Northern Production of Disease and Mite Resistant Queen Honey Bees

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $4,409.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,940.00
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:
stewart jacobson
Illinois Queen Initiative

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: apples, berries (other), cherries, berries (cranberries), peaches, berries (strawberries)


  • Animal Production: parasite control, preventive practices
  • Education and Training: demonstration, networking
  • Pest Management: biological control, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, prevention
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, employment opportunities

    Proposal summary:

    The project is designed to address the dual problems of a lack of adoption of disease and mite resistant or tolerant lines of bees and an over-reliance on queens from Sunbelt states. The purpose is to increase interest and understanding among beekeepers in Illinois, eastern Missouri and southern Wisconsin resulting in their using these lines of honey bees.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.