Each month, the uLethbridge Agri-Food Summer Speaker Series brings producers and researchers together to discuss southern Alberta’s agriculture industry. Hear from the people who know this industry inside and out as they generate ideas and push the boundaries of our region's agriculture potential.
WHAT: Why the Health of Agriculture Depends on Keeping Honey Bees Alive
WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom, Register at Eventbrite
WHO: Join Dr. Danny Le Roy when he talks to U of L researcher Dr. Shelley Hoover (Department of Biological Sciences) and producer Kevin Nixon.
While small in size, honey bees are big players on the southern Alberta agriculture scene. Seventy per cent of honey bee colonies in Canada are located on the Prairies, with almost one-third of Canada’s honey produced right here in Alberta.
In addition to honey and hive products, bees render valuable pollination services to producers of orchard fruits, berries, vegetables, forage, and the production of hybrid canola seed. Despite their importance, the apiculture industry continues to face challenges to the health and number of bee colonies, resulting in cascading consequences both locally and globally.
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Trevor Kenney, News & Information Manager