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ABF E-Buzz: October 2016
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ABF E-Buzz — October 2016

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Past President and ABF E-Buzz Editor


Hot October

Hot October
Breeze is blowin’
Never felt like
This before
Sittin’ on the porch
At nine p.m.
And sweatin’
Up a storm

Thinkin bout
The passing years
And water
Under the bridge
Dylan’s singing

Dogs all playin'

Life is what
Life is.... 

-- Tim Tucker


Welcome back! I hope your fall is going well and your bees are ready for the coming winter. Ours here in Kansas are bulking up pretty good with a fall flow of nectar that has been coming off of goldenrod and asters. Right now you should be doing fall checks to make sure your boxes have plenty of bees and some good stores. If they are light in stores you will need to feed them by adding the appropriate feed in either sugar syrup or pollen supplement or both. We always want our hives to be weighty or difficult to lift off the ground from the back by the first of November. So check those winter stores! Of course it's now time to do some good fall treatments and knock back your mites. Hives that are light in bees need to be dumped or combined if you can kill the queen. If you dump bees, do it a hundred yards from remaining hives and then it is not likely then that the queen will fly back to another hive. You don't want to keep alive a bad queen that hasn't done her job. Bees have been doing things that are not instinctual for the past several years, and we have been experiencing fall swarms or absconding, where bees just leave the box. If there is a swarm and queen cells are left behind, they will not have a chance to get mated as there are no drones left here in the Midwest and the upper half of the country, so those hives will likely not make it. We have had several such swarms, and I've had two beekeepers with just a few hives call and report the same. Unfortunately, it is difficult to come up with queens this time of year to put into these hives that have swarmed, but that's what you have to do to have a chance of the hive’s survival. I thought I had some banked queens, but the bees ate through the corks and released the four remaining queens I had been keeping, which does happen sometimes. So while I had one queen take over – and she's a good one, the other three were all killed. Glad it wasn't a dozen or two!  

I hope you are all planning on making the trip to Galveston to join us for the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow on January 10-14, 2017. It promises to be the event of the year in beekeeping as it is a joint conference between American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council coming together to make Galveston the place to be in January! Make your reservations soon, and I hope to see you all there.

This month as usual we have some great news items in our Buzzmakers and a great new recipe that I make in the fall of each year with wild edible greens and some tame ones as well. We have a new riddle, some great contributions from our President Gene Brandi, and a legislative report from ABF Vice President Tim May. Gene is addressing using products in our beehives according to the label. Tim's article has some great information regarding honey labeling and our industry’s concerns with Glyphosate or Roundup, which is so pervasive in the environment today. Also we have news from Sarah Red-Laird about the upcoming Kids and Bees program in Galveston and our report from Anna Kettlewell, our Queen Committee chair, on what the Honey Queen and Honey Princess have been up to in their travels around the country this past month. I hope you enjoy your time spent here, as always. If there's something you wish to see or that you feel would be a good addition to our E-Buzz, please do not hesitate to email me at tuckerb@hit.net. Till next time, have a great fall season. and enjoy the work of getting the bees ready for next year!


President's Greeting

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

There has been a great deal of publicity in recent months surrounding the new FDA rules pertaining to antibiotic use in beehives, which will go into effect January 1, 2017. As ABF Vice President Tim May has described in previous ABF articles, depending on the particular product and formulation it will be necessary for beekeepers to obtain either a veterinarian’s prescription or a veterinary feed directive in order to purchase these disease-fighting drugs. The purpose of these new rules is to help ensure that drugs used to treat animal diseases are only used as necessary in order to minimize disease resistance to the compounds, and to reduce or minimize the possibility of residues in products consumed by humans.

Beekeepers who use antibiotics in their bee hives should take great care to only use approved antibiotics according to label instructions.  Timing of the applications is extremely important. As a general rule, if antibiotics are applied to beehives, they should either be applied in the fall, after all marketable honey has been removed for the season, or in the spring at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a major honey flow. Obviously, timing of applications during the spring is more difficult as it is not always possible to predict when the first honey flow will begin, so fall treatment is safer in that regard.

Applying antibiotics in the manner prescribed on the label is very important in order to minimize the possibility of introducing antibiotic residues into honey. Products that are recommended for use as a dry feed or treatment should not be mixed with sugar syrup and fed to bees. Products having label instructions recommending that they be added to sugar syrup and fed to colonies in that manner should be used cautiously, again preferably in the fall after all marketable honey has been removed.

If you plan to use antibiotics in your beehives next season, it is wise to contact a veterinarian now in order to develop a valid veterinary client/patient relationship so that your prescription or veterinary feed directive request can be expedited when it is needed.

It is incumbent upon all of us in the beekeeping industry to manage our beehives and produce honey in a responsible manner in order to keep our honey supply as pure as possible. Using antibiotics only when necessary and according to the label will go a long way toward safeguarding the purity of our honey.   


Government Relations Buzz

by Tim May, ABF Vice President


As many of you are now aware, the FDA has found the residue of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s “Roundup”) in many foods including honey. The levels in some tests were twice the legal European Union limit. Residue levels of 107 parts per billion have been found in the United States, while the legal European Union level is 50 parts per billion. There is currently a no-tolerance level in the United States, which makes any amount detected here illegal.

The FDA first began testing for glyphosate in February of this year after decades of ignoring the chemical. Independent testing groups were finding glyphosate in various foods, which pressured the FDA to begin testing.

The EPA is completing a risk assessment on the use of “Roundup” and is conducting public meetings from October 18 – 21 in Washington, D.C. The EPA’s risk assessment report is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2017.

Added Sugars

The FDA’s decision to change the nutritional label information on honey to include “added sugars” remains in place. Margaret Lombard and Jill Clark represented the National Honey Board and met with members of FDA to discuss this matter. The NHB decided to create several alternative label options based on the information given during their meeting with the FDA.

The NHB presented several label options to the FDA and unfortunately none of them were accepted, nor were any suggestions for alternative wording given to the NHB. At this point the NHB is out of options to resolve this issue and the ball has been placed in the honey industry’s court. This is a serious issue for all beekeepers and honey packers. This FDA ruling has the potential to hurt the “pure and natural” image honey has in the eyes of the consumer. The ABF will continue to work with other industry groups to solve this potentially destructive problem.


There still seems to be some confusion regarding the FDA ruling on antibiotics for honey bees. According to the FDA, beekeepers WILL need a prescription for all antibiotics used on honey bees. Dr. William Flynn has been invited to speak at the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Galveston, Texas, in January, and will explain the new ruling. Dr. Flynn is Deputy Director for Science Policy in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Bee Educated: ABF's 2016 Webinar Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Continues 

New sessions are coming up and newly archived sessions are available!  

Antibiotic Use in Beekeeping: How Does the Industry Comply with New Policies?

Wednesday, November 9, 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

Gerald L. Stokka, DVM, MS, North Dakota State University

Dr. Gerald L. Stokka will present information on the use of veterinary feed directive (VFD) feed grade medications and prescription water soluble antibiotics for honey bees.

Click here to learn more and register.

The ABF webinars are a true member benefit and are recorded and available for members to view online, usually within 24 hours after the live presentation. Just visit the ABF website page, Conversation With A Beekeeper Series, and scroll down to see the Archived Sessions.

Available: Full Agenda for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

Register today!

You still have a few days to take advantage of the Early Bird rates until October 31! 


Great news! The agenda for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow has been posted and is ready for your review. Please take a look at the many educational sessions offered and select what’s best for you. This conference offers sessions for all levels of beekeepers and is sure to provide information to address your most perplexing bee challenges.  


Wednesday and Friday are dedicated to General Sessions with industry experts. Track sessions are offered on Thursday with topics specific to Beginning, Serious Sideliner and Commercial Beekeepers. Saturday will feature various interactive workshops offering a variety of hands-on learning activities to choose from. 


If you are looking for a little time to socialize and meet new friends, we have just the activities for you. Join us on Wednesday evening in the Tradeshow for the Welcome Reception. This reception is included in your registration fee. This is a great opportunity to meet with our fantastic vendors and learn more about the products and services they have to offer.


The Thursday night social event will be dinner and entertainment at the Moody Gardens Rainforest. This is the perfect time to meet with other beekeepers and share experiences and best practices. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Rainforest, enjoy a delicious dinner and listen to the musical talents of Terry and Hilda Machado Brown. It’s going to be a fun night, so be sure to register for this event. An additional registration fee is required. 


And don’t forget to register for the annual banquets. The American Honey Producers Association will host their banquet on Friday night at the San Luis Hotel with a live auction. The American Beekeeping Federation and the Canadian Honey Council will host a joint banquet on Saturday night at the Galveston Convention Center also with a live auction and the coronation of the 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess. Reservations for all three properties can be made by visiting the conference website at www.nabeekeepingconference.com.


Register Today!


The early registration deadline is October 31! As a member of the American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association, Canadian Honey Council, Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists or Texas Beekeepers Association, you should have received a member discount code to use when registering online. Please call 404-760-2875 if you do not have the discount code.


Special note about online registration: The member discount code should be entered on the third registration screen. That screen says Checkout (1 of 2). Look for a field called “Promo code.” Enter your member discount code and click on “Apply.” Your registration rate will change, reflecting the member rate.


For additional information, please visit www.nabeekeepingconference.com.


We look forward to seeing you in January!


2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow: Call for Auction Donations!

During the 2017 North American Conference & Tradeshow, attendees will have the opportunity to experience outstanding live and silent auctions. The American Beekeeping Federation 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 auction items for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 10-14, 2017, in Galveston, Texas. 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. Please make sure you keep a list of items donated.

    If you are interested in donating an item to either the silent or live auction, please contact Regina K. Robuck at rrobuck@meetingexpectations.com or 404.760.2887 for additional information and to let us know the item(s) you will be donating.

    We will accept donations into the office until December 10th. You can drop them off at the conference center in Galveston the day of the conference. If you plan to donate something it would be helpful to hear from you by Friday, December 16, 2016.

    Thank you in advance for your support of the ABF. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in Texas in January. And, if you haven't already done so, be sure to register now for the conference. 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 http://nabeekeepingconference.com. Be sure to check the website often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are available.

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

    Honey Shines with Foodies at 2016 Feast Portland Event

    The National Honey Board (NHB) recently celebrated National Honey Month at the fifth annual Feast Portland, presented by Bon Appétit. This September event, which began in 2012, takes place throughout the Portland, Oregon, area and features many events that thrill the most adventurous foodie.


    Over the course of three days, visitors get to sample food and drinks, all while supporting a good cause. Proceeds from Feast Portland help support charities working to end childhood hunger in Portland and throughout the country and in 2016 the selected charity was Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.


    The NHB was excited to be on hand with spokesperson Chef David Guas during the event’s Grand Tasting to share honey’s versatility with three unique and delicious honey-inspired eats and sips, including Bruschetta with Herbed Ricotta, Honey Macerated Blackberries, We Make a Great Pear mocktail and Early Fall Delight cocktail.


    The honey booth also featured fun giveaways for visitors including bright orange spatulas and original honey flip cookbooks. Also available for guests were honey sticks in three varietals – orange blossom, blackberry and buckwheat. 


    In addition to the Grand Tasting, the NHB and Chef Guas were also present at the Brunch Village, which took place on the last day of the event, and featured Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones with Honey and Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Blossom Honey & Early Fall Granola.


    Overall this was a great event for the NHB and honey. As an ingredient with a multitude of uses there can be no better audience for our message than the foodies of the world who gathered at Feast Portland.




    Updates on Honey Bee Health Coalition and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign -- October Meetings in Washington, D.C. 

    by Zac Browning, ABF Past President 

    The Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC), Oct. 17-18, University of MD

    Focus began with completing a fundable proposal for the HBHC project, “Bee Integrated.” This project aims to practice the main recommendations of each of HBHC’s four working groups (Crop Pest Management, Forage and Nutrition, Hive Management and Outreach/Communications) simultaneously at apiary locations to demonstrate benefits to hive health. Pending funding of proposals, two to three  pilot sites will commence in 2017.

    Progress reports and discussion from the individual working groups included:

    Forage/Nutrition - Discussing Farm Bill Conservation priorities to improve USDA pollinator habitat programs. Defining and communicating the co-benefits of pollinator forage programs. Developing an interview tool for use at Galveston, to understand the success/failure/gaps of supplemental nutrition applications.

    Crop Pest Management - How to improve incident reporting and provide a non-regulatory pathway for beekeepers to submit data due to pesticide exposure incidents. Also develop and improve crop pest advisor education and training.

    Hive Management - Updating the Varroa Management Tools Guide and completing a series of ‘go with’ videos to demonstrate methods and application of Varroa controls. 

    16th Annual NAPPC, Oct. 19-20, hosted at USDA APHIS, Riverdale MD

    After 20 years, Laurie Davies-Adams announced that she will be seeking a successor in 2017. Speakers included USDA APHIS administrator Kevin Shea; Dr. Bruce Rodan from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Rick Keigwin from US EPA. Many of the talks and discussions centered around habitat for pollinators, especially monarch butterflies, which are being considered for listing as an endangered species. NAPPC Farmer Rancher Award was bestowed on Lakhy Sran, owner of Sran Family Orchards in Kerman, CA. He manages 1500 acres each of organic conventional almonds, and has invested over $200K putting bee forage on his farm. Last year, he worked with Project Apis m. to install 6.5 linear miles of hedgerows for pollinators and will continue to install more. Lakhy will also work with the Xerces Society on a new program to certify farms and with Pollinator Partnership as a Bee-Friendly Farm. 


    Project Apis m. Update

    by Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m. 

    Project Apis m. holds core values to support work toward practical solutions to benefit bees and crop pollination. Despite decades of us all fighting the Varroa mite, it is still considered the leading cause of colony losses and we still scramble from one solution to the next. Lately I have read an increasing number of statements and articles concluding that breeding Varroa resistant bees holds the potential to provide a sustainable solution to Varroa. There have been several efforts to do this over the years, not without some success. Many operations have been treatment free for years using carefully selected stock; however, Varroa-resistant bees haven’t been adopted by the commercial industry. 

    The trait of Varroa resistance we know the most about is VSH, which stands for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. You can see the bees in action in this video.

    These bees can find the capped cells where a Varroa mite has entered to reproduce, then they uncap those cells and remove the developing bee in each. As you can see in the video, the mite escapes alive and she may try again, but the bees will interrupt her reproduction again, and this stops mite populations from growing. This behavior was discovered at the USDA Bee Lab in Baton Rouge, and since then they have selected and bred lines of bees to maintain this trait. The challenge remains to stabilize that behavior in a bee with the full suite of desirable traits for commercial beekeeping use. This is a significant endeavor. Breeding is a long-term commitment, and verifying the VSH behavior requires opening hundreds of brood cells to inspect mite reproduction for each test. It’s a big challenge but we believe it’s worth doing. PAm is supporting a project working with the USDA Bee Lab, supported in a commercial beekeeping operation in Hilo, Hawaii, and has partnered with Arista bee breeding foundation in Europe, which is looking for the same trait in European breeding lines. The PAm project is supported by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant, and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture has also given support for a field trial starting in 2017. We couldn’t be more excited about this project! I look forward to sharing more about it at upcoming beekeeping meetings.

    Kids and Bees

    Galveston Kids Want to Meet You!

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

    This coming January, the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will again be hosting the “Kids and Bees” program. If you haven’t attended the kids’ event, think of it as a whirlwind beekeeping museum with experiential activities to engage kids in the world of bees and beekeeping. This exciting and hands-on experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local Texas kids, and the day’s success relies on beekeepers and bee lovers volunteering their time, knowledge and smiles.         

    The program will be held on Friday, January 13, from 9:00-Noon, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. This no-charge event has been a tradition with the ABF conference for over 20 years! We have reached thousands of kids, and their parents and teachers, across the country. This year we are expecting approximately 500 kids, and we can’t pull off a successful event without you!    

    We are looking for about 35 volunteers to host educational activity stations that impart the art and science of beekeeping to our little visitors. Possible jobs include hosting honey tasting, talking about pollination, helping them with microscopes, beeswax candles, finger puppets, face painting and a host of other bee-centric themes.      

    This is a great opportunity to earn master beekeeper program educational points, meet the US Honey Queen candidates, meet other beekeepers and bee enthusiasts, get ideas for your own kid’s bee program and find that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you give back to the bees.  

    For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Sarah Red-Laird at sarah@beegirl.org or 541-708-1127.  

    To register your children or students for the January 13 no-cost program, visit http://kidsandbeesgalveston.eventbrite.com.  




    Honey Queen Buzz

    by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

    Autumn is finally upon us, and the Queens are back in school and teaching hundreds of students on their promotions! (Also, Queen Kim is finishing up her last semester of graduate studies!)

    October brought a plethora of opportunities for the Queen and Princess. Queen Kim and Princess Tabitha spoke to school groups all over the country, including at fairs. Their fair and honey festival visits continued in Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia and Texas. At several of these fairs, since they are taking place during the school year, classes came to the fairgrounds on field trips. This gave our spokespersons the chance to not only show these groups around the fair exhibits, but to provide educational programming at the fair. Speaking to student groups at fairs allows our beekeeping organizations to get the right messages to our youngest consumers! 

    Beekeeping conferences are now in full swing, and Kim started out this annual tradition this month with stops at the Western Apicultural Society (WAS) conference in beautiful Hawaii and the Montana State Beekeepers Conference in the lovely mountains! Being a guest speaker and assisting with conference activities kept Kim busy during these events.

    Classroom and dedicated educational events were also on tap in October. Tabitha was busy with school presentations in Tennessee and Texas. Kim also was a presenter for Ag in the Classroom programs in Montana and visited schools in Wisconsin.

    November is creeping up quickly and our weather is quickly changing! I assure you, ABF’s spokespersons are eager for a busy November and December. The Queen Committee is also looking forward to receiving applications for the 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess positions. I welcome your requests now for 2017 events.

    Contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 with your ideas. Happy promoting!







    Queen Kim at the Topsfield Fair in
    Massachusetts. Kim explains that
    she represents the ABF and travels
    the country teaching people about
    bees, honey and pollination. This
    little girl says she wants to be a
    queen someday!

    Princess Tabitha gives a presentation
    how to get started in beekeeping
    at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine. Beekeeping
    is for any age, and Tabitha loves teaching
    people that they, too, can keep bees!  

    ABF Members to Speak at Mettawa, IL, Bee Seminar


    The Mettawa Bee Seminar in northern Illinois has announced their March 18, 2017, program, and it features two ABF members among the speakers. The program will bring the latest research and experience on the topic of nutrition of honeybees, specifically how to care for the overwintered bees to make them healthy throughout the 2017 season and help them produce the healthiest possible bee-crop and honey for your personal or business use.

    Four nationally-known experts will speak on their leading-edge research and experience on improving the health of honeybees. We all know that our personal health is better when our immunities are higher; it is no different with honeybees. The question we will be exploring in this one-day seminar: how can we ensure our bees have more nutritional food to help build their immunity to diseases while maybe even improving the nutrition and flavor of the honey they produce. (See one of the many research white papers listed on the seminar website about the topic of bee nutrition: http://www.mettawabeeseminar.com/research-on-topic/.)  


    Dr. James Amrine: Professor Emeritus, West Virginia Univ., Entomology Program, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences at the Davis College. Specialty in Eriophyoidea, Apiculture, Forensic Entomology, Biological Control of Multiflora Rose. He was the first to do extensive research on the effect certain essential oils have on bee behavior. His research found that several essential oils improved the health of the honey bees. Especially useful were wintergreen, spearmint, patchouli, penny royal, tea tree and melaleuca oils. Jim is the inventor and one of the founders of the Honey B Healthy product line used by most beekeepers.

    Dr. Gordon Wardell, member of ABF: Bee biologist and Director of Pollination Operations for Wonderful Orchards Company and President of the South Valley Bee Club in California. Gordon has been a professional apiculturist for over 30 years and has worked with bees on three continents. Gordy invented MegaBee, the honey bee nutritional supplement for pollen patties, developed from years of research in the area of Varroa mite control, honey bee nutrition, fire ant monitoring, and small-hive beetle. In addition, he has authored numerous scientific publications on honey bees.

    Jon Frank: Jon is the owner of International Ag Labs, based in the solidly Ag community of southern Minnesota. He is a soil consultant with over 14 years of experience in his field. He is the founder of High Brix Gardens, the market garden/backyard garden division of IAL. Jon is fascinated with the correlation between minerally-rich soil and nutrient-dense food and its subsequent impact on human health. Jon has personally created all of IAL’s products in the last 8 years and has seen particular success in crafting fertility programs that significantly boost yield and quality. Jon is currently developing a universal standard of nutrient density with the help of growers around the country. Jon and his family live in rural Minnesota within shouting distance of Iowa.

    Dave Hackenberg, member of ABF: David began keeping bees as an FFA project in 1962 at Mifflinburg Area High School. By the time he had graduated high school, he had already started his own business maintaining several hundred hives. Over time he built his business up to 3000 bee colonies as one of the largest east-coast beekeepers but in 2006 he lost 80% of the hives due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder.  Mr. Hackenberg received the Presidents’ Award from the American Beekeeping Federation in 2008 for bringing the plight of the honey bee to light in the world. Dave presently holds the position of Chairman of the Honey Bee Health Advisory Board. Dave is considered an expert and thought leader on bee heath. Dave has often been credited with discovering CCD in the US.

    Date: March 18, 2017

    Place: Lake Forest, Illinois

    For more information about the seminar, go to http://www.mettawabeeseminar.com/.

    The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. (The Foundation) was delighted to receive this letter from Girl Scout Troop #5481 in Midlothian, Virginia! 


    "Our Girl Scout Troop #5481 learned about bees as a part of our “saving a national treasure” curriculum and the girls decided to donate the proceeds of a lemonade stand to The Foundation. These second graders were fascinated by what they learned about the impact that bees have on our lives and our food, so they wanted to help the bees. They even handed out info sheets about bees at their stand!

    Please accept our donation of $127.68 from our Girl Scout Troop.

    Thank you, 
    Autumn Fehr, Troop Leader"

    The funds raised will benefit The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation organized with a mission of preserving and protecting honey bees to ensure a quality food supply and environment. 
    No matter how young, no matter how old, anyone can help the bees by donating! 

    Bee Thinking

    Congratulations to Lynda Reuter, who guessed last month's riddle! The correct answer was smoker fuel. A few people guessed it, but Lynda was the first. 

    Here's a new one for you to try:  

    I can tell you

    What to do
    And make it

    Easy, tried and true. 


    Follow my advice
    Don't think twice

    Follow me now

    It'll be so nice 


    Think you know the answer? The first to email Susan Reu at susanreu@abfnet.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.


    Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

    • A One-of-a-kind Event for Beekeepers who want to get ahead in their business. Nothing like it, anywhere, ever. Read More.
    • Almond industry slams land use study for inaccuracies. Read more.
    • Car fumes confuse honeybees and threaten pollination and honey production. Read More.
    • High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths. Read More.
    • Bees To Mead: Michigan Couple Raises Bees And Makes An Ancient Drink From The Honey. Read More.
    • Brooklyn cemetery set to sell honey from its heavenly on-site hive. Read More.

    ABF Welcomes New Members - September 2016

    • Richard Ackermann
    • Duane Bingham
    • Sharon Hart
    • Tom Homan
    • Murray Pickard


    Recipe of the Month: Honey Mustard Fall Salad

    Every October I look for fresh greens growing in the yard around the farm here, and I gather up dandelion greens, plantain and smooth-leaved dock. If I have spinach and a few lettuce greens it makes a great salad. In gathering fresh greens, it is important to find small tender leaves from these wild edibles. If the leaves get large they can get bitter. So see what you can find for a salad mix. It's fun and it's free.

    I also have a planting of fall turnips and radishes that add zip to about any salad I fix. For this vegetable salad I use a Saladmaster to shred my veggies into julienne strips that make for a wonderful salad. If you don't have a Saladmaster there are lots of food processors that can slice up your vegetables.



    For Salad

    Salad greens for your salad bed

    1 Zucchini

    1 Sweet onion

    2 Sweet peppers

    2 Large carrots 

    For Dressing

    1 Cup Miracle Whip

    1/2 Cup Honey

    1/2 Cup Jack Daniels Honey Mustard

    2 Tbsps. Olive oil

    1 Tbsp.  Chia seeds

    1 Tbsp. Black pepper

    Pinch of salt


    Once you have shredded or julienned your vegetables, mix ingredients for the salad dressing in a medium-sized bowl and add to the vegetables. Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving. To serve, simply add the vegetable mix to a bed of lettuce or greens and top with your favorite salad toppings such as cheese, raisins, pine nuts, sunflower seeds or croutons.

    -- Tim Tucker


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