Local Love for Local Honey: Beaver Creek Apiaries

Beaver Creek Apiaries Owners: Stefan and Monique Zauner Startup honey business brings energy, fresh thinking. This family operation is an integral part of the local agriculture community, which has been a source of high-quality flowers for their bees and advice for their growing business. Alberta’s 175 commercial beekeepers come in all shapes and sizes. Some...

Local Love for Local Honey: Paradis Valley Honey

Paradis Valley Honey Owners: Ginette & Danny Paradis If you and your spouse spend your weekly date night driving around to see which local pastures are flowering, chances are, you’re a beekeeper. That’s how it is for Ginette and Danny Paradis, owners and operators of Paradis Valley Honey in Watino, which is in Alberta’s Peace...

Nosema Ceranae and Lotmaria Passim, a dynamic duo

By Courtney Macinnis, Phd Student, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada And University Of Alberta Notorious Nosema ceranae – what is it and what does it do? Nosema ceranae is a highly specialized fungal parasite capable of causing disease in adult honey bees. Honey bees become infected with N. ceranae by ingesting spores of the parasite, which...

Apimondia 2019

Highlights from the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in Montreal The Alberta Beekeepers Commission was proud to represent the Alberta beekeeping industry at the 46th Apimondia International Apiculture Congress and ApiExpo event in Montreal in September. Together with beekeepers, honey producers, researchers, industry professionals and other delegates from across the globe,Apimondia was an amazing opportunity...

European Foulbrood

By the Agriculture and Forestry Bee Health Assurance Team Background European foulbrood (Melissococcus plutonius) is a brood disease of honey bees, with near global distribution. In Alberta, European foulbrood (EFB) is listed as a bee disease under the Alberta Bee Regulation. Typically, symptoms of EFB ariseearly in the season, and spontaneously resolve with a strong...

Honey Bee Diseases, Pests,Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment – American Foulbrood (Part 1 of 2)

The clustered and warm environment of the honey bee colony provides a favorable condition for growth of many pathogens. As a result, honey bees act as a host for a multitude of pathogens and parasites. Protecting bees from pathogens and disease is an integral component of the hive management, which requires dedication to learning about...

Bees and Bears

Alberta beekeepers produce the world’s purest, highest-quality and best-tasting honey and provide essential pollination services too. Today, however, society and beekeepers themselves demand more. Whether you raise bees and harvest honey, or simply enjoy it as a consumer, we all want to ensure that agricultural practices are sustainable for generations to come. Environmental stewardship and sustainability...