Who We Are

About the Coalition

The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers, and consumer brands to improve the health of honey bees.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees and other pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.

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Importance of Honey Bees

Honey bees support billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian agriculture through pollination services. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk.

U.S. overwintering losses for managed honey bees from 2007 to 2011 ranged from approximately 28-33%, compared to a historical rate of 10-15%.*

This decline in bee health has been linked to a variety of factors, including those influenced by the activities associated with both beekeeping and crop production.

*Source: Survey data generated by USDA

How Honey Bee Health Decline Affects You

Approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat every day relies on honey bee pollination services to some degree.
Our healthy livelihoods are impacted because many of the nutritious fruits and vegetables we enjoy require honey bee pollination.
There are potential economic impacts for beekeepers, growers, and producers whose income is linked to the health of honey bees.
A loss of biodiversity can have serious implications throughout the agricultural ecosystem.
Global food supply is impacted due to the extensive role that honey bees play in North American agriculture, one of the largest food exporting regions of the world.

Honey Bee Stress Factors

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Hive Management

We are putting the best available tools, techniques, and technologies in the hands of beekeepers so they can best manage their hives.

Habitat and Nutrition

We promote on-farm practices and policies to increase access to a varied and nutritious pollinator diet.

Crop Pest Control

We promote on-farm practices and policies to enhance pollinator stewardship and to control crop pests while safeguarding bee health.

What guides our work?

Focus on Agriculture

The Coalition supports bee health in and around production agriculture and working lands.

Emphasis on Stewardship

We design, implement, and adapt stewardship practices supported by science.

Holistic Approach

We use a systems mindset to address multiple factors influencing bee health that converge in time and space: hive pests and disease, habitat and nutrition, crop pesticide exposure.


We leverage collaboration and communications among beekeepers, farmers/ranchers/landowners, crop advisers/PCAs, researchers, Extension, businesses, NGOs and the policy community.

Healthy Ecosystems

The Coalition focuses on managed honey bees while also supporting other managed and native pollinators.


We encourage leaders to show how stewardship practices work, share their stories, and inspire others.

Coalition members

Coalition members are working together toward collaborative solutions for honey bee health.

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  • Ag Retailers Association
  • Alberta Beekeepers Commission
  • American Beekeeping Federation
  • American Honey Producers Association
  • American Seed Trade Association
  • Apiary Inspectors of America
  • BASF
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund
  • Bee Culture Magazine
  • Browning Honey Co.
  • Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
  • Canadian Honey Council
  • Canola Council of Canada
  • Conservation Technology Information Center
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Eastern Apicultural Society
  • Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association
  • FieldWatch
  • Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
  • Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
  • Heartland Apicultural Society
  • Hive Tracks
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • Mitsui Chemicals Agro
  • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • National Association of Wheat Growers
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Honey Board
  • National Pesticide Safety Education Center
  • Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
  • Project Apis m.
  • Propolis Projects/ Levin Family Foundation
  • Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation (CNPC)
  • Syngenta
  • U.S. Apple Association
  • United Soybean Board
  • University of Maryland
  • US Canola Association
  • Veto-pharma
  • Western Apicultural Society

Ex Officio Members

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • USDA – Office of the Chief Scientist
  • USDA – Agricultural Research Service
  • USGS, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
  • Canada Bee Health Roundtable

Coalition Funding & Governance

Coalition members work collaboratively and through consensus to identify priorities and implement activities. Many Coalition members also financially support the Coalition’s efforts. Importantly, financial support does not influence an organization’s role in the Coalition or impact its decision-making processes. Every member organization has an equal voice in the Coalition’s consensus-based decision-making process.

The Coalition’s activities are guided by its charter and are facilitated by the Keystone Policy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit.

Founded in 1975, Keystone maintains an unwavering commitment to independence and not advocating for any single position, but rather providing all participants a way to work together to address shared goals and reach mutually agreeable solutions. Click here to learn more about Keystone.

For more information on Coalition governance, decision-making and membership, please contact mmulica@keystone.org.