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Join Today! 2016 Complimentary ABF Membership for New Members


We want you to see all the ABF has to offer YOU as a beekeeper!

The ABF Board and Membership/Marketing Committee would like for you to understand what all the buzz is about. All first time members in 2016 can receive a complimentary membership! We want you to see all the ABF has to offer you as beekeeper! This is at no cost to you until December 31, 2016. Click here to join today! 
ABF is here to serve you and your needs as a beekeeper through:
• Live and on-demand educational webinars
• Online beginning beekeeping courses
• Nationwide conferences
• Legislative actions and beyond
Our 2016 Complimentary Membership is free to anyone who has never been a member of ABF. You will receive electronic access to our educational webinars, discounted conference pricing, the monthly ABF E-Buzz, and much more! All memberships will expire December 31, 2016. We are excited to have you join the largest national beekeeping organization in America! Click here to join today! 

New Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinars and Archived Sessions Available


Blue Dasher Farm Initiative - Free and Open to the Public! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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
Jonathan Lundgren, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Lundgren has decided to work harder than ever to help the beekeepers, farmers, and ranchers instead of giving up. He is starting an independent research, education, and demonstration initiative to help train the next generation of scientists and farmers in how to produce crops using ecological principles. Rather than taking a piecemeal approach to solving the bee problem, Dr. Lundgren is working to solve the root of the bee problem “we need to transform agriculture to make an environment where bees and farmers can thrive” This research laboratory and demonstration farm will be Blue Dasher Farm, and he is fundraising to get the facility up and off the ground.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/blue-dasher-farm (check out the additional videos in the “gallery” tab too on that website)

Join Dr. Jonathan Lundgren on this informational webinar and see how you too might be able to help the bee problem.  

Click Here to Register!

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.


USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program 

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"USDA is committed to providing broadband to rural areas," Vilsack said. "Broadband is as vital as electricity was 80 years ago. Since 2009, USDA investments have delivered broadband service to 1.5 million households, businesses, schools, libraries and community facilities. But our work is not done. With program improvements and available funding made possible by the Farm Bill, we can continue our work to make broadband more accessible to those who live and work in rural areas." 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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