North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that funding is available for research and promotion of honey bees in the state of North Dakota.
“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is seeking grant proposals for research into finding practical solutions to honey bee health issues; and for honey promotion and outreach projects,” he said.
Goehring said applicants can submit proposals for any or all of four research priorities:
Varroa mite control
Understanding honey bee viruses and effects on honey bee health
Correlating pathogen presence to management practices
Other problem-solving ideas of interest to the beekeeping industry
Proposals for honey promotion and outreach projects must have a direct benefit to North Dakota honey producers.
Multiple grants may be awarded. Proposals funding partial projects and proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered.
Miller explained that changes in the landscape have been the biggest factor in the decline. As fields that once were in pasture, the Conservation Reserve Program or fallow have transitioned to row crops like corn and soybeans, the forage necessary to produce honey has gone away.
Complete information on applying for funds is available on the NDDA website at www.nd.gov/ndda. Grant applications must be received by May 14, 2021.
Additional information is available by contacting Samantha Brunner at 701-328-4765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.