The IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is going ONLINE!
With funding from the North Central IPM Center, the goal of IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is to promote collaboration between bee researchers, educators, and apiary inspectors and 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 wild 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.
The IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group is specifically for people that are 1) working professionally in honey bee research or teaching, or 2) working directly with honey bees and beekeepers as a graduate student, extension educator, apiary inspector, or similar role.
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. Meghan Milbrath, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
- Ana Heck, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
IPM4Bees Virtual Seminar Series 2021
Due to concerns over the covid-19 virus, the planning committee made the decision to postpone the planned IPM4Bees Workshop and replace it with a seminar series featuring guest speakers demonstrating exciting and innovative work in the are of integrated pest management and bee health.
The IPM4Bees Virtual Seminar Series was held once a month from May through December 2021. While attendance was limited to members only, video recordings have been made available online to the public with the speaker's permission.