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Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series Presents a Six Part Beginning Beekeeping Series

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 introduce a new online educational Webinar series titled "Conversation with a Beekeeper."  

The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar series is an ABF member-only benefit. You must be a current ABF member in order to access the upcoming session and archived session recordings. 
Please log into your ABF profile and under Education & Events choose the "Conversation with a Beekeeper". Not a member, membership starts at just $60

A six part series for Beginning Beekeeper featuring Blake Shook, owner of Desert Creek Honey Company, ABF Board member and Chair of the ABF Membership and Marketing Committee. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part One
    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description of Part One: This session will focus on the basic functions of the hive, and an overview of workers, queens and drones will be covered as well. You will also learn about woodenware and personal protective equipment, as well the basics of what’s what in a beehive.

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Two
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Two: This session will focus on information on the identification and treatment of bee diseases and parasites will be presented, as well as the various ways to obtain bees for your first beehive! 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Three
    Monday, November 3 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Three: In this session, we will discuss hive management. How to examine a beehive, and what to look for will be covered, as well as how to feed hives, re-queen them, and how to add honey supers. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Four
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Four: The first part of the session will cover a year in the life of the beekeeper, and we will conclude with the 15 most important things to know in beekeeping. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Five
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Five: Session five will focus on the collection of nectar and pollen, the natural conversion of nectar into honey, and the honey harvest. Products of the hive will be discussed, as well as marketing honey products.

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Six
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Six: This final session will feature a video feed of a beekeeper going through a beehive step by step, demonstrating honey, pollen, drones, queens, and much more. Ample time will be provided for Q&A. 


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!


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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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