Organic Honey Bee Colony Management is Best for Bees and Beekeepers

This webinar took place on August 24, 2023.

Organic honey bee management practices are based on implementing approved chemical and cultural methods for pest and pathogen control. However, experimental data is scarce about the benefits that implementing such practices has on colony health and productivity. In this webinar, you will learn how to effectively implement organic management practices into a beekeeping operation, and the advantages that such practices have on colony survival and honey production. While implementing organic management does not imply the possibility of organic certification of honey bee products, our studies demonstrate that this management system supports healthy and productive honey bee colonies.

About the Presenters

Margarita López-Uribe is an associate professor of Entomology and the pollinator health extension specialist of pollinator health at Penn State. Her research and extension programs aim to understand the unintended consequences of agricultural practices on the health and stability of pollinator populations.

Robyn Underwood is the apiculture senior extension educator at Penn State. Her program focuses on developing effective management practices for the maintenance of healthy and productive honey bee colonies.

This webinar is based on the NIFA OREI project "Working Toward Best Management Practices for Organic Beekeeping: A Side-by-side Comparison of Management Systems". Funding for this webinar is also provided by NIFA OREI. It was organized in collaboration between eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Published July 25, 2023

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.