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2018 AMERICAN BEEKEEPING FEDERATION CONFERENCE & TRADESHOW

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada

January 9-13, 2018

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CELEBRATE the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Discover the many facets of the ABF with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.

REGISTER TODAY by October 31, 2017 to catch our Early Bird Rate! 

Online Registration ends December 15, 2017. (On-site Registration Available)

 

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! In addition to family-focused conference activities, the Grand Sierra Resort features FunQuest, the largest arcade in northern Nevada, two laser-tag arenas, a bounce house, climbing apparatus, Grand Adventure Land Park, and a 50-lane bowling center.

75-YEARS STRONG! Make your plans today to join us in Reno for a brilliant conference and a celebration of the association's 75 years of accomplishments.


CONVERSATION WITH A BEEKEEPER IS BACK!

Join us for new sessions of ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper." If you are a member, you can log in and go to Education & Events and Conversation with a Beekeeper to register. Not a member? You can join for as little as $60 for small scale.

 

Mite Check 101 & The 1st Annual Mite-a-Thon

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern  
Dr. Dewey Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University

 

Beeswax Candles

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern  
Gary & Ginger Reuter

 

 


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JANUARY 1 HONEY BEE COLONIES DOWN SLIGHTLY FOR OPERATIONS WITH FIVE OR MORE COLONIES

Released August 1, 2017, by the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Agriculture Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

 

Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2017 totaled 2.62 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2016. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2017 was 2.89 million colonies. During 2016, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 2.62 million, 2.80 million, 3.18 million, and 3.03 million colonies, respectively.  

Honey bee colonies lost for operations with five or more colonies from January through March 2017, was 362 thousand colonies, or 14 percent. The number of colonies lost during the quarter of April through June 2017 was 226 thousand colonies, or 8 percent. During the quarter of October through December 2016, colonies lost totaled 502 thousand colonies, or 17 percent, the highest of any quarter in 2016. The quarter in 2016 with the lowest number of colonies lost was April through June, with 330 thousand colonies lost, or 12 percent.

Honey bee colonies added for operations with five or more colonies from January through March 2017 was 586 thousand colonies. The number of colonies added during the quarter of April through June 2017 was 653 thousand. During the quarter of April through June 2016, 737 thousand colonies were added, the highest number of honey bee colonies added for any quarter of 2016. The quarter of October through December 2016 added 125 thousand colonies, the least number of honey bee colonies added for any quarter of 2016.

Honey bee colonies renovated for operations with five or more colonies from January through March 2017 was 240 thousand colonies, or 9 percent. During the quarter of April through June 2017, 806 thousand colonies, or 28 percent, were renovated. The quarter in 2016 with the highest number of colonies renovated was April through June with 561 thousand colonies renovated, or 20 percent. The quarter in 2016 with the lowest number of colonies renovated was October through December 2016, with 60.4 thousand or 2 percent. Renovated colonies are those that were requeened or received new honey bees through a nuc or package. 

 

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APICULTURE INSURANCE EXPANDED TO MORE STATES

Washington, July 27, 2017

Crop Insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to included 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. In addition to expanding API coverage, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors voted to replace the statelitte-based Vegetation Index with the precipitation-based Rainfall Index for API policies.

Click here to read the entire press release. 



UNITED STATES HONEY PRODUCTION UP 3 PERCENT FOR OPERATIONS WITH FIVE OR MORE COLONIES IN 2016

Released March 22, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 162 million pounds, up 3 percent from 2015.

There were 2.78 million colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. Yield of honey harvested per colony averaged 58.3 pounds, down 1 percent from the 58.9 pounds in 2015. 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 41.3 million pounds on December 15, 2016, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.

Operations with Less than Five Colonies Produced 766 Thousand Pounds of Honey in 2016

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with less than five colonies totaled 766 thousand pounds, up 6 percent from 2015. There were 24 thousand colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. The average yield was 31.9 pounds per colony in 2016, up 2 percent from the previous year. This yield is 26.4 pounds less than what was harvested per colony on operations with five or more colonies.

Honey Prices Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies in 2016
United States honey prices decreased during 2016 to 207.5 cents per pound, down slightly from 208.3 cents per pound in 2015. United States and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels. Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. Prices for the 2015 crop reflect honey sold in 2015 and 2016. Some 2015 honey was sold in 2016, which caused some revisions to the 2015 honey prices. Price data was not collected for operations with less than five colonies.


Price Paid per Queen was 19 Dollars for Operations with Five or More Colonies in 2016

For operations with five or more colonies, the average prices paid in 2016 for honey bee queens, packages, and nucs were $19, $89, and $117 respectively. The average prices paid in 2016 for operations with less than five colonies were $33 per queen, $109 per package, and $122 per nuc. Comparable data is not available for 2015. For operations with five more colonies, pollination income for 2016 was $338 million, down 1 percent from 2015. Other income from honey bees for operations with five or more colonies in 2016 was $149 million, down 10 percent from 2015. These estimates along with expenditure and apiary worker information can be found on pages 4 and 5 of this report.

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