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2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow 

SAVE THE DATE

2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow

January 5-9, 2016 Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Florida

Mark your calendar and save the date to attend the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow. The conference committee is busy planning a top-notch conference that is sure to impress even the most senior of beekeepers.


Call for Papers/Presentations

ABF is pleased to announce that the call for papers/presentations is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you. Please complete the call for papers submission form and return to Tara Zeravsky no later than July 8th. The conference committee will review all submissions to put together the most informative conference agenda available. You will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

We are looking forward to Palm Trees and Healthy Bees in sunny Florida. We hope to see you all there!


Bee a Giver  

By this time you are well into your 2015 beekeeping year. The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is well into its year, too, and is focusing on the legislative goals that were set during the Anaheim conference. ABF President Tim Tucker, and ABF Vice President Gene Brandi are working hard to make sure ABF has their focus on the 2015 legislative priorities which include:

  • Funding for Research
  • Maintaining ARS Lab Funding
  • Protecting our Honey Market
  • Pesticides
  • Promoting and Protecting Honey Bee Habitats
  • Crop Insurance, ELAP, and H-2A Labor Programs
  • Transportation Issues

Click here to donate to the ABF Legislative Fund Today!


New Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinars and Archived Sessions Available

Protecting Beekeepers with Mapping Systems

Tuesday, June 30, 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
David Westervelt, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection.  
SESSION DETAILS: 

This will cover the process of developing mapping systems to track bee yards and protect beekeepers.

Citrus production, honey production and pollination services continue to be important and valued industries within Florida’s agricultural community, creating jobs and contributing significantly to Florida’s economy. Today, citrus growers and beekeepers are facing serious challenges that threaten their economic viability. Growers are combating the spread of a devastating disease, citrus greening, which is vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. The citrus industry is searching for long term solutions such as the development of disease-tolerant citrus cultivars and other options, but until such solutions can be implemented, growers must rely on critical applications of insecticides to control the psyllid. Meanwhile, beekeepers in Florida and beyond continue to grapple with colony declines which are thought to be caused by multiple stressors, such as parasitic Varroa mites that also carry pathogens, bee forage of limited quality, and environmental contaminants.

To promote the coexistence of these two iconic agricultural industries in Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has consulted with citrus growers, beekeepers, University of Florida –Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and other interested stakeholders to identify voluntary measures aimed at mitigating insecticide risks to honeybees while allowing citrus growers to continue insecticide application practices that are needed to combat citrus greening.

This application has been provided to support this program's goals by offering a method to bolster communication between these two industries.

Source: Recommendations to Improve Beekeeper and Citrus Grower Cooperation and to Enhance Bee Health and Citrus Production

 
About the presenter: 

David Westervelt of Umatilla, Florida, started keeping bees when he was 6 years old and later founded D & J Apiary with his father, John. He has worked with bees for over 46 years, including during his time in the military, in a variety of locations, including Florida, North Dakota, New York, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica and Peru. After the military, David began working for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, first as a Bee Inspector, and later as Environmental Specialist I, Researcher, Protection Specialist Supervisor of region I and Assistant Chief of Apiary Inspection Section. His research has focused on Varroa mites, tracheal mites, American foulbrood, small hive beetles and Nosema.

Honey - Who Knew?

Thursday, July 9, 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

Bear Kelley, President, Georgia Beekeepers Association 
SESSION DETAILS:  

This presentation will dig deep into what honey is, where it comes from, how it's made and what it is used for. We all know that the bees make it, but how? We all know it comes from pollen and nectar, but how is it processed? This study will bring to light info that is assumed, but the details not really understood. Everyone talks about varroa mites, hive beetles, queens, overwintering bees, etc; but Bear has put together some information that has always been in front of us, but seldom discussed.

 

Federal Action Affecting Honey Bees and Pollinators- A Discussion

Thursday, July 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
Gene Brandi, ABF Vice President and Fran Boyd, Sr, Vice President, Meyers & Associates 
SESSION DETAILS:  

You may not know that the American Beekeeping Federation ABF's President Tim Tucker and Vice President Gene Brandi are constantly traveling to D.C. to meet with Senators and Congressmen about the Federal action affecting the honey bees and other pollinators. Join Gene Brandi and Fran Boyd , with Meyers and Associates, for a discussion on two of these important actions: EPA's Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Actuely Toxic Pesticide Products and the "National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators" by the Pollinator Health Task Force.

 

Apimondia USA Bid - What, When Where and Why

Thursday, July 30, 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
Debbie Seib, Chairman, Apimondia Bid for 2019
SESSION DETAILS:  

What is Apimondia and why would you like to see it come to the USA? The Apimondia International Apicultural Congress brings researchers, scientists and beekeepers together to learn and share what is transpiring in the world about our beloved honey bees. For the past three years, a team of researchers, scientists and beekeepers in the US have been putting together a intercontinental conference which includes; competitions, hands on workshops, round table discussions, outstanding tours and presentations by some of the best researchers in the world. What's in it for you? Join us on the webinar and find out.

 


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

 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.  


Industry News & Notes 

 

Bee Haulers the Latest to get Hours of Service Exemption from FMCSA 

Source: Matt Cole, www.overdriveonline.com  

The FMCSA has granted interstate bee haulers an exemption of the 30-minute break requirement in the hours of service regulations, originally requested by bee farmers in January.

The California Farm Bureau Federation requested the exemption because bees, while in transit, must have “a flow of cool, fresh air to the hives” and any heat can place the bees in danger. If trucks transporting beehives stop for 30 minutes in warm weather, “the risk of harm to the bees would be significant and possibly fatal.” Read More.

 

EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

from the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs  

To further support President Obama’s Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing additional restrictions on the use of acutely toxic pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present.

Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited when flowers are in bloom when bees are brought to farms for pollination services. While the proposed restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas. Read More.

 

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. Read More. 

 

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. 




Call for Papers/Presentations

ABF is pleased to announce that the call for papers/presentations is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you. Please complete the call for papers submission form and return to Tara Zeravsky no later than July 8th. The conference committee will review all submissions to put together the most informative conference agenda available. You will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

We are looking forward to Palm Trees and Healthy Bees in sunny Florida. We hope to see you all there!

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