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Bee Information Meeting on Maui on March 23

NR12-05 March 16, 2012

National Program Collecting Bee Data in Hawai`i

HONOLULU – The public is invited to an informational meeting on the current status of honeybees in Hawai`i on Friday, March 23rd at the Maui Community College, Ka Lama 103 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will feature Michael Andree of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), who is visiting Hawai`i to collect data on bees.  In addition, Lauren Rusert, technician with the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Program, will provide information on the local bee situation.  For more information on the meeting, contact Lauren Rusert at 808-352-3010.

The BIP program’s goal is to help determine management practices that reduce losses in bee colonies across the nation. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the amount of $5 million over five years and involves many co-investigator partners around the U.S.   To learn more about BIP, go to:  http://beeinformed.org/

The Hawai`i Apiary Program also encourages Hawai`i beekeepers to join the Beekeepers Registry, which was established last year.  Registration is voluntary and the information is kept confidential.  It allows HDOA to keep beekeepers informed of developments in the industry.  Only five Maui beekeepers have registered so far out of 81 registered statewide. To learn more about the Hawai`i Apiary Program go to:  http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/pi/ppc/bee-folder/bee-informed

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