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The 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Trade Show will be held in Anaheim, California at the four-star Disneyland Hotel, January 6 – 10. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors. BEE sure to check out the conference agenda for the latest updates on fantastic sessions and hands-on workshops. Make sure to secure your reservation by December 10, 2014.  After the 10th we will only be doing onsite registration. 

There’s something for everyone at the 2015 annual conference, from the beginner beekeeper to the experienced business owner. We are introducing many new features this year. Here are just a few highlights to pique your interest!

Beginning Beekeeping:

·         The Truth About Treatment Free for the Small Scale Beekeeper presented by Greg Hannaford

·         Integrated Pest Management on a Small Scale presented by Lance Wilson

·         Feeding Bees with Integrity: Understanding the Purpose of Feeding Bees presented by Chappie McChesney

·         Small Hive Management presented by Yong Park

·         Starting a Bee Club presented by Chappie McChesney

Serious Sideliner:

·         Beginning a Business for Small Scale Beekeepers presented by Debbie Seib

·         Swarm Management: What’s Really Happening in Your Hive? presented by Steve Repasky

·         Survivor Stock Breeding: Defining Longevity as the Umbrella Trait for a Whole-Approach to Management presented by Melanie Kirby

·         Hive Management Programs, Hive Products, Bee Removals, School Presentations & Media: KEYS to Making it as a Sideliner presented by Emily Brown

Commercial & Business Owners:

·         The Fall and Rise of the Honey Bee presented by Peter Loring Borst

·         Efficacy of HiveAlive ™ in Increasing Colony Population During Field Trials presented by Fani Hatjina

·         Varroa Treatments: Efficacy and Economic Impact presented by Fabiana Ahumada

·         Queens, Princesses and Drones! Oh My! presented by Elina Niño


·         Tuscon USDA-ARS Lab presented by Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman

·         Beltsville USDA-ARS Lab: An Update on the Progress of Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory Research presented by Yanping (Judy) Chen

·         Baton Rough USDA-ARS Lab: Research Update from the USDA Honey Bee Breeding and Genetics Laboratory presented by Dr. Tom Rinderer

·         Queens, Princesses and Drones! Oh My! presented by Elina Niño


BEE Our Guest 

We would love to meet you face-to-face to share beekeeping education, conversation and solutions this January! There's never been a better time for our community to gather.



Registration is open so act now to ensure you spot at this all-important conference.  


Host Hotel:

The Disneyland Hotel, a AAA Four-Diamond property, is the host hotel for the conference.  All ABF attendees will be offered a special group rate of $109.00 (plus applicable taxes).  This rate is available until December 15, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out (whichever comes first).  We encourage you to make your reservations early to ensure availability.  Additionally, the group rate will be honored three days pre and post the conference dates.  So, make a little vacation out of it and bring the whole family. 



If you are a vendor with a great product/service to share with beekeepers, this is the conference for you.  Our tradeshow will be located just down from the general session ballroom (on the same floor) and will offer lots of activities (including some entertainment and the chance to win fabulous prizes) to ensure attendee participation. Registration is now open for exhibitors and sponsors.  This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 600 beekeepers and showcase your product/service.  Please take a minute to review the exhibitor/sponsorship prospectus and select the option that’s right for you.


We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Register Today!


USDA News & Notes

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Spring crops eligible for APH Yield Exclusion include corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Nearly three-fourths of all acres and liability in the federal crop insurance program will be covered under APH Yield Exclusion.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency staff worked hard to implement several 2014 Farm Bill programs ahead of schedule, such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage, the Price Loss Coverage, Supplemental Coverage Option and Stacked Income Protection Plan. USDA is now able to leverage data from the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage to extract the information needed to implement APH Yield Exclusion earlier than expected. Read More

Beekeepers Speak Up at the Forage and Nutrition Summit

The Honey Bee Forage and Nutrition Summit, sponsored by USDA, was held October 20-21, in Alexandria, VA.  The Summit was postured to seek input from stakeholder groups on issues concerning the interaction of nutrition and available forage on honey bee health.  The Summit was organized and hosted by a true friend of the honey bee, Dr. David Epstein of USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy. Day 1 consisted of a series of presentations aimed at honey bee forage and nutrition, and to provide background for Day 2, when participants provided input by participating in one of four assigned work groups. Zac Browning, American Beekeeping Federation and Project Apis m board member, provided a dire view of honey bee habitat in the US. The impact of habitat loss is seen in decreased honey production, with US honey crops the lowest in history.  Browning emphasized bees require 200 lb of honey and 40 lb of pollen per colony per year just to survive and factors such as increased soy and corn acreage, the decreased quantity and quality of Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) lands, increased herbicide use, more efficient farming practices, and limitations imposed by pesticide use, all serve to decrease available flowers and forage for honey bees.  Honey bees, the very backbone of agriculture, are in trouble.  The unique delivery system for bees to agricultural crops - the beekeeper - is also in trouble. Read More




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