Deadline for 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow Registration and Entries for the 2014 American Honey Show
Deadline for conference registration and honey show entry forms and appropriate fees was December 13. You can register on-site at the Baton Rouge River Center starting Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:00 P.M.*
The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Baton Rouge River Center, January 7-11, 2014. 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 you secure your registration by December 13, 2013. After the 13th we will only be doing onsite registration.
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2014 American Honey Show
, which will be held during the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees' abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies.
The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes 12 classes for honey, four for beeswax and the gift box class. Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Box class this year will be "Cajun Country."
After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.
Click here for the official show rules/regulations and entry form.
*NOTE: If at all possible, please send the entry form and appropriate fees to the ABF offices by Friday, December 13, 2013. If you are unable to meet this deadline, you can bring your form, entry fees and honey submissions to the annual conference.
Questions? Contact the ABF office at 404.760.2875 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download some helpful Honey Show hints and tips by clicking here. Good luck!
Clarification Regarding the ABF and Monsanto
Message from George Hansen, ABF President
Last week I was called by Monsanto representative Jerry Hayes and was asked to participate in a honey bee health symposium as a representative of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). I had already participated in two previous meetings of this type - the first was sponsored by Project Apis m. in California, and the second was earlier this year and was hosted by Monsanto at its headquarters in St. Louis. Mr. Hayes told me Monsanto was wanting the momentum to continue from the meeting in St. Louis, but was looking to take Monsanto out of the headlines by having a third-party unaffiliated facilitator, the Keystone Corp., facilitate the meeting.
Are You Listed on the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory?
The Almond Board of California has re-structured our Pollination Directory located on the Board's website.The Pollination Directory contains information for California almond growers to use as a valuable resource for beekeepers and bee brokers. In order to provide a useful tool to our industry members, your assistance is needed to ensure the information is current.
Please log on to the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory and follow the instructions.
The Almond Board of California would like the directory information to be current for the upcoming 2014 bloom, so please act now. If you have any questions about the Pollination Directory or need assistance adding your information to the website, please call Debye Hunter at 209.343.3230.
USDA News & Notes
Winter Loss Survey 2012–2013 Preliminary Results
Early Results Indicate a 31.1% Loss of Managed Colonies
The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for the seventh annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. Preliminary survey results indicate that 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter.
USDA Releases 2012 Annual Honey Production Report
United States Honey Production Down 1 Percent in 2012
Honey production in 2012 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 147 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2011. There were 2.62 million colonies producing honey in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011. Yield per colony averaged 56.1 pounds, down 6 percent from the 59.6 pounds in 2011.