Notice Regarding Honey Shipments to Japan

Due to recent changes in the Japanese standard for honey in Japan, there is a ZERO tolerance for Tylosin residues in all honey destined for that market.  This is a change from the previous allowance of 0.01 ppm that our industry followed in years past.  Alberta producers must ensure their honey is tested by an accredited lab to ensure no Tylosin residues are present before shipment.   Updates will be posted on the Alberta Beekeepers Commission and Alberta Agriculture websites as they become available.

Click here for Japanese MRL's for Tylosin in Food (Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)...PDF     

Click here for the "Proposal to amend the List of MRLs for veterinary drugs in foods - CFIA".......


Canadian Honey Council/Canadian Seed Trade Association Press Release

December 12, 2014


In 2011, the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) and a number of industry partners began discussions on ways to improve honey bee health. As discussions progressed, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) in close consultation with its corn and soybean company members and the CHC took a significant step forward to mitigate risk to pollinators by recently implementing a major pesticide reduction program for corn and soybean seed sold in Canada. By reducing the application rate of seed applied insecticides and introducing more fungicide only options this industry lead program is estimated to see an overall reduction of the pesticide load across Canada in 2015 by 15% in corn and 9% in soybeans. In 2016 the reduction will climb to 31% in corn and 18% in soybeans for a combined overall pesticide reduction of 24%. This will significantly reduce the amount of seed applied insecticide used in Ontario; the province with the largest acreage of corn and soybeans.

Thymovar and Hopguard for Varroa Mite Research Paper

The "New Miticides for Integrated Pest Management of Varroa Destructor (Acari:Varroidae) in Honey Bee Colonies on the Canadian Prairies" is now available.  Click here for a copy of the report....PDF


Statistical Overview of the Canadian Honey Industry 2013

Click here for the website.....(AAFC).



Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program 2014-2019

The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) (2014-2019) is a five-year, $50.3 million program providing non-repayable contributions for industry-led projects that help the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector to adapt and remain competitive.  The program ends on March 31, 2019

Click here for more information.......



Commercial Beekeeping Program at GPRC - 2016 Program

Click here for information regarding the 2016 GPRC Commercial Beekeeping Program...... 



Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability (CBISQT)

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


Have your Say! Help find solutions for farm labour shortages

 The Canadian Agricultural HR Council needs your help!   We encourage you to fill out this survey and let your members or your circle of contacts know about this important survey opportunity.  By taking the time to complete a short 10 – 15 minute online survey farmers’ worker needs will included in this important work that will help government and educators create policies and programs that will shape future farm labour requirements.  Please complete the online survey at




Immediate Release:  Alberta Beekeepers Commission statement regarding Ontario bee lawsuit

The Alberta Beekeepers Commission has released an official statement in regards to the recent lawsuit filed by two Ontario beekeepers against Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.  For any questions regarding this statement, please contact the Alberta Beekeepers Commission office at 780-489-6949.

Click here for the official statement...(PDF):



National Bee Diagnostic Center Information:

The National Bee Diagnostic Centre is pleased to announce that we are now accepting samples for the 2014 season.  Attached is an updated Sample Procedures Fees and Services Brochure as well as a new Submission Form.  The NBDC has made some changes to the services, so please note that we have discontinued the Full Spectrum Analysis Package.  This will allow clients to customize what will constitute a full spectrum analysis specific for each beekeeper.  Please contact our office if you require assistance.  We look forward to your submissions for the 2014 season.

Services and Fees
ubmission Form




Lee-Anne Alde

National Bee Diagnostic Centre

780 357-7737

Centre for Research & Innovation

Grande Prairie Regional College




Beekeeper Photo of the Month


To submit a photo of the month, please email them to the office with the subject line: Photo of the Month


Important Notice

Click Here for Upcoming Meeting Dates......


Alberta Beekeepers IPM Workshop - Executive Royal Inn, Edmonton, February 10-11, 2015.

 Click here to download the registration form.

Click here for the IPM Speaker Lineup....