The beekeeping industry has been growing in the past decade, with more than 25,000 honey bee hives now calling Nova Scotia home. Hives are used for both pollination services (e.g. apple, lowbush blueberry) and honey production.
To welcome and train the many new beekeepers within the industry, several opportunities have arisen. For example, the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA), based at Perennia, was formed in April 2016 to provide extension and research services for honey bees. New courses have been developed, and training opportunities and guest speakers have also been created.
Nova Scotia is known for its delicious, high-quality honey. Honey is sold directly to consumers as well as in bulk. Pollination services provided by honey bees contribute to the significant wild blueberry industry in the Maritimes.
Innovative research is being conducted in Nova Scotia by the Tech Transfer Team, including optimizing pollination, enhancing overwintering success, better managing pests and diseases, and improving overall bee health. Beekeepers are eager to participate in research trials and continue to move the industry forward.