National Honey Board Partners With Project Apis M. To Invest $10 Million To Aid Bee Health

Catch The Buzz    September 26, 2017

The National Honey Board and Project Apis m. are reinforcing their commitment to the future of bees through an investment of $10 million by 2020 in bee health research. In addition to producing honey, bees are an important contributor to our food supply. Pollinator foods, including those pollinated by bees, represent one in every three bites of food that we eat.1

The initiatives will seek to improve the well-being of nearly 2.9 million American bee colonies,2 with a specific focus on the main threats to bee health:3

Pesticides, some of which, may kill the bee immediately once they’ve made contact, or when the bee brings small amounts of the pesticide, on its body or in contaminated nectar, back to the hive.4 There are also many sub lethal effects which appear slowly or synergisms of multiple exposure.

Pathogens and parasites, such as Nosema and Varroa mites, infect bees with diseases that can destroy entire colonies. All parasites directly or indirectly feed on the honey bees.

Limited quality and quantity of forage for bees results in poor nutrition.5

“The National Honey Board depends upon the hard-working honey bee to produce the honey that many of us enjoy, and celebrate every September during National Honey Month. We feel a strong responsibility to help protect the bees, which is why we’ve been funding production research since 2004, funding for CCD research since early 2007 and began allocating five percent of our annual budget to all honey bee health research in 2008,” said Margaret Lombard, Chief Executive Officer, National Honey Board. “We’re so pleased to be working alongside partners, such as Project Apis m., who share our commitment to improving and maintaining bee health, during a time when it is needed most.”

In addition to these efforts, there are several, simple changes that people can make to help improve the health of bees, such as:

Provide forage and habitat for bees by planting pollinator-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in the garden. Find plant species that are native to your area and also beneficial non-native plants by visiting the Pollinator Partnership website.

Allow dandelions and other flowering weeds to grow to provide more nectar and pollen sources for the bees. If you must control them, consider waiting until bloom is over, and using natural alternatives to chemical and pesticides, such as releasing natural pest predators or pulling weeds by hand. If you apply a chemical, do so in the evening after pollinator flight periods.

Donate to an organization dedicated to helping protect and provide habitat for honey bees and other pollinators

Eat more honey. Supporting the honey industry makes beekeeping possible, and will continue to fund bee health research that will help our pollinator friends to thrive.

“Without bees, we wouldn’t have some of the world’s most nutrient-rich foods,”6 said Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m. “Thanks to previous research and funding, we’ve been making progress towards better bee health, however, we still have a long road ahead. We’re pleased to join our partners and the National Honey Board to commit to funding vital research to continue to improve bee health.”

To educate people about the importance of bees to our food supply and honey production, the National Honey Board has created a virtual reality (VR) video that takes viewers on a hive-to-table journey, seen from the point of view of a bee. The video can be viewed as a 360 video or as a more immersive experience using a VR viewing headset. It is available online at

After experiencing the point of view of a bee in VR, people can also celebrate the hard work of bees and the pure, natural flavor of honey during September’s National Honey Month by creating honey-infused meals, found on

The Presidential History of Honey Bees

National Honey Board    February 18, 2016

Earlier this week we celebrated President’s Day, originally known as George Washington’s birthday. This day was designed to honor America’s first president on his birthday, but has since come to be known as a holiday to celebrate all presidents and the great work they have done for our country.

You may have heard about a little initiative the White House took on in 2015 to protect and promote pollinator health. Understanding the importance of the humble honey bee and other insect pollinators, President Obama put together an interagency task force to create a strategy for the promotion of pollinator health.

In case you were wondering just how important honey bees are to our ecosystem, consider this: about one-third of the U.S. diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and honey bees are responsible for about 80 percent of that process. That’s right, one-in-three bites! We can all thank honey bees for our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts, like apples, almonds, watermelon, cucumbers and avocados. Did you also know that because of their pollination work, honey bees alone add more than $15 billion in agricultural value each year? So yes, honey bees, and all insect pollinators, are pretty important to our way of life, and we are so excited to see them get the attention they deserve.

In honor of this great work done by the Obama administration and all of our great presidents throughout history, we thought it would be fun to share some sweet facts about our nation and its relationship with the humble honey bee.

  • George Washington is said to have been a big fan of honey and enjoyed it in his tea and was quite fond of covering his hoecakes with a reasonable drizzle.
  • Both fans of gardening, and understanding the pollination performed by honey bees, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both kept bees on their estates.
    • There are still bees kept at Mount Vernon, and you can learn all about them here.
  • According to records at Mount Vernon, George Washington is thought to have been among the first to keep his bees in wooden boxes, as opposed to the traditional black gum hives.
  • Thomas Jefferson wrote about the origins of honeybees in his nature book, Notes on Virginia.
  • Martha Washington is said to be quite the fan of rose-flavored honey (honey boiled with rose petals).
  • Have you heard about the “Bees that Saved America?” It is quite the tale, and you can read about it here.
  • According to our friends at Historical Honeybee Articles, Abraham Lincoln is rumored to be “very fond of honey.”
  • In 2009, Charlie Brandts became the first official White House beekeeper when he installed a hive of nearly 70,000 bees near the garden on the South Lawn. He retired from government in 2012, but is still on-hand to maintain the hive.
  • In its first three years, the presidential hive produced 340 pounds of honey that has been given out as gifts, used to make beer and in both daily and formal meals at the White House.
    • Get a inside look at the Presidential beehive here.

Which of these fun facts surprised you the most? What other facts have you seen about the presidential history of honeybees? 

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National Honey Board Recipes for November

National Honey Board - Recipes Repost from November 2, 2015
(In case you missed it and are looking for Thanksgiving recipes.)

We are Thankful for You, Honey!

November officially kicks off the holiday season, the time of year when families are getting together to enjoy each other’s company, catch up and share stories, or even play a backyard football game. And what brings people together like a good meal?
We’re not sure about you, but there is just something about being home for the holidays that makes everything a little bit better, until it comes to the menu planning, that is. But fear not, we are here to make your Thanksgiving a little easier with these five delicious, honey-inspired recipes that are sure to be a hit with all the relatives and friends who are gathered around the family table!

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sticky Buns 
Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce  
Honey Cornbread Stuffing 
Honey Pumpkin Pie 

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National Honey Board Recipes: Memorial Day Weekend


 Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and here at the National Honey Board we want to remember and celebrate all of our fallen military. We thank you for your sacrifice and appreciate everything our military does to keep us safe here at home.

That being said, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer, which brings us to one of our favorite times of year - grilling season! Whether you are spending the day with family, friends or neighbors, we've got many great honey-inspired Bee-Bee-Q recipes to make your summer sweet!

Giving Thanks: Recipes from the National Honey Board

Giving Thanks!
Thanksgiving has snuck up on us once again this year and since it is next week, we thought a honey-inspired holiday menu was appropriate.

You see, one-thirds of our food is made possible by insect pollinated crops and these hard-working ladies are responsible for about 80 percent of that pollination. And if that isn’t enough, honey bees travel more than 55,000 miles just to bring one pound of honey to consumers. Now that hard work is something to be thankful for!

From the ham to the pecan pie, the honey bees and their scrumptious honey have you covered! Enjoy this time with your friends and family, and reflect on the fact that sometimes, it’s the littlest things we are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving from the National Honey Board!
Fallen Butternut Squash Gratin 
  • 3 cups (6 medium) - butternut squash, cooked
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 3 Tablespoons - flour
  • 1 teaspoon - salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon - nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon - cinnamon
  • 3 large - eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup - chopped pecans

Combine squash, honey, flour, salt, spices and egg yolks; blend well. Beat egg whites until they reach stiff peaks; sold into squash mixture until no streaks of white remain. Pour into 6 buttered ramekins; sprinkle nuts over top. Place ramekins in hot water bath; bake at 350°F until golden, about 30 minutes.

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 Wild Rice & Mushroom Stiffing  
  • 1 cup - wild rice
  • 4 cups - water, salted to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon - oil
  • 1/2 cup - minced onion
  • 1/2 cup - chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon - minced garlic
  • 2 cups - sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup - chopped dried apricots
  • 2 Tablespoons - minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup - honey

In small saucepan, combine wild rice with salted water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, approximately 45 minutes. While rice is cooking, heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onions, celery and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent and celery is soft, about 7 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté until mushrooms are soft, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat. When rice is cooked, drain in a colander. In large bowl, combine rice and mushroom-onion mixture. Add apricots, parsley and honey, stirring until mixed well. Serve warm as a side dish or use to stuff poultry.

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Cranberry Pecan Pie
  • 2 cups - fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup - orange juice
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 2 Tablespoons - cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons - cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon - orange extract
  • 1 - 9-inch baked pie shell
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 3 Tablespoons - butter or margarine
  • 1-3/4 cups - pecan halves

In medium saucepan, combine cranberries, juice and honey. Cook, uncovered, over low heat for 15 minutes if using fresh cranberries or 20 minutes if using frozen berries. Cool. Puree cranberry mixture in blender; return to saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water. Stir into cranberry mixture. Bring to boil and cook until thickened. Stir in orange extract. Cool; then pour into pie shell. Spoon topping evenly over cranberry mixture. Bake at 350°F 20 minutes or until top is bubbly. Cool on wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Topping: In medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup honey and 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine; cook and stir 2 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1-3/4 cups pecan halves until well coated.

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Honey Whiskey Clove-Glazed Ham  
  • 3/4 cup - honey
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons - bourbon whiskey*
  • 1/2 teaspoon - ground cloves
  • 1 (5-lb.) - bone-in fully cooked ham, spiral sliced

Combine honey, bourbon and cloves in small bowl until well blended. Place ham, cut-side down, in roasting pan; brush with honey mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake at 275°F about 1 hour or until heated through. Remove foil from ham and increase oven temperature to 425°F Brush with honey mixture. Bake about 10 minutes more or until ham is golden brown. Remove from oven and place on serving platter. Pour juices over ham.
*2 teaspoons vanilla can be substituted for bourbon.

 Honey Pot Cider
  • 1-1/4 cup - apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon - Orange Blossom honey
  • 1 pinch - cinnamon
  • 1-3/4 oz. - Apple Jack brandy
  • 1 - cinnamon stick
  • 2 - apple slices

Combine the apple cider, honey and cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Stir in the Apple Jack brandy and pour the cider into a mug.

With the tip of a small knife, pierce small holes in the apples and string them onto a cinnamon stick. Place the garnish across or in the cider.

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National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

The following is brought to us by ABJ Extra.   August 27, 2014
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Firestone, Colo., Aug. 25, 2014 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. 

The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis woodi, Nosema ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the causes and controls of Colony Collapse Disorder; and honey bee nutrition, immunology, and longevity. 

The NHB is open to projects that find new methods of maintaining health, as well as those that combine current methods to increase efficacy rates.  Other projects will be considered and research outside the U.S. is possible. 

The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of proposals finally accepted.  The funds will be available for approved projects for the duration of the calendar year 2015 and may be carried into early 2016 if necessary; the duration of projects being funded should generally not exceed 12 months. 

Proposals must be received at the National Honey Board office by 5:00p.m. Mountain Time, November 17, 2014.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Instructions on how to submit a research proposal may be found on the NHB website at

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs.

National Honey Board Calls for Research Proposals to Seek Ways to Increase US Honey Production

This message brought to us by CATCH THE BUZZ: Kim Flottum  July 21, 2014

Firestone, Colo., July 21, 2014 – The National Honey Board has issued a call for research proposals to study how to increase U.S. honey production. The goal of the study will be to provide the National Honey Board as well as the U.S. honey and beekeeping industry with possible strategies and action steps to proactively address ways of increasing U.S. honey production. The amount being considered by the Honey Board is in the healthy five figures, according to Bruce Boynton,Chief Executive Officer.

“Many ideas have been mentioned as possible causes of declining honey production,” said Bruce Boynton, CEO of the National Honey Board. “This project could take any one of several directions, from looking into declining forage, changes in agricultural crops, re-seeding with crops that are less favorable to honey production, and challenges to maintaining the health of the honeybees.”

The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed and considered for funding in the Board’s calendar year 2015 budget.

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs.

CATCH THE BUZZ by Kim Flottum: Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping, published by the A.I. Root Company. Twitter.FacebookBee Culture’s Blog.

Made with Interactive Websites Offered by National Honey Board

In an effort to provide food manufactures with information about the use of honey as an ingredient in products, the National Honey Board created the interactive websites. These five websites were launched to provide manufacturers with industry-specific technical, marketing and formulation assistance in the areas of baking, beverage, confectionery, dairy and snacking. 

The National Honey Board encourages industry members to utilize the information and content found on these websites to stay up-to-date on the latest food product trends and innovation, as well as the most recent technical data available. 
To find out more about these sites, the National Honey Board encourages you to This informative website contains information on baking with honey, including retail and wholesale baking formulas and technical specifications.  Some of the newer technical materials include Frequently Asked Questions from the retail and wholesale baking industries, and information on Honey Substitution This website offers insight into the expanding beverage industry as manufactures realize the value of using an all-natural sweetener with exceptional flavor and marketing impact. This website provides confectionery manufacturers with new product ideas and stories about the latest candy industry trends. From ice cream to yogurt, this website offers dairy food and beverage manufacturers the latest information on honey and dairy products made with honey. An online guide to snack food products made with honey, as well as technical and marketing information for using honey in savory and salty snacks.

Happy Valentine's Day!!! From the National Honey Board

Happy Valentine's Day!

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day and the U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the United States. Half of these cards are given to significant others, but the other half are given to other family members and children. Does it surprise you that school teachers receive the most valentines each and every year?

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or making it a point to not celebrate, we figure it’s still an excuse to treat yourself.  We have created six honey inspired recipes to help you indulge this Valentine’s Day and we hope you enjoy them.   

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at the National Honey Board.
Strawberry Chocolate Tart 
(makes 8 servings)  
  • 1-2/3 cups - slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup - Butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons - Sugar
  • 1 - egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 1/2 cup - unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon - Grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons - warm water
  • 1 pint - strawberries, hulled and sliced
Place toasted almonds in food processor with metal blade in place; process until finely ground. Add margarine, sugar and egg yolk; process until dough forms a ball. Chill 1 hour. Spray 9-inch tart pan (with removable bottom) generously with nonstick cooking spray. Press dough into bottom and up sides of tart pan. Dough will be sticky. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes, until shell is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. In small bowl, whisk together honey, cocoa powder, orange peel and 2 teaspoons warm water. To assemble tart, spread chocolate filling into cooled tart shell. Arrange sliced strawberries in overlapping rings to cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 8 servings.

Honey Valentine Cookie 
(yields 4 cookies)  
  • 3/4 cup - butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup - honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon - almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups - flour
  • 1/2 cup - finely chopped almonds
  • Powdered sugar
With an electric mixer, beat butter, honey and almond extract until mixture is light and fluffy. Add flour, a cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in almonds. Shape 1/2-cup portions of dough into heart shapes, no thicker than 1/2-inch, on ungreased baking sheet. Decorate as desired. Bake at 300°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges brown. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.
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Sweethearts' Chocolate Honey Scrub 
(makes 2 treatments)  
  • 6 Tbsp. - unsweetened chocolate, grated*
  • 2 cups - honey
  • 2 cups - kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup - grapeseed oil
In rubber mixing bowl, combine honey and grapeseed oil. Stir in chocolate and salt mixing completely. Consistency should be grainy and thick. Apply scrub to skin and gently massage all over the body. Remove with warm damp towels or rinse in shower.  
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Chocolate Strawberry for my Honey 
(makes 1 beverage)
  • 1-1/4 oz. - tequila rose
  • 1-1/4 oz. - godiva liqueur
  • 1 oz. - Honey Simple Syrup

Mix in tin over ice. Strain into Martini glass. Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberry.
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Honey Chocolate Fondue   
(yields 2 3/4 cups)  
  • 3/4 cup - whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup - honey, (Thistle, if available)
  • 1/3 cup - scotch
  • 8 oz. - bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon - vanilla
In a heavy pan or fondue pot, heat cream, honey and scotch over medium heat until bubbles begin to form at edge of pan. Add chocolate and allow to stand 5 minutes. Whisk in vanilla until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately.

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Brandy Baklava 
(makes 1 beverage)  
  • 3 oz. - half-and-half
  • 1 Tablespoon - honey
  • 3/4 oz. - hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 oz. - brandy
  • 3 or 4 drops - orange water
  • 1 pinch - cinnamon, additional for garnish
  • Honey, for rim
  • 1 Tablespoon - crushed pistachios

On a small saucer, drizzle a thin layer of honey, spread the crushed nuts on a second saucer. Turning the martini glass upside down into the saucer with honey, lightly coat the rim. Next, dip the honey-rimmed glass into the nuts to coat the edge of the glass. Set aside.

Fill a shaker with ice, add the first 6 ingredients and shake vigorously to chill and combine thoroughly. Strain the drink into martini glass and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top.
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National Honey Board Newsletter with Recipes

 From the National Honey Board Newsletter January 2013
Happy New Year!

With holiday festivities wrapping up and the anticipated New Year’s resolutions in full swing, it’s time to accomplish your goals for 2013. CNN reported that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This probably won’t shock you, but according to Goal Free Living, 38% of Americans make a resolution that involves weight. 

According to this study, over a third of Americans are looking to improve their health, appearance, self-confidence or a combination of the three. This year, the National Honey Board wants to help and we have put together some recipes that will hopefully support you with your goals.

Whether you’re looking to eat better, lose weight or just want to try something new, our website has something for everyone. We hope you are looking forward to what 2013 has to offer and wish you a very Happy New Year, from your friends at the National Honey Board!
Honey-Yogurt Breakfast Parfait (pictured) 
              (makes 2 servings) 
  • 1/3 cup - honey, divided
  • 1 large - banana, sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup - plain yogurt, divided
  • 1/2 cup - Honey Granola, divided 

Reserve several slices of banana for garnish. Layer 1 Tablespoon honey, 1/4 of the sliced bananas, 2 Tablespoons yogurt, 2 Tablespoons granola, 1/4 of the sliced banana, 2 Tablespoons yogurt, 2 Tablespoons granola in a parfait glass. Repeat for second parfait. Garnish with reserved banana and honey. Serve immediately.

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National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

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(The following brought to us by the American Bee Journal 8/14/12)  

Firestone, Colo., Aug. 14, 2012 – The National Honey Board (NHB) is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. 

The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  Areas of interest are: control of Varroa destructor, Acarapis woodi, Nosema Ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the causes and controls of Colony Collapse Disorder; and honey bee nutrition, immunology, and longevity. 

The NHB is open to both projects that find new methods of maintaining health, and ones that combine current methods to increase efficacy rates.  Other projects will be considered and research outside the U.S. is possible. 

The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of proposals finally accepted.  The funds will be available for approved projects for the duration of the calendar year 2013 and may be carried into early 2014 if necessary; the duration of projects being funded should generally not exceed 12 months. 

Proposals must be received at the National Honey Board office by 5:00p.m. MST, November 14, 2012.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Instructions on how to submit a research proposal may be found on the NHB website at

The National Honey Board is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that conducts research, marketing and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products. These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and imported honey.

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