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Canadian Honey Council

The Canadian Beekeepers Council was formed in 1940 to assist in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. The fledgling organization was underfunded and slow to communicate. It was difficult to respond to issues or develop the international markets that the members wanted. It was clear that there was a need for a higher profile and increased international recognition. In 1970 The Canadian Beekeepers Council decided to change its name to Canadian Honey Council.honey bee photo for the Canadian Honey Council

CHC Office
Executive Director
Rod Scarlett
#218, 51519 R.R.220
Sherwood Park, AB T8E 1H1
ph 877-356-8935
chc-ccm@honeycouncil.ca
www.honeycouncil.ca

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Pesticide exposure statement

The Canadian Honey Council views pesticide exposure, both internally and externally as an extremely important bee health issue.  By working co-operatively with governments, agricultural producers, agri- chemical companies, equipment manufactures and beekeepers, significant improvements have been made that have mitigated exposure risks to honey bees.  Certainly more work needs to be done, and working together with all those involved in the agriculture sector, we are confident that more successes will be achieved.  Accusations of blame do not provide an environment that welcomes new and innovative solutions and as such we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure optimum bee health, and at the same time, uphold our responsibility to beekeepers all across Canada to represent their interest in a respectful manner.
 

Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability program successfully completed. 

The Canadian Honey Council is very pleased to announce that CBISQT has passed the final hurdle, the technical review,  and is available for producers to voluntarily adopt. Paticular thanks go out to Tim Townsend and Robert McDonald who worked diligently to complete the process.  The Producer Manual can be seen here: 

   http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/CBISQT_PRODUCER_MANUAL_ver_1.0_16_July_2014_(FINAL_distribution_copy_-_CFIA_approved).pdf

A flow diagram can be seen here:

   http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Visio-Honey_process_flow_diagram_form_3_24_apiary_8July14.pdf

   http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Visio-Honey_process_flow_diagram_form_3_24_honeyhouse10JULY2014.pdf

 

Over the course of the next few months, the CHC will be making copies widely available and will providing more information as to the content and its relationship with bee-biosecurity.  For now, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

A NATIONAL COMPRENSIVE APPROACH TO BEE HEALTH

– Stakeholder Workshop Ottawa, Ontario -

March 31, 2014, Ottawa ON  - The necessity to take a comprehensive look at the various factors impacting bee health in Canada brought together a diverse group of stakeholders at a Bee Health Workshop in Ottawa.

“Bees are critical to both our economy and our ecosystem,” said Rod Scarlett Bee Health Workshop Chair & Executive Director of the Canadian Honey Council. “That is why beekeepers, farmers, agronomists, scientists, government and other partners are working on this together. We know if we develop a national and inclusive approach, everyone will be better off.  If we can’t work together, everyone will lose something because so much is at stake.”

The national workshop held this week, was the next step in ensuring all parties with a stake in bee health can collaborate on solutions. Participants included beekeeper groups, grain, horticulture and organic farm groups, chemical and seed industry representatives, federal and provincial governments and bee health experts.

The need and opportunities for Canada’s beekeepers are expected to continue to grow and this group of stakeholders is committed to working together to find positive outcomes for pollinator health as well as agricultural production.

“Bees are an important part of agriculture. Grain farmers are pleased with this opportunity to work with beekeepers, scientific experts and governments to promote the health of bees,” said William Van Tassel, Workshop attendee and First Vice- President of la Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec.  “A commitment to a co-ordinated, comprehensive national focus on honey bee health is the right approach.”

The group has agreed to continue to meet in a collaborative manner.

The following is a link to the first gap report that resulted from the workshop.  The Steering Committee met on May 22, 2014 and refined the report.  An update from that meeting will be posted shortly.

   http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Bee_Health_Workshop_Gap_Report_April_25_2014.pdf

Record of decision reports

   www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Bee_Health_Workshop_ROD.pdf

   www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Bee_Health_Workshop_ROD-f.pdf

At the August Steering Committee, at the request of the Bee Health Workshop, CAPA prepared a list of the certified labs across Canada and to some extent, the United States, that provide disease and chemical analysis.

  http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/2014_Bee_Pest__Disease_Dx_and_Chemical_Analysis_Labs_and_Services_in_Canada_Sept_22.pdf

 

Below is the Record of Decision and Bulletin from the meeting held on October 3, 2014.

      

        http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Bulletin_-_FSA_-_3_oct_2014_-_francais.pdf

Bee Healthy Roadmap released by the Honey Bee Health Coalition  

The Canadian Honey Council is proud to be a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, a coalition of more than 30 organizations and agencies from across food, agriculture, government and conservation working to improve the health of honey bees in North America.  The Coalition recently released its Bee Healthy Roadmap, a roadmap to improve honey bee health through collective action that will accomplish more than any one group can achieve on its own.  
Facing unacceptable declines in honey bee health, the Coalition’s Bee Healthy Roadmap lays out specific priorities and actions that it will take to reverse these declines and improve the health of honey bees and other pollinators. The Bee Healthy Roadmap identifies four priority areas that need immediate and consistent action from partners across the landscape. These include improving Hive Management, Forage & Nutrition, Crop Pest Management, and Cross-Industry Education, Outreach and Coordination. 
The Roadmap also provides a framework for ongoing collaboration inviting anyone with a vested interest in honey bee health to work together to achieve its vision of Healthy Honey Bees, Healthy People, Healthy Planet.   
To learn more about the Honey Bee Health Coalition and view the Bee Healthy Roadmap visit www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org  or view the roadmap here:   

       http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Bee_Healthy_Roadmap_October_2014.pdf 

 





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