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AMERICAN HONEY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION 

RESOLUTIONS  2017                                                             

 PREAMBLE

All past policies and resolutions are subject to annual review by the voting delegates of the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) at any official meeting.  The Resolutions Committee has attempted to develop policy positions on the various issues that are important to the membership of AHPA.  It is our intent to keep the resolutions concise and current, eliminating redundancy where possible.

AHPA Resolutions

1.   The officers and members of the AHPA resolve to continue the campaign to:

      A.  Work to enhance the profitability of beekeeping.

      B.   Motivate beekeepers to establish a meaningful rapport with their Congressional   delegates.

      C.   Promote the honey bee pollination story with members of congress.

      D.  Open a meaningful line of communication with the Administration.                                                     

      E.   Work with other organized groups whose goals are compatible with the goals of the AHPA.

      F.   Provide the necessary funds for the AHPA to implement the 2017AHPA Program.           

2.  Be it resolved that the AHPA go on record encouraging all beekeepers, related industries, state associations, and state entities, who are recipients of Byrd Amendment funds, immediately send a 25% contribution of their Byrd payment to AHPA, in addition to the 25% required by Kelley, Drye, and Warren, to help pay for the continued cost of AHPA legal expenses and operating expenses.

3.  Whereas the I.T.C. has ruled unanimously that cheap imports from China are injuring the domestic honey industry and whereas significant dumping duties were imposed on imports from China, therefore be it resolved that the AHPA go on record supporting aggressive collection of duties to protect the effectiveness of the I.T.C. ruling and monitor circumvention of duties by shipping honey through intermediate countries.

4.  Whereas the anti-dumping suit has brought a considerable amount of money to the beekeeping industry, therefore be it resolved that the AHPA fund the review of shippers and new shipper request by having beekeepers contribute to the antidumping fund through the self assessment of at least one cent per pound or $1.00 per hive.

5.  Whereas imported honey is being blended with domestic honey at the bulk and retail level, and whereas this co-mingled honey is labeled as a product of several different countries thereby making the country of origin label meaningless to the consumer, therefore be it resolved the AHPA go on record asking Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture to prohibit the blending of foreign honeys, with other foreign honeys or domestic honey.  The country of origin needs to be on the front of the label in the same font size as the trademark.

6.  Whereas imitation sweeteners, ultra-filtered honey, Baker’s Blend, Packer’s Blend, or other adulterated “honey” is being labeled and sold as honey, be it resolved that the AHPA go on record to encourage FDA and other government agencies to prohibit all products of this type from using the word “honey” anywhere in the label.

7.  Whereas the US honey market is currently faced with a barrage of mislabeled, adulterated, counterfeit, and/or contaminated products, therefore be it resolved that the AHPA support national standard of identity.                  

8.  Whereas genetically engineered honeybees could have devastating economic implications to the value and the marketability of honey and honeybee products, and enormous economic costs to the bee industry due to the intellectual property rights laws of genetically engineered organisms (beekeepers may not be able to openly breed their own bees because of royalties to a genetic monopoly), therefore be it resolved that the AHPA goes on record as strongly opposing the testing, development, and release of genetically engineered honeybees.

9.   Be it resolved that the AHPA ask USDA/Carl Hayden Research Facility to research the nutritional value to the honey bee of GMO crops compared to non-GMO crops.

10.  Whereas AHPA recognizes that the LD 50 test does not accurately access the risk of all compounds brought to market or currently on the market, be it resolved the AHPA request EPA to enact the new protocols developed at the Pelston conference for Tier I, II, and III testing on new and reviewed products to determine all possible effects on honeybees with risk assessments of IGRs, Fungicides including herbicides with similar modes of action to begin at Tier II testing level.

 11.  Whereas the current EPA procedure of testing the LD50 of the active ingredients of formulated products does not measure the complete risk profile to honey bees be it resolved AHPA request EPA immediately implement new protocols to test formulated products to more accurately assess the risk to honey bees and the environment.

12.  Whereas past testing protocols were deemed critically flawed by EPA, therefore be it resolved AHPA request EPA and USDA to adopt standard protocols for field testing of honeybees for risk assessment as recommended by NHBAB to include:

  • significant number of hives
  • significant control and subject areas
  • significant length of tests for Tier I, II, and III evaluations

13.   Be it resolved that the AHPA support research to address colony decline and mortality, and be it further resolved that AHPA work with other industry organizations, researchers, and other honey bee dependent industries to procure funding for research and solutions.

14.   Whereas US bee labs are critical to honeybee research, be it resolved that AHPA go on record requesting USDA-ARS to:

  • update the facility at the Baton Rouge Honey Bee Research Unit
  • continue to support and increase funding for all current honey bee research labs
  • all labs should be fully staffed

15.  Whereas the beekeeping industry wants and needs research from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), therefore be it resolved that the AHPA suggest to the ARS a prioritized list of research areas that are most beneficial and necessary but not limited to the following:

     A. Colony decline and mortality

     B. Systemic/Sub-lethal effects of pesticides

     C. Varroa Mite Research

     D. Fungicides and Insect Growth Regulators (IGR)  

     E. Honeybee Viruses/ Varroa-Virus complex

     F. Nosema apis and ceranae                                               

     G. Small hive beetle research                    

     H. Bee Genetics     

     I. Practical wax moth control

     J. Chalk brood

     K. Biological controls for honeybee pests.

16.  Be it resolved that the AHPA encourage the USDA to continue to appoint members of the AHPA to Apiculture Research and Review Committees for annual review of ARS research projects on honey bees.    

17. Whereas there is concern that live imported bees may carry known and unknown beehive pests and diseases, be it resolved AHPA go on record requesting continued suspension of all live honeybees, including queens and packages into the U.S. until further research proves they are disease and parasite free and contain no deleterious genetic material.          

18.  Whereas Aluminum Phosphide is labeled for use on honey comb, be it resolved that the AHPA request ARS to sponsor an IR-4 to work with pesticide registrants to amend the pesticide label where by all honey in comb may become a listed stored commodity.

19.  Whereas the unfettered use of pesticides is causing significant loss of insect pollinators, including honeybees, be it resolved that the AHPA request the Environmental Hazards portion of Pesticide Labels be defined and fully enforced/

20.  Whereas bee forage is critical to bee health and there has been large conversion from CRP to row crops, and Federal and State land offers potential place for bees to forage safely, be it resolved the AHPA encourages Federal and State land management agencies to implement bee access policy and studies to support these policies.

21.  Whereas honeybees are suffering detrimental effects from unknown sources, be it resolved the AHPA goes on record requesting a national database be implemented to track the usage of pesticides nationwide.

22.  Be it resolved that the AHPA request the US Department of Labor to reinstate beekeepers’ classification as farmers instead of farm labor contractors in the H2A program and work to improve and streamline the H-2A program so as to make it more user friendly and cost effective.          

23. In response to the excessive loss of honey bees and economic burden it causes therefore be it resolved that AHPA request an uncapped, fully funded ELAP program.                    

24. Be it resolved AHPA request USDA National Association State Departments of Ag to fund research of beneficial predators of crop pests and to develop economic models demonstrating their utility to cropping systems.

25. Whereas USDA has identified the causes of bee losses as multi-factorial and those factors being pests, pathogens, poor forage and pesticides and USDA has held a varroa summit and a forage summit to prospect and develop solutions be it resolved that the AHPA requests USDA to hold a pesticide summit.

26. Whereas the use of resin technologies can be used to circumvent country of origin identification be it resolved the AHPA opposes resin technologies designed to remove country of origin specific signatures.          

27. Whereas good data is critical to good policy be it resolved that AHPA requests congress to direct and fund USDA/ERS to conduct an economic value chain study of honey bees to the economy as a whole.

28. Whereas EFB and AFB are extremely damaging to US beekeeping therefore be it resolved that we ask the FDA for a reinstatement of nonprescription sales of Tylosin and Terramycin for the treatment of these diseases and fast track   FDA/EPA registration for phage technology for treatment of AFB and EFB. 

29. Whereas honeybees are a necessary part of our national food security therefore be it resolved that AHPA request congress authorize national assessment on all contract pollinated crops for the purpose of research to minimize losses and increase queen viability of the US honey bee industry.

30. Whereas the honey fraud is at an all time high, therefore be it resolved that AHPA support the honey task force formed with other stake holders. 

31. The AHPA supports the efforts of the PSC's January 2017 pesticide policy for protecting pollinators.

32.  Be it resolved that the AHPA express deepest sympathy to the families of the following who have lost their loved ones in the year 2016: (none known)

33. We would like to thank National Honey Bee Advisory Board and Pollinator Stewardship Council for all the work they have done for the industry.

34. The AHPA extends a sincere thank you to all those who have contributed to the success of the 48th Annual AHPA Convention at San Luis convention center and hotels in Galveston, Texas:                       

All of the informative speakers.

  • Kelvin and Darla Adee, Cassie Cox, Mark Jensen, Lee Knight, Angela Coy, Karen Kutik, Carrie Jensen, Jaime Wiley
  • The Vendors & Dealers for their handsome display of wares, much needed coffee breaks, and advertising in the convention program.
  • All donors for the Welcome Reception.
  • All auction donors.
  • All the friendly and helpful staff of the San Luis convention center and hotels in Galveston, Texas, for their cooperation and support before and during the convention.
  • All individuals not listed who contributed to the success of the convention.
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