Production research is one aspect of the National Honey Board's overall research efforts and generally includes anything related to the natural production of honey prior to packaging. We currently allocate 5% of our anticipated revenues each year to this type of research. Bee health research on issues like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and external factors affecting honeybees and their development also fall under the production research category.
The health of honeybees is of great importance to the National Honey Board. In addition to producing honey, honeybees provide a vital benefit to agriculture through pollination of many food crops. Beekeepers must overcome many challenges, like varying weather conditions and CCD, to keep their honeybee colonies healthy.
Although we care deeply about the health of honeybees, our main focus is on providing information about honey and honey products. For more detailed information on honeybees, please contact the American Beekeeping Federation or the American Honey Producers Association. For more information on CCD, you can view the latest information and reports by USDA's Agricultural Research Service here.
The National Honey Board is currently accepting pre-proposals for research in two areas as they relate to the composition of honey and the role it can play in healthy diet patterns. Interested researchers need to submit a short pre-proposal by February 20, 2019.
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