Alberta Beekeepers Commission invests producer dollars into research that addresses these two goals. Other research funding comes from a $1 per hive levy received from our seed company partners for crop pollination services.
In 2017-18, ABC’s total investment commitment to the following research projects was $270,533. By working with other funders, identified below, we can leverage further funding to address our goals of healthy bees and pure, natural honey.
In 2017/2018, the Commission continued to fund and support bee health related research and invested in a total of nine research projects:
|Title||Project/Research||Years||Funders||Total Cash Award||ABC Contribution||Status||Collaborators|
|Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Public Agriculture Literacy Program - Telling Our Story||Project||2018-2020||ABC, CAP||$119,000||$29,750||March 2020|
|Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Net-Zero Indoor Overwintering Facility Design For The Alberta Commercial Beekeeping Industry||Project||2018-2020||ABC, CAP||$139,900||$17,500||December 2020|
|A Pilot study to compare the efficacy of oxalic acid sublimation devices to control Varroa mite in Alberta||Research||2019||AAF||Complete|
|Comprehensive Comparison of Therapeutic Efficacy of Fumagillin-B, Prebiotics & Probiotics against Nosema Infection of Honey Bee Colonies||Research||2018-2020||ABC||$57,500||$57,500||Sept 2021||WCVM, Sask Bee|
|Honey Spray Drying - phase 2||Project||2018-2020||ABC, AF||$5200||April 2020|
|A Study of Foulbrood in Canadian Apiaries||Research||2018-2021||AF, ABC||$330,000||$15,000||March 2021||AAFC, GPRC|
|Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Risk Mitigation Program - Food Safety||Project||2019-2020||ABC, CAP||$76,000||$19,000||April 2020|
|Tech Transfer Program - Canadian Agricultural Partnership||Project||2019-2023||ABC, CAP||$667,375||$166,845.75||February 2023|
|Bee Researcher||Research||2012-2018||ACIDF, ABC, Seed Companies||$1.2M ||$275,000||Complete||AF|
|Honey Bee Health Surveillance||Research||2014-2018||AAFC, CLC, MB, ABC||$1.8M||$74,000||Complete||GPRC|
|Increased Sustainability Managing Bee Pest (Varroa Mites and Nosema) for Alberta Beekeepers (Project 2014C004R)||Research||2014-2019||ACIDF, ABC||$553,858||$115,000||Complete||UofA, UoG, UoM, AF|
|Honey Bee Stock Performance Trial||Research||2016-2018||ACIDF, ABC||$105,000||$35,000||Complete||NBDC, AAFC, AF|
|Re-Supply of Fumagilin-B to Alberta & Strategic Plan for Development of Fumagillin Alternatives||Project||2018||ABC, GRIN||$20,000||$10,000||Complete|
|Options for New Production of Fumagillin for Apiary Use in Alberta||Project||2018||ABC||$12,000||Complete|
|Getting more bang for your buzz: Does pollination compensate for canola yield lost under sub-optimal soil moisture, nitrogen fertilization and/or seeding rates?||Research||2016-2019||CARP, ABC||$275,000||$80,000||Complete||AF, UofC, AAFC|
|Honey Authenticity Testing by NMR: A Market Impact Assessment||Project||2019||ABC, GRIN, MTN||$15,000||$5000||Complete|
|Economic Benefits of Honey Bees in Alberta||Research||2019||ABMI||$23,000||-||Complete|
|Overwintering Honeybees: Detailed Design||Project||2019||ABC||-||-||Complete|
|Exploring Export Market Opportunities - United Arab Emirates||Project||2019||ABC, Grant MacEwan||-||-||Complete|
|Automated Filling Machine||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
|High Efficiency Honey Processing Facility||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
|Overwintering Building||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
|Queen Bee Shipping Container||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
|Spin Float||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
|Honey Tote Hydraulic Tilter||Project||2019||ABC, U of A||Complete||UofA|
Alberta is the number one honey producer in Canada, and the third largest in North America. We are proud of our honey and committed to telling the story of the value, benefits, and purity of Alberta honey. In 2018, through Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program (CAPP) funding opportunities, we continue to invest in food safety, traceability and public literacy programs.
The Commission is also working to strengthen diagnostic processes and build further diagnostic capacity thorough collaboration with other bee groups to better support producers and changing legislative requirements.