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The President's Report

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Year Of The Beekeeper:Beelicious Inc.

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ABC $1000 Bursury American Foulbrood and the Risk in the Use of Antibiotics as a Treatment Alberta Tech Transfer Program - Understanding Bee Nutrition

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Meet the Colony Health Monitoring Team Bee Health Assurance Team Beesearch Highlights

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2021 AgriStability Program Changes

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Project Summary Food Processing Development Centre

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Year of the Beekeeper Cover image courtesy of Beeliscious Inc., featuring

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Andrew and Connie McNeil in nursery yard, 2020

Board of Directors President: JEREMY OLTHOF RR1 Tees AB T0C 2N0 T 403.872.4607 Teesbeesinc@gmail.com Vice President: CURTIS MIEDEMA BOX 39 SITE 11 RR1 BARRHEAD, ALBERTA T7N1N2 780.206.4483 miedemahoney@gmail.com Peace Region: RYAN HICKS BOX 625 McLennan AB T0H 2L0 / 780.837.0648 hicksry82@gmail.com NE Central Region: LORNE PRINS RR3 Station Main Lacombe AB / T4L 2N3 780.893.2337 lorne.prins@gmail.com South Region: GRACE STROM PO Box 5504 High River AB T1V 1M6 / T 403.422.0712 honeymill@honeymill.ca CHC Director: RON GREIDANUS PO Box 581 Stettler AB T0C 2L0 / 403.323.0234 rongreidanus@gmail.com

NW Region: RENE LAROCQUE RR1 Busby AB T0G 0H0 T 780.818.4268 larocquerene@hotmail.com

Alberta Beekeepers Commission Fiscal Year September 1 to August 31. Eligible Producers with 100 or more live colonies: Base Fee $50.00 and must include a Product Service Fee of $1.05 per colony plus GST.

Director at Large: DAN PALA BOX 368 Wembley AB T0H 3S0 / 780.832.5809 d.pala@telus.net

‘Keeping In Touch’ Subscription to Alberta Bee News is open to anyone interested in the Alberta beekeeping industry $75 plus GST

Director at Large: BEVAN FORD RR1 Irma AB / T0B 2H0 780.806.1310 bevanford1976@gmail.com

The $100 Club is open to anyone wishing to contribute to the support of Alberta Beekeepers where a draw for a substantial prize will be made at the Annual Convention. Alberta Bee News is published by the Alberta Beekeepers Commision. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month.

CHC Delegate: CURTIS MIEDEMA RR1 Barrhead AB / T7N 1N2 T 780.674.6333 / 780.674.6191 miedemahoney@gmail.com

Our GST Registration Number is 773740089RT0001. For further information please contact Alberta Beekeepers Commission 11434 - 168 Street, #102, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5M 3T9. Tel. 780-489-6949, Fax 780-487-8640.

Alberta Beekeepers Commission: 11434 - 168 Street, #102 Edmonton AB / T5M 3T9 T 780.489.6949 / F 780.487.8640 www.albertabeekeepers.ca CONNIE PHILLIPS, Executive Director C 780.289.5604 connie.phillips@albertabeekeepers.ca

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Splitting season is in full swing and I hope everyone can reach their goals for the season. A quick reminder that everyone should have received the 2021 winter kill survey and annual hive registration forms. Both the survey and the hive registration forms were sent out via email by the provincial Bee Team between May 17 and 21. I encourage everyone to take the time to fill these out as soon as possible as the data provides valuable insight into the health of our industry and helps guide decision making and support services for our industry. If you did not receive the emails, please contact the Bee Team via email at bee@gov.ab.ca or phone 1-780-644-8746.

The Research Committee has been reviewing a number of research proposals as part of our annual commitment to supporting industry research. At the April 2021 board meeting the ABC Board agreed to contribute funding over the next two years to support Dr. Steve Pernal’s project for Field Trials of a New Acaricidal Compound Against Varroa destructor in Honey Bee Colonies. The board has also agreed to commit funding over the next two years to support the work of Dr. Olav Rueppell at the University of Alberta.

We are pleased to announce that we are planning to host the 2021 AGM, Conference and Trade Show event this year in person at the Fantasyland Hotel Edmonton. The dates have been pushed back to November 24, 25, and 26 to allow us time to prepare and distribute the financials and budget to Eligible Producers prior to the AGM. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back this year and the office team is busy developing an interesting and engaging schedule for this event. As requested by producers at the last AGM, the finance committee has been working on selecting a new accounting firm to perform our annual review engagement and this process is progressing well.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Lynae Ovinge and Jeff Kearns who have been working for the ABC for the past four months supporting Renata and the TTP. We have enjoyed having them as part of the team and wish them well as they transition to their new roles at the University of Lethbridge supporting Dr. Shelley Hoover with her research. Just a reminder that this is the last month to apply for the 2021 ABC $1000 bursary. If you are actively involved in beekeeping, intend to pursue a future in beekeeping or intend to pursue a career in an area that may impact beekeeping (e.g. pathology, research or agronomy), apply now! We have three $1000 bursaries available. All the details including the application form can be found here: https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/

The Tech Transfer Program (TTP) team has been busy out in the field supporting beekeepers with spring testing as part of the Colony Health Management (CHM) program and also conducting group IPM training with beekeepers and apiary workers. You can learn more about the experienced 2021 TTP team on page 9 and discover all the services they have on offer by visiting https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/tech-transferprogram/.

community-resources/2021-abc-bursary/ Please contact your area reps for any questions or concerns you may have. Jeremy Olthof

save the date 2021 ABC AGM, Conference & Trade Show November 24, 25 & 26, 2021 Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton

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Year of the Beekeeper Beelicious Inc.

Inspecting a yard during the alfalfa flow, 2020

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We incorporated Beelicious Inc. in early 2015 and started selling our ‘Farm Fresh’ creamed honey to some local retailers. Building up our livestock and running a proof of concept for wholesale honey sales took the next couple of years, and in 2017 we built a 3200 sqft CFIA licensed extracting and bottling plant and started taking on big grocery retailers such as SaveOn Foods, Sobeys, etc. We imported our creaming equipment and packing line from Europe and have spent the last three years perfecting the process. Our creamed honey has the consistency of peanut butter, with no graininess whatsoever.

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Beelicious Inc.

Owners: Connie and Andrew McNeil Location: Bezanson, AB

In 2019, to expand our business, we took over managing a defunct operation in Bezanson and have successfully turned it around over the past two years. This year we will keep increasing our livestock and knowledge and will continue to spread our hive products into retail stores across Alberta and BC, and into Asia.

Website: https://Beelicious.ca Social info: (Facebook) Beelicious Inc.

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How did you get involved in this sweet industry – what’s your story?

A: The summer of 1985, I worked for Peter Beerman south

of Calgary and got “bitten by the bug.” I always remembered that job as a cool way to spend a summer. When Connie and I got married in 2012 I constantly regaled her with stories about my beekeeping adventures from that summer. In late 2013 we moved to a large acreage and in spring 2014 we bought 3 packages and enough equipment to make some bees and honey. By the end of that fall, we were hooked! Jack Trepanier from Wembley gave us some much-needed guidance in the early years, showing us how to take care of the bees and read their moods. He sold honey to both of Connie’s grandmas back in the day, and he really inspired us to be good beekeepers. In 2016 Luc and Lorraine Desaulniers in Falher opened their operation to us and showed us how they managed their colonies and how they ran a commercial operation. They really inspired us to step into the commercial side of the industry.

Clockwise: Connie and her boys building a tradition, 2020; Andrew and Jane (6), getting ready to do inspections, 2020; Connie and Maggie collecting Canola and wildflowers, 2016 4


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A: We want a consistent quality product, so we choose yards

with similar floral sources for each lot (we typically produce three lots per year). For example, lots 1/3 are alfalfa in June/July and again in late August after Canola, and lot 2 is Canola in midJuly to mid-August. Site selection criteria also includes water availability, access, biosecurity concerns, and bears. The bears are a big issue up here; if a bear finds your yard (and they will), you can have a big expensive problem on your hands.

Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you feel the

Alberta beekeeping industry is facing and what would you like to see changed?

A: I think the lack of packages and TFW’s in 2020 and 2021,

both resulting from the current pandemic, has been the biggest challenge faced by Alberta beekeepers over the past couple of seasons. We are short around ½ million colonies this year alone, that will not be replaced by traditional means (packages) due to the current COVID crisis. Without these packages, the industry is going to suffer.

Connie doing taste testing in Save-On Foods, 2019

Q: What’s a typical day like for you? A: We start early and end late, lol. Typically, we are wrangling

The package shortage can easily be mitigated by the opening of the CA/US border to colonies and nucs, and to this end we are working with our local MP (Chris Warkentin) and the ABC to try to get our Canadian/US border opened to US bee imports. Hopefully, common sense will prevail, and we can mitigate our shortage of bees by opening the border, even if it just temporary to start.

bees, kids, chickens, sheep, dogs, cats, and customers on any given day, so the energy levels are always through the roof! It has been a real challenge this past year with the pandemic. For example, Alberta kids are currently doing online learning, and this means that one of us must be home during the day to supervise and referee. This makes it an extra challenge to complete all the important tasks in each day.

Q: What is the most satisfying part of being a beekeeper? A: For me, it is that low contented hum of fat, happy bees. Q:

How have things like new research, sustainability, innovation, and technology influenced your beekeeping?

A: Connie and I both took the Master Beekeeper’s Series from the University of Montana. The knowledge we gained made it possible for us to really dig into bee biology and Integrated Pest Management techniques.

I developed a database-driven app that allows us to keep concise records on all aspects of the operation, from hive management to sales, to CFIA compliance. For example, we can dig information about colony health, queen performance, IPM results, feeding, and yard performance over the season and throughout the years. With that information we can constantly optimize our apiary to changing conditions.

Q: Finding great sources of nutritional forage for your

bees is an integral part of crafting delicious, pure Alberta honey and supporting pollination and biodiversity. What are some of the strategies you use to when selecting apiary locations for your hives?

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Q: With such a short beekeeping season in Alberta,

Q: Where can people buy your honey and products? A: Currently we sell our honey to retailers across Western

how do you manage all the work required to support and maintain the health of your hives and harvest your honey?

Canada and internationally into Asia. We are in Sobey’s (Safeway, IGA, etc.), New Horizon Co-Op, Save On Foods, Freson Bros, and many mom/pop retailers such as Crooked Creek General Store, Bezanson General Store, and Lawrence Meats, throughout Alberta and BC. Additionally, in late 2020 we became the only Canadian honey producer with an import license for Indonesia, the gateway to the Orient.

A: We plan constantly before, during, and after the

season. Every day is planned regarding inspections, feeding, management, production, harvest, and winter prep. We cannot do it all ourselves though, so we rely on local workers and TFW’s to fill any labor gaps. The experience and dedication of our workers is invaluable to our business. Injection of new and alternate beekeeping techniques allows us to constantly improve our operation.

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not

Q: What is the strangest beekeeping question you have

working?

A: Answer:

my beautiful family. We have 5 kids ranging from 7 to 20 and they keep us busy and satisfied.

Q: If you were to describe your honey in four words, what

I spent most of my working years in the oil and gas industry. When it crashed out in 2015, it was the perfect time to develop a more balanced life for myself and my family by taking up beekeeping full time.

A: Honestly, there is nothing I love more than being with

ever been asked?

“Can’t you talk to the workers and convince them to spare the lives of the drones in the fall?”

words would you use?

I think it is beautiful that I am still working with hydrocarbons, but that these ones are actually benefiting the planet. How sweet it is!

A: Gourmet, Unadulterated, Farm Fresh Q: What types of honey do you sell, and do you sell other bee related products?

A: We sell our pure creamed honey and flavored honeys

such as cinnamon and hot pepper infused honey. Pollen and 100% beeswax candles were added to our line of products in 2020. All our products are sold through our retail partners, we don’t sell any honey at the farm gate.

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Apply NOW: ABC $1000 Bursary

Are you actively involved in beekeeping and looking to attend, or are attending an accredited university or college in Canada? If so, you should apply for the ABC $1000 bursary! The ABC is pleased to announce the availability of THREE $1000 bursaries designed to support Alberta residents who are actively involved in beekeeping, intend to pursue a future in beekeeping or intend to pursue a career in an area that may impact beekeeping (e.g. pathology, research or agronomy). June is the final month to apply, with an application deadline of June 30, 2021. Download the application and apply now! All the details can be found on our website at: https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/

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American Foulbrood and the Risk in the Use of Antibiotics as a Treatment By Enrique Mejias Submitted: April 23rd 2019. Reviewed: October 28th 2019. Published: December 6th 2019 DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.90303

https://www.intechopen.com/books/modern-beekeeping-bases-for-sustainableproduction/american-foulbrood-and-the-risk-in-the-use-of-antibiotics-as-a-treatment Abstract Honeybees (Apis mellifera) crucially pollinate agricultural crops and endemic species, in addition to producing various apiculture products. The most economically relevant and abundant beehive product is honey, a sweet substance made from the secretions of melliferous plants. Honey is a natural food rich in nutrients, including certain bioactive compounds inherited from floral nectar and pollen. Among the most dangerous diseases for bees is American foulbrood. Spores of the causative microorganism, Paenibacillus larvae, can contaminate larvae food or the operculum wax in which larval stages of honeybees are kept. Infection is further promoted by common apiculture practices, such as reusing inert material contaminated with spores, even after months of storage. American foulbrood is untreatable, and management implicates completely incinerating the infected hive and all material that could have come into contact with pathogenic spores. The purpose of such drastic measures is to decrease propagation risk for other beehives. While evidence indicates that antibiotics could effectively control and combat this disease; antibiotic use is prohibited in most honey-producing countries due to increased risks to microbial resistance. Antibiotic residues in honey can affect consumer health, since the natural biological attributes of honey can be altered.

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Understanding Bee Nutrition

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with Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu

By Jeff Kearns, ABC Colony Heath Monitoring Collaborator

On April 1st, the Alberta Tech Transfer Program’s Hive-Side Chat webinar hosted a timely and informative presentation, “Understanding Bee Nutrition”, by Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, a Research Associate at the Oregon State University Honey Bee lab. The following article is a brief summary of key points from Dr. Chakrabarti’s presentation.

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omplete nutrition is crucial for a honey bee colony to maintain its health while facing multiple stressors, including pests and parasites, pathogens, environmental stressors, and modern agricultural practices. A strong and well-nourished colony is more capable of withstanding these stressors; however, if bees do not have continuous access to pollen of good quality, diversity, abundance, or if there is an insufficient nectar flow, they may lack adequate nutrition to remain healthy.

1) Which concentration of the sterol 24MC would provide the maximum benefit, if any, to bees? And, 2) In what ways would it be beneficial? To summarize the study findings, Dr. Chakrabarti said that with higher concentrations of “sterols in the diet their (the bees) consumption (of the artificial diet) increased, their survival was better, and important physiological markers were also better. And most of these changes we found from a diet of 0.5% of sterol in the artificial diet.” The next questions Dr. Chakrabarti wanted to answer were how is the sterol moving across the honey bee body over time? And how can it help improve colony health? The first question was answered by placing a marker in 24MC molecules to track the pathway of the sterol through a bee’s head, thorax, and abdomen over a 4-week period. In short, they found that “the accumulation of 24MC in the 3 different body sections (head, thorax, and abdomen) was comparable with honey bee life history traits”. To answer the second question and to better understand how the sterol 24MC might influence bee health on the colony level, colony structure, and queen health, studies have now moved to a semi-field scenario using flight cages, each housing a nucleus colony being fed an artificial diet containing one of several different concentrations of 24MC. Over a period of eight weeks the research team will track the health of the colonies. Stay tuned!

Beekeepers are well-aware of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and lipids) that bees need to stay healthy and productive. Colonies in commercial apiaries are often fed early in the season to stimulate brood rearing and build well-populated hives in time for crop pollination or honey production. Beekeepers provide supplemental feed to colonies by adding sugar syrup, protein, and nutritional supplements designed to promote colony health when carbohydrates (nectar, pollen) or protein and major lipids (pollen) are not available from natural sources. But are these dietary supplements providing all the nutrients bees need? Dr. Chakrabarti’s team took a deep dive into the research that has been completed on bee nutrition and found that while macronutrients have been well studied and the main research focus for decades, micronutrients have been severely understudied.

How do we know which plant has sterol and how much of each sterol? And do we know the sterol profile of the different pollen sources that are available for bees? Information on plant micronutrient profiles for North America is currently in short supply, which makes it difficult to know if a particular flower is actually providing good nutrition for a particular species of bee. By teaming up with researchers in the O.S.U. Mass Spectrometry Centre, Dr. Chakrabarti is building a database of information on bee nutrition that will answer these two questions, as well as looking into metabolites, phytochemicals, amino acids, and different flavonoids as part of the bee nutrition database. Additionally, a comprehensive range of bee diet sources will also be analysed - commercially available pollen, corbicular pollen (trapped), vegetable oils, commercially available supplements - as well as honey bee tissues (to know which sterols bees are assimilating). To ensure the bee nutrition database includes a wide variety of pollens from as many crop and non-crop plants as possible,

What are micronutrients? Micronutrients are important nutrients that bees need in smaller quantities (hence the name ‘micro’), such as phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and phytosterols, which are all mainly sourced from pollen (but also found in nectar). One micronutrient in particular drew the attention of Dr. Chakrabarti, the sterol 24-methylenecholesterol (24MC). What is so special about sterols and 24MC? Sterols are key nutrients for bees and required for numerous physiological processes. However, bees are not able to synthesize sterols and must get them from pollen, the only natural source of sterols for bees. Sterol requirements differ between insect species, and even bee species, but 24MC is the only sterol that honey bees can effectively utilize and metabolize (Herbert et al. 1980). Therefore, the next step for Dr. Chakrabarti’s team was to set out lab studies to determine answers to two questions: 8


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Dr. Chakrabarti is asking beekeepers to submit pollen samples as part of a “citizen-science” project. A database of nutritional profiles for commercially pollinated crops, non-crop forage, and commercial dietary supplements that is accessible to growers, beekeepers, and researchers will be a valuable resource. It will provide comprehensive information on which micronutrients bee diets may be lacking and give users the ability to take a range of targeted actions to provide the missing nutrients.

maximize 24MC in the patties. Of the three oils we tested, borage had higher concentrations of 24MC” • “If you are thinking of planting forage for bees, please ensure what your local guidelines for plantings are. Some plants we see having high 24MC concentrations include clovers, borage, mustards, phacelia etc. The idea is to be able to provide a staggered bloom and sustained forage all through early fall if you can. Please be careful of the local regulations before you decide to plant these supplemental forages”

Dr. Chakrabarti also provided a few general recommendations for beekeepers regarding bee nutrition during spring/early summer:

The TTP would like to ask beekeepers some questions to help us better understand bee feeding practices in Alberta (please reply to ttp@albertabeekeepers.ca):

• Feed 1:1 sugar syrup (one part sugar, one part water). This type of syrup mimics nectar and will stimulate brood production. If 2:1 syrup (fall feed) is used the bees may process and store the thicker syrup as they would honey

1. Do you add any vegetable oils to commercial protein patties or supplements to increase the sterol content? 2. Do you add any ingredients to commercial protein patties or supplements? Why?

• Syrup should be fed once it is warm enough for bees to break cluster and fly (10C).

3. If you make your own patties, which type of oil(s) do you put in them?

• If it is too cold for syrup, then solid sugar candy works well

To view the full presentation of “Understanding Bee Nutrition”, please visit the TTP YouTube channel. Further information and links to Dr. Chakrabarti’s research can be found at www. priyadarshinichakrabarti.com, as well as contact details to • It is best to feed protein when natural pollen will be available learn about her citizen-science pollenMONITORING project MEET THE COLONY HEALTH TEAM very soon The Tech Program is proud to present our 2021 Health Monitoring TheTransfer Tech Transfer Program is funded by Colony the Government of (CHM) team. Each member will be in the field working hard to sample colonies for all those who • “If you are adding commercial diets (commercial protein Canada the Government of Alberta thebeCanadian have registeredand to participate in the CHM program. Thisthrough sampling will important for supplements) to the hives, adding borage oil may help to assessing colony Partnership. health and advising on pest management decisions. In addition to Agricultural • Feeding protein patties in the spring stimulates brood production, however, once protein feeding is started it should be continued until abundant natural pollen sources are available

conducting research, we will also be travelling the province to provide on-site IPM training for those who have registered for the IPM training course. Give a us wave if you see any of our CHM team members in the field!

Meet the Colony Health Monitoring Team

Renata Borba TTP Program Lead

The Tech Transfer Program is proud to present our 2021 Colony Health Monitoring (CHM) team. Each member will be in the field working hard to sample colonies for all those who have registered to participate in the CHM program. This sampling will be important for assessing colony health and advising on pest management decisions. In addition to conducting research, we will also be travelling the province to provide on-site IPM training for those who have registered for the IPM training course. Give a us wave if you see any of our CHM team members in the field!

Emily Olson TTP Technician

Nicole McCormick TTP Summer Technician

Lynae Ovinge CHM Collaborator

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Jeff Kearns CHM Collaborator

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Bee Health Assurance Team Beesearch Highlights By Cassandra Rizak Docherty, Bee Health Assurance Technician, Alberta Government

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ver the last five years, the Bee Health Assurance Team (BHAT) has been working hard to find alternative treatments for Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) and Nosema (Nosema apis & cerana). Our main objectives were to find new compounds that were able to kill mites and Nosema, but ensure the bees remained unharmed. This research was conducted by the former Government of Alberta research scientist Dr. Rassol Bahreini, Dr. Medhat Nasr, and countless BHAT technicians. These experiments ranged from the seemingly impossible task of dropping a small amount of miticide on the back of a moving mite, developing innovative ways to screen new chemicals and measure Varroa mite resistance, to full-scale field experiments testing oxalic acid application methods. We are pleased to say that after many years of hard work testing numerous chemicals, some promising alternatives were found, and Dr. Bahreini has begun publishing his results.

dose, timing, application, residues, etc.), Dr. Bahreini’s research takes us one-step closer to providing new treatments for Varroa in the future. For more information, please check out the paper published in Scientific Reports here: https://www.

nature.com/articles/s41598-020-78561-2 Dr. Bahreini and team published a second paper in 2021 introducing an innovative new method for screening miticides. The ‘Apiarium’ was developed in 2017 to create an environment where chemicals could be tested in a colonylike setting. If successful, this method would provide a better indication of whether a chemical would be effective under field conditions, saving time and resources by only selecting the most promising compounds. The result showed that this method can be used to screen new miticides as a steppingstone between conventional bioassay experiments and field trials. In addition, the Apiarium has potential to measure resistance to currently available miticides as well.

In 2020, Dr. Bahreini and team published a paper describing his findings for two promising chemicals that showed high mite mortality and low bee mortality from laboratory and semi-field trials. This research not only has positive implications for the beekeeping industry in Canada, but worldwide, as uncontrolled Varroa mite infestations will kill a colony within one to three years. Resistance to miticides has been documented around the world, and the need for new synthetic miticides that offer high efficacy and easy application is urgent. Although more work needs to be done (determining

For more information, please check out the paper published in PLoS ONE here: https://journals.plos.org/

plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0250594 Lastly, the BHAT would like to thank and acknowledge Dr. Bahreini for all his hard work, his ambition, and dedication to making sure the beekeeping industry continues to thrive. Please stay tuned for more published work in the near future.

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2021 AgriStability Program Changes AFSC is committed to helping our producers navigate the recent changes to the AgriStability program, including the removal of the Reference Margin Limit (RML), ensuring that they have the best information possible when deciding to participate.

organic and commercial crop and forage producers, members of the apiary industry and mixed farmers.

In light of these recent program changes, the AgriStability enrolment deadline for the 2021 program year has been extended, without penalty, from April 30 to June 30, 2021.

Beginning in 2020, producers are no longer penalized for proactively managing their price risk by using private insurance. Private insurance payments are now included in the farm’s history, raising the coverage level. This change includes Livestock Price Insurance and AFSC Straight Hail Insurance.

Other enhancements to AgriStability

NEW FOR 2021 - Removal of the Reference Margin Limit AgriStability sees significant change with the removal of the reference margin limit

At AFSC, we’ve also improved our clients’ experience with AgriStability. Clients can chat with staff in real time to access support or assistance, as well as submit forms through AFSC Connect, enabling them to file their information at their convenience. Additionally, improvements to file turnaround times have been implemented to streamline the processing times and get money back in your pocket as soon as possible. Each farm is different, and one of AgriStability program’s strengths is its individualized nature. If you want to understand how these changes might apply to you, please reach out to our team members today and find out how your farm could benefit from AgriStability.

The reference margin limit has been removed from AgriStability for 2021 and 2022. This change will have a significant impact for many producers and is retroactive to the 2020 program year. The deadline for 2021 program enrolment has also been extended to June 30 to give producers more time to enroll in the program. What does this mean for producers? This change makes AgriStability less complex, and more responsive to all types of farming operations. We anticipate that approximately half of participants will benefit from the change over time and their coverage could be increased by up to 30%.

Please visit https://youtu.be/65NlHPLgMGo for a video presentation with Ed Ten Hove, AgriStability product coordinator with AFSC and Steve Funk, director of Agriculture Risk Management Resources with MNP as they review the AgriStability program changes, including the removal of RML. Stay tuned over the coming month for more helpful tips and tricks for navigating AgriStability, including a podcast.

Before this change, triggering a payout required a significant drop in a producer’s margin; however, with the removal of the reference margin limit, a 30 per cent drop in the current year may trigger a payout. Sectors most likely to benefit from the removal of limiting include livestock producers who grow their own feed, 11

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Project Summary: Exploring Methods to Filter Foam and Debris From Honey. By Stuart Johnston, Food Processing Development Centre blankets) at 45°C for one week prior to the start of cleaning. The heated honey was passed through a vibrating screen separator with screen sizes of 6, 12 and 20 mesh (3.36 mm, 1.68 mm and 0.84 mm respectively) before centrifugation with a decanter. The decanter centrifuge could not be used without first passing the honey through the screens because it requires a pump which would be damaged by large particulates. In addition, the high forces within the decanter could cause breakdown of the debris into smaller particle sizes and end up being counter-productive.

The Alberta Beekeepers Commission has been exploring different processing methods to reduce foam and clean debris from honey. In the fall of 2019, the Alberta Beekeepers Commission (ABC) submitted a project to the University of Alberta’s (U of A) fourth year Mechanical Engineering design class. The design team was tasked to explore processing options and/or redesign the spin-float in order to reduce foaming during the separation process. Three options were presented to ABC, one of which was to replace the spin float with a decanter centrifuge. This was an attractive option as a decanter centrifuge can operate continuously at a higher throughput capacity than a spin float. However, due to the prohibitive cost of a decanter centrifuge the decision was made to focus on improving the capacity of the spin floats currently used through design modifications. The final report and recommendations of this project can be found on the ABC website at https://www.albertabeekeepers.ca/ producer-resources/research/.

The two types of honey behaved differently at each step of the process. DIRTY HONEY BARREL The dirty honey warmed to a consistency that was relatively easy to work with. A large degree of separation occurred in the barrel with the majority of the debris rising to the top. The dirty honey went through all three screen sizes quite well. Some visible debris remained in the honey after it was passed through the screens. An attempt to remove the remaining debris was made using a decanter centrifuge. Unfortunately this was not successful. While some portion of the debris was removed, it was difficult to achieve bulk separation between the thick honey and small particles in the centrifuge. The final product was improved compared with the input product, but may require further cleaning for most applications.

Nonetheless, the idea presented by the U of A design students; using a decanter centrifuge to separate wax, foam and other debris from honey, does show potential as a means to clean up waste or unsaleable honey which often remains at the end of processing. To test this premise, the ABC contacted the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) in Leduc. The FPDC is an Alberta government facility with a mandate to support the growth and commercialization of food, beverage and ingredient companies serving local and global markets.

FOAMY HONEY BARREL The foamy honey barrel was much more of a challenge. This barrel did not warm to the same consistency or separate within the barrel. While there were pockets of liquid honey throughout the barrel, the majority of the honey remained trapped by the foam. This foam-honey matrix was very difficult to pass through the screens and ultimately only made it through the mesh 6 and 12 screens. Because the foam has less bulk density than the honey the decanter was unable to achieve any significant separation between the two phases.

The ABC provided two 45 gallon barrels of honey in need of cleaning (one ‘dirty’ and one ‘foamy’) to test the idea of the U of A students. The dirty barrel had a significant amount of debris (wax, wood, dirt, dead bees, etc.) contaminating the honey. The foamy barrel contained honey trapped in and around thick foam structures as well as some debris.

Overall this trial found that a decanter centrifuge is of limited use for cleaning honey. The pumping requirement of the decanter prompted a pre-screening procedure which ultimately did most of the work and demonstrated potential for future application. A screen separator of this type is also far less expensive and much easier to operate than a centrifuge. Use of a smaller screen size may provide sufficient cleaning for some applications, particularly for ‘dirty’ rather than ‘foamy’ honey, provided an acceptable flow rate can be maintained.

Preliminary bench-top testing determined an appropriate set of conditions for work at a larger scale. Conditions including warming temperatures, screen sizes and the degree of separation achievable through centrifugation were evaluated. Finding a balance between warming the honey to achieve a viscosity that could be pumped and passed through a screen, while not melting the wax/foam or causing the honey to darken, was critical.

Special thanks to FPDC Processing Technologists Mohannad Badawi and Gibson Hewlett.

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Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

• 4-5 pounds pork belly • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil Rub •  1/4 cup brown sugar •  2 tablespoons coarse Kosher salt (be sure to use the right kind of salt!) •  1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper •  1 tablespoon paprika •  1 teaspoon chili powder •  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder •  1/2 teaspoon onion powder •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

This Father's Day, how about treating your Dad by preparing this delicious smoked BBQ pork belly in sticky sweet honey BBQ sauce! This easy recipe takes a bit of time to slow cook, but the prep is fast.

Sauce • 1/2 to 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce •  4 tbsp butter •  1/3 cup honey Directions Step 1 Trim off the skin and top layer of pure fat of the pork belly.  Cut the meat into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Step 2 Rub the meat with a drizzle of olive oil, then combine the rub ingredients and sprinkle generously over the meat, rubbing it in to cover each piece.  Step 3 Arrange the pork belly cubes on a wire cooling and baking rack, then place on the smoker and smoke between 225°F and 250°F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until dark red and a nice bark starts to form.   Step 4 Transfer the pork belly cubes to a disposable aluminum pan and add BBQ sauce, butter, and honey, stirring to evenly coat the cubes of pork belly.  Step 5 Cover with foil, then return the sauced pork belly to the smoker and cook for another 60 to 90 minutes, until the meat reaches 200°F to 205°F when a digital meat thermometer is inserted into the middle of one of the burnt ends or until a toothpick inserted into the burnt ends goes in and comes out easily.  

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends are irresistible, juicy bites of mouth-watering meat (the same kind used to make bacon) that is rubbed in spices, infused with smoky flavor, and tossed in a fabulous barbecue sauce. Eat them as an appetizer by spearing with toothpicks, or throw them into tacos or salads, onto buns for pork belly sandwiches, or over nachos.

Step 6 Remove the foil and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes to let the sauce thicken up a bit, then remove the pork belly burnt ends from the smoker and serve.

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In Beekeeping, Timing is Everything A Devastating Discovery It started in October, his bees were absconding. Discovering colony loss is heartbreaking, no matter how many years you’ve been beekeeping. When beekeeping is your business, this loss has an all-too-real impact on the future of your company and family. That’s what Peter Chorabik was faced with two years ago when his Ontario colonies were cut in half, lost to the devastating Varroa mite.

A Timely Wake Up Call For years, Peter’s go-to treatment was multiple applications of oxalic acid in the fall, which kept losses around 30% — an acceptable reality for his business and region. When his apiaries were hit hard by Varroa mites two years ago, he spent some time rethinking his treatment plan. Peter recalls working with oxalic acid, “Something always seemed to be going wrong.” Despite being a cheaper product upfront, Peter often faced unexpected costs and unavoidable delays. He needed to rebuild, but also find a more reliable Varroa treatment that would ensure further growth for his apiaries. He turned to Formic Pro, adding a mid-summer treatment of this allnatural product made with formic acid that targets Varroa mites where they reproduce, under the brood cap. This results in higher efficacy rates compared to oxalic acid, which only kills phoretic or dispersal phase mites

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PARADIS VALLEY HONEY LTD Apiary in Watino, AB (NE-34-77-24-W5); requires the following for the 2021 beekeeping season. 5-Apiary Technicians (NOC8431) $15.42/ hr; 5-Apiary Workers (NOC8431) $15.42/hr & 2-Farm Labourers (NOC8431) $15.42/hr. APIARY TECHNICIAN applicants must have, minimum 3 years' experience with commercial beekeeping & are expected to work efficiently unsupervised. Experience driving trucks and a clean driving record are assets. APIARY WORKER applicants must have one or more years' experience working with live bee colonies; all work will be done supervised. FARM LABOURER applicants do not require any previous experience, training is available and all work will be done under supervision. All listed positions are seasonal/fulltime positions from April 2021-November 2021 with 40-50 hours of work per week. Hours of work are dependent on weather conditions. No formal education is needed for any of these positions. All positions take part in the break down & rebuilding of live bee colonies, honey harvest, honey extraction, collection of pollen & feeding of hives. On-site farm housing is available. Interested applicants can apply by emailing resumes info@paradisvalleyhoney.com. Follow us on FB or visit us online at www.paradisvalleyhoney.com to learn more about our values and operations

July to September 2021 (45+ hours per week). All positions may require some evening and weekend work. A valid driver's license may be required. Applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations will be provided. Apply with a resume to Daryl or Sharon Lynes, Lynes Apiaries Ltd., P.O. Box 272, Clyde, Alberta T0G 0P0. Email: sdlynes@hotmail.com

may also apply. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into an out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health issues, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial apiary. Preference will be given to applicants that have a valid drivers licence recognised by the province of Alberta. Ability to drive a lift truck is an asset. Ability to speak English is an asset, must be physically fit, & be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. Staff accommodations available. Please fax, mail, or email your resume to Mountainview Honey, Attn: Terry Greidanus, at Box 126 Cayley, AB, T0L 0P0. or jobs@mountainviewhoney.com

LYNES APIARIES LTD. (61118 Range Road 251) has 6 positions available for Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431). Applicants must have two years of Apiary technician experience. The rate of pay is $15.20-$17.00/hr., depending on experience. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees and will assist with colony management and honey extraction and processing. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies and coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment. Also: recognizing, reporting, monitoring and controlling hive health issues. These positions are available from March to October 2021 (45+ hours per week). All positions may require some evening and weekend work. A valid driver's license may be required. Applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations will be provided. Apply with a resume to Daryl or Sharon Lynes, Lynes Apiaries Ltd., P.O. Box 272, Clyde, Alberta T0G 0P0. Email: sdlynes@hotmail.com LYNES APIARIES LTD. (61118 Range Road 251) has 10 positions available for Apiary Workers (NOC 8431). Applicants must have a minimum 1 year apiary work experience. The rate of pay is $15.20-$16.00/hr. depending on experience. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees. Duties include: assisting Technicians with bees and equipment, harvesting honey and extracting. Also: bee yard and equipment maintenance. These positions are available from

DEJONG’S HONEY FARM BROOKS, AB requires four general farm workers (NOC 8431) from March 20, 2021 to November 1, 2021. $16/ hr. 30 to 60 hours a week. Must be willing to do some weekend work. Three years beekeeping experience a necessity. Specific skills include apiary work, queen management, harvesting honey, assemble, maintain, and clean supers and frames, and work around bees. Work is fast paced, repetitive, and physically demanding. Must be a team player, able to operate a lift truck, and automatic honey extractor. Valid drivers license is an asset. Located in isolated rural area. WCB coverage is provided. Worker accommodation is available. Location is #9 Hajash 190012 RR 142. Fax resume to 1-403362-6506 or call 1-403-501-4226. MOUNTAINVIEW HONEY near Cayley, Alberta is seeking interested applicants for 3 positions as Apiary Supervisor NOC 8252 (40+ hrs/ wk) seasonal employment. The applicant must have a minimum of 5 years (seasons) experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years as an Apiary Technician. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines approx. $16.00 - $19.00 per hour, depending on experience. Possible bonus may also apply. Duties will include Supervising and working with Apiary technicians, caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into an out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health issues, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial Apiary. Must be able to drive a lift truck. The applicant must have a valid drivers licence recognised by the province of Alberta. Ability to speak English is an asset, must be physically fit, & be prepared to work in a fastpaced team environment. Staff accommodations available. Please fax, mail, or email you resume to Mountainview Honey, Attn: Terry Greidanus, at Box 126 Cayley, AB, T0L 0P0. or jobs@ mountainviewhoney.com MOUNTAINVIEW HONEY near Cayley, Alberta is seeking interested applicants for 4 positions as Apiary Technician NOC 8431 (40+ hrs/wk) seasonal employment. The applicant must have a minimum of 2 years (seasons) experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years as an Apiary Technician. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines approx. $15 - $16 per hour, depending on experience. Possible bonus 17

GREIDANUS APIARIES in Sturgeon County, Alberta for the 2021 season from March to November. Requiring four (4) Apiary Labourers, four (4) Apiary Workers and six (6) Apiary Technicians. Seeking four (4) Apiary Labourers at $15.00/hr for seasonal/full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Labourer you are required in all manual labour of the Apiary as directed. Main duties involve all aspects of harvesting honey and processing beeswax. Apiary Labourer must have a minimum of one year of experience.  Seeking four (4) Apiary Workers at $16.00/hr for seasonal/full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Worker you are required to assist management and apiary technician with beehive maintenance, this involves cleaning, checking, treating and feeding colonies, honey harvesting and extracting. Apiary Worker must have a minimum of one year of experience. Seeking six (6) Apiary Technicians at $18.00/hr for seasonal/ full time position. (54.00 hrs/wk) As Apiary Technician you are required to work with, supervise and instruct other employees. Other requirements include maintaining field records, monitoring and reporting to management. Apiary Technicians must have a minimum of two years of experience. Accomm for all positions are provided. Bonuses apply. Email grapiaries@ gmail.com. Greidanus Apiaries Ltd. 56107 Range Road 245, Sturgeon County, AB, T8R 0M1 GREIDANUS FARMS INC.at Granum, AB requires 17 general farm workers (NOC 8431) from March 10, 2021 to November 10, 2021. $15.20/ hr. 30 to 72 hours a week. Possible bonus. Must be willing to do some weekend work. Three years beekeeping experience a necessity. Specific skills include apiary work, queen management, harvesting honey, preparing honey for market, assemble, maintain, and clean supers and frames, and work around bees. Work is fast paced, repetitive, and physically demanding. Must be a team player, able to operate a lift truck and automatic honey extractor. Valid drivers license is an asset. Located in isolated rural area. WCB coverage provided. Worker accommodation is available. Fax resume to 403-687-2375 or e-mail ggreidanus@hotmail.com.

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WESTLOCK HONEY PRODUCERS INC. Located at 59332 RR15 Westlock County is seeking applicants for the following positions available in the 2021 season:4 Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431). $15.20-18/hr depending on experience. Full time 45+ hrs per week Feb thru Oct 2021. Applicants must have a minimum 2-3 seasons experience working in a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include spring, summer and fall management of bee colonies, bee health monitoring, hive feeding, honey harvesting, operating /maintaining apiary equipment and coordinating some workers. Two apiary workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with full time employmentApril thru September 2021. ($15.20 - $17 /hr depending on experience) Duties include assisting technicians with bees and equipment, honey harvesting and equipment maintenance. A valid drivers license may be required for some of the positions. All applicants must be in good physical condition, ability to speak English is an asset. Must be able to work with bees in a fast paced team environment.Email westlockhoney@gmail.com or mail to Westlock Honey Producers RR1 Busby, AB T0G 0H0

staff. Bonuses may be available. Email resumes to kiwijobs@witdouckfarms.com Drop off resumes at 94056 Highway 845 Coaldale AB, Mail resumes Box 65 Iron Springs AB T0K 1G0

depending on experience. Must have a minimum of 1-year (season) experience. (Bonus possible) Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Assisting technicians with bees & equipment. Assisting with harvesting honey, pollen & beeswax. Assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. 3 APIARY Laboure’s (bee farm worker) (NOC 8431) F/T (40+hrs/wk.) starting at $15.20/ hr. Applicant must have 7 months to less than 1 year of experience Duties include: Manual labor of the apiary. Harvesting honey and extraction, processing beeswax. Contact Meijer Honey Farm 181072 TWPRD 32-4 Box 295, Delia, AB T0J 0W0 Email: meijerhoneyfarm@outlook.com

KIWI BRIAN’S HONEY near Coaldale AB(94056 H845), is seeking employees for the 2021 season. Apiary Technicians: 8431 (4 positions; starting at $16.50-$20.00/ hr) and Apiary Workers Noc: 8431 (15 positions; starting at $15.50-18.00/hr) and Farm Laborers (2 Positions; starting at $15.0016.00/hr) needed full time (45+ hrs/wk) as early as February 2021 up until November 16 2021 weather depending. Some evening, night and weekend work will be required. Accommodations are available if required. All applicants must be willing to work with both leafcutter and honeybees, be in good physical condition, and work in a team environment. Having a valid Alberta driver’s license and the ability to speak English will be considered an asset. Apiary Technicians must have a minimum of 3 seasons of full time experience in a commercial apiary, have the ability to supervise/ train staff, have knowledge in commercial hive management for pollination, honey production, queen rearing and disease diagnosis. Apiary Workers must have a minimum of 1 season full time experience in a commercial apiary, and have knowledge to assist technicians with hive management, building and repairing bee equipment, placement/pick-up of pollination equipment, and honey harvest /extraction/ processing. Apiary Laborers do not require any experience but must be committed to working with bees, be in good physical condition and have the ability to work in hot, sweaty, fast paced environment. All wages are negotiable based on knowledge/experience/skill set. Personal Protection Equipment benefit is provided to all

HICKS HONEY FARMS LTD. Near McLennan, AB, 77405 Range Road 193A, is seeking for the 2021 season, 2 Apiary Supervisors, NOC 8252. Applicants must have 5 years experience working in a Canadian apiary and must have a valid drivers license. Duties will be running a crew of apiary technicians and workers to help maintain hive health. Feeding and treating bees, making splits, queen work, harvest preparation, harvesting honey, and getting the bees ready for winter are the critical duties. Wages will be $22.00/hour for the right candidate. Year round work available starting January 20, 2021. Also seeking 6 apiary technicians, NOC 8431. Three years experience in a Canadian apiary required. $16.50-$18.00/ hour. Duties include helping supervisors in maintaining bee health. Includes, feeding, treating, splitting, queen work, harvesting, and winter preparation. Also includes equipment maintenance and woodwork. Starts January 20, 2021 to November 5, 2021. Also seeking 10 apiary labourers, NOC 8431. $15.20-$16.50/ hour. Labourers will assist in harvest preparation, harvesting, extracting, and winter preparation. Experience an asset but will train the right candidate. Starts May 5, 2021 to November 5, 2021. All jobs may have weekend and evening work. Accomodations available. Supervisors and Technicians may have some work in the Similkameen valley in BC for both spring and fall. Apply to hicksry82@gmail.com or mail to Hicks Honey Farms Ltd., Box 181, McLennan, AB T0H2L0. MEIJER HONEY FARM is looking for applicants for the 2021 season. All positions are F/T on a seasonal basis from Feb 2021-Oct 2021. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honeybees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. 9 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) F/T (40+ hrs./ wk.) starting at ($17.00-$22.00/hr. depending on experience. (Possible bonus). Must have a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise and instruct other employees. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance on vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Maintaining field and/or production records. Monitoring and reporting to management. 5 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) F/T (40+hrs/wk.) starting at ($16.00-$19.00/hr. 18

SUPERNUC APIARIES located near Granum, AB (251032 TWP RD 104) has the following positions for the 2021 season. APIARY WORKERS (Technician/ worker NOC 8431) 4 positions; wage starting at $15.20 - $18.00/hr, needed full time (45+ hrs/wk) from Mar 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Some evening, night and weekend work will be required. Accommodations are available. 1 year experience required. No educational requirements. Duties include assisting with beehive maintenance and treatments, building and repairing bee equipment, moving hives, harvesting and extracting honey, andwinter preparation. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. A valid driver's license and the ability to speak English is an asset. Must be physically fit and accustomed to working with honeybees. Email resumes to aovinge@gmail.com or fax to 403-687-2154 TEGART APIARIES HONEY is seeking for the 2021 season (Dec 15, 2020 - Nov 15, 2021): 4 APIARY TECHNICIANS min 3+ years experience at a Canadian commercial apiary or equivalent. Must have driving experience & may be required to supervise a crew ($16.40- $19.00/hr with possible bonus) 7 APIARY WORKERS min 2+ years experience at a Canadian commercial apiary or equivalent ($15.25-$16.40/hr with possible bonus.) All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team. Applicants must be accustomed to working with honey bees and have a good understanding of colony management, bee equipment maintenance and honey/beeswax processing. Both Apiary Techs and Apiary Workers can expect average 45+ hrs per week. Accommodations available. Some evening, and night work may be required. Main work location is Tegart Apiaries Honey Farms is located 2.5 miles from Fairview, Alberta (30024 TWP RD 820). All positions may require travel to Harrison Mills, B. C. for spring and fall hive work (small travel allowance and accommodations provided) For more details or to apply, contact Dan Tegart directly: ph. (780)835-2115 or email tegarthoney@telus.net; Box 904 Fairview, AB T0H1L0


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PLEASANT VALLEY HONEY LTD. (SW 15 46 27 W4) requires: Four APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) experience working on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of Apiary Worker or General Farm Worker with employment March thru November 2021 ($15-$19/hr depending on exp.) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving and daily maintenance of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field production records. A motor vehicle operator's licence with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required. Six APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with employment March thru November 2021 ($15-$17/hr depending on exp.) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Contact Ryan Olthof at 272072 Highway 13, Falun, AB; mail to RR1, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1W8; or email at pvhpbees@gmail.com.

an asset. GENERAL LABOURERS (FARM)– NOC 8431 (7 positions) ($15.20 - $17.00/hr with possible bonus) for full time (40 + hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Applicants must be able to work in presence of honeybees (Apiary work) & will assist with colony management & harvest crop. Some labourers may be required to spend 3-4 months out of province to BC (March-June) as bees may be moved to BC for spring pollination services and return to AB mid-June. Room and board will be provided for employees working in BC. Must be able to travel out of province. English an asset. No skills, experience or education required. All positions may require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to handle heavy loads, bending, crouching, kneeling. Accomm available. Rural area. Apply: paradishoney@outlook.com or mail to Paradis Honey Ltd, c/o Lise Paradis Box 99, Girouxville, AB T0H 1S0

involve the work and care of honeybees for honey production and pollination services. All applicants should be physically fit and able to perform work in a team environment. Having a valid driver’s license and the ability to speak English will be considered an asset. Wages are negotiable depending on experience. On-Farm accommodations are available. Applications can be emailed to Mike deJong at busybee@telus.net Busy Bee Farm Ltd, 48549 Range Road 224, Hay Lakes, Alberta T0B 1W0

PARADIS HONEY LTD. 5023-50 St & SW4-78-23-W5 Girouxville, AB Requires 1 FARM SUPERVISOR NOC 8252 for fulltime (40+ hrs/ wk) year round employment ($15.80 - $20.00/ hr - bonuses possible) depending on experience. Applicant must have a minimum of 5 yrs (seasons) in a Canadian commercial apiary. Duties include assist management in bee colony management & harvest crop. Recognize, report, monitor hive health issues. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. English an asset. Valid driver’s license an asset. 4 APIARY TECHNICIANS NOC 8431 $15.20 - $19/hr (bonuses possible) depending on experience for full time (40+ hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Must have a minimum of 3+ yrs experience working with bees in a Canadian style commercial apiary. Some technicians may be required to spend 3-4 months out of province to BC (March-June) as bees may be moved to BC for spring pollination services and return to AB mid-June. Room and board will be provided for employees working in BC. Must be able to travel out of province. Duties include assist management in bee colony management & harvest crop. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. English an asset. Valid driver’s license

HONEYBEAR APIARIES LTD. (49535 Range Road 234, Leduc County, AB. T4X0Y7) located near Rollyview, Alberta; needs 1 Apiary Worker (NOC8431), 1-2 years beekeeping experience at $16-22/hr. The top wage rates apply to successful applicants who significantly exceed the minimum experience requirements. Must be physically fit. A valid driver’s license is an asset. Employment is for the 2021 season from April – October. Job duties include spring inspections, unwrapping, splitting, supering, honey removal, applying mite controls, fall feeding and wrapping for winter. Onsite housing is provided. Direct your application to Barrie Termeer by email to honeybear@xplornet. com or fax 780-643-6928.

NOLTE APIARIES at 55503 Rge Rd 260 Sturgeon County, AB. T8R 0T6. Seeking 4 Apiary Technicians with 3+yrs of experience in Canadian commercial beekeeping. Education not required. Salary $15$24/hr. Job duties: bee colony management, monitoring & treatment of colony diseases, honey harvesting. Seeking 6 Apiary Workers NOC 8431. Wage $15-$22/hr. 1 yr. Experience, No education. Job duties asset with bee colony management, & honey harvest. Seeking 4 Apiary Labourers Wage $15-$20/hr. No Experience, no education. Job Duties honey harvesting & bee colony management. All positions Manufacturing & assemble hive equipment. Handling heavy loads. Full-time, March to October 2021, 40+hrs/wk. Operate vehicles/forklifts. Valid driver’s license. Apply by e-mail beebuss12@gmail.com

BUSY BEE FARM LTD. near Hay Lakes, Alberta, requires Four Apiary Labourers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience in commercial beekeeping, wages ranging from $15.50 - $17.50/ hour; Also required is Fifteen Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) with a minimum of three years of experience in Canadian commercial beekeeping, wages ranging from $17.50 - $23.50/hour. All positions are fulltime (45+ hours/week) for the February 1st – October 31st, 2021 season and 19

HONEY MEADOWS FARM is located 10 km south of Calgary at 226012 72st St. E Foothills, Alberta. We are looking to hire 14 beekeepers for the 2021 season,  beginning mid January through  to mid October (~45+hours/week). The work entails colony  management, harvesting and extracting honey as well as manufacturing and repair of apiary equipment. The positions fall under NOC:8431$15.20/hr-will adjust according to NOC guidelines if required. Successful applicants must have experience working with bees on a commercial honey farm for at least  2 seasons. Please email resumes to Honeymeadows1@hotmail.com.  PALA’S VITAMIN HONEY FARM   in Wembley, AB for the 2021 season is seeking 4 positions for Apiary Technician (NOC 8431), $16.00$22.00/hr with 2 years experience minimum, in a commercial Apiary. Wages depend on experience. Major duties: knowledge of hive management, disease diagnoses and prevention, weekend work and evenings. Also require 4 positions for an Apiary Worker (NOC 8431), $15.00-$18.50/ hr experience required. Major duties include assisting Apiary Technician with all duties working with bees. Some weekend and evening work if needed. Physically demanding work (40 hours + a week). Both positions start February 1-November 15, 2021. Staff accomm available. Contact Dan Pala, 721042 Hwy 724. Wembley, AB d.pala@telus.net, phone 780-832-5809, fax 780-766-3009 MIGHTY PEACE HONEY Requires two Apiary Workers NOC 8431, for full time (40+ hrs/ wk) employment ($16-$18/hr depending on experience) February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 1 season working full-time on a Canadian style commercial operation. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest & package honey & beeswax; operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps); conduct bee yard maintenance; Accommodations available. We are located at 833071 RR231 Grimshaw, AB Canada. Contact Mighty Peace Honey PO Box 1759 Grimshaw, AB T0H 1W0. Rob 780 332 4862 or Fax 780 332 4822 or email andrewdicksonbeekeeper@gmail.com.

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POELMAN APIARIES LTD. located near Fort Macleod, AB (102007A Range Rd 254) has the following positions available for the 2021 season: 6 SUPERVISORS (SKILLED WORKER, NOC 8253) with a minimum of 5 years(seasons) experience working at a Canadian apiary. Employment needed from March through October 2021; wage starting at $15.20 - $17.50 (depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance. 18 TECHNICIAN/ WORKERS (LOW SKILL WORKER, NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1-2 years experience. Employment needed from April through November 2021; wage starting at $15.20$16.50(depending on exp. with a possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. 3 GENERAL FARM LABOURERS (LOW SKILL WORKER, NOC 8431) experience is an asset but will be trained. Employment needed for April through November 2021; wage starting at $15.20 per/hour (with possible bonus) (40 + hrs/week). Duties will include: Supering and harvesting honey, cleaning honey extraction and storage equipment, barrel moving prep, filling and storage, manufacture and assemble and maintain hive equipment, and bee yard maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Housing is available. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Email resumes to pollenpal@gmail.com attention Poelman Apiaries or fax to 403-6872410 or mail to Box 1887 Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0.

Technicians must have a minimum of 1-2 seasons working in a Canadian style commercial apiary, as an Apiary harvester. Apiary Technicians will be required to assist Apiary Supervisors with day to day colony management, extracting and honey processing. All positions do require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants should be able to work in a team environment. English is an asset as well as a valid driving license. Work will be in southern BC (Fraser Valley). Contact Carolyn Shipley at jmcshipley@shaw.ca.

Apiary Worker or General Farm Worker with employment March thru October 2021 ($15.20$19/ hr depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include: caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest and fill honey barrels and containers; supervise small teams of workers; driving and daily maintenance of vehicles; operate and maintain other apiary equipment; conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field production records. A motor vehicle operator's licence with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required. Five APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year (season) experience and with employment March thru October 2021 ($15.20$17/ hr depending on exp. with possible bonus) (40+ hrs/wk); Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner; assisting Technicians with bees and equipment; assisting with harvesting honey; assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Ability to speak English is an asset. Contact Jeremy Olthof at 23318Hwy 50, Tees, AB; mail to RR1, Tees, AB T0C 2N0; or email at teesbeesinc@gmail.com

GOLDEN EARS APIARIES INC Mission, BC, is seeking 12 Apiary Supervisors at $14.80/hr starting Feb 1,2021 until Oct. 31/2021, working 40+ hrs/ week. Apiary Supervisors must have a minimum of 3 seasons working full time (40+hr/wk) in a Canadian style commercial beekeeping operation, and must have a good understanding of honeybee management and have the ability to independently assess hive health and make decisions regarding individual hive management. Also, we require 3 Apiary Technicians at $14.13/hr working 40+hr/ wk, from March 1,2021 to Oct.31/2021. Apiary

MIGHTY PEACE HONEY Requires Six Apiary Technicians, NOC 8431, for full time (40+ hrs/ wk) employment ($16-$20/hr depending on experience) February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 2 seasons working full-time on a Canadian style commercial operation. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls; harvest & package honey & beeswax; supervise small teams of workers; drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintain vehicles; operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts & pumps); conduct bee yard maintenance; keep some field and/or production records; Accommodation available. We are located at 833071 RR231 Grimshaw, AB Canada. Please contact Mighty Peace Honey PO Box 1759 Grimshaw, AB Canada T0H 1W0. Rob 780 332 4862 or Fax 780 332 4822 or email andrewdicksonbeekeeper@gmail.com TEGART APIARIES is seeking 3 APIAIRY WORKERS with min 2+ years experience at a Canadian Commercial apiary operation. (@ $15.25-$16.40/ hr with possible bonus) for July 10, 2021 to November 15, 2021. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team. Successful applicants must be accustomed to working with honey bees & have a good understanding of colony management, bee equipment maintenance & honey extracting/ beeswax processing. Apiary workers can expect on average 45+ hrs/week. Accom. available. Some evening & night work will be required. Main work location is Tegart Apiaries Honey Farms is located 2.5 miles from Fairview, Alberta (30024 TWP RD 820). Position may require travel to Harrison Mills, B. C. for spring and fall hive work (small travel allowance and accommodations provided) For more details or to apply, contact Dan Tegart directly at 780 835 2115 or tegarthoney@ telus.net; PO Box 904, Fairview, AB T0H 1L0 TEES BEES INC. requires: Three APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) experience working on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of 21

MCW APIARIES has two positions available for Apiary Technician (NOC8431) starting February 1st October 31st 2021. Must have at least three years of commercial beekeeping experience with wage staring at $18/hr, accommodation available if required, must have a valid driver's license. Hours are 45 hours per week with some weekends and evenings. Duties include doing and overseeing such tasks as feeding, medicating, spring brood management, queen rearing, making nucs, honey harvesting and moving hives. Contact Mike by fax at 780 624 9408 or mcwap@abnorth.com. We are located at 84172 Range Rd 204 East of Peace River near the hamlet of St Isidore. MCW APIARIES has two positions available for Apiary Workers (NOC 8431), starting February 1st October 31st, 2021. Must have at least one year of experience and a valid driver's license. Accommodation available if required. Wages starting at $15/hr with some evening and weekend work. Hours are 45 hours per week with some evening and weekends,1he lob involves doing such tasks as feeding, medicating, honey harvesting and moving hives. Contact Mike by fax at 780 624 9408 or mcwap@abnorth.com. We are located at 84172 Range Rd 204. East of Peace River near the hamlet of St Isidore.

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T’N’T APIARIES REQUIRE: An APIARY FOREPERSON (NOC 8252) for fulltime (40+ hrs/wk) year round employment ($19.00$25/hr depending on experience. Bonuses possible). Applicant must have a minimum of 5 years (seasons) fulltime in a Canadian style commercial apiary environment with a minimum of 3 years (seasons) working as an Apiary Technician. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Co-ordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring and controlling hive health issues. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise & train workers. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance of vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment (including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Keep field and/or production records. Interact with external farm personnel. 5 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) for full time (40+ hrs/wk) employment ($17.00-$22/hr depending on experience. Bonuses possible) Two (2) positions year-round. Three (3) positions March 1st - October 31st. Must have a minimum of 2 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary in the min. capacity of Apiary Assistant or General Farm Worker. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner. Co-ordinating the production of replacement bees & equipment. Recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatment/ controls. Harvest & package honey, pollen & beeswax. Supervise small teams of workers. Drive (including std transmission & medium duty trucks) & daily maintenance of vehicles. Operate & maintain other apiary equipment(including forklifts, chainsaws & pumps). Conduct bee yard maintenance. Keep some field and/or production records. 6 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) for full time (40+ hrs/wk) employment ($15.00-$19.00/hr. depending on experience. Bonuses Possible) January thru November 2021. Applicants must be able to work in the presence of honey bees. Duties include: Caring for honeybee colonies in the appropriate manner Assisting Technicians with bees & equipment. Assisting with harvesting honey, pollen & beeswax. Assisting with the bee yard and equipment maintenance. All positions may require some evening, night & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. A motor vehicle Operator’s license with no serious infractions, recognized by the Province of Alberta & major insurance companies, is required for the Foreperson position and preference will be given to those Technician & Worker applicants holding one. Contact Dave Tharle, 44116 - Hwy 659, Ardmore, AB or Box 80, Ardmore, AB. (Fax 780-826-6013) tntapi@mcsnet.ca

GREIDANUS HONEY MILL We require 5 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary to work in Northern Saskatchewan ($15.20/hr) in 2021. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from early March to late October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. Staff accommodations are available in Northern Saskatchewan. Production bonus may apply. We are seeking workers for the 2021 beekeeping season near High River, AB. All positions will be available on a seasonal basis. Production bonus may apply. All applicants must be physically fit and willing to work in a team environment. Staff accommodations are available. We require 4 Apiary Technicians (NOC 8253) with a minimum of 3 years experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($17-$19/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/ week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations with the assistance of the Apiary Workers. The ability to operate and maintain equipment utilized in the beekeeping industry and keep accurate records for monitoring hive health is essential to the position. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies is required for these positions. The ability to speak & write in English are assets. We require 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($15.50-$16.50/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. We require 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($15.20/hr). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from late March to late October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. A motor vehicle Operator’s license that is recognized by the province of Alberta and major insurance companies and the ability to speak English are considered assets. We require 10 Apiary Labourers (NOC 8431 - $15.20/hr) with a minimum of 1 year experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from beginning of June to late Oct. Major duties involve all aspects of harvesting honey and processing beeswax. The ability to speak English is considered an asset. Apply with resume to Grace Strom at The Greidanus Honey Mill, Box 5504, High River, AB T1V 1M6 or fax resume to 403-652-7683

GOOD MORNING HONEY LTD. in Parkland County, AB (51516-RR15) is looking for: (2) APIARY TECHNICIANS ($16.50/hr NOC8431 for employment January thru October 2021. The positions are full time (44+ hrs/wk). Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Technician must have a minimum of three years experience in a Canadian commercial apiary working as an Apiary Technician or Apiary worker. Experience required in hive management for honey production, disease diagnosis, general hive health and mite threshold monitoring. Applicant must be in good physical condition. A valid driver's license is required. We also require (3) APIARY WORKERS ($15.50/ hr) NOC8431 with employment January thru October 2021. The positions are full time (44+ hrs/wk). Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Worker MUST be able to work in the presence of honey bees and will assist with colony management as well as honey extraction. Applicant must be in good physical condition and have a minimum 1+ years experience working in a Canadian style commercial apiary. We also require (2) APIARY LABOURER (Bee Farm Worker) ($15/hr ) NOC 8431 with employment January thru October 2021. This position is full time (44+ hrs/wk.) Some weekend, evening and night work required. Accommodation provided. Located 10 min SW of Stony Plain, Alberta. The Apiary Labourer MUST be able to work in the presence of honey bees. Applicant must be in good physical condition. Production bonus payments may be included for all positions. Email resumes to Richard at albertahoney@gmail.com or call (780) 257-9060 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri only.

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YAREMCIO HONEY is seeking 8 full time seasonal Apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) for the 2021 March - October Season. Apiary Technician's must have at least 2 years previous bee keeping experience and a valid driver's license. Apiary Technician's must be able to work in a team environment, as well as, independently. Apiary Technicians must also have great attention to detail and handle the pressure of working under tight deadlines. Previous leadership experience is considered an asset. Duties of an Apiary Technician include but are not limited to site preparation, site maintenance, colony management, honey extraction, and preparing hives for winter. Hours of work are minimum 40 hours per week or more. The salary range for Apiary Technicians is $15.20-19.00/hr. Email: yaremciohoney@live.com Micheal Yaremcio 780-603-4594.

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NIXON HONEY FARM in Red Deer County, Alberta is accepting applications for the 2021 season on a seasonal full time basis, February thru October: 3 APIARY TECHNICIANS (NOC 8431) Full time employment (40+ hrs/week) $1720/hr depending on experience with possible bonus. Must have minimum 2 years of experience working full time on a commercial honeybee farm. Duties include: woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatments/controls. Moving hives as required; harvest, extract and package honey, lead small teams of workers, drive and maintain vehicles, operate and maintain other bee related equipment such as forklifts, conduct bee yard maintenance, general cleaning of working/production areas. 12 APIARY WORKERS (NOC 8431) Full time (40+ hrs/week) $15-18/ hr depending on experience, possible bonuses. Minimum 1 year experience. Duties include: woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, assisting technicians with bees and equipment, assisting with moving bees, assisting with honey harvest, extraction and packaging, assisting with bee yard and equipment maintenance, cleaning of working/ production areas. 2 APIARY TECHNICIANS Minimum 5 years (seasons) experience on a Canadian commercial honeybee farm. Job duties include woodwork (building bee related equipment), caring for bees in an appropriate manner, coordinating the production of replacement bees and equipment; recognizing, reporting, monitoring hive health issues and applying appropriate treatments/controls. Moving hives as required, harvest, extract and package honey, lead small teams of workers, drive and maintain vehicles, operate and maintain other bee related equipment such as forklifts, conduct bee yard maintenance, general cleaning of working/ production areas. These two positions are for full time year round work starting October 2020. Wage $17-20/hr. Winter work consists of the same jobs but heavier on the woodwork and maintenance of bee related equipment.All wages are negotiable based on experience and productivity. All positions may require some night and weekend work. All applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees, be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. On farm housing is available. Email resumes to: info@nixonhoney.ca or mail to: Nixon Honey Farm, #20, 35566 RR 263, Red Deer County, Alberta, T4G 0C9

(NOC 8431) - 4 seasonal positions, 3 full time. Wages $16 - 18.50/hour, depending on experience. Duties include hive management, queen introduction and nuc production, pest/disease recognition and treatment; hive supering, honey removal and extraction, and winter hive preparation. Positions require 2-5 years of experience. Apiary Worker (NOC 8431) - 2 seasonal positions, $15.20 - 16/ hr, depending on experience. Duties include assisting beekeeper technicians with spring hive management, nuc production, hive supering, honey removal and extraction, and winter hive preparation. Seasonal positions run from midApril to mid- October. Apply to termeerbill@ yahoo ca or fax resume to 780-833-5747

records, including using an online app. Three years’ experience required in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. Apiary Worker NOC 8431 (8 seasonal positions available, February to October 2021) - $15.50/hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies; harvesting honey, pollen and beeswax. Minimum one year experience required in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. Apiary Harvester NOC 8431 (8 seasonal positions available, February to October 2021) - $15.25/hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include harvesting and extracting honey, pollen and beeswax. Minimum six months’ experience in a Canadian-style commercial apiary. All positions are physically demanding and involve standing/bending/crouching for long periods; heavy lifting; repetitive tasks; working outdoors in the heat in a rural environment; driving and maintaining farm equipment (class 5 driver’s license required, class 3 preferred); 40-70 hours per week including evenings, weekends and overtime as required, as well as ability to work in a team environment and show attention to detail. Positions are in Rosedale, British Columbia with summer months spent in Boyle, Alberta. Accommodation provided at both locations. Worker Bee Honey Company Ltd. 10609 McGrath Road, Rosedale, BC V0X 1X2 tel: 604-794-3315; fax: 604-794-3085; jobs @workerbeehoney.ca

MOONDANCE HONEY INC.located at 55063 TWP RD 750 has the following positions for the 2021 season. Beekeeper Technician

WILDROSE COUNTRY APIARY LTD in Smoky Lake, AB is seeking 2 full time Apiary technicians (NOC 8431) on a two year work contract starting March 2021-2023. A minimum of 2 years on a commercial beekeeping operation is required. We are also seeking to hire 2 seasonal apiary Technicians (NOC 8431) from March thru October 2021. $16-20hr 32-60 hours a week. 1 year experience is required. We are also seeking 1 apiary labourer for July thru September 2021. $15.20 -17hr (NOC 8431) Specific skills include colony management, honey production, spring & winter preparation, and general maintenance on the farm. Must be physically fit and prepared to work in an efficient team environment. Expect some weekend and evening work. Located in a rural setting. Worker accommodation is provided. To apply email wildrosecountryapiary@gmail.com SEVERSON HONEY FARM at 48143 Range Rd 204 Camrose, AB is seeking for the 2021 season from Feb – Nov 1: 6 apiary workers (NOC8431) with a min of 1-year experience, wages starting at $15/hr & 7 Apiary Technicians (NOC8431) with a min of 2-3 years experience, wage starting at $16.50/hr. These positions are fulltime 40+ hrs/ week & may req. some evening,night, weekend work. Work involves care of honey bees for honey production & pollination services. All applicants must be physically fit &be able to perform work in a team environment. On farm accomm are avail. Wages are negotiable depending on experience. Please send resume to Russell at rads@netkaster.ca Cell 780-608-0076. WORKER BEE HONEY COMPANY Apiary Technician NOC 8431 (6 seasonal positions available, January to November 2021) - $17.00/ hour plus bonus for superior work. Duties include caring for honeybee colonies; recognizing and monitoring hive issues; supervising 2-4 Apiary Workers; harvesting, extracting and packaging honey, beeswax and pollen; using power tools; and maintaining field and/or production 25

LALLIER APIARIES Located at 56226 Range road 64 Sangudo, AB is in need of one (1) apiary worker (low skill worker) for the 2021 season;wage $16/hr. The position is full time (40+ hrs/wk depends on the weather). The season willstart on March 2021 until October 2021. TheApiary Worker will assist the Apiary Technicianwith beehive maintenance this involves unwrapping, cleaning, treating, make new hives(splits), honey harvesting & extracting, feeding and wrapping in the fall. Applicant may send a resume to extremehaulinginc@gmail.com. S.S. HONEY INC. is looking for 4 Apiary Workers (NOC 8431) from April 1 2021 to October 31 2021. Full Time Seasonal employment on a Canadian commercial beekeeping operation. (40+/hrs a week) $16 to $18/hr depending on experience, minimum 1 year experience. Must be physically fit and be able to work as a team. Duties include and are not limited to: Hive Management, Detecting Hive Diseases, Treating Hive Diseases, Extraction of Honey, Operating Farm equipment. International Drivers License is an asset. Some evenings and weekends are required. Worker Accommodation is available. Send resume to sshoneyinc@gmail.com or by mail Box 765, High Prairie, Ab, T0G-1E0.

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PHILPOTT HONEY PRODUCERS LTD. located 10 kms north of Brooks is accepting resumes for Apiary workers for the 2021 beekeeping season. The position starts Feb 1st, 2021 and carries on until Oct 31st, 2021. Full time hours (45+hrs/week) and some weekends and evenings are required. All applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to work well with others. Duties to include helping with all aspects of beekeeping and honey production in a commercial beekeeping operation. No experience is necessary as on job training given; however, is an asset. Starting wage is $15.00/hour and is negotiable depending on exp. with a performance bonus determined at end of season. On-farm accommodations are also available. Please email resumes to colin@ philpotthoney.ca or mailed to box 555, Brooks AB, T1R 1B5 or faxed to 403-362-4350

of an Apiary Worker. All Duties associated with Canadian style commercial apiary such as Spring, Summer, Fall management of bee colonies, bee health monitoring, feeding, honey production and harvest, maintaining quality control/production records, operating and maintaining apiary equipment including trucks and forklifts, and coordination of some workers.

June – Sept, 2021. Wages will be range from $15.50 - $20.00 per hour, depending on experience. Duties include; caring for honeybee colonies, moving beehives into and out of canola pollination fields, monitoring and controlling bee health, honey harvesting and extraction, construction of new beehive equipment, maintain and repair equipment, all duties associated with a Canadian style commercial apiary. Some evening & weekend work required. Applicants must be in good physical conditions (able to lift up to 70 lbs) and able to work in a team environment. Must be able to work in the presence of bees and have no bee sting allergies. A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to operate a fork lift is an asset. Ability to speak English is an asset. Staff accommodations may be available. Please fax: (306) 967-2841, mail: Sweetheart Pollinators Box 155, Eatonia, SK S0L 0Y0 or Email: sweetheart. pollinators@sasktel.net your resume with references Attn: Neil Specht.

SWAN APIARIES are seeking workers for the 2021 season, February 20- October 31 2021, 12 Apiary workers (NOC 8431) and 2 Apiary Technicians(NOC 8253) in the Westlock area. Applicants for apiary worker must have a minimum 1 year (season) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Worker. The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations under the supervision of an Apiary Technician. The rate of pay is $15-$16.00/hr (depending on experience) for apiary worker. Applicants for Apiary Technicians (NOC 8253) must have a minimum of 3 years experience on a Canadian style commercial apiary ($17-$19/hr depending on experience). The position is full time (40+ hrs/week) from mid February to mid October. Major duties involve all aspects of bee colony operations with the assistance of the Apiary Workers. The ability to operate and maintain equipment utilized in the beekeeping industry and keep accurate records for monitoring hive health is essential to the position. The positions are full time and may require evening and weekend work(45hrs+/wk) . Applicants must be in good physical condition as it is physically demanding work. Staff accommodations available. A valid driver’s licence will be considered an asset. Apply with resume to Hendrik Greidanus at Swan Apiaries, 520 4ST SW High River, T1V 1B6 or fax resume to 403-652-7683 P & J APIARIES INC. We are seeking interested applicants in the Westlock County area for the following positions, including... (10) APIARY TECHNICIAN(s) (NOC 8431) $15.42-$18/hr. depending on experience for full time (45+ hrs/wk) employment February thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 2-3 years (seasons) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Technician or in the min. capacity

- (10) APIARY WORKER(s) (NOC 8431) $15.42$16.50/hr. depending on experience for full time (45+ hrs/wk) employment March thru October 2021. Must have a minimum of 1 year (season) working fulltime on a Canadian style commercial apiary operation as an Apiary Worker or in the min. capacity of an Apiary Harvester/Labourer. All duties related to Canadian style commercial apiary associated with assisting Beekeepers/ Apiary Technicians with Spring, Summer, Fall colony management, moving colonies, maintaining of apiary equipment, and all aspects in the collection extraction/processing of honey. All positions may require some evening & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical conditions and able to work in a fastpace team environment. All Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees. A valid driver’s license may be required for some of the Apiary Technician positions. Apply with resume to Todd Eastman at P & J Apiaries Inc., p.j.apiaries.applicants@shaw.ca, Fax. 780 349 6610 . (Location 61232 – RR240 Westlock Co. AB.) YUAN ENTERPRISES is seeking for one Apiary Technician (from April 15 to November 30, 2021) and one Apiary worker (from June 15 to September 15, 2021) in Peace River, AB. Applicants must be in good physical condition and do all beekeeping management. Wages from $15/hr, depending on experience. Email canadian.prairie.honey@gmail.com or Box 7554, Peace River, AB, T8S 1T2. MARC G. PARADIS NE 23-79-5W6 Rycroft, AB. – NOC 8431(4 positions) ($15.00-$16.50/hr depending on experience) for full time (40+hrs/wk) from Feb to Nov, 2021. Applicants must be able to work in presence of honeybees (Apiary work) & will assist with colony management & harvest crop. English an asset. No skills, experience or education required. All positions may require some evening, night and weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to work in a team environment. Operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment. Valid driver’s license an asset. Apiary Workers Accommodation is available. Rural area. Apply: rycrofthoney@gmail.com or mail to Marc G Paradis, Box 487, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0. SWEETHEART POLLINATORS/JANEIL ENT INC 7 km SW of Eatonia, Saskatchewan is seeking applicants for 16 Full Time Apiary Workers (40+hrs/wk) seasonal employment for 2021 season. 5 positions start in March - Oct, 6 positions start in April - Oct remaining start in 26

AP HONEY FARM LTD in Wanham AB for the 2021 season is seeking two positions for Apiary Technician (NOC 8253) $15 - $17 with two years’ experience minimum, in a commercial apiary, wages depends on experience. Major duties: knowledge of hive management, disease diagnoses & prevention, weekend work & evenings. Also require seven positions for Apiary Worker (NOC8431), $15 -$17 experience required. Major duties, include assisting Apiary Technician with all the duties in the work with bees. Some weekend & evenings work if needed, physically demanding work (45/ hrs + a week of work). Both positions start Jan 15 November 15, 2021. Staff accomm available. Send resumes to Artur Pala palashoney@ hotmail. com or fax 780 694 2282. SEVERSON HONEY FARM at 48143 Range Rd 204 Camrose, AB, requires 3 Apiary Supervisors/ Forman (noc8253) for the 2021 year. Must have a minimum of 5 yearexperience in commercial beekeeping, wages start at $17–$21 depending on experience. Must be able to supervise 3-4 people & operate trucks & equipment. Be organized, maintain records, work in team environment. This position is full-time 40+ hrs/ week. On farm accomm avail. Please send resume to Russell at rads@netkaster.ca 780-608-0076 SPIRIT HILLS SERVICES LTD. Apiary & Farm Manager. Spirit Hills Services Ltd. is seeking to hire 1 full time Apiary & Farm Manager for their apiary and honey winery operation located at 240183, 2380 Drive West, Millarville, Alberta. Duties will include but will not be limited to managing the apiary and honey harvest, maintain all vehicles and farm equipment during the summer season. In winter season assist with account management for sales in Belgium. Education, Experience & other requirements: verifiable automotive mechanic education and experience; apiary management experience; good people skills; team oriented; strong


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communication skills in English, French & Dutch languages. Wages: $17.00/hour for 40 hours per week. International Sales Manager Spirit Hills Services Ltd. is seeking to hire 1 full time International Sales Manager for their apiary and honey winery operation located at 240183, 2380 Drive West, Millarville, Alberta. Duties will include but will not be limited to managing relationships with accounts in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, and to further develop the business in Greece, Spain, France and England.Education, Experience & other requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent in management; strong oral & written communication skills in English, French , Dutch, German, Spanish and Greek languages; good people skills; team oriented; outgoing,pro-active, strategic and an experienced traveler. Wages: $23.00/hour for 40 hours per week. To apply send resume and verifiable references to hugo@spirithillswinery.com

P & J APIARIES INC. - We are seeking interested applicants in the Westlock County area for the following positions, including... - (6) APIARY LABOURER(S)- NOC 8431 (6) Positions- $15.42 per/hr. The positions are available on a seasonal/full-time basis (45+ hrs. per week) for June to October 2021. Apiary Labourer duties include honey harvesting, collecting & processing of honey Apiary Labourer position may require some evening & weekend work. All applicants must be in good physical conditions and able to work in a fast-pace team environment.  All Applicants must be able to work in the presence of bees.  Apply with resume to Todd Eastman at P & J Apiaries Inc., p.j.apiaries.applicants@shaw.ca, Fax.: 780 349 6610 . (Location 61232 – RR240 Westlock Co. AB.)

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WOLFE HONEY COMPANY INC. requires 10 Beekeeper Apiary Workers for full time/ seasonal work (40-50 hrs/ wk.) for beekeeping season (approximately end of Feb to beginning of Nov 2021) in Guy, AB. Wages will be set by the NOC guidelines and is currently $15.20 per hour. Accommodation is provided in Guy. All applicants must be physically fit and able to work in the presence of honeybees. The job duties under the direction of the Field Supervisor and Managers include: maintaining the health of live honeybees, moving bees, collection & extraction of honey & preparing bees for winter. Also includes some woodwork for new beehive equipment, and general shop cleaning & maintenance. There will be some evening, weekend and night work required. This is an entry level position with on the job training. There are no job experience or educational requirements for this position. We work in a team environment. Wolfe Honey Company Inc. is located at #1 Main Street, PO Box 289, in Guy, AB, T0H 1Y0. The hamlet of Guy is located in the Municipal District of Smoky River. Applications accepted by email to accounting@honeybunny. ca; or by fax: 780-925-2943. BUTZ APIARIES Seeking: 1 Apiary Harvest Worker for Jun-Oct, 2021 and 1 Apiary Harvest Worker Jul-Sep, 2021. Starting $15/ hour according to NOC 8431 guidelines. 45 plus hrs/wk. 1+ year Canadian commercial beekeeping experience required and must be physically fit and able to work with bees. Duties include honey harvesting, extraction, equipment maintenance and associated duties. Jun-Oct Apiary Harvest Worker will also assist with winter hive preparation. Contact Butz Apiaries, butzbuzz@gmail.com. PO Box 36 Carnwood AB T0C 0W0

BUSY BEE FARM LTD. near Hay Lakes, Alberta requires One Full Time Apiarist/Farm Manager (NOC 0821). Applicant must have a minimum of ten years of experience in Canadian commercial beekeeping involving all aspects of honey production and pollination services. Wage ranging from $25.00 to $28.00/hour depending on amount of experience with on-farm accommodation available. Position is available June 10th, 2021. Applications can be emailed to Mike deJong at busybee@telus.net Busy Bee Farm Ltd, 48549 Range Road 224, Hay Lakes, Alberta T0B 1W0

NOTICES Will winter and help split bees here on BC Sunshine Coast. Gain an extra month of spring. Steve Clifford, Halfmoon Bay, BC. 604-885-9664.

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400 brood chambers & 200 5 frames nucs with frames bottom board and insulated telescopic lids in excellent condition. Will have honey and pollen in them ready for packages to start nucs or as a second for your colonies . Also have two1100gl thank and a 40 ft 9.5ft ceiling container for sale. Call or email Emmanuel (778)847-7380, emmanuelandhoney@yahoo.ca 1998 Cook and Beals spin float for sale. Painted steel leg extensions. Two seasons on electric motor. Should have bearings replaced. Old style simple on and off. No heat exchanger available. Asking 7000$ obo. Contact Rene, Westlock Honey. 780-818-4268. 200 4 frame nucs, spring mated Okanagan survivor stock, young comb, no antibiotic use, $250.00, ready 3rd week of May, contact Doug Gordon @250-351-9111 or email okanaganhoney@gmail.com MIGHTY MOUNTAIN HONEY LTD. 4 FRAME NUCS FOR SALE in May until mid June, approx. 500 Nucs available and 100 single hives. These units all have young proven queens and new 2021 queens. For pricing and ordering contact Matt Nagy 250-306-9896 ORDER NOW WITH DEPOSITS TO SECURE YOUR BEES! HONEYBEAR APIARIES LTD. in Leduc is continuing to downsize in 2021.   Our tank system is now available and is priced to sell.   They are Wheatland Bins with powder coated interior and exterior.   Available are two 60 tank models on skids, one 110 tank model on leg pads with hot water lines, and one 110 barrel older tank with a steel interior, good for syrup only unless sand blasted and powder coated.. The two smaller tanks include an exterior service catwalk and a waterline heating system...all tanks have interior catwalks for washing ease.   Also available are limited quantities of bee equipment including bottom boards, excluders and single stack drip boards.   Surplus supers and a limited number of hives are currently presold but we are maintaining a list of buyers..email Barrie Termeer at honeybear@xplornet.com or text 780-446-6924 for info or pictures. PARADIS HONEY LTD. Has the following equipment for sale: Paradise 1000 Wax Press - $15,000 obo Pollen Traps (approx. 1,500) - $60 each obo For further information email: paradishoney@ outlook.com or phone 780-323-4183 FOR SALE Approximately 35 overwintered hives. $375 per hive. Selling only as one lot. Phone Horst – 780-467-6114

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