Bee involved in bee health

Funding is available for projects focused on the health of bees in B.C.

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Colourful beehives are lined up underneath blooming apple trees.

Thank the bees for your apple a day . . . and about one-third of the food on your plate. — teresaterra/CanStock photo

To celebrate B.C.’s Day of the Honey Bee—May 29th—Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham announced BeeBC, a $100,000 funding program that supports research on bee health.

“On Day of the Honey Bee, we gather together to celebrate these amazing creatures that do so much for our quality of life here in B.C., whether they’re pollinating crops for our agricultural sector or providing B.C. honey to British Columbians,” said Popham.

Bees are also important for their role in the wider natural environment, where they provide pollination services for native plants as well as honey to feed wildlife.

The BeeBC program will focus on assisting regional or community-based organizations to contribute to the overall health of bees in the province. Delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation, the two-year program will provide up to $5,000 per project.

Eligible project activities include research, exploration and field testing of best management practices for bee health. Both conventional and new bee health best management practices are eligible.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact program manager Brian Baehr at [email protected] prior to completing the application to confirm eligibility.

A solitary mining bee is coming out of her hole in the ground.

A mining bee is an example of a solitary, ground-nesting pollinator. — StGrafix/CanStock photo

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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