IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group

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The IPM4Bees Workshop has been postponed until fall 2020. More information below. 

With funding from the North Central IPM Center, the IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is meeting for the first time, bringing together bee researchers, extension agents, graduate students, and other stakeholders to discuss IPM challenges faced across the region. The primary goal of the working group is to foster communication and collaboration in the Midwest over both agricultural and apicultural IPM strategies that impact honey bee and native bee health. As a result, best management practices for bee IPM in the region will be identified and participating institutions will be equipped with standardized best practice recommendations to offer farmers and beekeepers in the Midwest. 

The IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is specifically for people that are 1) working professionally in honey bee research or teaching, or 2) working directly with honey bees and beekeepers as a graduate student, extension educator, apiary inspector, or similar role.

North Central IPM Center States Include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is coordinated by:

  • Randall Paul Cass, Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Extension and Research Entomologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • Ana Heck, Department of Entomology, Michigan State Unviersity

WORKSHOP 2020 (POSTPONED to Fall 2020)

Due to concerns over the covid-19 virus, the planning committee has made the decision to postpone the IPM4Bees Workshop until this fall. There is significant uncertainty surrounding travel our team decided that moving the event is the best option. New dates to be announced later this year. For any questions or concerns, please email ipm4bees@iastate.edu .

Gathering together relevant bee research and extension stakeholders in the Midwest, the two-day workshop, with an optional third day, will serve as a platform for facilitating discussion, sharing research, and developing extension tools to promote IPM practices that improve the health of bees. This year's conversation will center on developing resources on varroa mite IPM that are appropriate for Midwestern beekeepers.

Travel grants are available to cover participant costs (See Below).


The first day will focus on research updates from participating states, presentations from special guest speakers on tools for promoting pollinator-friendly practices, and discussion about varroa control . The second day will focus primarily on drafting a regional varroa IPM guide, a resource that will be developed and used by all participating institutions. Finally, on the optional third day of the workshop, IPM4Bees will host a public forum in East Lansing for local beekeepers to engage and interact with the experts visiting from across the region. 

Invited Expert Speakers

To be confirmed.

Travel Grants 

Travel Grants are available for interested researchers, extension professionals, apiary inspectors, or people working in a similar role. The travel grant offers recipient participants up to $500 in reimbursements to cover expenses related to transportation and lodging. 20 Travel Grants are be available on a 'first come first served' basis for applicants that meet the criteria. Click the below link to download the Travel Grant application.

For any additional questions, email ipm4bees@iastate.edu 

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