How to make beekeeping more sustainable

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $6,369.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Craig Cella
Craig A. Cella


  • Animals: bees


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, preventive practices

    Proposal summary:

    Bee populations have been hard hit by varroa mites, reducing the number of colonies and affecting the profitability of beekeepers. Most keepers overwinter in a two-story colony and buy bees in the spring to make up for winter losses. This project will study the feasibility of a new management system where the beekeeper divides all the colonies in the spring, adds new queens to the queenless colony, and then culls the bottom-producing colonies in July. Outreach will be through presentations, field tours, workshops, and articles.

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