Anton "Tony" Bistretzan It is with heavy hearts and great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of a husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, Anton (Tony) Bistretzan on Monday, May 12, 2014 while working at the family farm. Tony was born June 22, 1937 in the district of Crystal Hill, SK and was the 11th of 15 children born to Gregory and Anica Bistretzan. Tony will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rita, daughters Donna (Paul), Karen and Diana (Michael) along with grandchildren Anthony (Chelsea), Amanda, Keara (Justin), Kalena (Kenton), Kaila (Drew), Rhett, Sahara and 6 great-grandchildren. Tony devoted 33 years to the Regina Fire Department, was a hard working farmer with a passion for clowning. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Avonhurst Pentecostal Assembly, 3200 Avonhurst Drive, Regina, SK. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Tony's memory may do so to the Regina Firefighters Burn Unit. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Paragon Funeral Services and Avonhurst Pentecostal Assembly. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?n=anton-bistretzan&pid=171031767&#sthash.GFFas6Yu.dpuf
Given the chronic health problems facing honey bees and the increasing demand for pollination services from almond, blueberry, cranberry, apple, vine crops and many other growers, commercial beekeepers and breeders have requested assistance in maintaining healthy colonies. To this end, we began a novel “Bee Tech Transfer Team” program through the Bee Informed Partnership, a 5-year grant funded by USDA-NIFA. These teams consist of independent beekeepers that provide on-the-ground services to commercial beekeepers to assess and record colony health information; survey beekeepers about management; test for bee diseases and parasites; and assist in breeding bees that are more resistant to diseases and parasites. There is demand for this program nationwide and we are exploring ways to ensure that the Tech Team services are economically sustainable after the funding ends in 2016. As bees are directly or indirectly responsible for 35% of our diet through their pollination services, it is critical to increase effort to keep bees healthy and to provide hands-on assistance to the beleaguered beekeeping industry throughout the U.S.
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She has bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current studies include the benefits of propolis to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on honey bee and native bee health.
Each webinar will focus on a crop of joint interest to Canadian and Latin American agriculture: greenhouse crops, pome fruits and oilseeds. The webinars will feature expert presentations that address our general state of knowledge and identify areas for future research, and provide an on-line discussion forum. Participation in each one-hour webinar is free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged.
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When using a seed flow lubricant for planting corn or soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam or imidacloprid, only the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience is permitted to minimize the potential for abrasion that produces insecticidal seed dust. Talc and graphite are not permitted to be used as a seed flow lubricant for corn or soybean seed treated with these insecticides. Carefully follow the use directions provided with the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience.
Best Management Practices
Insect pollinators are vital to agricultural production and the environment. Many farmers, including those who grow corn and soybeans, use insecticide treated seed to protect their crop from insect pests. Some insecticides, such as neonicotinoids, are toxic to pollinators. Planting of treated seed can spread dust that contains insecticide into the air, placing pollinators at significant risk of exposure to toxic insecticides. Factors that impact the risk of exposure include the use of treated seed, type of planting equipment, planting conditions, flowering resources and bee yard locations.
The following Best Management Practices (BMPs) are provided to reduce the risk to bees and other insect pollinators from exposure to dust from treated seed. The BMPs provide a toolbox of options that should be used in combination wherever possible.
The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation is committed to working with producers and industry to develop and deliver insurance products and services to a diverse marketplace.
The Bee Mortality Insurance Pilot Program demonstrates this commitment to working with producers and industry and the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) ability to provide insurance products and services that meet the needs of specialized producers.
Applying for Insurance
All Crop Insurance customers are required to complete an application for insurance. Crop Insurance regulations require eligible producers to demonstrate legal, financial and operational independence from all other producers.
To obtain a contract of insurance, visit a customer service office to complete an application for insurance before March 31.
SCIC reserves the right to review any contract to ensure compliance with eligibility requirements. Where concerns are identified, the contract holder will be advised of these requirements in order to maintain their contract in future years.
Overwintering insurance is available for commercial beekeepers in Saskatchewan with a minimum of 100 colonies and be registered with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission.
Insurable perils include adverse weather, disease and pest infestations or epidemics for which control is not possible.
Beekeepers will have to apply for a contract of insurance by March 31. The deadline to endorse overwintering insurance for coverage the following winter in June 25.
SCIC will inspect all the colonies in the fall to assess the hive’s “winter readiness.” Only hives that meet industry standard criteria at the time of this inspection will be insurable. All eligible colonies must be insured. Coverage will begin after the fall inspection and continue until the hives are inspected in the spring.
In the spring, beekeepers with a concern about winter survival will have to notify SCIC when hives are going to be unwrapped or moved outside so an adjuster can be present to inspect colonies and determine losses. If spring losses are in excess of the deductible level, the claim will be paid at the insured value.
If SCIC is not notified of a loss in the spring, coverage will terminate on May 15.