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ABF E-Buzz — October 2015

In This Issue:

Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF President

O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow! 

For the grapes' sake, if they were all, Whose leaves already are burnt with frost, 

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost— For the grapes' sake along the all.


- Robert Frost

Welcome back! I hope your bees are ready for winter as things are coming to an end for 2015. One thing we continually work on at the ABF is making our members aware of all ongoing events. This week in late October, Gene Brandi, George Hanson and I had four days of meetings in Washington, D.C. We are all attended the Clinton Global Initiative Honey Bee Health Coalition meeting on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20. On Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22, George Hanson and Gene Brandi attend the North American Pollinator Partnership Campaign (NAPPC) meeting. I attended the EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee meeting, as it is running the same two days as the NAPPC meeting. This week is a great chance to make our voices heard, and having three of these meetings all in one trip also helps to keep our expenses down.

While we always strive to keep ABF members informed about our actions, it is difficult to really express the amount of effort that goes into ensuring our interests are heard and promoted on the national level. On Tuesday, October 20, Gene and I had a chance to visit with Fran Boyd, our lobbyist, and Eric Sylva, counsel for the AHPA with Melinda Cep. Our discussion revolved around the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NRCS, which will attempt to enable a continuing dialogue on several key issues that will play out over the coming years.

We will first attempt to get access to federal lands for placement of honey bee colonies. Some of these federal lands are already open, and some beekeepers have contracts for forage on them, but we hope to get more lands opened up. We also hope to work with USDA and other federal agencies to coordinate events for National Pollinator Week next June. There have been great activities during past pollinator weeks, and we hope to make Pollinator Week 2016 a really big event.

We need to continue to work on many things and increase our conversation with federal agencies. If we don't have a continuing dialogue, these agencies may assume we are just happy as a lark about everything that is transpiring in D.C., though this is not the case. There are many things that will come out of work that has been done during the past year and the three meetings we are attending this week.

I participated in the NAPPC Pesticide Education Task Force Committee, and the big project that has taken shape is the Pesticide Applicator Training Guide. This guide will help instruct those in the pest control industry to use best management practices for protecting our pollinators when using pesticides. It stresses considering Integrated Pest Management when protecting homes, restaurants and our food production industry. We cannot do without some level of pesticide use in food production because of the scale of our agricultural production today. Yes, there are alternatives, but we are not able to switch everything 180 degrees right now, by going totally organic. Because of that, we have to make sure that we have a voice in educating and informing those who use pesticides.

ABF Past President George Hanson has been involved with the Clinton Global Initiative Honey Bee Health Coalition for the past two years. He has done a great job representing the ABF and the industry, and keeping our needs and interests at the forefront. This year the initiative released an instruction manual called Tools for Varroa Management. You can find it here. There are also plenty of resources available at the Honey Bee Health Coalition website and the Pollinator Partnership website.

Because of the Presidential Task Force, the EPA will conduct a review of all pesticide compounds on the market, especially the neonicotinoid compounds. The Task Force played a role in the removal of some Organophosphate compounds (OP's) from the market during the last year. These in-depth reviews will likely identify other pesticides to pull from the market due to new concerns regarding their safety issues and impacts on the environment.

The pollinator workgroup at EPA recommended replacing the word visiting with the word foraging on labels that have bee warnings. For example, saying “Do not apply when bees are foraging” is better than saying, “Do not apply when bees are actively visiting.” The pollinator workgroup also recommended that labels be harmonized and protective language should be made clearer. In 2014, EPA strengthened labeling language to address acute toxicity to bees for products containing neonicotinoids. The workgroup also recommended that the Residual Toxicity (RT) 25 data may be a useful tool to potentially mitigate exposure, so this information will be added to labels as well. Changes are being made, and they are beneficial to honey bees and all pollinators.

All of these programs have come together because people are working on behalf of beekeepers (and actually, anyone who eats) to help make things better for our honey bees and all pollinators. So, one of the biggest benefits of ABF membership is the opportunity to fund the efforts we conduct on a national basis to protect YOU. If you aren't already a member, go to our website today, www.abfnet.org, to support these efforts and begin enjoying all the other membership benefits. Participate in our monthly Conversation With A Beekeeper webinars for advice and information from experts that cannot be outdone. Our website has all of the past webinars archived and available for download for members only. Come join us and bee involved in the solutions.

There's lots more information in the ABF E-Buzz this month, with articles about the upcoming 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow and updates from our Honey Queen Program and Kids and Bees Program. We again have lots of interesting buzzmakers, a great new honey recipe, and a new riddle to ponder. Enjoy your time here, and if we can include your events and happenings, just email me at tuckerb@hit.net.

Legislative Buzz 

USDA to invest $4 million for honey bee food sources on private lands

Source: USDA National Resources Conservation Service 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $4 million in assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners working to improve food sources for honey bees on private lands in Midwestern and northern plains states. The targeted conservation effort by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) aims to improve the health of this critical pollinator in a region where more than two-thirds of the nation’s honey bee population spends the summer months, pollinating crops and building strength to survive winter.

“The future of our food supply depends on honey bees,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “This effort partners with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to ensure honey bees have safe and diverse food sources during a time when they need it most.”

Honey bees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of crops annually, including more than 130 fruits and vegetables. One out of every three bites of food in the United States depends on honey bees and other pollinators. But honey bee populations have suffered significant declines in recent years.

NRCS is working with landowners in Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin to make bee-friendly conservation improvements to their land, such as planting cover crops, wildflowers or native grasses and improving management of grazing lands. From June to September this six-state region is home to more than 70 percent of the commercially managed honey bees in the country. These are critical months when bee colonies need abundant and diverse forage to store enough food for winter. Read More.

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

Primetime with Honey Bees: Public Webinar Series on Beekeeping, Honey Bees and More!

“Bee educated” about honey bees and how you — yes, you — can help reverse their population decline. Join the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) for a free, public three-part webinar series about the basics of beekeeping and honey bees. Sessions are 90 minutes each and allow you to interact with expert beekeepers and ABF members!

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

New Beneficial Microbial Supplements For Honey Bees

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

Vera Strogolova, Strong Microbials Inspection.



Commensal, or naturally occuring bacteria promote honeybee health and play an important role in inhibiting honeybee pathogens. Commensal bacteria include Lactic Acid Bacteria, Bacillus, and Yeast. We introduced a direct-fed microbial product containing commensal bacteria, SuperDFM-HoneyBee. DFM-supplemented hives had better 2014-2015 winter survival rate (79%) than control hives (60%). We discuss modes of action of this DFM supplement. We also have new exciting data on developing biological control agents for treating AFB. 

Please log in to your ABF membership account and visit the 'Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series" section of the website to register for this webinar.

Primetime with Honey bees: Beekeeping, Honey Bees and More! - Part Three

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. AKST / 4:00 p.m. HST

Gene Brandi, ABF Vice President and owner of Gene Brandi Apiaries Inspection.



This last session is on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 10:00 PM ET. ABF Vice President Gene Brandi shares challenges that beekeepers face and the effects of pesticides on the honey bee population. Beekeepers are losing 30-50% of their hives each year, so this is a pressing issue for all who are interested in the population. Gene will update us on everything that ABF board members and leaders are doing to help reverse the trend, and provides insight into how everyone can lend a helping hand. Register Now! 

2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow 


Are you ready for an exciting week of education and networking?

The 2016 American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Conference & Tradeshow is just three short months away. We’ve got exciting things planned for the conference that we can’t wait to share with you.

General Sessions on Wednesday and Friday will feature presentations such as:

  • Keynote Presentation by Marla Spivak
  • Updates from the EPA and USDA
  • National Honey Board Promotions and Research Update
  • Project Apis m Partnership Helping Honey Bees
  • Bee Informed Partnership Update
  • Updates from all USDA-ARS Bee Labs

We will host Shared Interest Group Meetings (SIGs) on Thursday for the following SIG groups:

  • Producer/Packer SIG
  • Small Scale/Sideliner SIG
  • Package Bee and Queen Breeder SIG
  • Commercial SIG

Continue on Thursday, we have our track sessions for the Beginning, Serious Sideliner and Commercial beekeepers including the following presentations:

  • Bee Understanding Project by Emily Olsen-Harbach
  • Pollen Collection by John Speckman
  • Electrical Qualities of Plants by Dr. Jody Johnson
  • Summer Splits: timing and Technique for Mite Load Reduction by Doug Vinson
  • Assessing Risk Factors Associated with Honey Bee colony Survival in Canada by Dr. Steve Pernal
  • Regulation of Macronutrient Intake by Adult Worker by Dr. Geraldine Wright

Optional activities throughout the conference (requiring an additional registration fee) include:

  • Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting on Thursday, January 7
  • Social Night on Thursday, January 7: Join us for a night at the Jacksonville Zoo for dinner, exploration and maybe a bit of dancing. You’ll have the opportunity to visit with a few animals and your fellow beekeepers.
  • Foundation Lunch/Meeting on Friday, January 8
  • ABF Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 9: Always a fun evening with the Live Auction, Sweepstakes drawing, dinner and the Coronation of the 2016 American Honey Queen and Princess.

Registration: If you haven’t made your plans to attend, ACT NOW! To take advantage of the lowest prices.

Guest Room Reservations: Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The special rate for the conference is $125.00. A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate. To secure a room please contact the Sawgrass Marriott Resort by booking online or by calling 1.800.457.4653. Reservations must be made by Friday, December 11, 2015 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card for the first night’s guestroom rate and tax charge.

Click here to view the full conference agenda. We hope to see you in January!

Kids Have Big Love for Bees All Around Our Small Planet 

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


If it’s not already apparent, I completely love my job. My “future plans” outlined next to my senior yearbook picture were simply, “Air surf in a 747” (and well, maybe something about marrying Christian Slater). I’ve always had itchy feet and loved the idea of faraway places and travel. Now with my current positions as ABF’s Kids and Bees Director, and IBRA’s BeeWorld Project US Ambassador, I get to scratch those itchy feet about seventeen weeks a year. I’ve been to fifteen states, and one Canadian province, since 2012, addressing large and small groups of beekeepers and non-beekeepers and teaching kids about bees.

One of the bright highlights of this work was my adventure to the UK in 2014, to deliver the keynote at the launch for IBRA’s BeeWorld Project in Cardiff, Wales. Connecting with beekeepers who have such a deep and rich history with bees was magic. Also seeing the community’s, and then Director Julian Rees’, commitment to kids’ bee education was inspiring. The experience of seeing the aurora borealis from the sky, as I flew over Greenland, came in a distance second to the feeling I had leaving Heathrow; connected, engaged, informed, and motivated.

I continue to interact, from afar, with my colleagues in the UK and beyond to share ideas, stories, curricula, and to connect students through their mutual love of bees. There are a few notable organizations out there that have caught my attention, and I would love for you to know about them as well.


Located in: Wales

First and foremost, one of the more inspired and hardworking people I know is Julian Rees, now director of Pollen8CYMRU, based in Wales. Julian works with a large handful of schools across the country, planting pollinator gardens, creating multimedia campaigns to increase awareness, and teaching bee basics. His organization is currently developing small plots of land across Wales to be designed, planted, enhanced, or built for pollinators by students, and then serve as research plots for Cardiff University.

In his words, “Our vision is to enrich the lives of people from a variety of backgrounds by sharing positive experience through lifelong learning, practical work experience at our 43-acre pollinator site. We ensure all our programs support social, economic and environmental learning. Our development group has a wide range of resources to combine both theory and practical skills to develop social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Our farm house has an untold wealth of history on its land. It provides a tranquil setting that hosts a community café, residential bunk house, volunteer hub, chicken coops, bee hives, workshops, allotments, woodlands and multiple buildings all selected within our project planning for school and community use to improve facilities and activities within the locality. This will be a natural exemplar site for pollinators in Wales.”

Connect with Pollen8CYMRU:

Website: pollen8cymru.com & Twitter

Proyecto Santo Tomas

Located in: Guatemala

Proyecto Santo Tomas (PST) was founded by community member Nelson Morales, who has a big heart for his small pueblo and for the natural environment. In addition to a tree nursery he founded to reforest the hillsides, an after-school PE program for local children, and a small library he runs out of his house, Nelson took it upon himself to save the disappearing honey bees of Guatemala. With nothing but his own resourcefulness, Nelson founded a refuge in his backyard and began taking in unwanted bee colonies that would otherwise have been burned or cut down. He taught himself to care for the hives, and to responsibly harvest honey. He began a number of educational outreach initiatives in local schools and with farmer’s cooperatives to teach the community about the vital importance of honey bees to local agriculture and to the ecosystem overall. He visits neighbors to teach them to care for hives on their property and hosts community events to share his delicious organic honey and teach about bee conservation. Now with some support from a local social business, Soluciones Comunitarias, and IBRA, the movement is starting to take hold in the community. The project is small, but poco a poco, we hope will make a great difference for the honey bees of Huehuetenango, Guatemala!

Connect with Proyecto Santo Tomas: Facebook

Women’s Rural Beekeeping Initiative

Location: Uganda

A project in the works! This inspiring project, led by Nakitto Betty, is working hard to raise funds for beehives and beekeeping education. The Rural Women’s Initiative was born out of the need to address alarming levels of young mothers in the rural community, low levels of girl child education, violence against girls at school, and girls' rights to education in Uganda. All these challenges are compounded by poor delivery of government services in the community in key sectors like agriculture, education, health and reproductive health services, and water & sanitation hygiene (WASH) services with the district currently facing a water shortage. The biggest challenge is that women are the bearers of this brunt, thus the need for RWI to help address these community challenges. The purpose of the beekeeping project is to empower the rural women (and their kids) through engaging them in beekeeping for daily income generation and poverty alleviation in homesteads. University of Washington grad student Bashira Chowdhury and I are currently exploring grant opportunities to travel to Uganda to teach these women and their kids about beekeeping, sustainable agriculture’s importance to bees, and also to conduct native bee surveys.

Connect with RWI: rwi-uganda.org, support page.

Il mondo delle Api (The World of Bees)

Location: Italy

There is nothing about Cristina Cazzani’s program, Il mondo delle Api, I don’t love! Cristina learned beekeeping from her father, and now has a passion to “tell the beautiful word of bees to children.” During her lessons, she uses her photos, sketches and graphics made by her partner (a designer, check out the beautiful materials here), educational hive, and her real working tools. She works with teachers in different subject areas, including sciences, geometry, food education, and composition. They play with words, poems, stories, and tools. She just led a workshop for Childrenshare, a cultural initiative dedicated to children and designed by Expo Milano 2015. “What did you do here?” I asked. She replied, “This workshop is a ‘playing lesson’ that lasts about one hour and 30 minutes. I tell children about bees’ lives, hive organization, similar insects, and our interaction with bees: a real story in which children become bees and protagonists! We dress children with handmade colorful lined bibs which represent bees and we make bees’ things!! We play life inside the hive and outside. Very funny.”

From the pictures, I can tell it was completely delightful! I hope to one day also visit Italy, and meet the newest beekeepers in a very long tradition.

Connect with Il mondo delle Api: Facebook

Speaking of connecting with beekeepers from far and near, I’m still looking for volunteers for our Kids and Bees program at ABF! Check out the details here, join the event, invite your friends, and send me an email if you’d like to give some time, knowledge, and a smile! sarah@beegirl.org

Silent Auction: Call for Donations

Each year during the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow, attendees are given the opportunity to experience outstanding live and silent auctions. The ABF is never at a loss for must-have auction items, including:

  • Beekeeping-related artwork, including paintings, stained glass and hand-carved pewter items
  • Honey and honey-related products
  • Unique clothing items
  • Beekeeping supplies and instructional books
  • Antique beekeeping items, such as smokers and hive tools
  • Household items in a bee motif, including coffee mugs, glasses, cheese trays and plates

The ABF is already on the lookout for items for the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 5-9, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Florida. Do you have an item that you would like to donate? Your contribution will be instrumental in helping the ABF bolster its general fund, which enables us to carry out our programs to serve the U.S. beekeeping and honey industry, as well as work to preserve and protect honey bees to ensure a quality food supply and environment.

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

We will accept donations up until the conference, but for planning purposes it would be helpful to hear from you by Friday, December 11, 2015.

Thank you in advance for your support of the ABF. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in Florida in January. And, if you haven't already done so, be sure to register now for the conference. Additional information, including all registration rates, guest room accommodations, the conference schedule, invited speakers, session topics and much more, can be found on the conference website at www.abfconference.com. Be sure to check the website often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available.

New ABF Gear is Now Available!

Show off your ABF style at the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow 

Preorder your ABF-branded gear by November 30, 2015 and pick it up on-site during your participation in the 2016 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 5-9, 2016.

Plus, skip the shipping costs! Orders logged bypass any shipping fees.

Our new fleece, stylish hat and a variety of shirts are now available in the ABF merchandise shop.

Questions? Call Valerie Lake, ABF membership coordinator, at 404-760-2875.

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


Nashville Just Got a Whole Lot Sweeter – National Honey Boards Exhibits at Music City Food & Wine Festival

Last month the National Honey Board (NHB) took the news of honey’s 2015 Flavor of the Year award to Nashville when we exhibited at the Music City Food & Wine Festival. This was a first time experience for the NHB and we feel it was a major win for honey.

On September 19-20th, music and food lovers converged on Nashville’s Bicentennial Park for two days of food and beverage tastings, music and cooking demos. Event goers also got to rub elbows with celebrity chefs like Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern and The Chew’s Carla Hall.

Being as September is National Honey Month, the timing of this event could not have been better for the NHB and the honey industry as a whole. Among participants’ favorite booths, the NHB showcased honey’s versatility across the menu with the following sweet and savory bites along with refreshing honey beverages:

  • Honey-Braised Pork Cheek Empanadas with Wildflower Honey Chimichurri
  • Honey Bee Cupcakes
  • Alfalfa Arnold Palmer
  • Grilled Honey-Lime & Cumin Marinated Shrimp
  • Honey Mango Margarita Cupcakes with Sea Salt
  • Honey-Hibiscus Orange Punch

Serving nearly 2,000 samples of each, these tasty treats delighted festival goers and kept them coming back for more!

In addition to the delicious small bites and sips, the NHB connected to visitors through giveaways, informational brochures and simple honey recipes.

Overall the Music City Food & Wine Festival gave us a great opportunity to branch out to a new sector of the general public. We see this experience as a real win for honey, and we look forward to participating in more Food and Wine events in 2016.

Honey Queen Buzz 

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Gabrielle at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts

It’s hard to believe that autumn is truly upon us! October proved to be another busy month for our ABF representatives. Gabrielle and Hayden ventured into eight states for promotions, and each had some much needed time back in their home states!

Fairs are traditionally a popular Honey Queen promotion in October, and this month certainly didn’t disappoint. One event in Maryland was cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin, but the Queens still promoted at fairs and festivals in Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia, and Texas. The fairs continue to provide boundless opportunities, including beeswax candle rolling, cooking with honey demonstrations, working in educational exhibits at our local and state association booths, and, of course, selling honey and other hive products! The Queens reached thousands of people through direct contact and presentations.

October also marks the beginning of state association fall conventions. Queen Gabrielle spoke at the Western Apicultural Society conference in Colorado and helped staff our ABF exhibit.                           


Princess Hayden gives a talk on beekeeping at the Fryeburg Fair 

Princess Hayden returned to Texas for the Texas Beekeepers Association conference and the Harris County Beekeepers Association annual banquet during the last two weeks in October. Beekeeping meetings and conferences will continue for our representatives in November.

The deadline for applications for the 2016 American Honey Queen and Princess positions quickly approaches, and the Queen Committee looks forward to meeting the applicants at the 2016 ABF Conference & Tradeshow in Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Florida! Please encourage your state representatives to consider applying for these positions!

Happy promoting!

Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle was: "Someone might tell you to put me on it. Might be a coat, might be a bonnet. Often I fly along with the breeze. Sometimes short or flirting with your knees. Woolen and warm, or silky and fair. Color don't matter, as long as i pair." Eloise Naylor was the first to get the correct answer: a sock!

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

A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, "If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50." The boy looked around and saw no scale, so he agreed, thinking no matter what the man writes he will just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet? 

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • 6 Things to Know About the EPA’s New Pesticide Rules: For the first time since 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the pesticide protections it requires for the more than two million people who plant and harvest our food. Learn More.
  • 'Zombie Bees' numbers are growing and it's bad news for honey bees (video). Read more.
  • The Future Of Almonds And Honeybees. Read more.
  • Common organic pesticides (biopesticides) found ‘acutely toxic’ to honey bees. Learn More.

ABF Welcomes New Members — September 2015

  • Andrew Clarke, New York 
  • John Crean, Florida
  • Martin Fenwick, Georgia
  • Charles French, Florida
  • Daphney Glass, Georgia
  • Paula Johnson, Minnesota
  • John Krichbaum, New York
  • Sierra Malnove, Florida
  • Michael Morrissey, North Carolina


  • Lee Parkinson, Texas
  • Greg Plowman, Washington
  • Al Salopek, Florida
  • RC Scull, South Dakota
  • Kim Skyrm, Massachusetts
  • Rebekah Ulsaker, Georgia
  • David Vierig, Georgia
  • Karen von Bargen, California



Recipe of the Month: Honey Orange Marshmallows

Source: Beth Hackenberg


1 Cup water, divided

3 (1/4-ounce) Packages unflavored gelatin

1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar

3/4 Cup light-colored corn syrup

1/4 Cup orange blossom honey

Dash of salt

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

5 Drops orange oil

20 Drops orange food coloring

Cooking spray

1/3 Cup powdered sugar

1/3 Cup cornstarch


Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup water into a small microwave-safe bowl, and sprinkle with gelatin.

Step 2: Combine remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup, honey, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour the sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, and let stand until a candy thermometer registers 210°.

Step 3: Microwave the gelatin mixture at HIGH for 20 seconds or until gelatin melts, stirring after 10 seconds. With mixer on low speed, beat sugar mixture using a whip attachment; gradually pour gelatin mixture in a thin stream into sugar mixture. Add vanilla, orange oil, and food coloring. Increase speed to high; whip mixture at high speed until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Using a spatula coated with cooking spray, scrape mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; smooth top. Let stand 2 hours.

Step 4: Sift together powdered sugar and cornstarch into a jelly-roll pan. Using an offset spatula coated with cooking spray, remove marshmallow from pan and place into powdered sugar mixture. Using scissors well dusted with powdered sugar mixture, cut marshmallows into 78 (1-inch) squares. Dust with powdered sugar mixture; shake marshmallows lightly to remove excess sugar mixture.

Science Buzz 

by Stephen Cutts and Dave Westervelt

With the feral population of honey bees in the southwestern states and Florida growing more and more Africanized, and the increasing number of “Backyard Beekeepers” wanting to manage European colonies, there is a need for African Honey Bee (AHB) education and preparedness. Education and preparedness are the key to proper response to potential stinging incidents, whether these incidents involve honey bees or other native pollinators easily found in Florida. There is also the increasing potential for vehicular accidents involving trucks or a semi loaded with honey bee colonies. For over a decade Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and UF/IFAS have been striving to educate consumers about AHB and the importance of training First Responders.

May 8, 2015: Judy Ludlow, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County, the County’s ESF17 Coordinator, has arranged for First Responder Training in the panhandle to be held at UF/IFAS Extension Washington County at 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. University of Florida IFAS Extension Beekeeping Specialist Dr. William (Bill) Kern, who has trained first responders throughout the southeast, will be teaching: Africanized Honeybee Biology and Behavior; Threat Triage, Personal Protective Equipment; Rescue Tactics, and Situation Outcomes; Field Demonstrations Using PPE and Foam-Equipped Engines.

This Event is Free, but Please Call to Register:

UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County - 850-674-8323, or

UF/IFAS Extension Washington County - 850-638-6180

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


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

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

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