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.
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
On April 16-18, 2020 the working group will host the IPM4Bees Workshop at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. 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.
Registration coming soon!
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 are available for interested researchers, extension agents, and relevant stakeholders. The travel grant offers recipient participants up to $500 in reimbursements to cover expenses related to transportation and lodging. 20 Travel Grants will be available. Link to the application coming soon.