Improving Bee Health: Combining Crop Production and Conservation

Transcript or Alternate URL: Randall Cass and Ashley St. Clair (Iowa State University) discuss their research project and give you an inside look at their combining crop production and conservation research with honey bees and Iowa native bees.

With funding from the North Central IPM Center, the IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is meeting for the first time, bringing together bee researchers, extension agents, graduate students, and other stakeholders to discuss IPM challenges faced across the region. The primary goal of the working group is to foster communication and collaboration in the Midwest over both agricultural and apicultural IPM strategies that impact honey bee and native bee health. As a result, best management practices for bee IPM in the region will be identified and participating institutions will be equipped with standardized best practice recommendations to offer farmers and beekeepers in the Midwest. 

North Central IPM Center States Include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is coordinated by:

  • Randall Paul Cass, Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Extension and Research Entomologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Matt O'Neal, Associate Professor, Iowa State University