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CAPA Proceedings 2002



Ø President Report 1

Ø Financial Report 2

Ø Proposed Budget FY 2002 4

Ø Canadian Honey Council 5

Ø AAPA & AIA Reports 6

Ø Apimondia’99 Final Report 8

Ø Chemicals Committee Report 9 Ø Canadian Food Inspection Agency Report 10 Ø Importation Committee 12 Ø Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Report 12 Ø Research Committee Report 12 Ø Imidacloprid Meeting Report 12 Ø Non-Apis Pollinators 13 Ø CAPA Publication Report 14 Ø Editorial Committee Report 14 Ø Canadian Bee Research Foundation 14 Ø Communications Committee Report 15 Ø Monitoring Fluvalinate-Resistant Varroa Mites 15 Ø Awards Committee Report 15 Ø Nominations Committee 16 Committee Reports Ø Publication Sales 17 Ø Non-Apis Pollinators 18 Ø Getting CAPA on the World Wide Web 26 Ø How to Avoid Being Surprised by Apistan Resistant Mites 29 Provincial Reports Ø Canada Statistics 33 Ø Provincial Production Reports 34 Bylaws Ø Association’s bylaws 43 Committees, Guests & Members Ø 2002 Executive & Committees 45 Ø Guests 46 Ø Honourary Members 47 Ø 2002 Membership 48 ***** 1




JANUARY 30 & 31, 2002 Members present R. Currie, F. Desjardins, D. Dixon, J. Gates, R. Lafrenière, C. Maund, D. McCutcheon, D. McRory, A.

Melathopoulos, L. Morandin, D. Nelson, S. Pernal, S. Plante, D. Rogers, C. Scott-Dupree, K. Tuckey, P. Vautour, G.

Wilson, M. Winston Guests & Speakers H. Clay, B. Jamieson, D. MacMillan, J. McCool, N. Ostiguy, D. Pearen A. Phibbs


MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY President C. Scott-Dupree. Introductions of members present.

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It’s really great to see such good attendance at a CAPA meeting. However, I’m not sure whether it is because of all the issues that face the Canadian beekeeping industry or the incredible venue and facilities here at the Banff Centre.

Whatever your reason for being here – I welcome you, especially our invited guests.

There certainly has been a flurry of activity in many of the CAPA committees in the last month. This is not to say that the Chairs and members of the various committees aren’t busy with CAPA related business throughout the year, it’s just that the pace picks up as the annual meeting approaches. I can tell by the increased traffic on my email

system. Several issues have received our attention during 2001:

• sterilization of beehives using gamma (COBALT 60) and electron-beam irradiation, especially for colonies infected with rAFB

• the detection of rAFB in hotspots at several locations throughout Canada

• the apparent interest of beekeepers in several provinces to open the Canada- US border for the importation of bees and beekeeping equipment

• the potential registration of alternative antibiotics (Tylosin and Lincomysin) aimed at controlling rAFB

• the detection of Apistan resistant Varroa mites in several provinces

• the potential emergency registration of Checkmite® (coumophos) for use in controlling Apistan resistant Varroa mites

• the perceived impact of Gaucho® (imidacloprid) on honey bees in Canada There are a lot of items on our plate and it is apparent that we can sometimes lose perspective on the bigger picture. I would simply like to point that it is important for us work within the CAPA guidelines and protocols that have been carefully established to ensure that we maintain our position as an advisory body to the Canadian beekeeping industry and the federal government. It is easy for us, as individuals, to become somewhat myopic when dealing with an issue that is of particular interest to ourselves. If we are not careful this choice of paths can result in a circumvention of conventional channels of communication and a restriction to effective consensus building. In the 2 long run, dealing with issues in this way is divisive and destined for failure. CHC, CFIA and other organizations outside Canada have considered CAPA to be a “well oiled machine” capable of providing rational input and solutions to problems plaguing the industry. Let’s leave our image untarnished and maintain the high standards that were established by those responsible for creating CAPA almost 50 years ago.

This meeting is the last one that I will preside over as the CAPA President. I want to thank all of you for trusting in me enough to elect me to the office 4 years ago. I have enjoyed working with you in my capacity as CAPA President – I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve learned a lot. I thank Rheal Lafrenière for all his hard work in the last year he took on the role of CAPA Secretary-Treasurer. I know that he will continue to do a fine job in the future. I also thank our Vice- President – Rob Currie for his advise on many issues in the past 4 years and also for his continued role as a Director of the Canadian Bee Research Fund. To the next CAPA President, whomever that will be, I wish you all the best and offer my help to you in my new capacity as Past President.

To CHC, AIA, AAPA, AAFC and CFIA – we look forward to many more years of positive interaction. We are especially excited about the Joint Annual Meeting of CAPA, CHC, OBA, AIA, AAPA and NYBA to be held at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada – December 2-7, 2002. Let the planning begin.

Cynthia D. Scott-Dupree January 30, 2002

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• On the subject of CAPA's relationship with CHC: The CAPA representative on the CHC board does not vote, they are there as an advisor. It was suggested that during the opening of the meeting, the CHC chair should indicate that the CAPA representative holds a non-voting membership on the council.

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1 To date, all invoices issued have been paid with the exception of three, totaling $164 CND (119 + 45) and $82.58 USD.

2 In March the interest paid on the 1-year term deposit ($641.61) was rolled into the purchase of a 90 day term deposit. The interest generated from the Following two 90-day term deposits ($87.96 +128.78 = 216.74) were also Reinvested with the deposit. In December, the interest from last 90-day term Deposit was cashed in and the balanced reinvested into a 30-day term deposit.

3 $502.65 was collected as CASH at the Moncton meetings and submitted to Paul van Westendorp in the form of a cheque. The CASH included membership fees for two Full CAPA members and registration for four individuals. The remainder $165.85 Would have likely included the revenue from the sale of CAPA pins, amount unknown.

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5 The expenses associated with the annual meeting in Moncton were $481.30 paid to the New Brunswick Beekeepers Association (meeting room, etc) and $54.84 to Cynthia for Jeff Pettis expenses.

6 A gift was purchased and sent to Tom Sanford in honour of his retirement in September.

The gift cost $19.37 and the Purolators cost was $26.25. This bill has not been paid yet, therefore it will be included in the expenses of the 2002 budget.

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The Ottawa trip in May of 2001 was the culmination of our lobbying efforts on several fronts. Because we were already into the bee season and in an attempt to keep costs down I decided to go without bringing in either of our executive members. Heather flew in and Doug McRory met me half way and we then rode together. Doug was able to go because of his involvement on the honey advisory board. On the way we stopped off at the home of Barry Davies and then met with the Ont committee responsible for federal regs. We reviewed the draft proposal for honey house inspections. Our opinion of this document was that the level of reporting and record keeping would be an onerous task and a time consuming one. It would raise our costs in a time when the level of cheaper imported honey is increasing steadily. We recommended some minor changes and also asked for standardized forms. Our recommendations were then presented to the CFIA the next day in Ottawa. I don't think any other province responded to this issue.

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issue here was to get the bureau to accept the American data on efficacy so that it would not have to be duplicated here. We are still waiting for the release of this data. Doug has been in contact with the manufacturers of both of these products to express our interest and to gain their support in the registration process.

We were also able to meet with PMRA over a couple of issues, one was the registration of Coumaphos and the other was to voice our concerns about the new insecticide Imidacloprid. Because coumaphos is an organophosphate we were told that registration would only be considered once we had a problem. We now have confirmation of varroa resistance in several parts of Canada and so we have contacted the manufacturer, Bayer Chemical, to pursue registration. I think the beekeeping industry is starting to realize that products such as Coumaphos and Apistan can't be our only weapons against the mites and there is an increasing willingness to incorporate other biological controls.

The concerns about Imidacloprid keep growing. We had hoped to stop any new releases for use of this product but that hasn't happened. It has been registered for use on soybeans for this coming year and Ont. Beekeepers are very concerned. A widespread spray program that is being considered for aphid control could have serious consequences for us. Also the news from N. Dakota is very alarming. It appears that the individual's wax has become contaminated with Imidacloprid and when this comb was placed on nuc's they began dying. This is a migratory operation so it is hard to say where the contamination came from. It is however further justification for the stand that council has taken. We will continue our efforts regarding this product and I fear that more trouble is yet to come.

The arrival of Varroa resistance to Apistan, plus the outbreak of rAFB in BC and Alberta has some beekeepers very worried about suffering crippling winter losses. This worry has in part brought about some policy changes on the border closure issue. BC and Manitoba have voted for access to mainland US queens and Alberta for complete open borders. Further discussion will take place at these meetings.

The financial situation of council is cause for concern. We were over our budget for 2001 largely due to expenditures on Hivelights. This will have to be addressed. I think Hivelights is close to becoming a truly national magazine and close to becoming profitable but I also think it can be improved on. We could use more involvement from CAPA members by way of articles submitted. Our budgetary restraints hurt in other ways as well, we should have someone attending the American meetings so that we are not always getting our information second hand. One trip to Ottawa a year is not enough to be really effective. Our contact with the Minister of Agriculture's office is poor, not only did we not get to see him but they could not seem to decide which assistant should be responsible for us. One more issue that we haven't even looked at is the increasing flood of Chinese and Argentine honey. While I can appreciate what the Americans are doing with their countervailing duties it is not without some cost to us. Our home markets are slowly being filled up with blended products and our smaller packers and producer packers who sell only Canadian honey are finding it hard to compete.

In closing I know council has it 's detractors, BUT what they don't seem to appreciate is the work that we have done and that which we continue to do for all of us.


• On the subject of the On Farm Food Safety Program, (OFFSP): Federal funding is available to Associations like CHC to develop a honey OFFSP. CHC should take the lead.

• On the subject of CAPA's involvement in the imidacloprid issue: Although the members of CAPA may have their own opinions on the subject, CAPA has never had a formal position on this issue.

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The following comments highlight those parts of the AAPA meeting that were particularly relevant to CAPA members (These minutes have been modified from the official minutes distributed by Eric Mussen.).

AAPA President: Jeff Pettis Secretary/Treasurer: Eric Mussen

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The supply of the CAPA Pollination booklets at U Minnesota is exhausted; AIA has a few remaining. The older CAPA Pests and Diseases booklets are sold out. I reported that the revised version of this publication may be ready as soon as March of 2002. AAPA has not made an offer to pre-purchase copies. Tom Webster is investigating the possibility of purchasing reprints of the latest U.S. pollination study (Calderone and Morse) from Bee Culture (see New Business).


M. Spivak was nominated and elected to serve as Director to replace M.T. Sanford, who resigned from active involvement in honey bee extension this year.


Bayer is close to obtaining the Section 3 for general use of CheckMite+ strips. Some states are reluctant to continue requesting a Section18 usage for the product because they are concerned about the safety of the product. Some U.S.

beekeepers think that after two years of coumaphos use, Apistan will be effective again. Scientific data do not support this practice.

The use of acaricides based on essential oils can be more difficult to register than previously thought. Single active ingredient materials, like thymol, may be approved relatively easily. It is quite difficult to write specific use labels for Apilife VAR, with four active ingredients, and ApiGuard (sponsored by Steve Forrest).

Formic acid still has packaging problems. The plastic bag has to be thick-walled to pass hazardous materials standards. The current thinking is to sell the acid in shampoo bottles (DOT approved). The Clemson Packaging Department has been asked for creative inputs.

Cymiazol (from the distributors of Apistan) does not provide the high levels of mite control of previous labeled products, but the company is trying to register it in the U.S.


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