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ABF E-Buzz: December 2016
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ABF E-Buzz — December 2016

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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



A Beekeeper’s 12 Days of Christmas

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
My Honey gave to me
Twelve drones a-buzzin'
Eleven acres blooming
Ten swarms-a-swirling
Nine tools a scraping
Eight mites-a-dying
Seven smokers puffing
Six feeders dripping
Five Breeder Queens
Four honey bears
Three sting-proof veils
Two Goat skin gloves
And a nuc for my apiary.


Welcome back! I hope that your bees are all heavy with stores and winter bees for the winter. We have had some wonderful fall temps until the last week when this polar vortex came through the U.S. really taking temperatures down to levels not seen since last year or longer. I hope that you have had the opportunity to get all your entrance reducers in place and that your hives are in good locations with plenty of exposure to the sun and free from wind as much as possible. I have had numerous calls the last couple of days about the ability of bees to get through the winter and how they deal with the cold temperatures. Most of the time across the country today, we do not experience temperatures that will dramatically affect strong and healthy hives. When the cluster is large enough and some bees are lost on the outer edge of the cluster, the hive can absorb some losses. But in large colonies the bees will usually move to the inner regions of the cluster to warm enough before they become too chilled to respond. The inner area of the cluster will be maintained at a high enough temperature to keep any brood and the queen alive, and it's kind of like a room filled with people. The room warms up very quickly. The temperatures outside of the cluster, just an inch or two from it, will be at or close to the ambient air temperature outside of the hive. 













 I am always amazed in reading old magazines how little some things have changed in beekeeping and how much good advice there still is in these old writings. I recently browsed the December issue of “Gleanings in Bee Culture” from 1936 to find several interesting articles on wintering ideas. One was written by A.H. Gates from eastern Washington. I have included a picture of his wintering method, which he said gave him a 100% survival rate for several winters. It was interesting to note that in 1936 Mr. Gates was requeening his hives every year unless “the colony is an outstanding one.” He produced his own queens each year in nucs made from a single frame of bees and brood and placed it behind the colony. In this nuc he placed a ripe queen cell ready to emerge. These nucs that raised a good young queen were united in the fall with the parent colony giving the colony additional young bees and winter stores to be as successful as possible in overwintering. But most important of all, there would be a new queen to start the spring buildup. 

He also stressed the importance of keeping the winter location free from wind by placing the bees near windbreaks of a natural making or constructing windbreaks for the bees. Back in the 1990s I had a wintering location that was an old stone barn that was set into the side of a hill with southern exposure. The stone wall behind the bees provided a great heat sink for the bees, and protection from North winds, and those bees always overwintered well. I could only put about 40 hives in the spot but it was a treasured location. Unfortunately, the ranch owner cleaned up the site and had the stones pushed into a big pile to “clean up” things a bit. I was not appreciative but ... it was his land and that's the way things go at times. Mr. Gates also used top entrances with the bottoms being sealed off in early October so there would be no rodent problems or issues with skunks. I have always felt that my hives wintered better with an upper entrance as well, and I really need to get back to this. I have seen many pictures of hives in Canada that are winter-wrapped and the entrances are always in or above the second story. There are lots of ways of doing this and the picture here shows one method. Mr. Gates said that his winter temperatures were often equal to those in the central states with temperatures getting to -20 degrees several times the previous winter. Of course, at the time there were no Varroa mites, either, and we all know how they reduce the number of bees in the colony and affect the ability of our hives to get through.

Our December E-Buzz is packed with great information that we hope you find useful in your beekeeping experience. Our Honey Queen program chair, Anna Kettlewell, brings us up to date on the Honey Queen and Princess and their travels around the country. Kim and Tabitha also teamed up for their final school presentations of the year at a high school in Winnetka, Illinois, outside of Chicago. They gave cooking presentations to culinary arts students, opening the students’ eyes to the diverse ways to use honey in cooking. Sarah Red-Laird has news regarding the Kids and Bees program event in Galveston on Friday the 13th at the convention center as part of the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. Some of the Kids and Bees topics will include “The Art of Beekeeping,” “The Science of Beekeeping” and “The World of Beekeeping.” If you have any desire to be a part of the Kids and Bees program, Sarah’s article also describes the workshop she will be giving on Saturday, which you might like to attend. There's a wonderful article on a new app in the works that will help individuals consider all the aspects of beekeeping before jumping into the experience of beekeeping. The app is being designed by Dr. Meghan Milbrath and Tammy Horn Potter. Tim May, our Vice President, updates the recent goings-on in Washington in the Legislative Buzz, and our President, Gene Brandi, invites everyone to make the trip to Galveston the second week of January for what will be the biggest event in American beekeeping this upcoming year. Plus, we have lots of other stuff and Buzzmakers and a great recipe. As always, I hope you enjoy your time spent here at our monthly newsletter, and if you have anything you would like to see inserted into coming issues, please let me know. You can always contact me at tuckerb@hit.net. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

-- Dr. Seuss 


President's Greeting

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

The Holiday Season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is my favorite time of year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being my favorite holidays. I enjoy getting together with family and friends, and the shorter days this time of year allow for a little time away from the bees. The bees need to rest this time of year, and so do we beekeepers! 

I remember the days when there was much less bee work to do from late October through January here in Central California, but that is not the case today. We have always fed sugar syrup to avoid starvation and fed protein supplements as needed, but during our current five-year drought, the need for feeding has been unusually high. Prior to 1992 there was no need to treat for varroa mites in my operation, but now we are treating late into the fall and even during the holiday season in some cases. There used to be ample time for the “winter work” of making supers, frames, lids and other hive equipment, as well as time to repair equipment and machinery. The need for “winter work” is still there, but the time to do it has been reduced considerably by the demands of the bees in recent years as we strive to maintain as many strong colonies as possible for almond pollination in February.

This is also the time of year when we count our many blessings and look forward to a prosperous and bountiful New Year. Christine and I were recently blessed with a new grandson as our son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Grace, are the proud parents of Oliver John Brandi! We are thankful for health and for the opportunity to work with one of God’s greatest creations, the honey bee, and hope you are as well.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday season and a blessed and prosperous New Year. Hope to see you in Galveston!

Government Relations Buzz

by Tim May, ABF Vice President

As most of you know we are coming up to the implementation of the VFD ruling. There are still many questions regarding the ruling and how it will affect beekeepers. President Gene Brandi, on behalf of the ABF, presented the FDA with a list of questions that will be pertinent to beekeepers regarding the VFD. Here is a link to Gene’s questions and the answers provided by Dr. William Flynn of FDA/CVM. This information will also be available on the ABF website, www.abfnet.org. Many of you may have additional questions. Dr. Michael Murphy will be presenting information and answering additional questions at this January’s 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Galveston, Texas.

In other news regarding the FDA, the National Honey Board has presented additional nutritional labeling alternatives to the FDA’s ruling that the words “added sugars” will be required on honey labels. The NHB has not received a response from the FDA at this point.

Also in the news, a federal court has sided with the EPA stating that it is not required to evaluate and regulate seeds that are coated with neonicotinoids. Neonics including products produced by Bayer and Syngenta are linked to bee deaths as well as other problems with reproduction (queen failure), navigation and communication. And per EPA most seed coatings have little effect on preventing pest problems. The case challenging the lack of seed coating oversight was brought by the Center for Food Safety on behalf of Pesticide Action Network as well as concerned farmers and beekeepers.

In his conclusion, District Court Judge William Haskell Alsup said: “The court is most sympathetic to the plight of the bee population and beekeepers. Perhaps the EPA should have done more to protect them, but such policy decisions are for the agency to make.”

I hope to see everyone in Galveston at the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. It is a must for all beekeepers. 

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

Bee Educated will be back in late January!



2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow: Celebrate the New Year with 1200+ of Your Closest Beekeeping Friends! 

Join us in Galveston, Texas, January 10-14, 2017


The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Galveston, Texas, at the San Luis Resort and Galveston Island Convention Center, January 10-14, 2017. We are excited that this will be a joint conference with the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council. 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 2017 conference, from the beginner beekeeper to the experienced business owner. Not only can you participate in the many educational sessions, the conference is also a great place to network with speakers, vendors and researchers. Get up close and personal with hundreds of your fellow beekeepers when you engage in the several networking options. (Note: An additional registration fee may apply for each event.)


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 2017 Honey Queen candidates when you register to attend the Auxiliary Luncheon. On Thursday evening, we’ll be going to the very special Moody Gardens Rainforest for dinner and music. 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 2017. Then, join your friends in the AHPA banquet on Friday night. And of course, the ever-popular ABF banquet, which this year is also the Canadian Honey Council banquet, will be held on Saturday evening. Join us as we coronate the 2017 ABF Honey Queen and Princess and welcome the new ABF President.


For more information, please visit the conference website http://nabeekeepingconference.com/.

Click Here to view the full conference agenda.


You may join us at the Galveston Island Convention Center and register on site.

The Registration/Information Desk will be open at these times:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 10: 3 PM - 7 PM
  • Wednesday, Jan 11: 7 AM - 6 PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 12: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, Jan. 13: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday, Jan. 14: 7:30 AM - 1 PM

We look forward to seeing you in January!


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

Capturing Honey’s Natural Sweetness in Nashville

Recently the National Honey Board (NHB) was back in Nashville for a sweet photo shoot with the very talented Mark Boughton and his great team. In a continued effort to put forth the best honey-inspired recipes for consumers interested in cooking with honey, the NHB has been partnering with Mark Boughton Photography for a number of years on creating beautiful recipe images that capture the pure inspiration that is all-natural honey. 


Honey has a way of truly enhancing even the simplest of dishes with its natural benefits. Whether you’re looking for a little help locking in moisture for succulent grilled meats, balancing out sour, tart or spicy ingredients in a recipe, or simply adding sweetness and beautiful color, this single ingredient spans your entire menu.


While it’s fun to take pictures of honey and the delicious eats and drinks it inspires, it’s even more enjoyable to create and test new recipes! Through our work with Mark and his great team, we met food stylist Whitney Kemp who has been instrumental in our effort to bring consumers only the best honey recipes. We have been working closely with Whitney in recent months to refine our current recipe database, as well as develop some tasty new honey dishes.


We always enjoy getting out of the office every so often and getting back to what it is that we truly love about honey – its pure, all-natural and humble roots – and Mark just has a way of capturing it on film for all to see. We want to thank Mark, Whitney and the entire team for another great session and we can’t wait to see the final product. 



Project Apis m. Update

Introducing the first PAm-Costco Canadian Scholar


by Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m. 

PAm was born out of the need to expedite practical research to make practical, immediate improvements for honey bees pollinating agricultural crops. That was ten years ago, and through these efforts, PAm’s work has attracted generous donors whose values include sustaining the industry--by playing the long game. This includes support for multi-year initiatives focused on bee health, like Bayer Healthy Hives 2020; projects building strategic forage and habitat like Seeds for Bees and The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund; investing in long-term stock improvement like the WSU germ plasm repository and breeding Varroa resistant bees; and supporting the scientists of the future through PhD scholarships.

The scholarship programs are very exciting. We have supported several students in the USA, and in November we selected the first ever PAm-Costco Canadian Scholar. We are pleased to congratulate Sarah Wood, who is pursuing her Ph.D. at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. As you would expect, Sarah has a very good academic record. She is successful and driven and has accomplished much already. However, what you might not expect to learn is that she is a veterinarian! As we interviewed finalists at the Alberta Beekeepers AGM, it was clear that she has a strong commitment to beekeeping and bee research and has played a key role assembling a lab group with over 200 colonies for their studies, which she maintains without a technician (a remarkable undertaking!).

It is also worth mentioning that bridging the fields of veterinary science and bee science could not come at a better time, as regulations are changing for the use of antibiotics to treat honey bee maladies, and veterinarians and beekeepers need to find a way to do business together to comply with new regulations. Sarah's work to offer veterinary students elective courses in apiculture is of great long-term value to develop a new facet of that profession while simultaneously bringing veterinary animal science experts' attention to honey bee health. Sarah's chosen research project: “The histopathology of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) exposed to sublethal doses of the neonicotinoids” also has great potential to apply techniques that could offer standard, low-tech methods to assess honey bee health and toxicity of pesticides--something our industry has been requesting for years.

Well-spoken, pleasant and full of great questions, Sarah will be an excellent representative for the PAm-Costco Scholar award, we believe, and we look forward to following her progress. Make sure to congratulate her if you get the chance!

Photos: PAm-Costco Canada Scholar, Sarah Wood, at her interview and doing her research













Beekeepers develop HoneyBEE app for fun and learning

Dr. Meghan Milbrath, an extension and outreach specialist at Michigan State University, and Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist, have designed a new app for the development of beekeeping skills through the management of virtual honey bee colonies.

The name is HoneyBEE, short for Beekeeping Electronic Education. HoneyBEE will be a real-life simulation game that will enable players to experience the joys and challenges of keeping a hive in a variety of environments. Players and students can experience the joys of beekeeping and gain insight into real challenges without losing a lot of money, breaking a sweat, and/or getting stung. Players will start with one colony and must provide ‘care’ to the colony to keep it healthy and for it to grow. Players will learn how to monitor health indicators and will have options to respond to multiple scenarios. Players will be able to choose multiple locations and scenarios and can challenge themselves by trying different management strategies. Successful players will have hive products that can be sold -- earning the player virtual money that can be used to purchase more colonies and more equipment and grow their operation.  Beekeepers who don’t successfully take care of their bees will have their colonies die, and they can start the game over.

  • Beginner beekeepers can try a variety of different scenarios – learning all the lingo, equipment and skills needed to successfully keep bees, accelerating their path to becoming successful beekeepers. 
  • Beekeeping clubs can use the game along with their beginner beekeeping schools to provide extra education.
  • Teachers can use HoneyBEE to teach kids about bees, beekeeping and agriculture.
  • Existing beekeepers can use it to try new models or simulate different strategies. 
  • Anyone can use it for fun – while getting more insight as to what it takes to be a beekeeper.  

Example: a player will start with a colony and will chose the location (e.g. Michigan). The player will choose when to check on the hive and will receive information on the health and status of the colony. The player can choose to feed the colony, to add supplements, to monitor for disease, to treat for disease, to split the colony, etc. The colony will respond to the player’s action or inaction depending on the time of year, weather, etc. A beekeeper who is successful will be able to grow their operation and can bring in income by putting money into their operation, getting virtual grants or selling hives or hive products. 

Benefit: The game will be based on real honey bee management data and can be integrated into beekeeping and science education. Factors such as pests, pathogens, weather and habitat will all affect the virtual beekeeping operation, and the beekeepers can try different scenarios to find management strategies that work to keep colonies successful.    

Need: Honey bees are struggling, and entering the beekeeping industry can be difficult for the public. This app will educate the public on the issues surrounding honey bees and beekeeping. Many people have recently heard about beekeeping, and want to get started, but they underestimate the work and costs involved, or may not enjoy it. This app will allow them to experience the art, joys and challenges of keeping bees before spending money, getting hot or stung, and it will be another tool for them to learn how to better care for their animals.

Meghan shared the idea at the Bee Audacious conference in California.  John Miller heard about it over lunch and *ordered* Meghan and Tammy to go create the funding mechanism to get it off the ground. They have started a GoFundMe page. The funds will be used to pay the costs to develop an app for one year, travel, licenses and distribution. The funds are needed by Feb. 14, 2017. Dr. Meghan Milbrath will guide the work. She is a beekeeper and academic specialist for honey bee research and extension, and she will work directly with the game developer to ensure that the game is both super fun to play and based on real data.  https://www.gofundme.com/pd-honeybee


NAPPC Call for Research Proposals

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: Call for Research Proposals Related to Honey Bee Health

DEADLINE: February 3, 2017


The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is seeking proposals for research related to improving the health of honey bees.  Proposals should focus on research to manage, suppress, and eradicate Varroa mites, small hive beetles, and other pests, pathogens, and diseases contributing to colony losses.  Summaries of previously funded projects can be found at http://pollinator.org/honeybee_health.htm. Review and selection of proposals will be conducted by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force.

Research Needs

We anticipate supporting several proposals, for a maximum of $10,000 for each individual proposal.  Students and post-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to apply.  Funds must be used within a one-year period.  Focused, targeted projects with a high likelihood of providing tangible results that can be applied to improving bee health are preferred.  Proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered. Principal investigators of funded projects will be expected to present the results at the 2016 NAPPC meeting.  Conference travel and registration costs may be taken from the grant award.

Priority Areas

The Honey Bee Health Task Force has identified seven priority areas for funding, though other areas will be considered as well.

  • Effects of pathogens and pests on honey bee behavior, physiology and/or colony health; including the development of novel methods to mitigate these effects, such as RNAi technology.
  • Effects of nutrition on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  • Effects of pesticides on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  • Effects of parasite and pathogen spillover from other bee species to honey bees.
  • Development of approaches for genetic stock improvement of honey bee populations to enhance resistance to pathogens and parasites.
  • Effects of climate or environmental variables on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  • The development of diagnostics or indicators for the presence of pests, pathogens and diseases that affect honey bee health, particularly those that can be used by beekeepers. 

Proposal Requirements

  • Proposal title.
  • Priority area focus/focuses.
  • 3 page-project description (Arial, 12-pt font, single spaced, with page numbers, references are not included in this page limit) with sufficient background and description of methods to ascertain the importance and feasibility of the studies. 
  • Detailed budget.  As a non-profit organization the Pollinator Partnership/NAPPC does not pay overhead on funded research grants. 
  • Research timeline by month (approximately May 2017 to May 2018).
  • 2-page resume of the principal investigator(s). 
  • Contact information including email(s), physical mailing address, and telephone number(s).
  • Please include if the proposal is under consideration by other funding organizations.
  • If the PI has previously received funding from NAPPC, please include information about the outcomes of that funding, including publications, presentations, and/or leveraging to obtain additional funding (up to 1 additional page).


Email your proposal packets as a single PDF file to Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org) by 3PM PST on Friday, February 3rd, 2017.  

Please contact Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org).

Funding Decisions

The proposals will be evaluated by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force and funding decisions will be made by Monday, March 13, 2017.

Kids and Bees

Kids and Bees Workshop: Creating a Sustainable Beekeeping Culture


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


The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow is less than a month away! I’m so looking forward to meeting new beekeeping friends as well as hundreds of local kids and their parents and teachers on Friday the 13th at the Kids and Bees event.


This year, I am also excited to present a workshop on Saturday, January 14. If you are interested in the Kids and Bees program, or want to know how to start, or add to, you own program, please join me for “Kids and Bees: Creating a Sustainable Beekeeping Culture.” Location and exact time will be given in your conference program.  


Details about the Kids and Bees event, Friday, January 13:


From 9:00 – Noon, local and visiting elementary-aged kids are welcomed to the Galveston Island Convention Center to participate in the “Kids and Bees” program. This no-charge event has been a tradition with the ABF conference for over 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 exhibits under the themes of “The Art of Beekeeping,” “The Science of Beekeeping,” “The World of Beekeeping” and “The Future of Bees: It’s Up to You!” Favorites such as beeswax candle rolling, bee finger-puppet making and hive displays will be included. The highlights this year will be face painting, a photo booth with costumes and an ultraviolet “Bee View” demonstration. Students will make their way through each station, engaging with beekeepers and Honey Queens from around the US, for activities that will harness their senses and imaginations.


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. 


Details about the Kids and Bees workshop, Saturday, January 14:   


I will share stories from my adventures working with Kids and Bees across the US and beyond. I will highlight some surprising facts about the important role youth can play in beekeeping, as well as give you easy steps to create your own children’s program to engage our littlest potential bee advocates. This hands-on workshop will also give beekeepers who already work with kids a few new ideas to bring home to your own program. 


Until then, please continue to help us spread the word for the Kids and Bees program, and let me know if you can lend your time and smiles as a volunteer for Friday’s program! 




Honey Queen Buzz

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair


Snow and cold temperatures have finally arrived. Despite the winter season, your spokespersons have kept busy throughout December.

Beekeeping conferences and year-end meetings continued in December. Tabitha had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the Louisiana Beekeepers Association convention in Baton Rouge in early December. She also participated in the Collin County (Texas) Hobby Beekeepers Association’s Christmas meeting in mid-December as a guest speaker and an active club member.

December continued to be a great month for educational promotions as well. Kim continued with the program’s many 4-H presentations in early December, speaking to 30 members about keeping bees as a hobby or in tandem with their own farming operations. Kim and Tabitha also teamed up for their final school presentations of the year at a high school in Winnetka, Illinois, outside Chicago. They gave cooking presentations to culinary arts students, opening their eyes to the diverse ways to use honey in cooking.

Kim and Tabitha will spend the rest of the month preparing to see the many attendees at the North American Beekeeping Conference in Galveston, Texas, in January. You will have a variety of opportunities to support the American Honey Queen Program at the conference, from attending the Auxiliary meeting to see the candidates’ presentations on migratory beekeeping to participating in fundraising activities! We are eager to share reports with you at the conference on Kim and Tabitha’s promotional and educational outreach work this year and to welcome our 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess. 

Should you have an exciting new event at which the Honey Queen or Princess could participate, please contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 with your ideas. 


 On behalf of the American Honey Queen, American Honey Princess and the American Honey Queen Committee, I wish you and your families a safe and blessed holiday season! Happy promoting!


Bee Thinking

No one guessed the November riddle, so it’s up to you! We have added a fourth stanza this month. Can you guess it?

Riddles are challenges

There's no doubt
You have to figure

To figure them out.


To answer this one
Look around and inside

Last month's edition

Where I reside.


I'm always loved
On any ole day

My top runs wild

In the month of May.


So look real hard
‘Cause when I’m found

You’ll stop and thank

And praise the ground.



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

  • Pesticide Poisoning could stop bees from finding flowers, new research shows. Read More.
  • Fort McMurray beekeeper gets bumper crop of honey after fire. Read more.
  • Honeybees Have Their Own 'Uptown Funk.' Read More.
  • France vows to outlaw Monsanto's glyphosate by 2018 amid fears herbicide is destroying biodiversity, causing mass honeybee die-offs. Read More.
  • 3 Simple Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season. Read More.
  • You’re a Bee. This Is What It Feels Like. Read More.

ABF Welcomes New Members - November 2016 

  • Nate Atkinson, Illinois
  • Duane Bajema, Iowa
  • John Barrett, Connecticut
  • Laureen Bartfield, North Carolina
  • Wyatt Bates, Ohio
  • Cathy Beckwith, Texas
  • Mark Berman, Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Berry-Smith, Georgia
  • John Bolanos, Pennsylvania
  • Alan Bosma, Texas
  • Rob Brinkerhoff, Utah
  • Sam Castriotta, Massachusetts
  • Karen Christy, Kansas
  • Ann Cicarella, Ohio
  • Caryn Colgan, Illinois
  • Lawrence Cooper, North Carolina
  • Kitty Culbert, Illinois
  • Kim Daigle, Georgia
  • Edward Damore, California
  • Brenda Davenport, Georgia
  • James Dugger, Georgia
  • Steve Eddington, Arkansas
  • Chari Elam, Texas
  • James Elam, Texas
  • William Ellis, Alabama
  • Daniel Fenwick, Nevada
  • Mike Gecewicz, North Carolina
  • Don Geisman, Georgia
  • Martine Gubernat, New Jersey
  • Victor Halbgewachs, Georgia
  • Deborah Hines, Texas
  • Kenneth Hobbs, Texas
  • Stuart Holloway, Texas
  • Todd Jenkins, Michigan
  • Brian Jennings, Michigan
  • Pamela Jewett-Bullock, Virginia
  • Donovan Johns, Texas
  • William Johnson, South Dakota
  • Ron Johnstone, Texas
  • Gerry Kiernan, Georgia
  • Jonathan Knisely, Connecticut
  • Roger Kopitzke, California
  • Scott Kosteretz, Wisconsin
  • Zip Krummel, Oregon
  • T.Max Kuhn, Oregon
  • Melinda Lahmers, Georgia
  • Joshua Lang, California
  • Adrien Lindley, Texas
  • Robert Lopez, Georgia
  • Calvin Macomber, Georgia
  • Hampton Mallory, Pennsylvania
  • Louise Medford, Tennessee
  • Carman Morey, California
  • John Mark Nelson, Oklahoma
  • Charles Owens, Texas
  • Larry Parducci, Indiana
  • Anthony Perrier, Massachusetts
  • George Philyaw, Mississippi
  • Gregory Reeves-Fortney,California
  • James Rep, Georgia
  • Steve Roth, West Virginia
  • Mary Smith, Texas
  • Mitchel Smith, Montana
  • Lynnette Thom, Wisconsin
  • Zach Thomas, Georgia
  • Amanda Thomson, Virginia
  • Richard Threlkeld, Texas
  • Adele Towers, Pennsylvania
  • Charlie Vanden Heuvel, Oregon
  • David Vierig, Wyoming
  • Janice Waldron, Texas
  • Shawn Warren, Texas
  • Niklos Weber, DVM, California
  • Lynn S Wilson, North Carolina
  • Connie Wood, Georgia
  • Margaret Zittel, Pennsylvania
  • James Zook, Pennsylvania 


Recipe of the Month: Honey Holiday Punch

This punch will look festive on your holiday table, and it's delicious, too.


  • 1½ C. HONEY
  • 2 C. apple juice
  • 1½ C. cranberry juice
  • 1½ C. white grape juice
  • 1 C. pineapple juice
  • ½ C. lemon juice
  • 2 liters ginger ale


On the stovetop, combine HONEY and apple juice; simmer on low. Add all other juices, stir well and refrigerate. When ready to serve, stir in the ginger ale. Enjoy! 


           -- 2016 American Honey Princess Tabitha Mansker

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