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:
|Project||Years||Funders||Total Cash Award||ABC Contribution||Status||Collaborators|
|Bee Researcher||2012-2018||ACIDF, ABC, Seed Companies||$1.2M ||$275,000||Complete||AF|
|Honey Bee Health Surveillance||2014-2018||AAFC, CLC, MB, ABC||$1.8M||$74,000||Complete||GPRC|
|Increased Sustainability Managing Bee Pests||2014-2019||ACIDF, ABC||$553,858||$115,000||March 2019||UofA, UoG, UoM, AF|
|Bang for Your Buzz||2016-2019||CARP, ABC||$275,000||$80,000||March 2019||AF, UofC, AAFC|
|Honey Bee Stock Performance Trial||2016-2018||ACIDF, ABC||$105,000||$35,000||Feb 2019||NBDC, AAFC, AF|
|A Study of Foulbrood in Canadian Apiaries||2018-2021||AF, ABC||$330,000||$15,000||March 2021||AAFC, GPRC|
|Fumagillin Feasibility Assessment||2018||ABC||$12,000||Complete|
|Fumagillin: re-establishing the supply chain||2018||ABC, GRIN||$20,000||$10,000||Dec 2018|
|Comprehensive Comparison of Therapeutic Efficacy of Fumagillin-B, Prebiotics & Probiotics against Nosema Infection of Honey Bee Colonies||2018-2020||ABC||$57,500||$57,500||Sept 2021||WCVM, Sask Bee|
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.