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ABF E-Buzz: January 2017
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ABF E-Buzz — January 2017

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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


"Bare branches of each tree

on this chilly January morn

look so cold so forlorn.

Gray skies dip ever so low

left from yesterday's dusting of snow.

Yet in the heart of each tree

waiting for each who wait to see

new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,

like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,

buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."

-  Nelda Hartmann, January Morn


Welcome back to another edition of the ABF E-Buzz. There's much here for you to browse and, we hope, enjoy. Many of us are back from the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow (NABC), which was a great week of meetings with the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association, Canadian Honey Council and the American Bee Research Conference all meeting under one roof. The last time this happened was in 2011, also in Galveston. We had beekeepers there from around the globe, and in total around 1,500 attendees had a wonderful time. The convention center was packed with vendors of every type of equipment that might help us in the field on every floor. This is one of the great times to get together and meet with old friends and acquaintances that don't often have a chance to do so. We would like to give special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who make the tradeshow happen -- and made it so successful.

One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of the Founders Award to Jim and Mary Anne Frazier (left). The Founders Award is meant to reflect exemplary performance in the line of service to the beekeeping industry and professional dedication to the science of improving honey bee health. With our two friends recently retiring from Penn State University, it was a perfect time to honor their service and dedication to the industry.



The other big night was the visit to Moody Gardens Rainforest, and it was a great time with some wonderful food and entertainment provided by Terry and Hilda Brown (right). Terry is a great songwriter and performer, and Hilda has a great talent in her trick roping. Many of our organization’s leaders were given a chance to show their skills at rope twirling during the night, and there was much fun had by all.



Our Platinum Sponsors this year were Barkman Honey, Cowen Manufacturing, Dadant and MannLake. Barkman Honey buys honey from all over the U.S. and is a regular sponsor of our Commercial Beekeepers Breakfast. Cowan Manufacturing produces the largest array of honey processing and extracting equipment tailored to your individual needs, and Dadant and Mann Lake provide everything that beekeepers need in their operations, including bees! Dadant is the oldest bee supply company and is represented by Gabe Dadant, the sixth generation of the family that has served the industry for 154 years. We really appreciate their involvement and support of the annual conference hosted by ABF each January. Our Gold Sponsor was BetaTec, the manufacturer of HopGuard II, and they are the largest grower of hops in the world. Our one Silver Sponsor was Brushy Mountain, which offers a complete line of beekeeping equipment and supplies. With several retail stores across the country, they are quick to serve beekeepers everywhere. Our Bronze Sponsors were Kelley Beekeeping, Pierco, Hummerbee and Bayer Bee Care. Many other sponsors contributed to the success of the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. We hope that you value their contributions with your regular patronage this coming year. I have placed a list of them all below. Thanks to them all!

This month we have, as always, an update from Anna Kettlewell, our Honey Queen Chairperson who will train our new Honey Queen, Maia Jaycox, and Princess, Hope Pettibon, to represent the ABF throughout the year. There is a special note from Gene Brandi, our ABF president, about the conference as well and a special article on trucking bees to California for the upcoming almond pollination event, which looks like a wet one this year. We also have a legislative update from Tim May, our ABF vice president, on recent information from the EPA. There are updates from Project Apis m. and the National Honey Board, and our Kids and Bees Director Sarah Red-Laird has a report on the Kids and Bees program held on Friday at the conference in Galveston. Finally, we have lots of new Buzzmakers and a great recipe for you to use your honey in.

As always, I hope you enjoy your time spent here at E-Buzz, and if there's anything you would like to see included, please send me a note to tuckerb@hit.net. Till next month, stay warm and relax by the fire with your beekeeping books and some hot cocoa. It won't be long till things start happening with the bees again!


President's Greeting

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

The recently-concluded 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow (NABC) was a huge success by all accounts with more than 1,500 registered attendees. The combined efforts of the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council, along with the management expertise of Meeting Expectations, made it all happen. We could not have held a conference of this magnitude without the financial assistance of the conference sponsors. The NABC tradeshow was phenomenal. We had the largest gathering of vendors that I can ever recall filling the exhibit hall and the foyer areas on both the first and second floors of the San Luis Galveston Island Convention Center.

Special thanks to the donors, auction buyers and those who purchased raffle or sweepstakes tickets at the conference, because these fundraisers allow the ABF to continue serving the beekeeping industry throughout the year. Congratulations to Carmen Conrad and George Hansen for their “Best of Show” awards. The American Honey Show had over 60 entries and raised more than $11,000 for the Honey Queen program.

From the inspirational keynote addresses presented by Jonathan Lundgren and Jeff Pettis, to the multitude of speakers who covered a wide variety of beekeeping and business-related topics, the conference certainly offered something for everyone.  

We have received many positive comments from conference attendees and vendors who would like to see unified conferences again in the future. The ABF resolved in 2008 to continue efforts toward enabling unified national beekeeping conferences and has a continuing resolution to that effect. At this point it appears the earliest we may be able to put together another unified conference is January 2020. We will begin discussions this year to bring such a conference to fruition.

Thanks again to all who helped make this 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow a resounding success!

Government Relations Buzz

by Tim May, ABF Vice President

On January 12, 2017, the EPA finally released its long-awaited “Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products” (Proposed Acute Risk Mitigation Strategy). The “proposed” restrictions would prohibit the application of pesticides that are acutely toxic to bees during bloom where honey bees are known to be present and under contract for pollination services. Unfortunately, this proposed restriction does nothing for bees that are not under pollination contracts. The Proposed Acute Risk Mitigation Strategy encourages the efforts of states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposure through the use of MP3s (Managed Pollinator Protector Plans).

After reviewing many comments on the proposal, the EPA made modifications on its method with a goal of targeting the compounds that pose an acute risk to bees and reducing the potential effect on growers. There are two listed exceptions to the label restrictions allowing growers more flexibility. The first one pertains to pesticides with short residual toxicity times that will allow their use during hours that will reduce the likelihood of acute effects on bees from exposure to the pesticide. The second exception is for crops with extended bloom time to allow application during hours when the bees are less likely to be foraging.

After receiving comments regarding the “Proposal,” the EPA will update its Label Review manual implementing this new language.

Environmental Hazards Language for Pollinating Insects. This product is [moderately/highly] toxic to bees and other pollinating insects exposed to direct treatment, or to residues in/on blooming crops or weeds. Protect pollinating insects by following label directions intended to minimize drift and to reduce risk to these organisms.

Unfortunately, this long-awaited “Proposed Acute Risk Mitigation Strategy” will only apply to pollination contracted bees during bloom. This “Strategy” will not affect our bees throughout the remainder of the year.

The complete Proposal is available on the EPA website.

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

Keep watching this space, and your emails, for details about our upcoming webinars representing the "Best of the NABC."

We will bring you several webinars presented by some of the favorite conference presenters at the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow earlier this month in Galveston, Texas. If you missed the conference, or if you want to hear information from those sessions again, this will be an excellent opportunity to learn from the best. Coming soon!

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow: 

Building a Sweeter Future

The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow was held January 10-14 in Galveston, Texas. This joint conference of The American Beekeeping Federation, The American Honey Producers Association and The Canadian Honey Council was a huge success with over 1,500 beekeepers collaborating and sharing best practices. In addition, members of the Apiary Inspectors of American (AIA), the American Association of Professional Apiculturists (AAPA), the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) and the National Honey Packers & Dealers Association (NHPDA) gathered in the same location for joint meetings and to participate in the conference.


We kicked off this year’s conference on Wednesday, January 11, with The Presentation of Colors by the Sons of the Revolution and a welcome by Chris Moore, President of the Texas Beekeepers Association. General session followed with presentations from industry experts including a keynote from Dr. Jonathan Lundgren on “Beyond the Bees: Why 'Solving the Bee Problem' Isn’t Going to Work.” The evening concluded with the Welcome Reception in the sold-out tradeshow with entertainment provided by the 2017 American Honey Queen candidates.


Thursday morning began with the Commercial Beekeepers Breakfast and a panel discussion. Over 200 beekeepers gathered to collaborate on issues unique to their commercial businesses. The day continued with track sessions for Beginning Beekeepers, Serious Sideliners and Commercial beekeepers. The ABF Auxiliary lunch/meeting, with over 100 attendees, featured presentations from the Honey Queen candidates and the opportunity to learn more about the Auxiliary. The evening concluded with an optional social activity at the Moody Gardens Rainforest with over 375 in attendance. Participants had the opportunity to view 3D and 4D movies, and they enjoyed the musical talents of Terri Brown while learning how to rope from professional trick and fancy roper, Hilda Machado.


The ever-popular Kids and Bees session was held on Friday morning, coordinated by our very own Bee Girl, Sarah Red-Laird. Over 250 local children participated in this hands-on, interactive program. Children, teachers and parents walked away with a greater understanding of the honey bee and its importance to our livelihood.


Friday was also packed full with general sessions featuring updates from the USDA-ARS labs and a keynote presentation by Dr. Jeff Pettis on “Is Secondhand Smoke Killing Bees?"


More than 150 people participated in the Foundation luncheon where they met the 2017 Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees Scholars:

  • Mehmet Ali Doke, a doctoral candidate in the Entomology PhD program at Penn State
  • Courtney MacInnis, a Master’s student in the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta
  • Rodney Richardson, a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University’s Department of Entomology
  • Lars Straub, a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Bee Health

Congratulations to these scholars, who each received a $2,000 scholarship grant from the Foundation to continue with their course of study.


The annual ABF Business Meeting was also held on Friday where Gene Brandi, Los Banos, CA, was confirmed as ABF President for 2017 and Tim May, Harvard, IL, was confirmed as Vice President. The Board of Directors was also confirmed and can be viewed on the ABF website, www.abfnet.org.


Additionally, the 2017 Honey Show auction was held on Friday with all proceeds benefitting the American Honey Queen Program. With over 63 entries from 16 states and 2 countries, the judges faced no small task. Special thanks to Mary Kettlewell and the all the judges for their time and expertise. For a complete list of winners, please visit the NABC website, nabeekeepingconference.com.


The AHPA annual banquet was held Friday evening at the San Luis Resort with over 250 in attendance. AHPA presented Christi Heintz with the Friend of the Industry Award and Mark Brady with the Beekeeper of the Year Award. The evening ended with a live auction, lots of fun and some great items going to happy bidders.


The final day of the conference was again packed with hands-on workshops where attendees had the opportunity to learn:

  • How to Prepare a Business for Sale
  • How to Make Candles and Creamed Honey
  • Encaustic Art & Monoprints
  • Honey Bee Morphology and Anatomy
  • Skin Care with Beeswax and Honey
  • Honey Bee Biology and Management
  • And much, much more . . .

The ABF/CHC banquet was the final activity of the conference. More than 360 people attended the banquet and participated in the Sweepstakes drawings, the live auction and the coronation of the 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess. Congratulations to Maia Jaycox, our 2017 American Honey Queen, and Hope Pettibon, our 2017 American Honey Princess. Thank you for all the amazing work you are going to do for the ABF. 2017 is going to be an adventurous and fulfilling year for you both.


ABF was pleased to present two awards that evening. The President’s Award was presented to George Hansen in recognition of his outstanding and significant contributions to the American Beekeeping Federation and the beekeeping and honey industry. Dr. Jeff Pettis was the recipient of this year’s Hoopingarner Award for the best scientific presentation of the conference.


We would like to thank our conference sponsors who made this conference possible! 


Save the Date!

Be sure to join us for the 75th Annual ABF Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, 2018, at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada.  


The new year is officially here and we can’t help but be excited.

Last year brought many new and exciting experiences for the National Honey Board (NHB) – showcasing honey’s versatility at South Beach Food and Wine, partnering with Disney on the epic retelling of The Jungle Book, launching our first retail program with our Honey Up Your Summer promotion and connecting with foodies at the Feast of Portland. Along with fostering new relationships, the NHB also got to spend the year with some of our long-time partners Chef David Guas and photographer Mark Boughton. But as another year closes, we can’t wait to see what the new one brings.

In 2017 the NHB will continue to experience many more “firsts” – new promotions, new partnerships, new events and even a new website. In addition to these activations, the NHB is dedicated to providing our audiences with exciting new recipes, tips and materials.

With so much to look forward to, the NHB is confident that honey is going to continue to shine in the year to come.

Project Apis m. Update

Christening Christi’s Retirement

by Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m. 

What a successful meeting! Congratulations to the ABF, AHPA and CHC on a great conference! One highlight of the very successful NABC meetings in Galveston last week was having Christi Heintz attend to receive honors for her 10 years of service to the beekeeping industry. It could be said that her service to beekeepers began before that time, while she worked at the Almond Board of California (ABC) on nutrition, and created the ABC Honey Bee Task Force. In the ten years since leaving the Almond Board she helped found Project Apis m. (PAm), which began as a boot-strappy fund for beekeepers and growers to fund their own chosen research projects and is now the largest non-profit organization funding honey bee projects in the USA and Canada. To date, PAm has invested over $6.2 million into honey bee health research and programs! For her visionary work, Christi received recognition from the Project Apis m. Board and also from the American Honey Producers Association, who awarded her the ‘Friend to the Industry Award.’ Christi retired in 2016, passing the baton to Danielle Downey, who is now the Executive Director of Project Apis m. Christi is now enjoying being a skiing, backpacking grandma… but she has been seen working on some new industry initiatives (is tackling honey diversion next? we shall see… ;). Kudos and thanks to Christi for all her service, including developing Project Apis m.! 

Danielle Downey and Christi Heintz, current and past Executive Directors of PAm

AgrAbility National Training Workshop coming in March

Beekeepers are invited to attend the upcoming AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) March 20-23 in Knoxville, TN. This annual training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture is designed for those who work with, or who are, farmers/ranchers and other agricultural personnel impacted by disability. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events. This year’s conference headquarters is the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park located in downtown Knoxville.

You can find all of the information regarding AgrAbility’s 2017 NTW on their website, www.agrability.org/ntw. The NTW is open to everyone, and there are a limited number of stipends available specifically to farmers/ranchers with disabilities and their caregivers. The deadline for stipend application is Tuesday, February 7. The stipend must be used exclusively for costs of attending the NTW.

The mission of the NTW is to empower professionals and consumers to fulfill AgrAbility's main priority areas:

  • Education: The NTW builds service capacity for professionals and provides relevant, practical knowledge to consumers through a variety of means, including keynote sessions, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, tours, and new staff training
  • Networking: The NTW enables networking among AgrAbility staff members and stakeholders to help leverage resources to fulfill the AgrAbility mission. Venues for networking include informal information sharing, structured networking sessions (e.g. standing committees and communities of interest), and exposure to new/potential stakeholders through sessions and exhibits
  • Assistance: The NTW trains AgrAbility staff members in best practices for providing direct assistance to AgrAbility customers. Participation by customers also enhances their ability to remain actively engaged in agriculture-related work
  • Marketing: The NTW provides AgrAbility staff members with training and resources to communicate the AgrAbility mission through sessions specifically focused on marketing and via informal learning from marketing materials or techniques used in exhibits

Priority for stipend applications will be given to those who have not attended the NTW previously or who come from states where there is no AgrAbility project. If you have an AgrAbility project in your state (see the map at this link: http://www.agrability.org/contact-lists/, then, if your state is in yellow, click on the state to view the contact information for AgrAbility in that state) please contact their office first to tell them you are interested in coming to the NTW and ask if they have any stipends available. If they do not, or if you are from a state that does not have an AgrAbility project, please send the attached stipend application by February 7 to Abigail Jensen via mail, email, or fax as explained on the form.

Kids and Bees

Kids and Bees was All the Buzz in Texas

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

The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow converged in Galveston, Texas January 10-14. On Friday, the 13th, we invited about 300 local kids and their families and teachers to the San Luis Galveston Island Convention Center to learn all about why we love our bees!


“Kids and Bees” event attendees enjoyed a room full of hands-on activities 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 were part of the fun. Some of the highlights this year were face painting, a photo booth with costumes, an ultraviolet “Bee View” demonstration and, of course, live bees to watch through an “observation hive”! Students made their way through each station, engaging with beekeepers and Honey Queens from around the US and enjoying activities that harnessed their senses and imaginations.


In a post-event survey, 86% of teachers and homeschool parents that haven’t included honey bees as part of their curriculum said they will do so from now on. Also, 100% of survey respondents strongly agreed that this event gave reasonable action items to help their students play an active role in honey bee survival, and 86% said this event gave participants the opportunity to think critically about the connection between bees, food and people.


This event was made fantastic by all of the volunteers who brought their smiles and bee love. Thank you to the Texas Beekeepers Association’s Communications Coordinator, Chari, and her husband, James, for loaning us beekeeping gear for the day, recruiting volunteers and bringing local honey donations for the kids to try! Thank you, also, to Texas Beekeeper Cameron Crane for bringing the observation hive!  


Thank you to Gordy Wardell and the Wonderful Company for donating almonds for the kids to unshell. Thank you to Sam Comfort for stopping by with the banjo to sing some tunes to the kids. Thank you to Mann Lake for donating the wax to roll hundreds and hundreds of candles. Thank you to GloryBee for the Honey Stix. Thank you to the American Honey Queens for sharing your knowledge and passion with the kids! Thank you to all the bee lovers and beekeepers who joined the event from near and far!! And especially thank you to the Foundation for the Preservation of Bees, who make this event possible every year!!

Here are a few comments from happy parents and teachers:


“This was such a great event & extremely organized. We really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about honey bees and their vital importance to our everyday life!”


“This year it was organized so well with the different make and-take sections. It was so much fun!”

“We thought the event was very fun and successful! My kids were so pumped up!!”

Kids and Bees is just getting started in 2017! Mark your calendars for more Kids and Bees programs at the Eastern Apicultural Society conference at the University of Delaware in August, and the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis in September. 


If you would like to observe or volunteer at any of our programs in 2017, please don’t hesitate! Contact me anytime, sarah@beegirl.org or 541-708-1127.   

Honey Queen Buzz

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Greetings friends! The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow offered a wonderful way to start the new year, allowing many of us to catch up with friends and colleagues and learn more about our unique and diverse industry.

This conference was a fabulous way for attendees to learn more about all that the American Honey Queen Program does for our industry. We had two tenacious promoters in 2016 in our American Honey Queen, Kim Kester, and Princess, Tabitha Mansker. Their honest approach to their promotions and media work was refreshing this year, and they worked diligently on our behalf. They had experiences ranging from morning in-studio television interviews to remote radio interviews at some of the country’s largest fairs and festivals, to teaching college agricultural journalism students the breadth of the beekeeping industry, to helping the youngest and oldest consumers of our products experience the kaleidoscope of colors and flavors of honey. Kim’s and Tabitha’s journeys reached 29 unique states, 13 of which were visited multiple times, and garnered over an estimated $390,000 in free, positive publicity for this industry. Suffice it to say, the American Honey Queen Committee is appreciative of their work and efforts this year. We wish Tabitha the best as she pursues her college education at Texas A&M University. We are honored to have Kim serve our country as she enters into the Army’s officer training program in just a few short weeks.

Kim and Tabitha were extremely busy at the annual conference in Galveston, Texas, speaking about their work as industry representatives. If you couldn’t make it to the conference, check out the videos that they made about their year on the American Honey Queen Program’s YouTube Channel. Kim and Tabitha each outlined their unique experiences in separate videos. You can also find these on the American Honey Queen Facebook Page!

In addition to meeting with new and familiar faces at the conference, Kim and Tabitha also aided ABF’s Kids N Bees Program, helping to teach 300 bright-eyed, eager Galveston-area students about the wonders of the honey bee! They were joined by our 2017 American Honey Queen candidates: Maia Jaycox (Iowa) and Hope Pettibon (Texas), who became our 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess, respectively! Many members of the American Honey Queen Committee will join them during their initial job training beginning on February 1! Their official promotions on our organization’s behalf will begin shortly thereafter.

We look forward to receiving your promotional requests in the next few months! The Queen Committee is working on a schedule now, and we look forward to hearing from more of you about your promotion ideas for the Queen and Princess. Please contact me as soon as possible to arrange a visit! Happy promoting!



Bee Thinking

Congratulations to Marietta Graham, of Kansas, who guessed the November/December riddle. The answer was Sweet Potatoes. Now we have a fresh riddle this month to start the new year. Can you guess it?


I have keys but no locks.

I have a space but no room.

You can enter, but can't go outside.

What am I?



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

  • Thieves steal hundreds of beehives primed to pollinate Central Valley almonds. Read More.
  • Hive rustlers are stealing bees by the millionRead more.
  • Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says studyRead More.
  • High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists proveRead More.
  • Unusual winter weather has bees behaving oddly in TexasRead More.
  • San Diego mead boom ahead? Seven honey-wine brewers to barrel into the scene in 2017Read More.

ABF Welcomes New Members - December 2016 


  • Mohamed Alburaki, Tennessee
  • Essa AlEssa, Kuwait
  • Robert Andrews, Texas
  • Pam Arion, Oregon
  • Jerry Bass, Arkansas
  • Maite Bastida, New Jersey
  • Ron Bastin, Indiana
  • John Bowman, Oklahoma
  • Chris Brennan, Arizona
  • Denise Bridgens, Delaware
  • Jennifer Brown, Louisiana
  • Steven Bussolari, Illinois
  • Craig Carlson, Minnesota
  • Rick Chance, Indiana
  • Ron Chess, Texas
  • Todd Cochran, Kentucky
  • Lee Collins, Georgia
  • Carol Cottrill, Maine
  • Karen Daddon, Connecticut
  • Chuck Dailey, Indiana
  • Octavia Davis, Illinois
  • Joan Day, California
  • Nancy Dechaud, Texas
  • Robin Delapena, Illinois
  • Georgia Dennis, Tennessee
  • Vince Endter, California
  • Steven Fey, Nevada
  • Jim Foster, New Jersey
  • Massimiliano Galassi, Ravenna
  • Stephanie Gall, Colorado
  • Frederick Gerberding, Illinois
  • Rebecca Gotz Marshall, Iowa
  • Michael Harrell, Florida
  • Al Hartman, Indiana
  • Michael Heck, Pennsylvania
  • Marcus Hill, North Carolina
  • Cindy Hogan, Kansas
  • Leah Hoyer, Colorado
  • Robert Huckaby, California
  • Tyson Hufstedler, Texas
  • Gerald Hunter, Iowa
  • William Jordan, Texas
  • Harold Keiner, Pennsylvania
  • John Kellstrom, Kansas
  • Houriet Khiati, Belgium
  • Heather King, Georgia


  • Terry King, Indiana
  • Diane Liss, Pennsylvania
  • Robert Lorsbach, Illinois
  • Scott Macdonald, Oregon
  • Kevin McBride, Indiana
  • Kamie McGlynn, Virginia
  • George Megason, Texas
  • Stuart Mellish, Florida
  • Janice Mercieri, New Hampshire
  • Elliot Mitchell, Pennsylvania
  • JERRY MORROW, Missouri
  • Daniel Morthland, Florida
  • Roger Muellemann, Illinois
  • Doug Murphy, Texas
  • Scott Oliver, Indiana
  • Corneliu Prelipceanu, California
  • Beverly Quimby, Florida
  • Jess Ray, Illinois
  • Jerry Repasky, Pennsylvania
  • Wanda Ricau, Louisiana
  • Emily Schalla, Wisconsin
  • Michael Sette, Connecticut
  • Lynne Shaffer, Pennsylvania
  • Janice Sina, Connecticut
  • Tom Skelly, Illinois
  • David Smith, Texas
  • Jeremy Smith, Indiana
  • Rachael Stadterman, Pennsylvania
  • Chelsea Steinbrecher-Hoffmann, Massachusetts
  • Kimberly Steinmann, California
  • Ray Story, Colorado
  • Bryan Swecker, Texas
  • Eric Ullom, West Virginia
  • Lonika Utterback, Iowa
  • Bert van Hattem, Ravenna
  • Paul VanDenMeerendonk, Wisconsin
  • Lloyd Vautrot, Georgia
  • Daniel Vidusek, Illinois
  • Jill Wagner, Idaho
  • Kevin Watson, California
  • David Webb, California
  • Bob Wellemeyer, Virginia
  • Nancy Whitaker, Indiana
  • Peter Wilkens, Georgia
  • Linda Williams, Texas
  • Kyle Wilson, New Jersey
  • Paul Yanus, Vermont


Recipe of the Month: Sweet Spicy Salmon with Honeyed Mango Salsa



  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Mexican hot sauce
  • 4 (4 to 6-oz.) salmon fillets


To prepare the salsa, combine the mango, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use. Whisk together the honey, hot sauce and remaining lime juice in a small bowl. Rinse salmon and pat dry; brush liberally with honey mixture. Place skin side up on a well-oiled grill over medium coals; cook for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly charred. Turn and cook for 8 to 10 minutes more, basting liberally with sauce during cooking. Remove from grill and transfer to a serving platter. Top with mango salsa.

Source: The National Honey Board, www.honey.com/recipes

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