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The award-winning documentary, THE POLLINATORS, will be released across all digital platforms on

June 16, 2020, right ahead of National Pollinator Week (June 22 – 28).

 

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system.  We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it. 

 

The Pollinators has screened widely in theaters and communities across the U.S. and around the world. We are thrilled that it will now be available digitally and viewable in your home. You can Pre-Order it here


The Pollinators is also available for educational and library licensing through our educational distributor Collective Eye and also available on Kanopy.


 

CONTACT: ThePollinatorsnet@gmail.com

WEBSITE: https://www.thepollinators.net/

TRAILER:  https://www.thepollinators.net/festivals



Penn State will be offering a Pollinator Webinar Series, Wednesdays at 3 pm, starting on June 3!  Registration required, but the webinars are free and open to all.  To find out more information and register, please go to this website: 

https://lopezuribelab.com/2020/05/23/pollinator-webinar-series-summer-2020/


Topics and dates are below!  Hope to 'see' you there!


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June 3rd - Pollinator Health Challenges: A bee perspective

June 10th - The three most important steps to ensuring honey bee colony survival over the long term

June 17th - Queen rearing basics  

June 24th - Bee nutritional ecology: from flowers to landscapes

July 1st - Mason bee management for backyard and orchard pollination

July 8th - Bumble bee biology and management for pollination  

July 15th - Bee Biodiversity in Pennsylvania  

July 22nd - Gardening for pollinators


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Christina M. Grozinger
Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Director, Center for Pollinator Research

Scholar-in-Residence, Sustainability Institute
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
W-209 Millennium Science Complex
University Park, PA 16802
Email: cmgrozinger@psu.edu
Webpage: http://grozingerlab.com/https://www.facebook.com/thegrozingerlab
Center for Pollinator Research: http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators


MESSAGE FROM STATE APIARIST - KEITH TIGNOR

The 2020 Session of the General Assembly revised the Beehive Distribution Program (Chapter 407 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly) to require the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to accept applications for beehive units for a period of not less than 15 days and to select individuals receiving beehive units at random from the eligible applications received during the application period. The General Assembly also clarified that an individual registered with the VDACS as a beekeeper may apply for no more than three beehive units per household per year. VDACS has revised this guidance document to reflect these amendments to the Beehive Distribution Program and to update the application process accordingly. Information for submitting public comments regarding the revisions is available through the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at:


https://www.townhall.virginia.gov/l/GDocForum.cfm?GDocForumID=294  


The public comment period closes at 11:59pm on 6/10/2020.



Welcome Honey Bee Friend! This survey is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America. Mite Check is open year round for you to share your data.

THE SURVEY IS UNDERWAY

https://beeinformed.org/take-survey/


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Seeking Volunteers

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact any of the Executive Board or the VSBA President

at 

Presidentvsba@virginiabeekeepers.org


UPDATE YOUR LOCAL CLUBS MEMBERS

For Local Clubs collecting VSBA dues please use this spreadsheet to send in your membership updates.

VSBA CLUBS MEMBER UPDATE.xlsx

email to virginiastatebeekeepers@gmail.com


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