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Breaking News: USDA Provides One Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Program. Deadline is March 31, 2015. 

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2015 Call for Research Papers

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Research Committee has developed a program to support small research projects conducted by beekeepers and members of the beekeeping industry. Resources from the ABF’s “Friends of the Bee” fund have been earmarked for this purpose. The amount for the small research project(s) will not exceed $1500. The submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2015 through April 13, 2015. The winner(s) will be contact by May 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Regina K. Robuck at reginarobuck@abfnet.org or 404.760.2887. 
Scope of Research: Proposals for funding should focus on issues of concern to the beekeeping industry as a whole and to members of the ABF. Projects need to result in a product, solution or method that directly benefits the apiculture industry. For more information, please go to the Call for Research Papers


New Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinars and Archived Sessions Available

It is a new year and the ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to offer new sessions with many more to come. 

Balancing Pesticide Risk and Forage Production to Conserve Bees In and Near Cropland
Thursday, March 26, 2015
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Insect Ecologist and Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS Lab

SESSION DETAILS:
The simplification of agroecosystems resulting has had numerous unintended consequences, including reduced bee forage for honeybees and other pollinators. Pesticide exposures, with particular reference to neonicotinoids, are a main concern and our group is researching the need and consequences of the widespread adoption of these insecticides on non-target species and communities in general. There are numerous ways that producers can reverse this simplification in their own operations. Within cropland, diversifying crop rotations by planting fields with bee-friendly crops, using flowering cover crops during fallow periods, planting smaller fields of more crop species are all agronomically sound and economically viable solutions to diversify farmland. Outside of crop fields, field margins can be planted to bee-friendly conservation strips, and practices such as mowing, haying, or spraying field margins should be avoided. Within a landscape, the amount of cropland is positively correlated with honeybee nutritional stress, and efforts that coordinate regional set asides across a landscape will be necessary for maximum benefits of forage enhancement to be realized. It is also important to realize that diversifying agroecosystems will have important, positive effects on other ecosystem services that should be considered when evaluating the benefits of these conservation efforts.

About the presenter: 

Dr. Lundgren is an insect ecologist and Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004. Lundgren received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (the highest honor given to young scientists by the Office of the President), the Rothbart Early Career Scientist for USDA-ARS, and received the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America. Lundgren has served as Panel Manager for NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program for two years and on the EPA’s and EFSA’s scientific advisory panels to assess the safety of RNAi-based pesticides. Lundgren is actively involved in the Entomological Society of America, and is the current President for the International Organization for Biological Control (Nearctic Regional Section). He is an editor for Environmental Entomology, and formally for Arthropod-Plant Interactions, and has reviewed manuscripts for more than 50 scientific journals.  He was a visiting scientist at CABI in Delemont Switzerland, and with CIAT in Cali Colombia. Lundgren has written 95 peer-review journal articles, authored the book “Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non-prey Foods” (Springer Publishers), co-edited the Biological Control special issue “Trophic Ecology of the Coccinellidae”, and has received more than $3.4 million in extramural grant funds. One of his priorities is to make science applicable to end-users, and he regularly interacts with the public and farmers regarding pest management and insect biology. Lundgren’s research program focuses on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing sustainable, long-term solutions for managing pests in cropland. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy biological communities within agroecosystems by reducing disturbance and increasing biodiversity within cropland. 

 


Conserving Honey Bees by Sharing the Love with the Littlest Community Members
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Sarah Red-Laird, founder and executive director of the Bee Girl Organization

SESSION DETAILS:
Sparking an interest for our honey bees in the “next generation” is imperative in the survival of our industry. Sarah Red-Laird, the Bee Girl and ABF’s Kids and Bees director, has developed an open source strategy for engaging preschool through college-aged youth. Join this entertaining webinar to hear about her adventures in the US and beyond, garner some tips for your own kids’ program, or maybe get inspired to launch your own program to conserve our favorite charismatic minifauna.

 

About the presenter: 

Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on a little farm at the end of a country road. There resided two hives of honey bees near her aunt's cabin. She was fascinated with the colonies, the beekeeper, and the honeycomb they produced. After high school, she traveled throughout the West. Her adventurous spirit landed her jobs on fishing boats, helicopters, sea kayaks, ski mountains, fire engines, and even a gold rush era saloon. She finally brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis, and her relationship with the bees picked up right where it left off. Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board Member, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, and the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.


  
Making Splits in Spring
Thursday, April 16, 2015
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Tim Tucker, ABF President and owner of Tuckerbees Honey
SESSION DETAILS:

President Tim Tucker will be providing an webinar on "Making Splits in Spring".  This will provide great insight into why he uses a 6 frame nuc box and detail the advantages of this box for making splits into and actually demonstrate the March splitting process he uses in his business to provide hundreds of splits for sale to other beekeepers as well as many for his own operation.

 

About the presenter: 

Tim Tucker, ABF President, Editor and Contributor of the ABF E-Buzz and owner and operator of Tuckerbees Honey in Kansas. He has been a member of ABF for over 11 years. 

 


IMPORTANT SESSION FORMAT / REGISTRATION INFORMATION
 
The sessions will be conducted via the GoToWebinar online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. Upon entering the session online, you may choose whether to listen to the presentation through your computer's speakers or through your phone.
 
Reserve your spot today by going to our Education & Events Page/Conversation with A Beekeeper Webinar Series. You must log into your ABF membership account to register. Registration will close 24 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session the registered participant will receive an e-mail confirming participation, along with the necessary information to join the session. If an e-mail address is not provided, the ABF will call the participant with the information. 
 
If you are unable to make the session, don't fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for ABF member-only access.
 
Have you missed out on any or all of the great webinars we have hosted over the past year?  Good news!  All of the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinars are archived on the ABF website and you can easily access them at your convenience.
 
You will need to log into your account to access the sessions.  If you don't remember your username or password, please contact Valerie Lake at valerielake@abfnet.org
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 Have you missed out on any or all of the great webinars we have hosted over the past year?  Good news!  All of the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinars are archived on the ABF website and you can easily access them at your convenience.  You can catch up on the following sessions: 

  • Dr. Marion Ellis – Diseases of Honey Bee Part Two
  • Dr. Roger Hoopingarner – Beekeeping 101 Series
  • Blake Shook – Beginning Beekeeper Six part Series
  • Environmental Protection Agency Series

Most sessions are uploaded to the website within the next day or two after the live presentation, so the page is updated at least one a month with new sessions.  Click here to access the sessions.  Scroll down to the "Archived Sessions" section and choose the session you would like to listen to.  


 

USDA News & Notes

Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
"These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I prioritized the implementation of these disaster assistance programs now that the Farm Bill has restored and strengthened them." The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. 
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United States Honey Production Up 19 Percent

Honey production in 2014 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds, up 19 percent from 2013. There were 2.74 million colonies producing honey in 2014, up 4 percent from 2013. Yield per colony averaged 65.1 pounds, up 15 percent from the 56.6 pounds in 2013. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. Producer honey stocks were 41.2 million pounds on December 15, 2014, up 8 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program. Read More

 








 

 



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