2013 – 2014 National Management Survey

Survey PictureThe Bee Informed Partnership is proud to release the results of the  fourth annual National Management Survey for years 2013 – 2014.  The results from this survey represent 564,522 colonies, 21.7%  of the country’s 2.6 million colonies*.

The National Management Survey, conducted since 2010, takes an epidemiological approach to acquire a greater understanding of the effects of various colony management practices and their relationship with colony health.  We compare the data of apiaries that suffered high colony losses with those that suffered low colony losses and search for patterns in management practices that lead to lower mortality rates.

Over the years we have been able to work with beekeepers to integrate the best performing management practices that have resulted in fewer colony losses.  An epidemiological study of this magnitude takes years to  complete and each new discovery is a smaller piece of the larger puzzle.

Follow the link below to the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey to view our results:

2013 – 2014 National Management Survey

* Some questions may not represent all survey respondents.

** Regional results of the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey are scheduled to be released before the end of 2014.


Written By: The Bee Informed Team

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.