Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2006 Premier's Award Winner - David VanderDussen

David VanderDussen - 2006 Premier's Award Winner David VanderDussen has disarmed a major threat to Ontario's bee industry.The Hastings County resident developed,manufactures and distributes Mite-Away II™, which defends honeybees against varroa mite infestations.That's good news, not only for apiarists, but also for all those farmers whose crops depend upon pollination.

The varroa mite has long been a serious problem, threatening bee populations and reducing honey production.VanderDussen worked with the University of Guelph, the Ontario Beekeepers Association and the Canadian Honey Council to develop an effective and environmentally-friendly product to control the mites.

Mite-Away II™,with its extremely high efficacy rate, has received approval from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency in Canada, and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, and is now widely used across North America.