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)
Email: d.l.wright@shaw.ca

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
Email: NBDC@gprc.ab.ca
Website: www.thenbdc.ca

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: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/protect-proteger/incident/index-eng.php 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


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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.

http://www.canolacouncil.org/markets-stats/industry-overview/bees-and-canola-a-sweet-relationship/ (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


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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

E-mail: pmra.publications@hc-sc.gc.ca:

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