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Honey Bee Queen Replacement & Feed Efficiency Project (2013-2015)

Program Contact
Name: Chris Jordan
Phone: 314-0816


Queen Replacement

The purpose of the Queen Replacement Project is to improve genetic resistance of PEI honey bees. Improved genetic resistance will position beekeepers to better withstand the introduction of honey bee tracheal mites (HBTM).

Feed Efficiency
The purpose of the honey bee feed efficiency component is to improve hive strength in the ‘shoulder’ seasons (spring and fall) by supplemental feeding, accomplished by:

  1. Encouraging the use of pollen patties/substitutes in the spring to promote faster buildup of brood, and
  2. Preparing bees for successful overwintering through improved feeding.

Funding Levels & Eligible Expenses:

Queen Replacement

  1. Eligible beekeepers may qualify for a grant up to 50% of the total cost to a maximum of $15.00 per honey bee queen. Transportation costs are not an eligible expense.
  2. Beekeepers are encouraged to replace their queens with HBTM-resistant stock over a three-year period (2013 - 2015).
  3. Once pre-approved, the Department will reimburse the applicant after submission of invoice and proof of payment.

Feed Efficiency

  1. Pollen Patties: 50% funding up to a maximum of $1.00 / patty
  2. Sugar (raw or syrup): 50% funding up to a maximum of $0.50 / kg

Note: any one beekeeping operation will be limited to $5,000 / year and may include any combination of pollen patties &/or sugar/syrup.

Funding Requirements:

Queen Replacement

  1. Eligible replacement queens must be purchased from a recognized breeding program which specifically selects for HBTM-resistance.
  2. Applicants must apply for an Import Permit (Bee Health Certificate) through the PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry. Originating apiary must be pre-approved by the Department.
  3. Applicants will be required to describe their queen replacement strategy over the remaining life of the project i.e. number of queens in each year 2014 & 2015.

Feed Efficiency
Beekeepers who access funding through the feed efficiency component of the program will be required to provide a meaningful evaluation regarding the success of improved feeding on honey bee overwintering success. Time period to be covered by the evaluation will be the 2015/2016 winter and buildup during the 2015 and/or 2016 spring (depending on the date of application for funding). This evaluation may take the form of a direct comparison of colony performance with ‘normal’ feeding and that of ‘enhanced’ feeding
through the Feed Efficiency Project.

Any resident PEI beekeeper is eligible for funding. Preference will be given to those beekeepers who intend to provide pollination services to the PEI blueberry industry. However, other beekeepers may be eligible if funding is available.

Application Deadline:
Beekeepers wishing to access funds through the Honey Bee Queen Replacement & Feed Efficiency Project must submit their applications no later than June 30, 2015. The Department of Agriculture & Forestry reserves the right to prorate funds to each beekeeper, depending on demand and budget.

The project will be administered by the PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry on behalf of the PEI Beekeepers’ Association.

Applicants should submit their completed applications no later than June 30, 2015 to:

Chris Jordan, Project Manager

PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry
5th Floor Jones Building, PO Box 2000, 11 Kent Street.
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 314-0816
Fax: (902) 368-4857


Honey Bee Queen Replacement and Feed Efficiency Project (2013-2015)

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