Commercial beekeeper Hugh Simpson believes farmers and beekeepers have to collaborate, communicate and co-operate to ensure Ontario’s bee population remains strong and healthy.
Simpson is a founding member of the Independent Commercial Beekeepers Organization. The group was founded by like-minded beekeepers who make a living keeping bees as livestock based on economics, logic and practical decision making.
“Farmers and beekeepers have a long history of working together and are partners in agriculture,” says Simpson who believes all stakeholders have to look past the emotion that runs high on the pollinator health issue.” Commercial beekeeping for profitability is complex and you need to make the right kinds of management and strategic choices,” he adds.
RealAgriculture.com caught up with Simpson at the recent Day For Bees And Agriculture held at his farm near Collingwood, Ontario. He shared his thoughts on what he calls the “Three Ps” of bee management and how an integrated approach to managing pests, poor nutrition and pesticides is the key to success.