The Top 7 Priorities of AHPA
AHPA is certainly busy strategizing how to keep modern
commercial beekeeping viable and profitable going forward. Keeping this in
mind, we have developed a Top 7 Priorities List.
Economic Research Service to develop an Economic Model of the value of bees. This new study is our foundational
effort to factor in the real value of
honey bees past the farm gate due to their direct impact on food production in
a state of the art genetics lab at Baton Rouge and move the Tucson lab to
California. Research objectives of California Lab:
Development of BMP’s and IPM on current fungicides,
pesticides, and Insect Growth Regulators
in a manner that minimizes stress on honey bees while protecting the nation’s crops. This lab would also continue research on wintering bees
using feed, nutrition and other methods.
This is a reasonable move given the fact that over half of the nations bee supply end up in
California to pollinate almonds.
bee research funds to ARS.
bee research funds to the Land grant system.
On items number three and four
on the list, we simply need applied research in the field to determine the affects of pesticides on
and Nutrition. Fund the reclaiming of canals, aqueducts and clean water
riparian areas to a state that maximizes the benefit to Honey Bees and native
pollinators and whenever possible road and the highway right of ways to be
maintained in a state that maximizes benefit to Honey Bees and native
6. Support Customs’ Reauthorization Bill legislation by
which Congress will appropriate the funds Customs needs to operate. It is
crucial that this bill include language that directs Customs to improve/perfect
its ability to determine the true country of origin of all honey imported into
this country, with the goal of ensuring that Chinese honey imports cannot avoid
the China honey AD order by being falsely declared upon importation as having
been made in a country other than China.
has championed to have Congress outright repeal the new shipper bonding option,
which Congress only suspended for three years in August 2006. This was a huge
benefit to honey producers. Right now the insurance companies willingness to
issue bonds without following their standard underwriting procedures – and not
the bonding option itself -- is the real cause of problem. Our success in getting the repeal language in
the Customs Reauth bills that were introduced in the last Congress have given
us, in connection with the lobbying we have been doing for the New Shipper Bond
Recovery program, a good platform to build on.
This is because inclusion of the repeal language in the bills sends a
clear reminder that the NS bonding option caused a very major problem for the
honey and other domestic agricultural producers.
maybe lofty goals that may not happen overnight but the AHPA is determined to
go after these funds until they are appropriated. If again, according to the UN
study that honeybees are number three, then we need research funding to match