Grey Farmers And Beekeepers Discuss Impacts On Bees

Beekeeper Hugh Simpson addresses the gathering at a Day for Bees and Agriculture in Grey County. Photo by Kirk Scott.

A spirit of cooperation was evident as beekeepers and their crop farming neighbours gathered in Grey County to network and share information.

Over100 people attended the event called a Day for Bees and Agriculture at Osprey Bluffs Honey near Feversham.

Owner Hugh Simpson is one of the founders of the Independent Beekeepers Association. The topic of neonicotinoids and the pesticide’s effect on honey bees was high on the agenda.

Simpson says his association advocates cooperation with crop farmers and is not calling for a total ban on neonics. Ways in which the effects of neonics on honeybees can be mitigated were discussed.

The Bee Day was organized by the beekeeping organization along Grey Agricultural Services and Georgian Soil and Crop Improvement Association.