Proposals sought for honeybee health research

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced the availability of up to $75,000 to fund research related to the health of honeybees.

“The State Legislature appropriated this money in response to both the importance of beekeeping in our state and the growing severity of bee health problems,” Goehring said.

Goehring said applicants can submit proposals for any or all of five research priorities:

  • Colony collapse cause, management
  • Varroa mite control
  • Understanding honeybee viruses and effects on honeybee health
  • Correlating pathogen presence to management practices
  • Any other problem-solving ideas of interest to the beekeeping industry

Complete information on applying for research funds is available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at www.nd.gov/ndda/node/279/. Grant applications must be received by March 9, 2012.

Additional information is available by contacting Judy Carlson, NDDA plant industries director at (701) 328-4997 or jcarlson@nd.gov.

North Dakota traditionally leads the nation in honey production.