ABF E-Buzz — October 2012
In This Issue:
Welcome to ABF E-Buzz
by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor
We know now it's October
We'll roast and toast some luscious food
For apples we'll be bobbin'
While tales are told around the fire
Of timely ghosts and goblins
Oh how we love October
— Pearl N. Sorrels
Welcome back to the ABF E-Buzz. This month marks the completion of our second year for ABF E-Buzz and it has been rewarding for me to put this effort on the table each and every month. That is so because, as I have said before, there's no one who learns more from ABF E-Buzz than me. It is so enriching to do all of the investigative work to put together this information source for you. It has also been a wonderful experience to meet all the people that I have come to know the past two years. So, I hope you enjoy it and, if you do, please let us know. It is nice to hear from you out there.
What a wonderful time of year it is with the cooler temps. We've just had a killing frost here, which has finished off the garden annuals. October is the month of preparing bees for winter and cleaning up the frozen garden plants of tomato and squash. Days are getting shorter, which cuts down on the outside work, but makes it easier to get caught up on the inside work.
There's been much going on this month already and we have much to report on current events. Reports are already coming in regarding heavy losses of colonies and the causes aren't obvious, but I feel that our extreme drought and high temperatures this summer were at least a contributing factor. Once we get to the end of the year we might have some real answers on what winter losses will be this year and what the variables are. One of the biggest news items is that the state of South Dakota has received an exemption from the EPA from section 18 of FIFRA for Apivar or Amitraz strips. Each state will need to apply for this specific exemption and will recive permission to use Amitraz for a period of one year. In the follow-up news story in this issue, we have identified the specifics for registration.
You will also find some great news stories in our "Buzzmakers," and since no one came up with a solution to the riddle from last month, there is an addition to the clue. Good luck on your efforts to solve this brain teaser! We also have a report from Anna Kettlewell on the work our Honey Queen and Princess have been doing during the past month. Both have been on the road almost continuously selling honey across the country. Thanks to Alyssa and Danielle for your efforts and hard work! There's also a sweet recipe from Grayson Daniels, our resident ABF membership expert, for double crunch honey garlic chicken that looks great!
Well, thanks again for spending a little time with us and I hope that you share the ABF E-Buzz with all those in your beekeeping community. If you have anything you would like to see in the ABF E-Buzz just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon and I am hoping that your hives are healthy and heavy!
The Buzz on the Hill: ABF October Legislative Update
by George Hansen, ABF President
A few brief updates on the ABF legislative front:
- The Farm Bill has taken a back seat to the elections. However, there is some discussion of taking up the bill during the lame duck session, but nothing is certain.
- The industry effort to get an Amitraz product registered for treating varroa mites has finally taken a step forward, with South Dakota receiving a section 18 emergency one-year registration. Other states are submitting their applications. Each state must get its own registration. The pesticide registration specialist in your state should be contacted to start this procedure. Please see full story below.
- The Weslaco Lab closure is proceeding, with the scientists and their program funding being transferred to the remaining three ARS labs.
- ABF representatives recently visited the USDA National Resources Conservation Service and have had conversations with the Farm Service Agency to lobby for improvements in the Conservation Reserve Progam to improve these lands for honey bee habitat.
Bee There: Register Today for the 2013 ABF Annual Conference
The 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, January 8-12, 2013, is right around the corner and we can't wait to see you all in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania. The agenda is close to complete, featuring valuable presentations from industry leaders, and the exhibit hall is filling up fast with all the latest and greatest innovations in the beekeeping industry. Now, all we need is YOU!
Just take a look at all you can accomplish during this five-day event:
- Learn from industry experts who specialize in the health and reproduction of honey bees
- Discover the latest research from the bee labs
- Participate in interactive workshops designed for educational content and a little fun
- Extend your educational experience with the Serious Sideliner Symposium
- Network with your fellow beekeepers and share tips and tricks
- Participate in the Sunday field trip and visit two commercial bee farms
- Experience the coronation of the 2013 Honey Queen and Princess
- Do a little shopping during the silent and live auctions
- Showcase your honey in the 2013 American Honey Show
- Visit with 50+ exhibitors and see what's new in beekeeping products and services
- And, not to mention, get your fair share of CHOCOLATE!
To register online, please visit the conference Web site at www.nabeekeepingconference.com and follow the links to registration. And while you're registering for the conference, don't forget to make your hotel arrangements. Reservations can be made directly with the Hershey® Lodge by calling 800.533.3131 or 717.533.3311 and requesting the group rate (of $119.00+ tax) for the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference or online by visiting the following link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ABF2013. The deadline to make your hotel reservation and receive the group rate is Monday, December 17, 2012, or until the group block is full, whichever comes first. As we anticipate filling our block early, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible.
Additional information, including all registration rates, guest room accommodations, the conference schedule, invited speakers, session topics and much more, can be found on the conference Web site at www.nabeekeepingconference.com. Be sure to check the Web site often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available. We are excited to see you in Hershey and can't wait to share this conference with you!
Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar — Beekeeping 101: Winter Biology of the Honey Bee
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus, Michigan State University
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 announce a special nine-part series within the "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar series. This series will be titled "Beekeeping 101" and will feature Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus at Michigan State University. Whether you are brand new to the world of beekeeping or you just need to have a refresher course, this "Beekeeping 101" series will be a great educational experience with many topics focused on the biology and management of honey bees.
The next session within this series is titled "Winter Biology of the Honey Bee" and it will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. ET. More details on Dr. Hoopingarner's presentation can be found below.
There will be nine sessions within the "Beekeeping 101" series. Other topics will include: flight dynamics, population growth and pollination. Most sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to keep an eye on future issues of ABF E-Buzz, as well as the ABF website at www.abfnet.org, for more information and registration details for each session.
|Dr. Roger Hoopingarner
Join us as we learn how honey bees have adapted to living in the temperate north, how they can survive the cold and still raise young bees for the upcoming season.
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner got his start in beekeeping as a boy scout 65 years ago. With that interest he went on to receive his B.S. degree from Michigan State University in Entomology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His doctoral research was on the genetics and environmental factors in queen rearing.
After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University's Entomology Department where he remained doing research, teaching and extension in insect physiology and apiculture for 38 years. His research interests involved fruit pollination, disease transmission, population dynamics and insecticide interactions with insects and animals.
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 e-mailing Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at email@example.com or by calling the ABF offices at 404.760.2875. Registration will close 48 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. Questions for the speaker must be submitted 48 business hours in advance to Grayson Daniels.
If you are unable to make the session, don't fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for member-only access.
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Bee Aware: Apivar (Amitraz Strips) Receives Exemption for Section 18
by George Hansen, ABF President, and Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) has learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a specific exemption under the provisions of section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture for the use of Apivar (Amitraz strips). Additional information and the letter of approval can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov/farming-ranching-agribusiness/pesticide-program/pesticide-program-fifra-section-18-emergency-exemptions/.
Besides South Dakota, we know that North Dakota, Oregon, California, Florida and Texas are in the process of submitting section 18 applications. Washington, Idaho and Georgia also were reported to have joined a conference call with the EPA last week. These emergency registrations under Section 18 must be applied for state by state. Beekeepers should contact their state's Department of Agriculture to initiate this process. The registrant, Arysta LifeScience, can assist with the process. Contact Toyokazu Matsumoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a big help to all beekeepers across the country in our fight to control varroa. And while each state must apply for exemption for use, the EPA is committed to acting quickly in approving other state applications as they come in. There are very specific requirements as follows:
- Each state will be required to meet all provisions of the specific exemption.
- Apivar is an unregistered product (EPA File Symbol 87243-R) formulated as a sustained release plastic strip impregnated with 3.33 percent amitraz (0.5 g active ingredient per strip) manufactured by WYJOLAB for Veto-Pharma S.A. All applicable directions, restrictions and precautions on the product label, as well as the section 18 use directions submitted with an updated application, must be followed.
- No more than 500,000 strips may be used for treatment of varroa mites.
- To control varroa, remove honey supers before application of Apivar, use two (2) strips per brood chamber with a minimum distance of two (2) frames between strips. Bees should walk on the strips. Leave strips in the boxes for 42 days, then remove. Reposition as needed so bees stay in contact, then leave for 14 more days. Strips must be removed after a maximum of 56 days.
- A maximum of two (2) treatments, spring and fall, may be made per year if varroa mite infestation reaches treatment thresholds. Honey supers cannot be on when strips are used, and cannot be replaced until 14 days after strip removal. Protective gloves are required.
- Total residues of Amitraz in honey and beeswax are not expected to exceed 0.2 and 9 ppm, respectively.
- The exemption will expire in your state, assuming your state applies for this section 18, one year from date of authorization.
Currently a section 3 registration is under review by the EPA and it is likely that this will be coming very soon.
So, get with your state Department of Agriculture and request that they get the ball rolling on approval of use for Apivar. It should just take a phone call or contact. If you need any additional help, please give me a call or an e-mail at email@example.com.
This is a long time coming and is the result of the combined efforts of many industry groups, including the ABF, the American Honey Producers Association, the Almond Board of California and various state beekeeping organizations, as well as research support from various labs and scientists.
by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and E-Buzz Editor
This month Peter Teal has been busy in Washington, D.C., and overwhelmed with work, but we do have a few recently released scientific papers that are a good read and contain some helpful information. I hope you find these studies useful in your beekeeping experience!
Pesticides and Honey Bee Toxicity
Reed M. Johnson, Marion D. Ellis, Christopher A. Mullin and Maryann Frazier
This paper describes what role pesticides and their residues may play in colony collapse disorder and other colony problems. Although no single pesticide has been shown to cause colony collapse disorder, the synergistic effects of multiple pesticide exposures may contribute to declining honey bee health. Click here to read the full report (PDF file).
Combined Pesticide Exposure Severely Affects Individual- and Colony-Level Traits in Bees
Richard J. Gill, Oscar Ramos-Rodriguez and Nigel E. Raine
This excellent report explores the effects of combinatorial exposure to pesticides in bumblebees and honey bees. The effects of two pesticides(neonicotinoid and pyrethroid) at concentrations that could approximate field-level exposure impairs natural foraging behavior and increases worker mortality leading to significant reductions in brood development and colony success. It also explores nutritional deficiencies of pollen and how it may affect the foraging and brood development of an impaired workforce. The findings show a mechanistic explanation to link reported effects on individual worker behavior and colony queen production as a result of neonicotinoid exposure. Click here to read the full report (PDF file).
Bumblebees and Pesticides
Juliet L. Osborne
This study investigates the effects of two pesticides on bumblebees and highlights the need for risk assessments to consider multiple species and the complex chain of factors that determines insect exposure to chemicals. Another very informative article that is adding to the information that we have demonstrating the complex nature of how variables interact to perhaps only slightly affect stages of development that have a large overall impact when compounded by multiple exposure and chronic effects. Click here to read the full report (PDF file).
Bee Proud: Call for Entries for the 2013 American Honey Show
by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2013 American Honey Show, which will be held during the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 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 basket class. Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Basket class this year will be "Winter Wonderland."
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: The entry form and appropriate fees must arrive at the ABF offices by Friday, December 14, 2012.
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!
Beekeepers of the Month: Carl and Virginia Webb
by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor
I had a wonderful visit with Carl and Virginia Webb this past month while on a vacation to North Carolina. I hadn't realized when we were planning our trip that I would only be about 90 minutes from where they lived, but I managed to get by their home in Clarkesville, Georgia, and spent a few hours viewing their operation.
Virginia and Carl are full-time commercial beekeepers and queen producers. They are charter members of the Russian Queen Breeders Association and are the only certified Russian Queen Breeders in Georgia. For more than 40 years, Carl and Virginia have championed the role of the honey bee in helping to sustain global agriculture and have helped to promote its diversified productivity, from nutritional products to health and beauty aids.
|Carl and Virginia are pictured here in front of the kiosk that looks like an eight-foot-tall beehive that they have at the end of their driveway. The Webbs
regularly sell between one and two hundred dollars of honey and hive products each and every day!
Carl and Virginia manage more than 400 colonies of bees plus their queen yard. Their apiaries are located in areas suitable to produce the very best sourwood honey. One of a very few certified Russian Queen Breeders in the United States, their bees produce the finest honey in the world. Russian bees are well known for the large yields in honey production and resist the deadly mites infecting bees today. And, they have never been associated with the Colony Collapse Disorder that has devastated the honey bee population.
Virginia is a third-generation beekeeper. She began beekeeping in 1964 when her father, Joe Stephens, gave her a beehive as a birthday gift. Keeping bees in North Carolina and Tennessee, Virginia and her father shared a hobbyist beekeeping business for many years. Virginia was the first state winner in the Tennessee 4-H for beekeeping and was a Tennessee State Honey Queen.
After moving to Atlanta and pursing a career in banking, Virginia began keeping bees on her farm in North Georgia and became active in beekeeping clubs. She is the past president of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association and the Georgia Beekeepers Association. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the ABF and has served as chairperson of the ABF Budget and Finance Committee. Virginia is also the first and only female member of the Farm Bureau Honeybee Advisory Committee. In 1993, Virginia was named Beekeeper of the Year for Georgia. In 2002, Virginia was named North Georgia Farm Woman of the Year by the Georgia Farm Bureau.
Virginia is a highly sought after speaker for the beekeeping industry and agriculture. She has worked with beekeepers in almost every state and has traveled to Europe and the Caribbean teaching beekeeping for the USDA. Teaching others about honey bees and their role in agriculture is an important service that Virginia has provided for over 30 years. Each year, she speaks to school children, church groups, civic organizations and retirement centers nationwide. Virginia is also a Certified Master Beekeeper and serves as treasurer of the Georgia Beekeepers Association.
Carl Webb began keeping bees in 1959 and maintained his hobby while living throughout Europe, Africa and the United States. Eventually settling in the mountains of North Georgia, he discovered the optimum environment for producing the finest honey in the world. He is the past president of the Georgia Beekeepers Association and was honored as 2002 Georgia Beekeeper of the Year.
Virginia and Carl stepped off their mountain and on to the world stage in 2005 when they were awarded the gold medal for "Best Honey in the World" at the first-ever World Honey Show in Dublin, Ireland. Four years later, they were again awarded top prize at the world beekeeping congress, Apimondia, in Montpellier, France, distinguished among 400 entries representing up to 33 different countries worldwide.
Virginia and Carl are active in clubs around the area and are always helping with assisting beekeepers any way they can up and down the East Coast. Virginia has produced four videos on preparing entries to help with your products that you would like to put in honey shows. You can find them on YouTube at:
Many thanks to the Webbs for their contributions to the ABF and the beekeeping industry throughout the years and, we hope, many years to come!
Bee Educated: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping
by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BEES PROGRAM COUPON — ABF MEMBERS ONLY
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is pleased to announce a new online educational program available at a discounted rate for all ABF members — the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES). Under the direction of Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, the BEES network is an online resource for beekeepers at all levels.
The system is Internet based and promotes an online learning community among beekeepers. The structure of the BEES network is broken into three levels of complexity (Beginner, Advanced and Ambassador) and three areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management and the honey bee industry). New courses and content areas are also in development and will be introduced soon. More information can be found at http://entomology.ncsu.edu/apiculture/BEES.html.
Through the end of the year, ABF members will be given the opportunity to participate in the program at a 20-percent discount (click here for coupon; coupon must be presented at time of registration). Dr. Tarpy also recently conducted an "ABF Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinar, where he introduced, in detail, the BEES Program. Click here to access the session. Log on and learn more about this outstanding educational program today!
Honey Queen Buzz: Candles, Cooking and Conventions!
by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair
|Princess Danielle enjoys rolling beeswax candles with people of all ages at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Massachussetts.
With autumn officially here, the American Honey Queen and Princess have kept busy with a variety of events. Fairs are starting to wind down, school is in full swing and beekeeping conventions are beginning.
Alyssa and Danielle attended five different fairs in Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi. They continued to be busy with giving presentations at these fairs, often to school groups taking field trips to the fair. Other activities included beeswax candle rolling, cooking demonstrations and selling a lot of honey!
|During the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana, Queen Alyssa gave 21 mini-presentations to 739 students and teachers.
Alyssa stopped in Montana for the Northern International Livestock Exposition mid-month to give Ag in the Classroom presentations on beekeeping to students throughout the Billings area. It was a great way to again team with the Farm Bureau and the Ag in the Classroom program. Consider working with this group when the Honey Queen or Princess visits your area. They may be able to open up many doors for groups wanting guest speakers about our industry. Farm Bureau, Chambers of Commerce and local civic groups can be great resources when planning a promotion for one of our representatives.
Alyssa and Danielle were also busy with school visits again this month. Danielle made stops in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Wisconsin, and Alyssa spoke with students in grades K through college with stops in Georgia and Tennessee. Danielle's Wisconsin visit tied in with the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association convention, and she promoted the organization's Kids 'N Bees Expo. This event draws many children each year, mainly because of the Honey Queen or Princess's promotion of the program through school and civic presentations the week leading up to the event. If you have an event like this in conjunction with your state convention or meeting, consider hosting the Queen or Princess to help in its promotion. You'll be surprised by your turnout!
November and December will continue to be busy promotion months for our representatives. While their schedule is very full, we are accepting your requests for 2013 promotions, so contact me soon to get these dates on our calendars (414.545.5514 or email@example.com). Happy promoting!
Bee Inspired: Honey Bees Make a Sweet Debut at the Robert Mondavi Institute
by Grayson Daniels, ABF Membership Coordinator
When you hear the name Robert Mondavi, your mind may drift off to the deep aromas of a Cabernet, but recently, Mondavi hopes you think of honey bees as well. On October 27, 2012, the Robert Mondavi Institute held an event to inaugurate the newly established Honey and Pollination Center, located at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis Campus.
Mondavi Winery has been crafting award winning wines since 1966 in beautiful Napa Valley, California, but in 2001, Robert Mondavi shifted his focus to research, and made a personal gift of $25 million to open the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI). The Institute has brought together the UC Davis community and many scientists and engineers, among others, to engage in wine- and food science-related activities. So, how do beekeepers and honey tie into all of this?
The Honey and Pollination Center event included discussions, presentations, wine tastings and displays featuring the science behind honey, bees and other non-honey bee pollinators. The center hopes it will be just the beginning of pioneering new and exciting research.
"Several years ago, the Institute established the Olive Center, which has become an industry leader in establishing guidelines for quality olive oil in California, the United States and even globally," said Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center. "About a year ago, one of the Institute's advisors felt an additional center should be established - one focused on honey." There are several goals of the center:
- Expand research and education efforts addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, quality standards and appreciation of honey.
- Optimize university resources by coordinating a multidisciplinary team of experts in honey production, pollination and bee health.
- Establish UC Davis at the forefront of honey bee health studies.
- Serve the various California agricultural commodities that depend on insects for pollination services.
- Help the honey industry establish labeling guidelines for honey and honey products to promote the guarantee of pure and unadulterated varietal honey.
- Promote the use of locally procured honey in the home, food industry and restaurants.
UC Davis was an easy choice for the location of the center because of a well-established reputation in the study of bees and pollination. The Department of Entomology is the No. 1 ranked program in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Entomology Graduate Program and is ranked among the best in the world (ScienceWatch, 2011).
Harris knows that student engagement with the center is of great interest. There will be two seminars held per year with students being offered discounted tickets. Involvement with various courses throughout campus is another way for the center to engage with students, as well as tastings and evaluations held throughout the sensory labs. Knowing that students are interested in learning more about beekeeping can only mean a brighter future for the industry! Even though the project is in its early stages, Harris has many ideas and hopes for the future. By bringing together various departments on UC Davis' campus, teaching California residents the importance of honey and pollination, and developing a better understanding of the many flavors, complexities and uses of honey, Harris is thrilled about the project's potential.
For more information about the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Honey and Pollination Center, visit http://rmi.ucdavis.edu/.
Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board
National Honey Board Offers Free Honey Decals to Industry Members
The National Honey Board (NHB) wants to remind beekeepers, packers and other honey industry members that they may receive up to six free honey decals. The NHB has developed vehicle or sign decals to help promote honey and spread the message that honey is just one ingredient, the way nature intended.
The decals are available in three sizes: The smaller decal is 6.4" tall x 7" wide, the medium size decal is 14.5" x 6" and the larger decal is 22" x 24". Use the decals on bee yard, shop or farmers market signs, vehicles or anywhere they might be seen by the public. If you have already requested your six free decals, you may purchase additional quantities of the smaller decal for $3.50 each, the medium size decal for $5.50 each, and the larger decal for $9.50 each, plus shipping costs.
To order the decals, please call the National Honey Board office at 800-553-7162 and ask for Andrea Brening, NHB's fulfillment coordinator.
Last month's riddle has yet to be solved, so put your thinking caps on and try again!
Riddle: I am not defined by size or color, many claim to be my mother. I'm bent or formed by light and fire, and always close when you perspire. If you leave me you'll not see, first one then two, or maybe three. To push and pull you can depend, trusted and true like a best friend. Handy and helpful as the smoker's fire, we work together until we tire. What will I be or what am I, the answer is not apple pie.
Think you know the answer? The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.
Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News
- A million bees living on the banks of the East River met a tragic end when Hurricane Sandy tore their hives apart. The bees were part of a honey-making plan by the urban farmers at the Brooklyn Grange, who maintained 25 hives, each containing about 40,000 bees. Read more at http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/35/44/all_stormstoriesbees_2012_11_02_bk.html.
- Out-of-state honey bee colonies will be able to quench their thirst and keep cool as they wait to be inspected and cleared for entry into California for the 2013 pollination season. Discover more at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2012.10.02.11.25.archive.html.
|Wildflowers planted in almonds provide an overwintering food source for honey bees brought in to pollinate the California almond crop. Photo: Meg Ribotto
- Project Apis m. (PAm) is looking for almond cooperators this fall to further demonstrate the potential for bee forage in almond orchards as a pre- or post-bloom food resource. Learn how you can help at http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/grower-cooperators-sought-honey-bee-trials.
- Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are embarking on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honey bee brain in an effort to advance our understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how animals think. Uncover more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121001111405.htm.
- A study conducted by neurobiologists at the Free University of Berlin shows slumber-deprived bees take longer to consolidate new memories and recall recent experiences. Learn more at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-buzzz-sleepy-honeybee.
- Scientists, regulators, beekeepers and others recently gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, for the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health. The meeting, sponsored by the USDA and the EPA, focused on the latest findings and information regarding challenges to honey bee health around the world. Read more at http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/263839-better-bee-health-begins-and-ends-with-science-not-soundbites.
- A new study suggests that the reason worker bees are such a highly skilled and specialized workforce is that the genes controlling their behavior are re-shuffled frequently, helping evolution build a better bee. Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112713959/genetics-better-bees-101612/.
- Honey bees not only sting, but bite as well, and these bites can act as natural anesthetics that assist the bees in defending themselves against enemies, such as the wax-moth and parasitic varroa mite. However, a new study indicates that this anesthetic may be beneficial for humans, too. Discover more at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/251635.php.
- A fungus normally used to control insect pests may help honey bees protect themselves from a destructive mite by both infecting the mites and preventing suppression of the bee immune system, says a team of bee researchers at the University of Guelph. Learn how at http://phys.org/news/2012-10-fungus-deadly-bee-mites-two-pronged.html.
- You may find it hard to believe, but honey bees have an eye for art. In tests, the insects showed a “remarkable ability” to distinguish a Monet from a Picasso. The experiments were carried out to discover more about how bees search for food, but they could shed light on human appreciation of art. Read more at http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/news/bees-learn-art-of-telling-picasso-from-monet-1.1410695#.UI_Be2dQT9o.
ABF Welcomes New Members — September 2012
- Karen Anne Baldauski, Maine
- Walter Blohm, New York
- James L. Brown, Pennsylvania
- Kelly A. Butts, British Columbia
- Ray Claxton, Florida
- Ellen Lynn Coffey, Minnesota
- Russell W. Dittfurth, Texas
- Peg Donnelly, Illinois
- John Robert Hansen, Illinois
- Alison A. Hoffman, Illinois
- Karen M. Kalvelage, Montana
- Paul Maresh, Oregon
- Shelley G. Miles, Maryland
- Laurie Miller, Montana
- Stephen D. Neff, Indiana
- Thomas Patton, New York
- Peggy S. Stevens, Georgia
Recipe of the Month: Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken
Ingredients for Chicken:
- 4 large boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp. salt
- 4 tsp. black pepper
- 3 tbsp. ground ginger
- 2 tbsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. ground thyme
- 2 tsp. ground sage
- 2 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 4 eggs
- 8 tbsp water
Pound the meat to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Sift together the dry ingredients (this mixture makes enough for two batches, so you can save some for next time!). Make an egg wash by whisking together eggs and water. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then dip the meat in the flour and spice mixture. Dip the breasts into the egg wash and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix into the meat to get good contact. Heat a skillet on the stove with about a half inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. Fry them gently (just below medium heat) for about 4 or 5 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before dipping the chicken into the Honey Garlic Sauce or pouring the sauce over the chicken.
Ingredients for Honey Garlic Sauce:
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 to 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 cup honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan add oil and garlic. Cook over medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown. Add honey, soy sauce and pepper. Simmer together for 5 to 10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
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