In response to raising concerns of honey declines across the state, The New York State Pollinator Protection Plan announced the development of the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team.
The Beekeeper Tech Team is an interdisciplinary group that works directly with beekeepers to improve honey bee health, reduce colony losses, and increase profitability of the beekeeping industry. The program began in August 2016 and includes hobbyists, sideliners, and commercial beekeepers. The Tech Team meets with participants to provide them with data from their colonies and recommendations that they can implement in their operations.
What information does the Tech Team collect?
The Tech Team gathers the following data participants' colonies:
- Varroa mite levels
- Nosema spore counts
- Virus titers
- Kashmir Bee Virus
- Acute Bee Paralysis Virus
- Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus
- Deformed Wing Virus
- Lake Sinai Virus
- Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
- Pesticide levels in wax (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, miticides)
The Tech Team gathers the following data from participants through surveys:
- Operation demographics
- Colony loss records
- Management practices
Interested in enrolling?
Contact Emma Mullen (email@example.com) to find out when the next enrolling period is and how you can qualify.
The NYS Beekeeper Tech Team is funded by the Environmental Protection Fund as part of the NYS Pollinator Protection Plan