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Lee Townsend
On July 19th, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) released their yearly report regarding overwintering losses.  For those that wish to read the report in detail, it can be found on the CAPA website and it is worth reviewing.  Once again, it clearly indicates that the Canadian Honeybee industry is continuing to thrive....
Lee Townsend
As a commercial beekeeper, there are numerous challenges that we must over come each year in order to ensure our bees are healthy and our businesses are successful.  Some of these challenges are out of our control (weather, crop rotations by growers, urban sprawl, etc.).  But many of the challenges we face are manageable...
Lee Townsend
On July 22, the Globe and Mail published an article by Margaret Wente titled “Good News: There is no Honeybee Crisis”.  This article has generated a lot more buzz than I had expected, considering that it didn’t really tell us anything that we didn’t know already.  That’s not to say I don’t agree with...
Lee Townsend
The new Ontario neonicotinoid regulations took effect on July 1, with both the Ontario Beekeepers Association (OBA) and the provincial government heralding the changes as being vital to ensuring the survival of honeybees in that province.  Glen Murray, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has been boasting about how these new regulations...
Lee Townsend
Last week a new website called “Beesmatter” was launched, and with it came an open letter to Ontarians titled “Getting the Facts Straight on Honey Bees”.  This was developed and released by Ontario farmers and the agricultural industry that supports them, and I think it is a great concept.  My understanding is that this will be...