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ABF E-Buzz: December 2015
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ABF E-Buzz — December 2015

In This Issue:

Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF President

Ah, December comes round again, with her last hours of the year.

How fast the days go by, with our friends and family near.

Year’s ends means we start anew, the shortest days will soon renew,

The Earth’s path takes us cycling again, the years seem short and few.

Bees a clustering warming their one, the squirrels add to their nest,

The robins are gone until the time snow will not reach their breast.

It's the time for spring catalogues, as the snow drifts higher and higher,

Repairing the old and building anew, tending the wood pile and fire.

Looking fast towards the day, when the bees swarm and play,

The daffodils dance, dandelions lion, and the world is all new in May.

- Tim Tucker

Welcome back! I hope you have all of your Christmas shopping done and that you are stocked up for the holidays. It's amazing how fast this year has gone by, and it seems like just a short time ago we were in California at the Disneyland Magic Kingdom! Much has transpired this year, and it has been a good year for the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF).

Probably the worst news is that honey prices have made a large correction in the multi-year advance that took honey prices from $0.60 a pound to $2.25 a pound at this time last year. The November Honey Report indicated that white honey is selling for $1.60 a pound, and I know of a couple of loads that moved recently at $1.65 a pound, but there are reports of honey selling at levels below that as well. So what's causing the correction that we have seen of roughly $0.60 a pound?

There are reports that China is getting honey into the U.S. through other countries, and this circumvention is, of course, illegal. There is also a good deal of support for the argument that world honey production is up, and from some countries it is way up. Canada has had a couple of great years with record crops in some areas, and Argentina, Brazil and India have had increasing imports into the U.S. as well. There are reports that with the U.S. crop being up 17% last year, and another pretty good year this year, that there are stocks of U.S. honey sitting in warehouses still from last year. Another consideration is that in response to high honey prices of over $2.00 a pound, commercial users such as bakeries and breweries cut back on their honey use, to where honey was a minor ingredient, yet present so they can still call it honey this or that.

Recently, the American Honey Producers Association (APHA) approached the ABF to consider investigating the cause of the recent drop in the honey prices. They wanted to enlist an attorney to investigate the possibility that China was responsible for dumping large amounts of honey into the market through surrounding countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan and Cambodia. AHPA also asked Sue Bee Honey to participate, which would have split the $125.000.00 cost of the investigation between the three organizations. This is just for an investigation into the possibility that further action would be justified, and that would likely mean further costs for court expenses and attorney fees.

After some consideration, Sue Bee Honey said they would not be interested in participating. That meant splitting this total cost between AHPA and ABF, which would be a very expensive investigation for both groups. The ABF board of directors and members of the executive committee discussed the issue, and ultimately decided it best to not be involved either, risking our financial security that is just now getting to place where we feel comfortable. I would like to do some investigating on our own, as records are very available from NASS, as to what countries are importing what amounts and see if we can go back years to look for any abnormalities. But I think this can be done without spending over $60,000 just for the discovery process.

While this is primarily of interest to our large honey producers, it is important to small, medium and large scale packers as well. Many of our members are packers, and this is actually a welcome relief in the long term rise in honey prices. All markets take breathers, especially the markets for today’s commodities. So, we have taken the position to do some checking on this market correction. We hope to find a balance somewhere between these levels and the record high level we saw last year. It would be a waste of good assets to pay for an investigation and have the market bounce back up next year because of a short crop again. We do have to have a basic understanding that all things are cyclic in nature and that is why we have not chosen to spend a large sum of money to participate in this investigation. We are making our members aware of this. If you would like to make a pledge to the effort, please contact me or Regina Robuck at reginarobuck@abfnet.org, and we will put you in touch with the right person. Please do not send checks at this time. But if you think it's important, please feel free to pledge funds that will be collected after it is determined whether to go ahead or not. Many have asked, and this is the best explanation that I can bring as an answer. If anyone has any questions please give me a call or send me an email at tuckerb@hit.net.

It's just a few weeks till we'll be gathering in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville) Florida at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa for the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow. We have the complete schedule of events and activities up on our conference site. Check it out at http://abfconference.com/schedule-2016. If you haven't made your hotel reservations, we are sold out at the main hotel. However, we have contracted with another hotel within walking distance. It is the Hilton Garden Inn/Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra. Their phone number is 904-280-1661. Let them know you are with the ABF Conference. Pre-registration for the conference is closed, but you can still register on-site on Tuesday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m. I hope to see you all there and it's going to be a great time as usual. You can find more information at www.abfconference.com.

Once again, there's lots and lots of simply good things here again in the ABF E-Buzz. I hope that you find all of the articles and information an asset to your beekeeping experience. Please enjoy and don't forget that you can access the last five years of ABF E-Buzz in our archives by going to www.abfnet.org and clicking on News and Publications and then on ABF E-Buzz, then selecting the month you wish to review. This is available to the public. You do not have to be a member to access this information.

Legislative Buzz

by ABF Vice President Gene Brandi  

The President recently signed the new Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill, which contains provisions for an extension of the Hours of Service exemption for bee haulers. It also contains language from the Highways Bee Act which will provide additional forage opportunities for honey bees and other pollinators.

The Hours of Service language (as published in the Federal Register June 19, 2015) (80 Fed. Reg. 33584), which exempts those who transport commercial bee hives from the additional 30-minute rest period requirement, has been declared a permanent limited exemption through language in this bill. This exemption will be reviewed every 5 years and may be subject to renewal.

Pollinator habitat language in the Transportation Bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to work with willing states as appropriate to:

  1. Encourage integrated vegetation management practices on roadsides or other transportation rights of way, including reduced mowing, and
  2. Encourage the development of habitat and forage for Monarch butterflies, other native pollina-tors, and honey bees through planting of native forbs and grasses, including non-invasive, native milkweed species that can serve as migratory way stations for butterflies and facilitate migration of other pollinators.

Obviously this language is directed toward increasing forage and habitat for many pollinators, including honey bees, and it is a step in the right direction to significantly increase forage opportunities for hon-ey bees and other pollinators in many areas of the USA.

Bee Educated: ABF's 2015 Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinars Continues 

New sessions are coming up and new archived sessions are now available!

Please visit our ABF website for more information and to sign up.

Next Generation Beekeepers Initiative

Tuesday, January 19, 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

Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a Bee Girl, ABF Kids and Bees Program Director; and Zac Browning, co-owner of Browning Honey Co. Inc.



What's a "Next Generation Beekeeper"? “Next Gen” is defined as, “The step forward that perpetually propels us into our impending destiny.” We are the next generation in our family of beekeepers, we are the drivers of the next stage of development in the products, services, expertise, and knowledge our industry provides. This beekeeper is a commercial or small scale beekeeper, or works as an educator or researcher. They are passionate about bees, and want to be involved in future beekeeping innovation, research, policy, technology, advocacy, or community leadership. In the near future, we need a functional model of collaboration and diversification. You tell us what that needs to be done, we’ll listen and help to develop a positive action plan.  

Celebrate the New Year with 700+ of Your Closest Beekeeping Friends! 


ABF Conference & Tradeshow January 5 - 9, 2016

The 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa on January 5-9, 2016. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors. BEE sure to check out the conference agenda for the latest updates on fantastic sessions and hands-on workshops. There’s something for everyone at the 2016 annual conference, from the beginner beekeeper to the experienced business owner. We are introducing many new features this year. Here are just a few highlights to pique your interest!

There’s something for everyone at the 2016 annual conference, from the beginner beekeeper to the experienced business owner. Not only can you participate in educational sessions get education, the conference is a great place to network with friends, speakers, vendors and others. Get up close and personal with hundreds of your fellow beekeepers when you engage in one of our many networking options (Note: An additional registration fee may apply).

Be sure to join us Wednesday evening in the Tradeshow for the welcome reception. You can grab an appetizer or two and visit with vendors who are eager to share their products and services with you. On Thursday, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the 2016 Honey Queen candidates when you register to attend the Auxiliary Luncheon. On Thursday evening, we’ll be going to the Jacksonville Zoo for dinner and dancing amongst the Range of the Jaguars. Our off-site socials are always fun and provide an opportunity to step away from the conference and get to know other beekeepers on a personal level. Don’t miss the Foundation Luncheon on Friday, where you can hear more from our scholars. Please be sure to attend the Business Meeting on Friday afternoon to learn more about the ABF and to help guide the direction for 2016. And of course, the ever popular annual ABF banquet will be held on Saturday evening. Join us as we coronate the 2016 ABF Honey Queen and Princess and welcome the new ABF President.

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

Silent Auction: Call for Donations

Each year during the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow, 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 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 5-9, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Florida. 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 K. Robuck at reginarobuck@abfnet.org or 404.760.2887 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 Florida in January. Additional information, including all registration rates, guest room accommodations, the conference schedule, invited speakers, session topics and much more, can be found on the conference website at www.abfconference.com. Be sure to check the website often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Call for Entries for the 2016 American Honey Show


Gift Box Theme "Fountain of Youth"

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2016 American Honey Show, which will be held during the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on January 5-9. This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees’ abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies.

Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Box class this year will be “Fountain of Youth.”

The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes eighteen (18) classes: twelve (12) for honey, five (5) for beeswax (including the new category of Beeswax Art) and the gift box class. The gift box theme for 2016 is "Fountain of Youth." After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.

Additional information, including official show rules, regulations and entry form, can be found on the here on the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow website or by contacting the ABF office at 404.760.2875. Good luck!  

Call for Resolutions

If you would like to submit a resolution for the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow, please email Regina Robuck at reginarobuck@abfnet.org

Volunteers Needed for the ABF Kids and Bees Program

by Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a Bee Girl, ABF Kids and Bees Program Director


Although I miss my bees dearly, I love winter! It’s conference season for farmers and beekeepers, and I get to reconnect with my favorite friends. A wonderful opportunity for you to connect with fellow beekeepers, meet the 2016 American Honey Queen candidates, have a meaningful experience, and rack up some good karma points, is by volunteering at the 2016 ABF Kids and Bees Program, Friday, January 8th from 9 to noon.

Bee Informed Partnership Crop Protection Agent, Dan Wyns, a 2015 ABF Kids and Bees volunteer, says, “I find the Kids and Bees event is one of the best ways to give back to the beekeeping community. Kids are so impressionable and curious, watching them light up as you plant the seed of fascination with bees and beekeeping is its own great reward. This is a good opportunity to not only share the wonders of honey bees, but to encourage them to understand the importance of bees, and what they can do to be a bee steward. Sarah’s program is a streamlined, very fun, and easy way to participate in the conference and engage with the host community.”

We’ll have four main stations: the art of beekeeping, the science of beekeeping, the world of beekeeping and the future of bees. These areas will have substations, totaling about 30 hands-on activities. We’ve already registered over 200 kids, and expect more than twice that! If you would like to lend some time, and your passion for bees and beekeeping, please sign up by calling or emailing ABF Kids and Bees Program Director Sarah Red-Laird at 541-708-1127 or sarah@beegirl.org.

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


Penn State is Sweet on Honey

In November we bee-lined our way to Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), to share our love of honey with the students on campus. After learning about a special Honey Day the university was planning within its residential dining program, the National Honey Board knew it was a valuable opportunity to partner with the campus and give the students an opportunity to taste a range of honey varietals and learn more about this golden ingredient.

The November 5 “Honey Pacechanger Menu” included the following on-trend honey-inspired items at lunch and dinner, created by the Penn State Dining team: Honey Brined Pulled Pork Sliders, Spicy Honey Roasted Carrots, Jalapeno Honey Glazed Chicken Breasts and Spicy Honey Glazed Parsnips.

Mouthwatering Honey Lavender Cookies couldn’t be stocked quickly enough, thanks to word of mouth. In fact, one student who missed out on the cookies, asked if they would be featured again. This was music to Penn State Sous Chef Stephane Gawlowicz’s ears.

The National Honey Board hosted honey sampling and information stations at each of the five campus dining halls, with support from the team at Pennsylvania-based Dutch Gold Honey. During the lunch and dinner rush, students had the opportunity to sample a range of varietals - Clover, Orange Blossom, Wildflower and Buckwheat - in addition to learning about the different properties and benefits of honey. Further, student athletes, like members of the Penn State Women’s Rugby team, were excited to learn more about honey as an all-natural energy source – something their trainers and coaches had already encouraged them to include in their diets. Honey sticks were also available as takeaway items for a quick, on-the-go energy boost.

But perhaps the most buzz-worthy sight was our very own honey bear, greeting diners as they entered the halls and drawing them to our stations. Students were inquisitive and eager to learn more about honey, and many shared stories about honey as a snack they had grown up with, or even something their parents gave them as a child to soothe sore throats. Needless to say, many of Penn State’s students proved to have a real “sweet spot” for our favorite, all-natural ingredient.

And with college students being so social media savvy, both the Penn State and NHB’s various social media accounts were abuzz with honey trivia and event images throughout the day, helping to promote this sweet event. Students who shared their newfound honey knowledge also received National Honey Board drawstring backpacks filled with a plethora of honey goodies.

It was great getting to meet so many students and staff members and sharing honey information and inspiration. Special thanks to our very talented new friends at Penn State Dining; we look forward to seeing what delicious recipes the university creates next with honey.


Honey Beer Competition Creates a Buzz

They came, they sampled, they judged.

More than 25 beers were submitted and tasted by three certified judges from the Beer Judge Certification Program. Submitted ales and lagers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and contribution of honey to the overall flavor of the beer.

“The Honey Beer Competition recognizes some amazing brewers and the many different ways they are using honey in brewing,” Catherine Barry, National Honey Board’s director of marketing, says. “Honey has so many different uses in beer, from contributing sweetness to adding to the depth of flavor to bottle conditioning. It was impressive to see brewers use this one ingredient in so many ways and with so many different styles of beer, ranging from IPAs to stouts to pilsners.”

The three highest-scoring beers in both the ale and lager category were awarded trophies, digital seals and, of course, bragging rights.

And the winners are:

Best in Show: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Best Honey Ales

  • Gold Medal: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch – Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore. Brewed with wildflower honey and alluvial hops, the Honey Kolsch uses honey from the Rogue Farms honey bees.
  • Silver Medal: Ron and the Beast Ryan – Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn, N.Y. A bright, hop-tastic Saison with the key addition of Brettanomyces from famed American funk machine, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.
  • Bronze Medal: Beasley’s Honey White – Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C. This unfiltered white ale is brewed with toasted Tellicherry black pepper, North Carolina honey and North Carolina oats.

Best Honey Lagers

  • Gold Medal: Luminosity Lager – St. Patrick’s Brewing Company, Littleton, Colo. This honey lager has notes of citrus, hints of seven hop varieties and a very smooth finish.
  • Silver Medal: Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils – Pedernales Brewing Company, Fredericksburg, TX. A light, refreshing lager made with local honey that provides a slight sweetness to balance classic German hops and adds a pleasant wildflower aroma.
  • Bronze Medal: Honey Brown Lager – Dundee Brewing Company, Rochester, N.Y. Honey Brown is brewed with premium barley, hops and white clover honey to produce a great-tasting, medium-bodied lager.
Thank you to all who submitted beers and congratulations to our winners!

In Memoriam


Keith Clausen Rowe

Keith Clausen Rowe, 91 years, of Jackson Lake, died peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at his cabin. He was born July 6, 1924, in Tecumseh, Nebraska, the son of Richard F. and Hilda (Clausen) Rowe. Keith married Anita Adeline Hawks on August 21, 1948, in Ashland. She preceded him in death in 1965. Keith received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Keith proudly served a 23-year career as a pilot in the USAF during World War II, Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a beekeeper for 40 years, was a member of the American Beekeeping Federation, and was named the Wisconsin Honey Producers Beekeeper of the Year in 2000. Keith is survived by his five children, Judy A. Rowe (Frank Cordes), Richard M. Rowe (Debra), Diana J. Marty (Keith), Doreen L. Rowe (Thomas Pearson) and Douglas K. Rowe (Virginia Kay); 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, Anita, Keith was preceded in death by a brother, Russell F. Rowe and a sister, Vera Vilmann.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 14 at Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland. A United Chequamegon Bay Area Veterans military service followed the memorial service at the funeral home. A private family burial was held in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ashland at a later date. To view the obituary online, click here.

Honey Queen Buzz  - What a Great 2015!

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Gabrielle and Princess Hayden educate students in Illinois

As December comes to a close, I wish you and your families a blessed and safe holiday season! The Queen Committee wishes the same for our 2015 American Honey Queen and Princess.

December promotions closed out the year on high notes. Hayden continued to make appearances at beekeeping meetings, including the East Texas Beekeepers Association banquet and the Louisiana Beekeepers Association annual conference, where she spoke about the American Honey Queen program and the work of our representatives. Gabrielle gave a final interview in her home state of Iowa at the beginning of the month. During the second week of December, Gabrielle and Hayden reunited back in the Midwest with a final trip to Wisconsin and Illinois. During their time together, they prepared their final presentations and reports for the ABF on their year of travel and prepared to pass on their titles to new representatives.



Queen Gabrielle and Princess Hayden educate students in Illinois 

As in previous years, I’d like to give our American Honey Queen and Princess the opportunity to send you a message in their own words for the last ABF E-Buzz of 2015! 

From American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath:

This past year, I have learned and experienced more than I ever thought possible. I am incredibly thankful for the new friends I have made and the memories I will cherish forever. Thank you to the ABF and the American Honey Queen Program for giving me the opportunity to represent this amazing organization. I am eager to continue building friendships in the years to come in our little beekeeping world!

From American Honey Princess Hayden Wolf:

This past year has been an exciting and life-changing time full of new opportunities and friendships. I’ve loved representing the beekeeping industry in 21 states on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation. Thank you to the American Honey Queen Committee and the ABF for giving me this opportunity and for their hard work to make this a successful year of promotion.

Queen Gabrielle, Princess Hayden, and the entire American Honey Queen Committee look forward to seeing you at the ABF Conference & Tradeshow in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Florida. Attendees will have the opportunity to support the Honey Queen Program through a variety of methods and the privilege to meet our 2016 candidates! We are eager to report on the year’s work and are excited to welcome our newest spokespersons and promoters to the ABF family. If you have an event at which you would like the 2016 American Honey Queen or Princess to promote, please contact me now to discuss options! Happy promoting!

Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle was: "How do you make two 2s into two 5s? You are free to apply any mathematical function you like. (Hint - remember Snow White?)" Robert Lamothe was the first to get the correct answer: Write down on a paper 22. Turn the paper upside down. Then read the paper, which is upside down through a mirror. It will read 55!

Here is another riddle to ponder. Think you know the answer? The first to e-mail Valerie Lake at valerielake@abfnet.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

Sometimes we're together inside of a book. If you can scratch my back, we'll take a look.

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • Retailers to eliminate bee killing pesticides from plants. Learn More.
  • Montreal, Canada proposes ‘complete ban on neonics.’ Read more.
  • Research may lead to solution to the cause of bee deaths. Learn more.
  • Beekeepers encourage local participation. Read More.
  • Wisconsin Honey Producers hold annual convention. Learn More.
  • Scientists on quest for the ultimate Canadian honey bee. Read More.
  • Whistleblower speaks out against USDA systemic pesticides corruption. Learn More. 

ABF Welcomes New Members — November 2015

  • Parwez Ahmad, Afghanistan 
  • David Batts, North Carolina
  • Myrta Brouse, Texas
  • Lee Choate, Texas
  • Steven Cochrane, Pennsylvania
  • Laura Fish, Missouri
  • Troy Gasaway, Texas
  • Rebecca Golden, Washington
  • Susan Hagberg, Illinois
  • Russell Hahn, Texas 
  • Rodger Jensen, Nebraska


  • Michal Kulka, Illinois
  • Kerry Palakanis, Maryland
  • Jeff Pansing, Ohio
  • Arlen Penner, Kansas
  • Ashuqullah Roudwal, Afghanistan
  • Anthony Russell, Florida
  • David Segrest, North Carolina
  • Eric Sperling, Texas
  • Amy Wright, Florida
  • Dana Yetton, Utah
  • Cecelia Young, Florida



Recipe of the Month: Spiced Mandarin Orange Tea with Honey 

Source: National Honey Board


4 tbsp. - honey

12 mandarin oranges - juice (with the pulp)

4 mandarin oranges - rind

4 cups - water

4 - star anise pods

½ tsp. - nutmeg, ground

½ tsp. - cinnamon, ground

1 - cinnamon stick

1 tbsp. - vanilla extract

extra cinnamon sticks (optional garnish)



Place all of the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with lid and heat over high heat. Stir every so often and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and boil for another 30 minutes without lid, until all the flavors are well combined and the aroma of the spices is strong. Before serving, strain the tea to remove the pieces of rind and any residue. Serve hot and decorate each cup with a stick of cinnamon if desired.

Click here to read the full recipe online.


Science Buzz 

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

Register Today and Join Us for Palm Trees & Healthy Bees in Sunny Florida!  


2016 American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Conference & Tradeshow, January 5-9, 2016

Join us for a buzzworthy experience at the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Conference & Tradeshow, January 5-9, 2016. The conference will be held at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville)

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