ABF E-Buzz — December 2013
In This Issue:
Welcome to ABF E-Buzz
by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor
"In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,
– Christmas Carol
Welcome back! We've passed another milestone in the past month. This marks the beginning of our fourth year of ABF E-Buzz. It seems like yesterday we put the first issue together. Just like kids, things seem to grow up faster than you can imagine.
This year will bring many new aspects to our news source and we hope that you find the ABF E-Buzz a helpful tool in your beekeeping experience. We are always looking for new beekeeping adventures and I hope that 2014 will not disappoint. I am happy to hear from so many of you each month, and I hope you keep sending your comments. Perhaps we can develop some articles from a few of them this coming year. As time goes faster so does the amount of information that we have available to us. I get at least 20 newsletters each month and it is difficult to keep up with all of them. I am sure that you are in the same position, so we thank you for continuing to visit us here.
|Honey bees in the hive
Again, we owe a great deal of thanks to our contributing editors for their contributions this year. Anna Kettlewell has done a great job keeping us all up to date on the travels of our Honey Queen Caroline Adams and our Honey Princess Emily Campbell. These young ladies have given a year of their lives to support and promote our industry. We get a lot of miles out of this program each and every year, including free air time and exposure to millions of people. I hope you have utilized their excellent recipe brochures (only ten cents apiece!), as our retail sales are always boosted by giving people something back. If you haven't used them before, you can order packs of 100 at email@example.com. Carol Kuehl will be glad to complete your order. You can also view a PDF file of the brochure.
I would also like to thank Peter Teal for his monthly contributions through the "Science Buzz." His articles lend a great deal to our ABF E-Buzz with insights into some fantastic topics that are always timely and helpful. I don't know where we would be without his article and I always look forward to reading what he's thinking about. Our other contributor is our Kids and Bees director Sara Red-Laird. It's so exciting to see what she's up to each month. Helping kids and adults become involved in our industry is another great asset to all of us as beekeepers. The more people who are involved the better off we-and the bees-are. Drawing attention to our challenges, and the difficulties that the bees face, will help ensure their survival and the continuation of our industry as a viable enterprise.
I'd also like to thank Regina Robuck, our ABF executive director, and Robin Lane, our former ABF executive director, who help format all of this information within the confines of our website. It's a big job and they are very adept at making everything come together and look great! By the way, you can access and view the past three years of ABF E-Buzz issues.
During those long winter evenings when you've nothing else to do, you can spend some valuable time revisiting our archives and all of the information on the ABF website. The site keeps growing each month and is unrivaled in the amount of information it provides, both to the industry and to our members with items such as our conference recordings. There are hundreds of hours of listening and learning in the files of our past conference programs. I hope you take advantage of this and our webinar programs, as well.
So, thanks to all our staff who help make the ABF E-Buzz the greatest newsletter and to you, as well, for continuing to visit with us each month! I hope that you will continue to read and that we will see you at the upcoming North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 7-11, 2014. Merry Christmas and a Happy Bee Year in 2014!
Bee Present: Celebrate the New Year with 600+ of Your Closest Beekeeping Friends!
The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow is now just three weeks away! We hope you have made your plans to attend. Current registration is over 500 attendees. Just think of all the ideas you can get, the information you can learn and the fun you can have with 500+ fellow beekeepers. Not to mention the great educational sessions we have in store for you and the fantastic exhibit hall with 40+ exhibitors eager to share their products and services with you. BEE sure to check out the conference website for the latest conference information including a full list of exhibitors and sponsors, complete agendas for general session, SIG meetings, track sessions and workshops and area information.
If you haven't yet registered, there's still time. Onsite registration at the River Center will open on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 4:00 PM. Bring your family and friends and share this great conference with them.
The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will feature:
- A field trip to the Baton Rouge Bee Lab on Tuesday, January 7, to meet with the nine scientists there and learn more about their research
- General Session presentations on Wednesday and Thursday from industry experts
- SIG meetings with topics specific to your level of beekeeping
- A Welcome Reception in the exhibit hall to give you an opportunity to meet with our exhibitors and sponsors, as well as meet our 2014 American Honey Queen candidates
- Auxiliary breakfast/meeting on Thursday morning
- Social activity/dinner on Thursday evening at Boutin's Restaurant (a local Cajun favorite)
- Track sessions on Friday again with specific topic to your level of beekeeping
- Foundation luncheon on Friday
- The ABF Business Meeting for all attendees to learn more about ABF and hear the latest updates from the executive team
- The 2014 American Honey Show with an opportunity to bid on the submissions
- 24 Interactive workshops on Saturday
- The ABF Annual Banquet with the coronation of the 2014 American Honey Queen and Princess
Throughout the conference, you will have the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions, the Honey Queen raffle for a beautiful quilt and the annual ABF sweepstakes. Where else can you find all this packed into five fun days?
So, if you haven't made your arrangements to attend this conference, we hope you join us. It's sure to be an action-packed week full of all things beekeeping!
Join the ABF Buzz Club and Bee $100 Richer!
Want to be a member of the ABF Buzz Club? It's easy and rewarding! Starting in July and running through the end of the year, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) will hold an ABF Buzz Club membership drive, which will be open to all ABF active members. For every new member you bring to the ABF, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. The more new members you bring the more chances you have to win the gift card. (Please see Rules and Regulations below.)
Have a question or need membership applications? Contact Regina Robuck, ABF executive director, at 404.760.2875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your participation and let's start buzzing!
ABF Buzz Club Rules and Regulations:
- The completed membership application must have the current ABF sponsoring member's name written on the form.
- All membership applications and payment are due no later than December 31, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. ET.*
- Membership can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Applications and payment can be mailed to:
American Beekeeping Federation
3525 Piedmont Road
Building 5, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
*Must arrive on or before December 31, 2013, to be eligible for the Visa gift card drawing.
by Peter Teal, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, USDA-ARS
Ho, ho, ho! The holidays are upon us and the end of another year is in sight. I hope you all have had a good year and are geared up for winter because, based on the weather for the last week or so, it may be a rough one. The temperature dropped 35 degrees between Friday and Saturday out in Covington, Louisiana, last week. That just ain't right this time of the year. But, the rest of the country, with the exception of my state, got it even worse.
I was very fortunate to have been invited to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting last week to talk with the folks about managing small hive beetles and was really pleased with the turnout! I brought 100 handouts and many people asked for them after the meeting because I did not bring enough. Basically, I discussed the techniques I wrote about in the "Science Buzz" in January and February of this year. So, if you are interested, please take a look at those contributions in the ABF E-Buzz.
I spent a good bit of time going over the fact that good management practices must include control of larvae leaving the hive to pupate because every adult female can produce at least 20 larvae that, when they grow up, will want to re-invade bee hives. This is shown in the picture to the right that shows the numbers of small hive beetle adults and larvae caught in bottom (or top) board traps baited with our pollen/yeast lure in Pennsylvania bee yards. With this many new potential adults around, it seems only logical that controlling larvae is important, and a front door trap that excludes bees but not migrating larvae will do the trick (see January 2013 "Science Buzz").
During the discussion and questions section of the talk, Mr. Julian Laine of the River Region Club of Beekeeping made a really good comment. He agreed that controlling larvae was important, but added that he had experimented with an even simpler method to control beetle larvae. His technique is to put roll roofing under the hives and put a ring of water softening salt around the edge of the roofing. Basically, larvae get "fried" when they fall out of the hive and onto the roofing because it heats up so much, and if they get to the edge they encounter salt which would very likely cause them to either turn around or die from dehydration. Mr. Laine also indicated a second benefit – both the salt and roll roofing keep the weeds down, always a good thing! I have taken the liberty of adding the picture he sent me. You can read the River Region newsletter (click on the tips button for tips).
This is just one of the great techniques that you beekeepers have that are important. You always amaze me with the common sense approaches to fixing your problems. In fact, this would be a great idea to use in a grant proposal for the funds we have available through the ABF to develop new techniques to help the bee industry! Of course, you would need to set up replicated trials using control and treated hives and to develop a good solid methodology, but it is a neat idea that seems to be highly valuable.
As an aside, if anyone other than Mr. Laine develops this into a proposal without his consent I will not support it. Please keep these types of ideas going and do not be afraid of shooting them by me so that I can help you out with developing them into good, solid proposals.
I wish you all the best during the holidays and really look foreword to seeing you in Baton Rouge in January for the annual ABF conference.
|White chocolate mocha with
mint and honey cream
Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board
Winter Flavors with Honey!
At the beginning of December, The National Honey Board launched the "Winter Flavors with Honey" campaign, and we are thrilled with the recipes that were created. We partnered with Melissa Bailey, food expert and author of Hungry Food Love, to create six honey-infused holiday drinks that will keep you feeling cozy at home during the cold months ahead!
So this season, while eateries and coffee shops may offer their seasonal drinks, you'll be able to make the homemade versions with honey at home! Happy holidays from your friends at the National Honey Board.
Bee Proud: 2014 American Honey Show — You Can Still Enter at the Annual Conference!
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2014 American Honey Show, which will be held during the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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 box class. Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Box class this year will be "Cajun Country."
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: If you were unable to meet the December 13 deadline, you can bring your form, entry fees and honey submissions to the annual conference.
Questions? Contact the ABF office at 404.760.2875 or via e-mail at email@example.com. You can also download some helpful Honey Show hints and tips by clicking here. Good luck!
Honey Queen Buzz: Thank You to Our 2013 Queen and Princess
by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair
December brought chilly weather, but the Honey Queen and Princess spread warm messages about our industry during the early part of the month. As it's our last edition of the year, below are reports from Caroline and Emily in their own words.
From American Honey Queen Caroline Adams
|Queen Caroline and Princess Emily present to
high school culinary classes in Illinois
December was a fabulous time for the American Honey Queen Program! I interviewed with the Plano Profile, a prestigious local magazine, speaking on my role as Honey Queen and the importance of beekeeping throughout the United States. I filmed several short sign language presentations, which Collin College will use for social media, opening up the world of honey bees to members of the deaf community. Additionally, I teamed up with American Honey Princess Emily Campbell to present to high school culinary classes in Illinois and prepare for the ABF conference in January. I also gave a variety of presentations in Texas throughout December.
Since January, Princess Emily and I have promoted the impact of honey bees from coast to coast, reaching millions of people for the furtherance of this industry. Thank you so very much for the phenomenal opportunity to represent you throughout this past year. Your outstanding commitment and support of the American Honey Queen Program have made this fantastic journey possible, and it has been an honor to represent you across the nation. I know that I will continue promotion and preservation of our incredible honey bees and the future of beekeeping for the rest of my life!
From American Honey Princess Emily Campbell
This December, I have been doing a lot of preparation work for the upcoming conference. There are many speeches to write and presentations to prepare! I spent a few days in Chicago the first week in December and gave eight joint cooking demonstrations with Queen Caroline. Students were interested in how many different varieties of honey there were, and to learn that what kind of honey you use can make a huge difference in the taste of your recipe.
I owe so many thank yous for this last year that it almost hurts my brain to think about! I really appreciate the opportunity to represent such a spectacular industry over the last year. I have had so many wonderful experiences and have grown so much. Thank you to all my hosts, anyone who set up events, and program supporters and sponsors. It is because of people like you that we can offer such a wonderful opportunity to two fortunate women each year. I hope everyone has a safe holiday season, and I hope to see many of you in Baton Rouge in January!
Queen Caroline, Princess Emily and I look forward to seeing you at the ABF conference in Baton Rouge and speaking to you about their busy and successful year of promotions! We also look forward to seeing your outstanding 2014 American Honey Show entries and spending time with you at the various conference activities. We are beginning preliminary work now on the 2014 American Honey Queen and Princess schedules, so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414.545.5514 to discuss your event. Happy promoting!
ABF 2014 Annual Conference: Call for Auction Donations!
Each year during the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) annual conference, attendees are given the opportunity to experience outstanding live and silent auctions. The ABF is never at a loss for must-have auction items, including:
- Beekeeping-related artwork, including paintings, stained glass and hand-carved pewter items
- Honey and honey-related products
- Unique clothing items
- Beekeeping supplies and instructional books
- Antique beekeeping items, such as smokers and hive tools
- Household items in a bee motif, including coffee mugs, glasses, cheese trays and plates
The ABF is already on the lookout for items for the 2014 annual conference, January 7-11, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Do you have an item that you would like to donate? Your contribution will be instrumental in helping the ABF bolster its general fund, which enables us to carry out our programs to serve the U.S. beekeeping and honey industry, as well as work to preserve and protect honey bees to ensure a quality food supply and environment.
If you are interested in donating an item to either the silent or live auction, please contact Regina Robuck at email@example.com or 404.760.2875 for additional information and to let us know the item(s) you will be donating. We will accept donations up until the conference.
Thank you in advance for your support of the ABF. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in Baton Rouge in January.
Bee Thoughtful: Think Outside the Bee Box This Holiday Season!
Do you have a hard-to-buy-for beekeeper on your Christmas list? Do you have a friend or family member who loves bees and honey? Might we suggest making a donation in their honor to the ABF Friends of the Bee fund? For as little as $25, your loved one will have their name published in the ABF Newsletter and receive an FOB bumper sticker. Mention you saw this announcement in the ABF E-Buzz and receive a second sticker free! Please call our offices at 404.760.2875 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your donation today.
Bee a Kid: Interview with International Bee Research Association (IBRA)
by Sara Red-Laird, Bee Girl
There is an exciting new project on the horizon in beekeeping. Ironically, the project is coming to us from one of the oldest beekeeping organizations in the world. The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) has long been known as being at the forefront of research and information services. In fact, at this year's Apimondia, IBRA took home the Gold and Silver awards for their publications Journal of Apicultural Research and the Bee World journal. They also produce the Coloss Beebook, Standard Methods for Apis mellifera Research. They have also just released the gorgeous 300-plus page book Planting for Bees, which guides lovers of all kinds of bees on how to conserve our little darlings with the right forage.
Though the IBRA's foundations are built in research information, they have recently been seeing a bright future by reaching out to a generation that is more familiar with freeze tag than Koch's postulates. The new project, aptly named BEEWORLD, will officially launch soon. I'm so excited to share a conversation I recently had about BEEWORLD with IBRA's Operations Director Julian Rees over a cup of tea and a crackly Skype connection to the other side of the planet.
Bee Girl (BG): Can you tell us a bit about the history of IBRA, when was it formed, your founding mission, and where you are headed now?
Julian Rees (JR): IBRA (originally Bee Research Association – BRA) was formed in 1949 as an offshoot of the British Beekeeping Association to provide scientific research information to its members. Dr. Eva Crane was appointed as its first director and continued to promote the organization and bee research worldwide until her passing in 2007. Our mission statement is 'IBRA promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.' IBRA is internationally recognized as the world's single source and foremost provider of information on bees. Its database and information services, including journals, teaching aides and publications, embrace not only familiar domesticated bee species managed by man for their beneficial products, but also countless other bee species. Whilst the dissemination of bee research is our core business, I am working to achieve a greater appreciation of bees, habitats and beekeeping by a younger audience. I hope that by promoting bee education in schools there will be a greater understanding of bee issues to inspire the next generation of beekeepers and bee scientists.
BG: I love that you are using your strong foundation of scientific research information, and now reaching out to the future generations by generating an appreciation for bees and conservation. I understand that the BEEWORLD Project is the vector for this? Could you tell us a bit more about this project?
JR: The BEEWORLD Project aims to promote the value of bees in schools and communities in order to share the learning experiences of these fascinating creatures. The BEEWORLD team promotes a responsibility to the conservation of nature and care for the environment by focusing on the younger generation, whose future depends on successful programs to achieve sustainable development. The primary focus of the school events is that the children gain a greater knowledge of bees, their role in pollination and their impact on the environment.
BG: Will you keep your roots in scientific research information as you take this new leap into education and outreach?
JR: IBRA is about the dissemination of accurate and scientific information. We shall continue to focus on research, but it is also important to sow the seeds of bee education to the beekeepers, gardeners and university graduates of tomorrow. The universities that we work with are also keen to develop closer links to schools, and the BEEWORLD Project has provided this opportunity.
BG: Is the outreach solely focused on kids or are there objectives for outreach beyond the school yard?
JR: A main focus is bee education in the classroom, but the objectives reach further:
- Increase awareness of the issues facing bees worldwide through education in schools and the wider community.
- Demonstrate the value of IBRA to conservation, promoting knowledge and sharing scientific information in order to protect bees.
- Promote the subject of biodiversity, climate and energy security, land-use change and ecosystems, economic and population growth in relation to bees.
- Encourage greater participation from legislators and governments worldwide to adopt more sustainable practices in relations to bees.
- Provide evidence of the value bees and the economic/environmental political imperative for sustainable development.
BG: Fantastic. School and community outreach is where it's at, if you ask me! Since the project is named BEEWORLD, which countries do you plan to reach out to?
JR: We have a great relationship with Bee Girl in the U.S., and hope to develop the program with your organization in 2014. We have also had interest from Spain, Germany and Australia.
BG: I, for one, am very excited to see where this collaboration will go! Who can educators contact if they would like to be updated on the progress of, or become involved in, the BEEWORLD project?
JR: We are a small yet very dedicated team, so I suppose that would be me.
BG: Thank you so much for your time, I know how demanding and full your schedule it! Is there anything else that you would like to add before we close? How can beekeepers support your endeavors?
JR: IBRA celebrates its 65th anniversary in January 2014, and I would like to think we will still be around in another 65 years. Next year will be an exciting year of development and change. We are here to support beekeepers and bee scientists, but, as a not-for-profit organization, we appreciate their support as well. International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is funded by the generosity of our members and supporters, and by donations and legacies. Visit the IBRA website to join.
BG: Thank you again, Julian! For those readers who want to get involved, I am also in need of a few good volunteers at a special kids' event at the upcoming conference in Baton Rouge.
This no-charge event has been a tradition with the ABF conference for 20 years, and is a "don't-miss" opportunity for school groups, home schooled kids, scouts and clubs. Kids and their teachers or parents can expect a room full of hands-on activities with themes such as "The Art of Beekeeping," "The Science of Beekeeping," "The World of Beekeeping," and "The Future of Bees: It's Up to You!" We'll have old favorites such as beeswax candle rolling, bee finger puppet making and hive displays. Some highlights this year include face painting, a photo booth with costumes and an ultraviolet "Bee View" demonstration. Students will make their way through each station, interacting with beekeepers and Honey Queens from around the U.S., participating in activities that will engage their senses and imaginations!
This event couldn't have seen its 20th year without the generosity of the membership's donation of time and (temporary) donation of beekeeping supplies. Can you help me out with two things? Volunteering for the event and bringing beekeeping supplies for kids to investigate?
First, we are looking for a few good volunteers to help on Friday morning. We would like a few hands to help kids through our activity stations such as the photo booth, the UV "bee view" station, beeswax candle rolling, bee puppet making, honey tasting, foundation crayon rubbing and a whole lot more! The kids' event is Friday the 10th of January from 9 a.m. to noon. We would love volunteers to join us by 8:30 and stay until noon. (Extra bonus points for staying even longer for clean up!)
We are also looking for a variety of beekeeping equipment. We would love to show kids the diversity of the way bees can live: Langstroth hives, top bars, Warres and any modifications of those. We would LOVE a skep hive and any cool and different hives from around the world. The greatest thing would be to have an observational hive with bees in it!! We would also love tools, smokers, empty frames (lots of these), frames with drawn comb, honey frames (in a case, if possible, to avoid curious little fingers), and suits, veils and helmets.
If you have some time or some gear to volunteer, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com or call 541.708.1127. Thank you so much for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Last month's riddle master was ABF member Chappie McChesney. Below is the answer:
Riddle: Look at me. I can bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, or even a thought to your mind. But, I can't be seen. What am I?
Answer: A Memory
So, here's another riddle for you to wrestle with. 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.
No one you see is just like me. Hold me near, I'll shed a tear. My best seen assets are untold facets. What am I?
Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News
- Recently, Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Food Safety and Pesticide Action Network, supported by Ceres Trust and joined by more than 60 other organizations, launched a national media campaign to bring attention to the severity of pollinator declines due in part to the use of bee-harming pesticides. The campaign launch was timed to coincide with the beginning of the European Union’s two-year moratorium on three of the most potent neonicotinoids. Learn more.
- The relationship between bees and human culture is ancient, inspiring, and ongoing. Over 20,000 species of bees share this world with us, and many of them are participants in our connection with both the sacred and practical, in Western and Non-Western traditions. In this four-week course discover and delve into this amazing world through lecture, video and an optional film night. Read more.
- Experience The Creation of Adam (originally by Michelangelo) and the Mona Lisa (originally by Leonardo da Vinci) on a Warré Vertical Topbar Hive by The Eccentric Beekeeper. Learn more.
- Do a good deed, help those in need. Just share the Pollinator Partnership on Facebook and the Giving Library will donate $ 5 to them. Learn more.
- Don't bee afraid. I'm very sweet. Not only are bees essential for healthy ecosystems, they are also vital for human food security. More than 1/3 of the world's food production depends upon these busy little creatures. Read more.
- Like pumpkin pie? During the holidays we need to thank pollinators: Did you realize, though, that without bees to pollinate the pumpkins, our traditional dessert, would not be? And without pollinators like bees, bats, birds and butterflies, we could pretty much say goodbye to chocolate, coffee and almonds. Equally scarce would be most fruits and vegetables. Learn more.
- Horticulture New Zealand, forest owners and Federated Farmers are among those who support the chance to have a say on biosecurity in return for sharing the costs. However, the bee industry is still uncommitted about whether it will sign up to the government's biosecurity deal. Read more.
ABF Welcomes New Members — November 2013
- Greg and Yvonne Adler, Kentucky
- Modia Batterjee, Virginia
- Danny R. Beam, Kansas
- Ramiro Blanco, Florida
- Frances Demo, Wisconsin
- Timothy Sean Elliott, Texas
- Gene J. Lindner, Illinois
- Sean McBride, Florida
- Joseph H. Newberry, Alabama
- Jeanne O'Neill, Louisiana
- Cecelia Stubbs, Texas
- Perry Michael Tibesar, Minnesota
- Larry Uhteg, Maryland
Recipe of the Month: Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Honey
Source: National Honey Board
- 4 tbsp. honey
- 4 cups milk
- 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- In a medium-sized saucepan, add milk and honey and heat over medium-high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the cocoa powder.
- After cocoa dissolves, turn heat off and add the peanut butter. Stir the ingredients with frequent and quick strokes so that the peanut butter blends well and the hot chocolate reaches a creamy, thick consistency.
- Serve immediately.