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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


Summer Time Treatments

May 24, 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 / 2:00 p.m. HST
Mario Jakob, 3rd Generation Beekeeper with D & J Apiary, ABF Board member

Creating Critical Pollinator Habitat with Honey Bees and Monarch Butterfly Partnership
May 31, 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 / 2:00 p.m. HST
Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships for Pheasants Forever

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 Susan Reu at susanreu@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 

National Honey Board Launches New Online Catalog 

The National Honey Board (NHB) announced that it has launched an online catalog for members of the honey industry. In a continued effort to provide materials to help promote honey, the NHB has made available to all industry members various materials that can be utilized to educate the general public about the story and benefits of honey. These materials are made available at little to no cost and can be displayed in storefronts, as well as at farmer’s markets and other community events.


The new online tool, found at www.nhbcatalog.com, brings the NHB into the modern digital age by simplifying the ordering process for industry members. This new catalog offers honey industry members a visual representation of materials available with clear product descriptions and photos. Some of the items available include educational brochures, promotional items and even a newly redesigned freebie.



January 1 Honey Bee Colonies Down 8 Percent for Operations with Five or More Colonies


Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States as of January 1, 2016 totaled 2.59 million. This is 8 percent below the 2.82 million colonies on January 1, 2015. During 2015, honey bee colonies on April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 2.85 million, 3.13 million, and 2.87 million, respectively.

Honey bee colonies lost for operations with five or more colonies during the quarter of January-March 2016, was 429 thousand colonies or 17 percent lost. The quarter of January-March 2015 had a loss of 500 thousand colonies or 18 percent, the highest honey bee colonies loss of the five quarters. The quarter of April-June 2015, at 353 thousand or 12 percent, showed the least amount of lost honey bee colonies.

Honey bee colonies added for operations with five or more colonies ... Honey bee colonies renovated for operations with five or more colonies ... Varroa Mites Top Colony Stressor for Operations with Five or More Colonies ... Colonies Lost with Colony Collapse Disorder Symptoms for Operations with Five or More Colonies ... Honey Bee Operations with Less than Five Colonies ... Read More. 


USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA's and Partners' Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country.

"Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and neighborhoods," Vilsack said. "USDA's Urban Agriculture Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer and small business owner." Read More.


USGA Pollinator Research and Monitoring 


The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, located in the Northern Great Plains state of North Dakota highlights their current and ongoing research on land use and pollinator health. Learn More. 


Pollinators and Pollinator Habitat Seminar Series

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Pheasants Forever, Inc., are presenting a new series of seminars on pollinators that will be of interest to master gardeners, beekeepers, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning more about pollinators, monarch butterflies and their critical habitat needs. Seminars begin July 27. More information.


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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