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Why should you attend the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow? 

We’ve got just a few reasons:

 

10.  Anaheim is a “magical” place to visit as it is the home of the first ever Disney park, Disneyland.  There’s lots to explore and see in Anaheim, so during your free time, BEE sure to take in all the sites.

 

9.  Participate in Silent and Live Auctions featuring great items that all beekeepers will love.

 

8.  Opportunity to meet the 2015 Honey Queen candidates and attend the Honey Queen and Princess Coronation.

 

7.  Gain valuable knowledge from the many educational sessions offered, including general session presentation, SIG meetings and track sessions specific to your level of beekeeping. 

 

6.  Attend the 2015 Honey Show and purchase some award-winning Honey.

 

5.  Socialize with members of AHPA as well as ABF and participate in a tour of Sioux Honey Packing Facility in Anaheim.  Then enjoy a medieval dinner show and cheer on your favorite knight (separate registration required).

 

4.  Meet with over 45+ vendors with amazing products and services to support your beekeeping efforts.

 

3.  Select from a variety of interactive workshops designed to provide hands-on involvement or provide opportunities for you to get answers to your most perplexing beekeeping questions.

 

2.  A completely packed agenda full of fascinating topics from top industry leaders.

1.   Opportunity to meet and mingle with 700+ of your closest beekeeping friends.

 

We’re sure you will agree, this is one conference you won’t want to miss.  So be sure to make your plans to attend, if you haven’t already, and be part of one of the largest beekeeping conferences in the U.S.

 

For more information, please visit the conference website at www.nabeekeepingconference.com

 


 

USDA News & Notes

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Spring crops eligible for APH Yield Exclusion include corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Nearly three-fourths of all acres and liability in the federal crop insurance program will be covered under APH Yield Exclusion.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency staff worked hard to implement several 2014 Farm Bill programs ahead of schedule, such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage, the Price Loss Coverage, Supplemental Coverage Option and Stacked Income Protection Plan. USDA is now able to leverage data from the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage to extract the information needed to implement APH Yield Exclusion earlier than expected. Read More

Beekeepers Speak Up at the Forage and Nutrition Summit

The Honey Bee Forage and Nutrition Summit, sponsored by USDA, was held October 20-21, in Alexandria, VA.  The Summit was postured to seek input from stakeholder groups on issues concerning the interaction of nutrition and available forage on honey bee health.  The Summit was organized and hosted by a true friend of the honey bee, Dr. David Epstein of USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy. Day 1 consisted of a series of presentations aimed at honey bee forage and nutrition, and to provide background for Day 2, when participants provided input by participating in one of four assigned work groups. Zac Browning, American Beekeeping Federation and Project Apis m board member, provided a dire view of honey bee habitat in the US. The impact of habitat loss is seen in decreased honey production, with US honey crops the lowest in history.  Browning emphasized bees require 200 lb of honey and 40 lb of pollen per colony per year just to survive and factors such as increased soy and corn acreage, the decreased quantity and quality of Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) lands, increased herbicide use, more efficient farming practices, and limitations imposed by pesticide use, all serve to decrease available flowers and forage for honey bees.  Honey bees, the very backbone of agriculture, are in trouble.  The unique delivery system for bees to agricultural crops - the beekeeper - is also in trouble. Read More

 








 

 



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