Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Beekeepers Pollinating Agricultural Crops elearning modules
Module 6: Best Management Practices For Business Management
Beekeeping is an evolving profession. Beekeeping today is a challenging business.
We can start by understanding this simple concept: Be professional in your beekeeper/grower interactions. Let’s get more specific!
Use a Contract (See a Sample Pollination Contract at http://www.ProjectApism.org under ‘Downloads’).http://www.ProjectApism.org Interactions
I think we should set our pollination fees according to what we perceive to be the highest going rate out there, right? Well, not exactly. Determine pollination fees that are realistic to your operating costs.
Be dependable with the timing of hive drops and pick-ups. Interactions Be visible to your growers. Honey, I hope I made a good impression!
Next, there are some well-known methods to being more efficient in your business management style. Let’s discover what they are!
Streamline your business to manage resources wisely. Efficiency What if things don’t happen as you planned? Things do go wrong, often out of our hands. What do we have control over?
Be prepared by developing contingency plans for the unexpected. As they say, “expect the unexpected”. These plans are not possible without the keeping of good records. Efficiency How else can we improve practices in order to be more efficient? Clue: Look in your apiary, what do you see?
Efficiency Improve practices by being aware and on top of everything that is occurring in your operation. Use quality, well-maintained equipment. Segue: Knowledge is power!
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