Lab Programs funded and managed by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.

a) Task assigned to Allan Campbell, President at 27 Nov 2014 directors meeting.

b) Members of MBA scheduled to meet with Min Kostyshyn on 10 December 2014 to raise issue. 


WHEREAS: Beekeepers appreciate the inspection program and its assessment of both hobby and commercial operations, and

WHEREAS: Extension Staff support the beekeeping industry through organizing workshop, education and research information events,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that MBA inform the MB Ag Min of our appreciation for the work Rheal and David do on our behalf .

a) Task assigned to Allan Campbell, President at 27 November 2014 directors meting.


Whereas: CHC will be requiring increased funding from its members, and

Whereas: MBA desires to be proactive and prevent yearly delays in approving funding for CHC at our AGM

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: MBA increase hive levy fees by $0.05 per colony effective 1 January 2015.

 a) Task asigned to Fee/Levy Committee for action.

b) Regulation amendment drafted and ready for MBA signatures 8 December 2014.

Summer 2014 Newsletter

MBA Summer 2014


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Spring 2014 Newsletter

MBA Spring 2014


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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.