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ABF E-Buzz: April 2015
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ABF E-Buzz — April 2015


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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF President

"The April rain, the April rain,

Comes slanting down in fitful showers,

Then from the furrow shoots the grain,

And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;

And in grey shawl and woodland bowers

The cuckoo through the April rain

Calls once again." - Mathilde Blind, April Rain 

Welcome back!

I hope you are finally feeling the effects of spring wherever you live across the country. This month has been a busy one for us here in Kansas. There have been some beneficial rains that may produce some good May and June flowers. Our bees that survived the winter have built up very strong and we have had some good splits. We have seen issues in some hives with European foulbrood (EFB) that have needed quick treatment. However, usually the two treatments with Terramyacin and powdered sugar quickly clean up this problem. The bees quickly recover and there are few problems the rest of the season.

Again, April is a month to keep a very close eye on your food stores as hives can quickly use up their stores and go short during times when the nectar flow stops. If they are good and weighty we are adding honey supers here in southern Kansas. I've heard reports that there are good flows coming in down in Texas, and some beekeepers have made a little orange blossom honey in California this spring. So get ready..... it's coming.

I'd also like to take the opportunity to invite everyone to take the Bee Informed Partnership National Colony Loss Management Survey. We have just a few more days to finish this, so visit their website before April 30, 2015.

We have lots of great information for you once again here in the April issue of ABF E-Buzz. Anna Kettlewell has another great update on where our Honey Queen and Princess have been during the last month, and Sarah Red-Laird has compiled a list of her favorite Kids and Bees resources for you. There's another great honey recipe, and of course lots of great buzzmakers to inform you on what's going on in the world of honey. Thanks again for stopping by and spending some time with us. Have a great April!


Legislative Buzz: Bee a Giver

By this time you are well into your 2015 beekeeping year. The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is well into its year, too, and is focusing on the legislative goals that were set during the Anaheim conference. ABF President Tim Tucker, and ABF Vice President Gene Brandi are working hard to make sure ABF has their focus on the 2015 legislative priorities which include:

  • Funding for Research
  • Maintaining ARS Lab Funding
  • Protecting our Honey Market
  • Pesticides
  • Promoting and Protecting Honey Bee Habitats
  • Crop Insurance, ELAP, and H-2A Labor Programs
  • Transportation Issues

As a member of ABF, you should have received a letter from Gene Brandi asking for your commitment and support of this Legislative Fund Campaign. While your contributions are vital, there is something else just as important - maybe more important at times. We need you to keep in contact with your members of Congress, both your Representative and your state's two Senators. They and their staff members need to be aware of your beekeeping activities and of our industry's needs - and they need to hear this from you.

The bottom line is that the ABF cannot achieve the goals set by the membership without the financial resources to get the job done and, at this time, we are again behind budget in the ABF Legislative Fund. Do we want to see our goals reached badly enough to commit what it takes? We can assure you that your contributions to the ABF Legislative Fund are spent carefully and with full consideration of how important this work is for you, the ABF members. Your donations are very much appreciated and are an investment in the future of your business, as well as the beekeeping industry as a whole.  

Please make your donations to the Legislative Fund Campaign.  


Bee Educated: ABF's 2015 Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinars Continue in May

This is an ABF member benefit. Please visit our ABF website for more information and to sign up.

The Coweta Beekeeping Method, Sustainable Beekeeping in the South

Thursday, May 15, 2015

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

Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program

SESSION DETAILS:

Learn about a sustainable beekeeping method developed by combining and adapting methods used by successful beekeepers in various parts of the USA. This method is adapted for the middle south but we will discuss how to adapt it to your seasons and weather.

Manage Webinar for "Nectar Management, Reduce Swarming and Increase Honey Production"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program

SESSION DETAILS: 

Nectar management is an effective way of reducing swarming and doubling honey production. Understanding the goals and objectives of a honey bee colony prior to swarm season enables a beekeeper to prevent swarming. Nectar management was developed by Walt Wright in Tennessee and it is part of the Coweta Beekeeping Method.

About the presenter: 

Steven Page started beekeeping in 2007 with two hives and now manages Barrington Farms Apiary, LLC and about 40 hives in or near Coweta County. Each spring the honeybees produce over two thousand pounds of local, raw and unfiltered honey.

His accomplishments are numerous and reflect his love for beekeeping. Not only is he the president of the Coweta Beekeepers Association, but he also belongs to the Georgia Beekeepers Association. Steven is a Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Totally committed to educating the public about bees, he is one of the instructors for the associations' annual Introduction to Beekeeping course. He mentors novice beekeepers; volunteers at local public schools and other venues where he presents beekeeping programs. Steven’s accomplishments resulted in the Coweta Beekeepers Association honoring him with “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2011.

He has participated in local, state and national honey competitions. Awards include best tasting honey in Coweta County. 


Bee Safe: Florida Emergency Response Training 

by Stephen Cutts and Dave Westervelt

With the feral population of honey bees in the southwestern states and Florida growing more and more Africanized, and the increasing number of “Backyard Beekeepers” wanting to manage European colonies, there is a need for African Honey Bee (AHB) education and preparedness. Education and preparedness are the key to proper response to potential stinging incidents, whether these incidents involve honey bees or other native pollinators easily found in Florida. There is also the increasing potential for vehicular accidents involving trucks or a semi loaded with honey bee colonies. For over a decade Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and UF/IFAS have been striving to educate consumers about AHB and the importance of training First Responders.

May 8, 2015: Judy Ludlow, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County, the County’s ESF17 Coordinator, has arranged for First Responder Training in the panhandle to be held at UF/IFAS Extension Washington County at 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. University of Florida IFAS Extension Beekeeping Specialist Dr. William (Bill) Kern, who has trained first responders throughout the southeast, will be teaching: Africanized Honeybee Biology and Behavior; Threat Triage, Personal Protective Equipment; Rescue Tactics, and Situation Outcomes; Field Demonstrations Using PPE and Foam-Equipped Engines.

This Event is Free, but Please Call to Register:

UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County - 850-674-8323, or

UF/IFAS Extension Washington County - 850-638-6180


Kids and Bees Resources, Just For You

by Sarah Red-Laird, Bee Girl

A student catches bees in the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California.

Engaging kids in the wonderful world of bees has probably never been so popular! Teachers, home school groups, and clubs are really realizing the potential of educating kids about math, science, engineering, technology, and the arts using the bee hive. Have you been asked to do a talk or a program to a group of kids, and aren’t sure where to start? Do you already lead a kids’ program, but are looking for new and fresh ideas? Then this article is for you! I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite resources for you.

 

Edible School Yard

“Bees in the Edible Schoolyard: With Hives”

 In this lesson, students study bees in the garden and the important role of pollinators through three stations: beehive; catch, observe, and release; honey tasting. Students will be able to feel comfortable around honey bees and native bees in the garden, and explain the benefits of having a hive in the garden. Read More.

 

“Bees in the Edible Schoolyard: No Hive”

 In this lesson, students discuss bees and the important role of pollinators. They then catch and observe bees in the garden. Students will be able to state at least two facts about bees and pose a relevant question. They will be also be able to describe the process of pollination and how it relates to plant reproduction and food production. They will execute catching and releasing a bee safely in the garden.

They will also explain the role that bees play in the garden and exhibit appropriate behavior around bees. Learn More.

 

IBRA BEEWORLD Project

 The BEEWORLD Project is an innovative new program that builds a network of schools and communities across the world taking practical action to protect and conserve bees. The project raises awareness of the role of bees, issues affecting them, honey research and the need to connect with and shape their own environment through creating bee-friendly spaces. Through interactive mapping and social media, our education pack, website and bee-related conservation events in communities / schools, the project will create a real “buzz” around bees – and a global network of relevant bee-friendly habitat. Read More.

 

The Bee Girl Organization

The Bee Girl mission is to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Bee Girl’s website hosts the page for the American Beekeeping Federation’s Kids and Bees Program. Visit this page for a history of the program, upcoming events, and even more resources. Learn More.

 

The Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Their “Education” page under “Useful Resources” is chock-full of curricula, educational tools, cool facts, activities, and more to teach our kids about bees and other important pollinators. Read More.

 

Kids and Bees on Social Media

Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook! These pages are managed by myself and Tim Tucker, ABF President. We scout out great articles, pictures, stories, and teaching ideas for you, and post them almost every day! Like, follow, comment, share, and keep our community buzzing! 

 

If you have any resources I haven’t mentioned, I’d love to hear about them. Please send me an email at sarah@beegirl.org. Until next time, have fun and bee safe! 


Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board 

 

A Sweet Road Ahead with Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings

The National Honey Board is buzzing with excitement to announce that we are working with three-time Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings for a second consecutive year! Jennings is in a qualifying year leading up to Rio in summer 2016, and we are delighted to be a part of her journey. Last year you saw her post on “Straight from the Hive,” surrounding her favorite honey inspired recipes, tips for incorporating honey on-the-go, and how she keeps her skin feeling fabulous with honey as a moisturizer! She also helped us stay motivated to reach our goals during National Honey Month as a part of our “What Can You Bee-Come” sweepstakes.

Well this year, our team is hitting the sand with Jennings supporting her at select major volleyball competitions during the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) season. Not only will she be providing us with tips on how she is incorporating honey into her everyday life throughout the year on social media, she will be hanging out with #TeamHoney at select matches!

Keep a look out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates on where we will be with Kerri this summer along with her latest tips! We have a feeling you’ll be seeing one soon. You can also check out the full press release announcement here.


Honey Queen Buzz 

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair



Queen Gabrielle in Oregon teaching kids how to make bee hats

With March Madness behind us, April welcomed a variety of different promotional opportunities for Queen Gabrielle and Princess Hayden.

In between college classes and local promotions, the Queens ventured from their home states for opportunities in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. For a third year, the American Honey Queen Program was a guest of GloryBee Foods in Eugene, OR for their annual Bee Days. It was the perfect opportunity to welcome in the spring bee season for Queen Gabrielle. She had the opportunity to give community presentations and discuss beekeeping with the public at this great event. Princess Hayden made stops in Pennsylvania, reaching students of all different ages in school presentations and participating in farmers’ markets – another sure sign of spring!

Hayden closed out the month with a week of school presentations in Arkansas. It’s a perfect topic to take to schools this time of year, as many students are studying plants and pollination. The Queen can speak to students in all grade levels and for different lengths of time. Consider hosting a Queen during the beginning of bee season in your state. She can participate in a package bee pickup event and take to the radio waves or area schools talking about the importance of those beehives people see on the sides of roads.



Princess Hayden is interviewed on KETK's East Texas Live

Both Queens rounded out the month with a variety of local appearances, including a presentation to a master gardener program, appearances at Earth Day and Ag Day events, school presentations, and a radio and television interview. We have found that there is certainly no lack of interest in our industry!

I look forward to hearing from you about your potential Honey Queen promotions soon! The Queens are eager to assist you and we’d love to hear your ideas, particularly for National Pollinator Week, June 15-21! Contact me at 414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com to schedule a visit to your area. Happy promoting!


Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle was: 

"I'll introduce you to the sweet honey bees, Made from the best of big old trees, You can find a hive to keep bees in, And the answer to this riddle lies within. Everything bees you need to know. Just take my advice, you'll be a pro." Sophia Price got the correct answer: "The Hive and the Honeybee"!

Here is another one for you to ponder. Think you know the answer? The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

Thinner than a pencil lead am I,

Not often tall enough to look you in the eye.

Long when you need me long,

Short when you like,

Never wise to cross me,

Better take a hike!


Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • EPA announces moratorium on pesticides linked to honeybee population decline. "EPA has finally admitted it lacks the basic data needed to determine whether bees, other pollinators, or the environment will be adversely affected by neonicotinoids,” said Peter Jenkins, attorney for the Center for Food Safety.  Read more.
  • EPA Finally Moves to Restrict Bee-Killing Pesticides. “If EPA is unable to assess the safety of new uses, the agency similarly is not able to assess the safety of the close to 100 outdoor uses already approved. In view of its admissions, EPA has no option under FIFRA other than to suspend the existing uses, as well as follow through with its moratorium on the proposed new uses,” said Peter T. Jenkins, attorney for the Center for Food Safety. Learn more.
  • Nurturing health bees starts with knowing your native pollinators. As domestic honeybee populations decline (Penn State University estimates hives are down almost 60 percent from 60 years ago), researchers are looking more closely at wild bees. Read more.
  • Protecting honey bees is a lot like ensuring clean air and clean water. Everybody supports the cause, but the disagreement arises when it comes time to decide how to solve the problem. Many environmental activists in the United States blame the use of neonicotinoids as a chief culprit for honey bee loss and are calling for their ban despite overwhelming evidence that neonicotinoids cause no harm to honey bee colonies. Learn More.
  • Honey Bees contribute £200 million and £1 billion with the services they indirectly enhance through their activities and what they pollinate respectively. This has been revealed by a study that has been conducted in the UK. You are also likely to find the same revelations from studies carried out in other countries. Read More.

ABF Welcomes New Members — March 2015

  • David Aguirre, California 
  • Joe Bader, Texas
  • Mark Beers, Georgia
  • Corey Brill, California
  • Joseph Byrne, California
  • Laurent Chassepot, California
  • Daniel Cochran, New York
  • Tim Domingue, Alabama
  • Cindy Ericksen, Washington
  • Kenneth Ewald, Texas
  • Meg Hristov, Virginia
  • Gary Keesling, Indiana
  • Jennifer Kuehnle
  • Richard Kvies, Florida
  • Patrick Paine, Texas
  • Ray Stratton, Georgia
  • Ellen Wright, Oregon

 


Recipe of the Month: Honey Banana Velvet Doughnuts   

Source: National Honey Board


Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups - flour  

2-1/2 teaspoons - baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon - baking soda 

1/4 teaspoon - nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon - salt

2 - eggs

1/2 cup - honey 

1 - ripe banana

2 Tablespoons - butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup - dairy sour cream

1/2 teaspoon - vanilla

Fat for deep frying

 

Directions:

Sift together dry ingredients. Beat eggs until light. Add honey gradually and continue beating until well mixed. Beat in mashed banana, butter, sour cream and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. (Dough should be soft.) Chill 2 hours or longer. Roll out on floured board about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with doughnut cutter. In deep fat heated to 370°F, fry a few at a time. (Fry the holes as well as the doughnuts.) Turn doughnuts when they rise to the surface and are brown on the underside. Fry until brown on both sides. Remove from fat and drain thoroughly. While doughnuts are still warm, coat with cimmamon and sugar or powdered sugar. TIP: Form into long rolls and twist together to form crullers, cutting off every 2 inches. Yields 24 servings. 


Queen Susannah prepares for her next cooking class at the HAS 2014 Conference. 

 


July starts the beginning of the Queen and Princess’s heaviest travel time of the year. This year, July took the program to seven unique states, reaching honey consumers in a variety of settings. 

 

 



Princess Elena makes honey snacks for the West End Senior Center Residents.
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