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WE NEED TO MAN THE BEEKEEPER BOOTH!
This is a great opportunity to watch and learn about bees and beekeeping
2013 HOUSTON COUNTY FAIR -- SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2013
- check their website for more details!
TBA State Conference
The conference will be September 27 & September 28 at the Hyder -Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville TN.
For more information - check out the TBA website
October 12, 2013
Welcome to an Afternoon with BeeSpeakSTL and Kim Flottum ...
We invite you to join BeeSpeakSTL.com and beekeepers from across the region as we welcome Kim Flottum to St. Louis.
Kim will join us at Maritz Inc. in the Raymond E. Maritz Theater on Saturday, October 12th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Get more information and reserve your seat at www.BeeSpeakSTL.com.
Kim is Editor of Bee Culture Magazine, has written several books covering a wide range of beekeeping subjects and is recognized as a leading authority on urban beekeeping. Kim brings to the BeeSpeakSTL.com speaker series his light-hearted, entertaining presentation style along with a well honed skill for explaining the sometimes complicated world of beekeeping.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2013
New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators
WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. Today’s announcement affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. The EPA will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels so that they will meet the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) safety standard.
In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health, showing scientific consensus that there are a complex set of stressors associated with honey bee declines, including loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.
The agency continues to work with beekeepers, growers, pesticide applicators, pesticide and seed companies, and federal and state agencies to reduce pesticide drift dust and advance best management practices. The EPA recently released new enforcement guidance to federal, state and tribal enforcement officials to enhance investigations of beekill incidents.
More on the EPA’s label changes and pollinator protection efforts: http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/ecosystem/pollinator/index.html
View the infographic on EPA’s new bee advisory box:http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ecosystem/pollinator/bee-label-info-graphic.pdf
Several members have lost their hives due to queen problems:
From the July TBA newletter (PS - this is a great source of info for the cost of the newsletter and htey help us with grants!)
WEST TENNESSEE REPORT
Well, it appears that our honey crop for the spring is really going to be off this year. I’ve talked to a lot of folks in the Middle Tennessee area and their production is down a good bit. Some are having banner years it seems, but the majority is not. The other problem that has surfaced is the death/disappearance, or something of queens. I have had a couple problems myself, and others have had to replace queens twice already. This is indeed an unusual year. I heard from a queen breeder in North Alabama who has been raising queens for upwards of 30 years, and he’s had close to 75-80% failures this year. Makes you appreciate the good years even more I guess.
EAST TENNESSEE REPORT
Rain Rain go away come again another day is what we in East Tn.are singing. The reports for the local associations is that honey production is lower this year than last due to the rain. I have heard the same from middle Tn. beekeepers so it may be a state wide problem. Another issue that has been widely reported is the loss of queens and drone laying queens, this has also affected honey production. I personally have had more queen problems this year than I have ever had before. As they say that's beekeeping, but I still don't like it.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service sent this bulletin at 06/17/2013 03:07 PM EDT
Bee Good to Pollinators: Landowners, NRCS Boost Bee & Beneficial Bug Populations
ne of every three bites of food we eat depends on bees, butterflies, bats and other critters that play an enormous role in plant reproduction, providing about $20 billion worth of pollination for American crops each year. It’s obvious that pollinators are valuable. But they’re in trouble.
Many species are seeing declines in population. But you can help! Learn more about conservation that will improve your agricultural operation while helping pollinators.
BUZZ BYTES from EAS
Report: Multiple Factors Play Role in Honey Bee Decline
Multiple factors are playing a part in the decline of honey bee colonies, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the report, parasites and diseases, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure are contributing factors, although more research is being conducted. About one-third of all food and beverages are made possible by pollination mainly by honey bees. Since 2006, there has been a widespread disappearance of adult honeybees from beehives. This decline places greater pressure on agricultural sectors reliant on commercial pollination services. Read the report.
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USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health
Release Date: 05/02/2013
Contact Information: EPA, Molly Hooven (News Media Only), email@example.com, 202-564-2313, 202-564-4355, USDA, Michelle Saghafi (News Media Only), Michelle.Saghafi@oc.usda.gov, 202-720-6959
- In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.
Key findings include:
Parasites and Disease Present Risks to Honey Bees:< >The parasitic Varroa mite is recognized as the major factor underlying colony loss in the U.S. and other countries. There is widespread resistance to the chemicals beekeepers use to control mites within the hive. New virus species have been found in the U.S. and several of these have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).U.S. honeybee colonies need increased genetic diversity. Genetic variation improves bees thermoregulation (the ability to keep body temperature steady even if the surrounding environment is different), disease resistance and worker productivity. Honey bee breeding should emphasize traits such as hygienic behavior that confer improved resistance to Varroa mites and diseases (such as American foulbrood). Nutrition has a major impact on individual bee and colony longevity. A nutrition-poor diet can make bees more susceptible to harm from disease and parasites. Bees need better forage and a variety of plants to support colony health.Federal and state partners should consider actions affecting land management to maximize available nutritional forage to promote and enhance good bee health and to protect bees by keeping them away from pesticide-treated fields.Best Management Practices associated with bees and pesticide use, exist, but are not widely or systematically followed by members of the crop-producing industry. There is a need for informed and coordinated communication between growers and beekeepers and effective collaboration between stakeholders on practices to protect bees from pesticides. Beekeepers emphasized the need for accurate and timely bee kill incident reporting, monitoring, and enforcement.The most pressing pesticide research questions relate to determining actual pesticide exposures and effects of pesticides to bees in the field and the potential for impacts on bee health and productivity of whole honey bee colonies.http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf
See Photos page for photos from the Bee-ginners Class and
Jim Garrison's talk on Pollen and Nectar Plants for Beekeepers!
Mitch Latsch will be attending the TBA Queen Rearing Class. He will present what he has learned at our April 15th meeting. Come and here what he has learned!
We write and request information to be handed out at Ag Day, Farm Day, Houston County Fair, and the Hummingbird Festival. The response has been WONDERFUL! We have information from The National Honey Board, Betterbee, Dadant, and Rossman Apiary.
We want to thank them for their generous donations and support of our programs!
Please check out what they have to offer!
Jane gave a talk and demonstration of cooking and canning with honey. There were samples of canned pears using honey, spiced honey pecans (National Honey Board recipes) and homemade whole wheat sourdough bread.
If you would like to learn about this and missed the meeting - the handout is available online here!
CATCH THE BUZZ - Alternative Sweetner Needs Bees....Irony at its best
Stevia - You need honey bees to grow this alternative sweetener…don’t you love the irony?
5-09-2012 Partially Africanized Bees Found in East Tennessee