SBA Technology Adaptation Team (TAT)

Program Lead: Graham Parsonstatteam2012 (middle) (UPDATE: Graham has left the TAT team, but is not far away! He has accepted the position of Government of Saskatchewan Apiculture Intern. Thanks for all the great work you did with the TAT, Graham, and it's good to know you're still close by!
Research Assistant: Jessica Morris (right) (UPDATE: Jess has left the TAT team, to move on to other challenges and adventures. Thanks, Jess, for your dedication and hard work. SBA wishes you all the best!
Project Support: Geoff Wilson (left)

A new TAT has been selected and we will introduce you to the new team soon.

The Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association Technology Adaptation Team (TAT) is our response to the challenges currently facing the province's beekeepers.  Through funding made available through Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), AAFC and Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT), Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission (SBDC), Alberta Beekeepers Association, and other funding sources, Saskatchewan beekeepers are able to perform research in their own region to work toward a better understanding of the science of beekeeping.

Among the objectives of the TAT program are adapting disease and pest management techniques and best management practices developed in other locations to the Saskatchewan environment.  Much of the research to date was developed in areas with different climates and extended opportunity for disease control. Treatments that may be temperature, humidity and duration sensitive may not work as intended or expected in the prairie environment.  In many cases this can and has resulted in disease control failure and subsequent colony losses. TAT helps to address some of these challenges.

The TAT Program also has a large extension component.  Collaboration with, distribution to and presentation of materials for beekeepers is an important component of the project. This close connection helps to ensure that the project is timely, relevant and industry driven.

SBA-TAT PROJECTS (a complete listing of projects is coming soon):

Hive Health, Colony Mortality and Productivity

 

Q: How can I make a donation to the SBA?
A: In honour of Wink Howland, we'e created the Wink Howland Memorial Beekeeping Fund. Click here for more information.

Q: Can I get a copy of the quarterly newsletter?
A: Of course you can. The non-SBA member rate is in our Newsletter page.

Q: How can I contact members?

A: Of course, we cannot give out our membership contact information due to privacy laws. The best way to talk to SBA members is to become a member or sponsor and then come to one of our events.

Q: Where can I find a pollinators list?
A:
Our newsletter has advertisments, member classifieds and listings that show where you can find pollinators. To receive the newsletter, become a member or a sponsor. You can also check out SaskHoney.ca for a list of producers that sell beekeeping related products and services.

Q: Where can I buy beekeeping supplies?

A: Our newsletter has advertisments, member classifieds and listings that show where you can buy supplies. To receive the newsletter, become a member or a sponsor. You can also check out producers for a list of producers that sell beekeeping related products and services.

Q: Where can I buy honey?
A: Our newsletter has advertisments, member classifieds and listings that show where you can buy honey. To receive the newsletter, become a member or a sponsor. You can also check out the Producers' List for a list of producers that sell honey and other products of the hive - you can open a pdf sorted either by location or producer name.

Q: Where can I buy bees?
A: Our newsletter has advertisments, member classifieds and listings that show where you can buy bees, nucs, packages, queens, etc. To receive the newsletter, become a member. You can also check out producers for a list of producers that sell beekeeping related products and services.

swarm Q: I have a "swarm" of bees in my yard/house/garage etc, Can you remove them?
A: Chances are you have a bumblebees there, not honey bees. The picture on the right shows a honey bee swarm. We do not provide services for removing bees at this time.

Q: How do I join the Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association?
A: Click here


Q. What's the difference between a bumblebee, a honey bee, and a wasp?
A.BeesVsWasps See picture

Projects


Ag in the Classroom - A positive program that teachers could use to promote the importance of the Saskatchewan agriculture industry within classroom curriculum.
Agri-Ed Showcase - More coming soon.
Brochures - Brochures on relative beekeeping topics.
Hive Health, Colony Mortality and Productivity - CAAP Project S2-C "Saskatchewan Beekeepers Adapting Technology to Meet Their Needs: Hive Health, Colony Mortality and Productivity".
Managing Colonies After the Honey Flow - Lloyd Harris
NDBC National Honey Bee Health Survey
Queen Rearing Videos - More coming soon.
Saskatraz - Click here for Dr. Robertson's research articles.

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PESTICIDES DATABASE

Pesticide Product Information database.

PESTICIDE INCIDENTS
Pesticide Incident Reporting Form

Human Health Incident
Domestic Animal Incident
Environmental Incident
Packaging Incident

Report a Pesticide Incident Web site
Report an Incident

Listing of Pesticide Incidents
Directions: Click the link below, then click a link at bottom of that page; the bee incidents are all under Environment --> Order by Incident Report No
Incidents List

Pollinator Protection and Responsible Use of Treated Seed - PMRA

PMRA has developed a handout on Pollinator exposure to pesticides and Best Management Practices.  They will be working on getting these distributed to beekeepers, growers and stakeholders over the next few weeks. 

Download the PDF (English)
Download the PDF (French)

Reduce Bee Poisoning Guide

Download the PDF (English)
Download the PDF (French)

Driftwatch
Register your beeyards on Driftwatch (via Fieldwatch). From their website: This site ia a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs.

Programs

Advanced Payments Program - The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a financial loan guarantee program that gives producers easier access to credit through cash advances.
Bear Fence / Damage - Compensation is now available for bear damage.
Temporary Foreign Workers - Agricultural foreign workers can help producers meet their labour needs during peak agricultural periods.

Subcategories

ImportIntoSaskSM

Importation of Bees in Saskatchewan

Important Notice:
The SBA Board is concerned about the negative impact of bees on comb approved for import into Saskatchewan. Please direct your concerns regarding the importation of bees on comb to the Honourable Lyle Stewart, or our Provincial Specialist in apiculture Geoff Wilson