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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

  

The Coweta Beekeeping Method, Sustainable Beekeeping in the South
Thursday, May 15, 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
Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
SESSION DETAILS:

 

Learn about a sustainable beekeeping method developed by combining and adapting methods used by successful beekeepers in various parts of the USA. This method is adapted for the middle south but we will discuss how to adapt it to your seasons and weather.

About the presenter: 

Steven Page started beekeeping in 2007 with two hives and now manages Barrington Farms Apiary, LLC and about 40 hives in or near Coweta County.  Each spring the honeybees produce over two thousand pounds of local, raw and unfiltered honey.

His accomplishments are numerous and reflect his love for beekeeping. Not only is he the president of the Coweta Beekeepers Association, but he also belongs to the Georgia Beekeepers Association.  Steven is a Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Totally committed to educating the public about bees, he is one of the instructors for the associations' annual Introduction to Beekeeping course.  He mentors novice beekeepers; volunteers at local public schools and other venues where he presents beekeeping programs.  Steven’s accomplishments resulted in the Coweta Beekeepers Association honoring him with “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2011.

He has participated in local, state and national honey competitions.  Awards include best tasting honey in Coweta County. 

 


 

Manage Webinar for "Nectar Management, Reduce Swarming and Increase Honey Production"
Tuesday, May 26, 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
Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
SESSION DETAILS: 

 

Nectar management is an effective way of reducing swarming and doubling honey production. Understanding the goals and objectives of a honey bee colony prior to swarm season enables a beekeeper to prevent swarming. Nectar management was developed by Walt Wright in Tennessee and it is part of the Coweta Beekeeping Method.
 
About the presenter: 

Steven Page started beekeeping in 2007 with two hives and now manages Barrington Farms Apiary, LLC and about 40 hives in or near Coweta County.  Each spring the honeybees produce over two thousand pounds of local, raw and unfiltered honey.

His accomplishments are numerous and reflect his love for beekeeping. Not only is he the president of the Coweta Beekeepers Association, but he also belongs to the Georgia Beekeepers Association.  Steven is a Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Totally committed to educating the public about bees, he is one of the instructors for the associations' annual Introduction to Beekeeping course.  He mentors novice beekeepers; volunteers at local public schools and other venues where he presents beekeeping programs.  Steven’s accomplishments resulted in the Coweta Beekeepers Association honoring him with “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2011.

He has participated in local, state and national honey competitions.  Awards include best tasting honey in Coweta County. 

 


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
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 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.  


 

USDA News & Notes

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

 








 

 



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