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ABF E-Buzz — January 2018

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

O vibrant and rich January
Velvet sweet, warming the icy vine;
Her crystalline - garnet evening, bright...
Red orioles, whose lilting chorus
The snowflakes, in tinsel greet:
And moon knowing a gown's ONE STONE designs
To adorn the night!... her Capricorn
Jewel spills on flight glossing roses
Along meadows quietly stirring
From Winter's chilled poses.
These restless burst and fragrant sigh make her throttle
In joy-- bold goddess of new dawn's sky.
Penned for John Lawless: One Stone 11/6/2017


Welcome back!
I hope the over 950 attendees of the 75th ABF Annual Conference & Tradeshow all had a great time and found the speakers at the conference educational and informative. I know the start of the program on Wednesday was a real delight. It featured our Past President Gene Brandi and current President Tim May giving wonderful assist by playing their trumpets along with the Star-Spangled Banner. It was truly a surprise and a delightful beginning to four days of celebrating of our 75th year. It was a great time of seeing old friends and making new ones.

I found the talk Morris Weaver gave on the history of the ABF to be so interesting. He had many great pictures of our past presidents and listed the major topics of the day during each presidential term and the accomplishments attained during those two-year terms. I am thankful we will have this power point available on our ABF Conference website for viewing for the future. We also had a great presentation from Don Schmidt, who was the ABF president at our 50th anniversary. The week was full of wonderful presentations and I know the Hoopingarner award, which is given to the person who gave the best presentation of the week was well deserved.
It went to Dr. Jamie Ellis of the University of Florida, for his presentation “Addressing the Sustainability of Beekeeping in the 21st Century.”

At Saturday night’s banquet, the President’s award was awarded to both Anna Kettlewell and Brent Barkman of Barkman Honey. Anna is the chair of the Honey Queen Program and Committee. She does a wonderful job of keeping our American Honey Queen and Princess on the road during the year and dedicates a great deal of her time to organize the travel, accommodations and events that keep these young ladies traveling throughout the year. We appreciate her work over the years. Brent Barkman has been involved in so many ways for decades in support of the industry and his work with the National Honey Board. We also appreciate the work of Brent Barkman over the years in support of the ABF. At the Foundation Luncheon on Thursday, Dr. Eric Mussen was presented with the Founders Award for his many contributions to the Beekeeping industry and his distinguished career at UC Davis!

I would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors for the Conference and make special note to our Platinum Sponsors: Barkman Honey, Dadant, Healthy Bees and Mann Lake; Gold Sponsor: Beekeeping Insurance Services; Silver Sponsor: Brushy Mountain Farm and Bronze Sponsors: Api Holdings, Bayer Bee Care, Glory Bee, Hummerbee, Kelley Beekeeping and Strong Microbials. Thank you and the many other sponsors of our breaks and events throughout the duration of the conference. Without your help our annual conference would not be possible!
A big thank you to our conference planner Tara Zeravsky, our Executive Director, Regina Robuck, and the entire Meeting Expectations staff that helped make another great event with the most people in attendance for any ABF Conference & Tradeshow in many, many years. Their great work made things happen so smoothly! Thank you all!

This month again, we have an update from Anna Kettlewell on our new 2018 American Honey Queen and Princess and contact information should you have an event you might want one of these young ladies to attend.

We also have the President’s message from our newly elected ABF President Tim May and our newly elected Vice President Joan Gunter. Sarah Red-Laird has a great report on the Kids and Bees program event at the ABF Conference which had over 350 kids involved! It was great seeing all the kids in attendance and have their energy around on Friday.

So, thank you again for stopping by. I hope that the ABF E-Buzz is your number one choice for finding the information you need to be successful in your beekeeping experience. If there is anything you would like to see in ABF E-Buzz or have an article, please send it to me at:
tuckerb@hit.net. Until next month…...may your winter days be productive in getting ready for this great beekeeping year of 2018!


President's Greeting 

by Tim May, ABF President

The 75th Diamond Anniversary of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) concluded at the annual conference in Reno, NV with over 950 attendees at the event. We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees. We would also like to thank the Meeting Expectations’ staff for putting on a smooth running and successful conference.
The Conference kicked off with Past President Morris Weaver (1975-76) giving the first Keynote Address going through the history of ABF from the beginning. What stood out to me was the fact that ABF has been working on some of the same issues for 50 years! Thank you to Morris for doing all the research and making a great presentation.
Dr. Jamie Ellis, University of Florida, gave the second Keynote Address discussing the “Sustainability of Beekeeping in the 21st Century”. Dr. Ellis gave an excellent presentation and was selected as the winner of the “Hoopingarner Award” for outstanding conference presenter.

I would like to welcome five new members to the the ABF Board of Directors:
• Jim Belli
• Katie Lee
• Brian Nilsen
• Jonathan Walker
• Amanda Wooten 

  All are well qualified, dedicated and will all be tremendous assets to the ABF. 

A special welcome to our new ABF Vice President Joan Gunter. Joan has been a long-time expert and asset to the beekeeping industry. I am looking forward to working with her over the next two years.
We have great things planned for the ABF in 2018. The ABF News will be restructured being more informational and serve as a resource for members on a quarterly basis. More webinars are coming that will revolve around current issues and focus on different regions that directly and indirectly affect our members. The ABF will also continue to represent the Beekeeping Industry in Washington.

We are all looking forward to another great ABF Conference in January 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Hope to see you all there.

Government Relations

by: Joan Gunter, ABF Vice President

I would like to begin by thanking everyone for their support and for their vote of confidence in electing me as your Vice President of the American Beekeeping Federation. It is indeed an honor to serve the ABF membership in this capacity and I look forward to the year ahead.
I have had the opportunity to touch base with our Government Relations expert Fran Boyd already. I will be working on updates for the newsletter soon and will pass along any pertinent information as it comes to my attention.
The comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the comment period to February 20th, 2018. This is regarding the hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. If you would like to submit a comment, you can go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2017-0336 and follow the online instruction for submitting your comments or you can fax your comments to (202)493-2251. Please use only one of these methods to eliminate confusion. The ABF encourages comments from it’s membership on this issue.
Also, I would like to point out how you can receive information as soon as possible. The ABF has established a texting system for your convenience. You can get immediate updates sent to your phone via text messaging. They only send out necessary updates or action items that need immediate attention. It is a great service developed to keep you informed on important issues as they arise. Simply contact the ABF office to submit your cell phone information to sign up.
We continue to have an ABF Facebook page as well as our official web site and of course the E Buzz for members to stay up to date.

Please join us as we enter this electronic age.

Also, a reminder we still have the ABF 75th anniversary rifle for sale. You can order yours from A & A Engraving at 605-343-7640: attention Tanya. We will continue to sell them until all 75 are sold. Number 75 was auctioned at the ABF banquet at our ABF Conference & Tradeshow in Reno, Nevada. The proceeds went to the Legislative fund to help with legislative activities including the work needed on the upcoming farm bill. Thank you for all your support on this project. It has been very profitable for the ABF and a wonderful way to remember our past 75 years!

Again, a sincere thank you to all of you for giving me this opportunity to serve the industry, especially the ABF. I am looking forward to the work ahead and truly hope I can make a difference.



Bee Educated:  ABF Conference & Tradeshow Speakers


Was there a presentation you weren't able to catch at the 2018 ABF Conference & Tradeshow? Let us know if there were any presentations you would like to see a webinar on. We are currently developing our Calendar for the first quarter of 2018 and would love to hear from you.

Email us at info@abfnet.org to submit suggestions. 




 In Memoriam :

Bindford Weaver 1928-2017

Howard Binford Weaver was born March 25, 1928 to Roy Stanley and Lela Binford Weaver in Lynn Grove, south of Navasota, Texas. He was known the rest of his life by his mother’s maiden name. He graduated from Navasota High School during World War II at 15. Because of the important role of apiculture in the war effort, Binford assumed full-time responsibility for queen rearing and beekeeping at Weaver Apiaries for the duration of the War. Later he attended Southwestern University and graduated from Texas Christian University.

He served in the Army after the conclusion of World War II, where he reached the rank of Sergeant Major. His most important duty was managing the quartermaster depot at Desert Rock, Nevada, where he was exposed at close range to the effects of multiple blasts from the first atomic bomb tests involving US troops.

After service and college, he rejoined Weaver Apiaries and became an expert beekeeper of vast knowledge and experience. He was respected by all and loved by many, especially the protégés he mentored. His apicultural talents were recognized around the world, receiving honors from organizations in the US, Australia, Europe, Central America and South America. Binford’s service to the beekeeping industry remains legendary. His political skills, industry respect and influence with Congress benefited beekeepers in the US; with those programs he helped build here impelling similar efforts abroad.

He served as Trustee of Lynn Grove Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School and sometimes preached; and was an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Navasota, where he sang in the choir and often provided lay ministry services. He was a member and President of the Navasota School Board. He was a founding Director and Chairman of the Bank of Navasota, and a former Director of the Security State Bank. He served as President, member of the Executive Committee and Director of the American Beekeeping Federation for many years – he had been a member since its inception 75 years ago. He was Chairman, a member of the Board, and an organizer of the National Honey Board. He served on multiple councils, task forces and special committees advising the Secretaries of US Agencies, US Congressional Committees, State Governors and Foreign Governments.

Among his notable apicultural accomplishments, he founded Kona Queen Company in Hawaii with partners, and established Bee Weaver Apiaries, the successor to Weaver Apiaries, with his son, Daniel. While at Bee Weaver, he helped surmount the challenges of the Africanized bee invasion and the introduction of Varroa mites. Binford helped select and breed the first managed population of honey bees naturally able to survive and thrive despite Varroa mites and the viruses they vector.

Binford died December 29, 2017, and was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Lou Franks Weaver, and his son, Robert Roy Weaver. He is survived by his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Laura Gregory Weaver; his grandsons, Travis Binford Weaver, Dylan Gregory Weaver and Stone Barnett Weaver; his sisters Lynette Allen, Reba Lou Campbell and many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. God showed Binford what was required of him, and he did it. Micah 6:8

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief; the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees; or to the Bee Research, Education and Apiculture Development Foundation, a charitable organization to be established pursuant to Binford’s wishes in furtherance of those aims. Donations to the latter may be sent c/o Daniel Weaver 6301 Highland Hills Drive Austin, TX 78731 and will be deposited once organization as a charity is complete.


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

New Members Appointed to NHB

The National Honey Board (NHB) is pleased to announce and welcome our newly appointed board members and alternates. As a research and promotion board overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), all board members and alternates are first nominated by qualified national organizations and then appointed by the USDA Agriculture Secretary. These members represent all areas of the honey industry including importers, handlers, producers and a marketing cooperative.

On January 9th, 2018 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of the following board members and alternates:
• Douglas M. Hauke, Marshfield, Wis.
• Mark A. Jensen, Power, Mont.
• Tim Burleson, Waxahachie, Texas
• Gregory Brekke Olsen, Chaska, Minn.
• Mathias Leitner, Gilbert, Ariz.
• Eric S. Wenger, Peabody, Kan.

“The wide range of experience represented on the board is key to the success of the innovative research, education and promotional work they do to expand domestic markets for honey and honey products through consumer education,” said Perdue. “The board can count on USDA to continue to be a trusted partner to the honey industry.” You can read the full press release from the USDA here.

As a unit, the National Honey Board works to address issues facing the honey industry and comes up with solutions to combat them through various marketing programs, crisis communications and research. Speaking of research, the NHB allocates at least five percent of its annual budget to various types of research on topics including consumer markets, the health benefits of honey and honey bee health.

Collaboration is always the best way to work, and this is how the NHB operates, with each member contributing their years of experience, best practices, and ideas for other industry solutions. By working together, the NHB is finding solutions that further not only the goals of the Board, but the honey industry as a whole.

Please join us in welcoming our newest members.


Kids and Bees

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

2018 is off to a great start for Kids and Bees! On January 12th we hosted our annual “Kids and Bees Event” at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation’s Conference &Tradeshow. We welcomed over 350 kids and almost 200 adults to the sprawling Nevada room at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. This is an event with more than one purpose. First and foremost, the event is about the kids. The average kid in the US is still terrified of bees! We do our best to flip that fear to fascination with honey tasting, beeswax candle rolling, bee parts under microscopes, a photo booth with bee costumes, face painters that adorn little faces with happy bees, an interactive ultraviolet “bee view” exhibit, live bees in an observation hive, and about twenty other stations. These stations are hosted by volunteer beekeepers and American Honey Queen Candidates. This year we even had special guests! The local 4-H hosted a table where kids taught kids all about bees! One of the 4-H’ers even made a whole display of “dad jokes” about bees that she wrote herself. It was amazing.

The second opportunity this event provides is a space for beekeepers to get together and share their love of bees with kids, and with each other! It’s a great networking event for the beekeepers who show up for the ABF conference, and also beekeepers from local clubs and associations. This year Mason Valley and Carson Valley Beekeeper’s Associations showed up strong! We had a record number of 45 volunteers that made the day magical for kids and adult visitors alike.

The adult volunteers, as well as the teachers and home school parents, also gain ideas on starting or adding to, their own kids’ bee programs. Breda Eden, of Honey Hill Farm in Wyoming, commented, “I really appreciated your very well-organized Kids and Bees program. It was amazing how enthused the kids and adults were. I worked the finger puppet table, (what a cute, clever idea), and several teachers took pictures of your instructions for later use.”

The last benefit of the program is the ability to help choose the next American Honey Queen and Princess. Working with kids is a huge part of their duties during their reign, so it’s important that they feel comfortable in this element. Honey Queen Program judges stealthily comb the room, surveying who has “a way” with kids and bees! It also makes me happy to see upstanding members of ABF come down and peruse the floor!

Consider this your invitation to come in 2019 at Myrtle Beach! By Friday, I know your heads and hearts are full and heavy with the latest on bee health and policy. Just stepping into the room and taking in the giggles of little munchkins in bee hats with cheerful, painted faces will alleviate any worries you have about our industry. It’s free, thanks to generous support from the Foundation for the Preservation for Honey Bees, and the door is always open to ABF members!

A gargantuan thank you to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees’ donors, Mann Lake for the beeswax, GloryBee for the honey sticks, and Randy Oliver for the observation hive.

A huge thank you to all of the parents and teachers who brought their kids to learn about the honey bee and all that she does for us!

And the biggest thank you to all of our sweet volunteers for taking the time to share your knowledge about honey bees with the next generation of beekeepers!

Check out more photos and videos at www.facebook.com/kidsandbees

- Sarah Red-Laird, Kids and Bees Program Director, sarah@beegirl.org

Order Your Protect Pollinator Stamps


Some of your local postal offices have stopped selling the pollinator protection stamps. Be sure to visit your local post office or order yours online at https://www.usps.com/ today !

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Hello, friends! The 2018 ABF Conference & Tradeshow was a wonderful success in Reno, Nevada, this year. It was an excellent venue to catch up with colleagues and friends, learn more about our interconnected industry, and find platforms to work together to make the industry stronger and more vibrant.

At our conference, we bid farewell to our 2017 national spokespersons, American Honey Queen Maia Jaycox and Princess Hope Pettibon. Both women were humbled by their experiences with our organization and strived to promote the industry through many appearances in schools, at fairs and festivals, and via the media. Collectively, the 2017 team reached 28 unique states, 11 of them on multiple occasions, garnering an estimated $226,000 in free, positive publicity for the industry through television, radio, print, and internet outlets. On behalf of the American Honey Queen Committee, I wish Maia and Hope success as they continue studies at Iowa State University and His Hill Bible College respectively. Each woman has a bright future ahead of her, and both have expressed their intent on staying active within our industry as members, beekeepers, and lifelong promoters. Thank you for your service, ladies!

Maia and Hope were excellent hostesses for the annual conference as well as for the 2018 American Honey Queen and Princess applicants. In Reno, they shared a great deal about their year as our national spokespersons (check out videos on the American Honey Queen Program’s YouTube Channel to learn more!) They also worked with the candidates, Carley Vannoy (Iowa), Shelby Kittle (Nebraska), Kayla Fusselman (Pennsylvania), Megan Pettibon (Texas), and Jenny Gross (Wisconsin) at the Beekeeping Brain Buster Event (special thanks to Dr. Jamie Ellis, David Westerveldt, Stephen Repasky, Benton Kastman, and Dan Schmehl for playing, too!), Kids N Bees Expo, and at many fundraising and special events.

The Committee announced the selection of Kayla Fusselman as American Honey Queen and Jenny Gross as American Honey Princess at the annual banquet. We welcome them to the ABF and to an exciting year of travel, promotions, and lifelong connections with all of us. This team kicks off the American Honey Queen Program’s 60th anniversary year. We are eager to see where their promotional journey leads and to work with them this upcoming year. Their initial job training officially begins on January 31, as they are guided in the program’s presentation skills, social media platforms, traveling expectations, reporting, government relations, sales skills, and much more. Promotions and additional training opportunities begin soon thereafter, and we are quickly developing an amazing schedule of promotional events for each this year.


We look forward to an amazing 60th anniversary year of the American Honey Queen program. Please contact me as soon as possible to arrange a visit to your area (honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514)!


Happy promoting!

 Missouri Spring Conference

Missouri State Beekeepers Association Release 2
%Charlotte Ekker Wiggins
(573) 426-3510\

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Date: January 5, 2018)
Missouri State Beekeepers Association Spring Conference March 2-3, 2018


WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Missouri State Beekeepers Association’s spring conference will be held March 2-3, 2018 February 19, 2018 at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Registration for the conference is $60 including Saturday’s lunch. Cory Stevens queen-rearing session is an additional $35 per person.
Registration is available online at www.mostatebeekeepers.org.

MSBA is a 501©4 non-profit focused on assisting Missouri beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and consumers for over a century. The volunteer organization holds two conferences a year at locations around the state to make it easier for beekeepers to attend the sessions.
Among the speakers appearing at the 2018 spring conference:

Dr. James Tew, Auburn University Cooperative Extension System beekeeping specialist. He will discuss swarm management; the frustrating truth about modern queen management; why beeswax is unappreciated and foulbrood diseases.
Alexandria Payne is in the second year of her PhD program at Dr. Juliana Rangel’s Honey Bee Lab, Texas A&M Entomology Department, focusing on transmission of honeybee viruses. She will discuss transmission routes of honeybee viruses and what happens when a honey bee gets sick.
Cory Stevens is certified as an Eastern Apicultural Society master beekeeper and has a Bloomfield, Mo. honeybee breeding operation focused on selecting for mite and disease resistant traits. He will have a 3-hour class on queen-rearing including handouts on queen rearing, one queen cell fame, 20 push-in plastic cell cups and grafting tool.

Charlotte Ekker Wiggins is an advanced master gardener and beekeeper currently serving on University of Missouri’s Master Pollinator Steward working group. She will discuss honeybee friendly nectar plants.

Bill Allinder is a Kansas City Culinary Center’s Professional Culinary Arts Program graduate and instructor. Bill has converted several acres of his Paradise, Mo. farm into pollinator habitat that includes honeybees. He will discuss cooking with honey.
Ray Shadow’s full time job is a systems analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also a Columbia College adjunct professor. He will discuss how to build and maintain a club website for “little or no money” including general computer security, blogging, You Tube and Facebook sites.

If you have any conference questions, please email Bruce Snavely, conference chairman, at brucesnavely@hotmail.com.



Bee Thinking

A man leaves home makes for left turns arrives back home to find two masked men. Who are the masked men?


Think you know the answer? The first to email Sherrell Bailey at sbailey@abfnet.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize. it must be your first time to win. 



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ABF Welcomes New Members -December 2017

  • Anne Fauvel, Michigan
  • David Dubbe, Minnesota
  • Gavin O'Connor, Missouri
  • J Bruce Embury, Wyoming
  • Megan Ryan
  • Melanie Freeman
  • Pamela Galantuomini,Nevada
  • Rick LeMarr, Kentucky
  • Steve Thorson, Montana
  • Tim Molenda, Montana
  • Victoria Mohr, Illinois

  • Virgil Rawlins, Florida


  • 1 T butter or margarine
  • 4 cups sliced carrots
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. minced orange zest
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add carrots and sauté for several minutes. Add honey, broth, orange juice and orange zest. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until carrots are cooked and liquid is thick. Season with salt and pepper.


Recipe by: honey.com


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