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ABF E-Buzz — September 2017

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

 Autumn Leaves
© Edel T. Copeland

Golden, crisp leaves falling softly from almost bare trees,
Lifting and falling in a hushed gentle breeze,
Slowly dropping to the soft cushioned ground,
Whispering and rustling a soothing sound.

Coppers, golds, and rusted tones,
Mother Nature's way of letting go.
They fall and gather one by one,
Autumn is here, summer has gone.

Crunching as I walk through their warm fiery glow,
Nature's carpet rich and pure that again shall grow,
To protect and shield its majestic tree,
Standing tall and strong for the world to see.

They rise and fall in the cool, crisp air.
It's a time of change in this world we share,
Nature's importance reflecting our own lives,
Letting go of our fears and again, too, we shall thrive.

Welcome back!

I hope this time finds you busy making fall and winter preparations for your bees. It will be soon a time to treat for mites and put on entrance reducers among other things to make sure that your bees have what they need to get through the winter. It’s time to start ordering supplies for mite treatments. And if you need new equipment to replace bad boxes or bottom boards, it’s a great time to get those things on the way. It’s also time to make reservations and plans to attend your state meetings if you have them in the fall and also for registering for our upcoming 2018 ABF Conference & Tradeshow in January. The program is filled with great speakers and a world of experience you can share by joining us in Reno on January 9-13.

I had a great time a few weeks ago traveling to the Delta in Mississippi to a tour hosted by the Entomological Society of America, Farm Bureau and Mississippi State University. The tour was called a Science Policy Field Tour and Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health. The concept was finding common ground among people with different perspectives of the Pesticide - Pollinator conflict. I had an opportunity to meet Dr. Jeff Harris, Extension Specialist with Mississippi State. It was a very informative and interesting two days to view how beekeeping takes place in a very agriculturally intense area. What inspired the event was the level of communication between beekeepers and the farmers in their area and crop advisers that are almost always used to determine the thresholds for treatment with all considerations affecting the farmer and pollinators.

This is all part of their Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. It is designed to open dialogue between all parties involved and to make sure farmers are not using pesticides until it is economically viable to protect against damage that would be critical with cost benefit the consideration for determining when and how much to treat. We visited a demonstration of an actual treatment simulation by a crop dusting plane and a helicopter which can be used in tight and difficult treatments. It is amazing how much computers are playing a part in the actual treatment in controlling on and off times so that there is very little over spray and waste of pesticide. I really must say I had no idea what was involved in aerial applications and how things have changed in the past ten years to help minimize the effect on pollinators.

We had two tours of different farms and saw a pollinator strip that was managed by the Stewardship Program. They have a couple dozens of these pollinator strips that are designed to provide habitat in these highly intensely managed areas. I did not see many flowers attracting honey bees at the time we were there but there were a few varieties of native bees and lots of flies and butterflies. The farmers present were very informative and explained that the communication between beekeepers and the farmers and crop advisers was greatly improved, which is key.

Also attending the tour were ABF Board of Director, Joan Gunter from North Dakota, Johnny Thompson (local beekeeper) and Steve Coy from Mississippi. Johnny runs around 300 hives locally and farms and raises chickens commercially so his interests are very diverse. We visited a yard where Johnny had about 50 hives and those in attendance were able to inspect the hives. He also gave out samples of his honey to all that wanted one. The yard was located on a property owned by Mike Miles and he and I had a long talk about how dramatically things had changed in the area and his big realization was in how many fewer doves there were in the area as compared to 20 years ago. He said they don’t even hunt them anymore because they are so scarce. We also toured some of the test plots at the Mississippi State Delta Research and Extension Center. There we saw how inspections are done to gather samples such as Soy Bean bugs like Loopers and the Red Legged stink bugs that were causing big losses this year. They are not normally a problem. It was very easy to collect bugs in the fields we were in and it was so interesting to talk with the crop advisers as to when this field or that one would need treatment or if it was not going to be of value to the producer. When treatments can run twenty or thirty thousand dollars, the farmer wants to know if it is a good investment of the capital.

Personally, I don’t know how bees can survive here very well and Steve Coy agrees when it comes to being anywhere near to Cotton. It takes so many treatments, that the damage to bees can be devastating if you are close to it. I guess the most definitive point for me in going was to learn of the level of communication going on there and that crop advisers are so widely used to help the farmer in making good management decision to utilize all things considered even including Integrated Pest Management techniques where it was possible. It is so helpful when everyone has pollinators in the consideration of things when decisions are made.

I hope you enjoy your time spent here again and if there are things you want to see in upcoming issues please drop me an email at tuckerb@hit.net. Till next month, have a good time in the bees and good luck with all your efforts.


President's Greeting 

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

It is difficult to believe that summer is over already and that almond pollination is less than five months away! The migration of bees into California from other states will begin soon and will not be complete until early February just prior to the start of almond bloom.

Late summer and fall are critical times for our bees. There is so much to do to prepare our hives for winter. We were hoping that the heavy rainfall we received throughout California last winter and spring would bring an abundance of late summer and fall forage for our bees, but forage now is surprisingly sparse and it has been necessary to feed some of our hives. Most of the surplus honey has been removed now and we are feeding syrup to the lighter colonies, protein patties to all, and the final (we hope) mite treatment for the season. It is always a challenge to get the honey removed in time for the August/September mite treatments, which are the most critical of the year.

The weather has cooled considerably from the 110 degrees plus temperatures that much of California experienced in early September. While we and our bees suffered through those extremely hot days, we were thankful that we were not in Texas, Florida, or the other states severely impacted by hurricanes, tornados, and flooding. Our hearts go out to those of you who endured such hardships and losses in hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I have spoken to a few beekeepers in the areas impacted by the storms and while some beehives have been damaged or destroyed, it is too early to assess the severity of the big picture now. It appears that most of the Brazilian Pepper trees have been stripped of their leaves and blooms in Florida, so there will not be much fall feed for the bees in those areas. Everyone to whom I have spoken is very thankful that they and their families survived the storms.

We are less than four months away from the 75th Anniversary ABF Conference & Tradeshow in Reno on January 9-13. The program continues to be finalized and we are looking forward to a great conference. Remember that Early Bird registration is open until October 31st and you are encouraged to take advantage of these reduced registration rates. Hotel and registration information is available on the ABF website. Hope to see you in Reno!

Government Relations

by: Tim May, ABF Vice President

On September 12th, the ABF signed onto a letter drafted by Michael Formica of the National Pork Producers Council. This letter was a “Request for Waiver and Limited Exemption for Livestock Carriers from DOT and FMCSA, Final Rule: Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service (HOS) Supporting Documents” The letter was sent to Elaine Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation and Daphne Jefferson, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The letter stated four main reasons for requesting a waiver and limited exemption for livestock haulers (including bees).

1. Livestock haulers are not and will not be prepared to meet the December 18, 2017 compliance date;

 2. The current ELD marketplace does not clearly support the needs of livestock haulers and questions remain as to whether current ELD devices can accommodate HOS exemptions currently utilized by the livestock industry, particularly given the FMCSA’s recent change to its interpretation of the 150 air-mile exemption.

  3. There is a significant lack of education and awareness by livestock haulers and the livestock farmers they service regarding the mandate, current exemptions, and the use and operation of ELDs requiring time for adequate outreach and training to take place; and

  4. Concern over the ELD mandate has exposed incompatibilities between the HOS rules and the livestock industry, and is causing disruption for livestock haulers, increasing already severe driver shortages, and endangering the health and welfare of millions of animals transported by livestock haulers daily.

In July 2017 legislation was proposed that would exempt livestock haulers (bees included) from the ELD mandate. In July 2017, this language was included in the House Appropriations Transportation subcommittee mark-up and reported favorably to the full House Appropriations Committee. The Committee approved the language in the appropriations legislation that will fund the DOT through FY2018. The legislation was then approved by the full House funding the federal government through the next fiscal year. The ELD exemption for livestock and bees was included in this legislation.

If the Senate adopts the House legislation and the measure is signed by the President, the legislation will allow an ELD compliance extension for livestock carriers although it does not offer complete relief or exemption from ELD compliance. If an extension of the compliance mandate is approved it should allow livestock and insect carriers to work with regulators to come up with options and flexibility regarding the safe transportation of livestock and bees.

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

Upcoming Sessions:

Beeswax Candles

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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

Gary & Ginger Reuter; Candle Maker & Technician/Extension Instructor, University of Minnesota Bee Lab

Click here to learn more and to register!

Beekeeping Ordinances Panel

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

More Details Coming Soon! 

 Introducing the 2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award

Honey bees are essential to modern food production, but a variety of challenges are making it increasingly hard for bees to find the food sources they need to thrive. That is why the Honey Bee Health Coalition is excited to announce the launch of the

2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award.

The Coalition is looking for innovative ideas to improve our understanding of honey bee nutrition.



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

Sweet Inspiration at the Honey Summit 2017

For Food and Beverage Professionals

The National Honey Board (NHB) had the privilege of welcoming some of the country’s top foodservice industry professionals to Honey Summit 2017, held in late July at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. The esteemed participants included representatives from Jamba Juice, Wendy’s, Sun Basket, Landry’s/Chart House, and more.

The Honey Summit afforded an in-depth, multi-day immersion experience that included a presentation by trends forecaster Suzy Badaracco of Culinary Tides, honey varietal tastings by CIA’s Chef Almir DeFonseca, a honey and spirit pairing session by Master Mixologist Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture, not to mention a visit to a local apiary, and plenty of hands-on innovation in the CIA’s pristine kitchens.

The summit kicked off with an opening night dinner at Archetype in St. Helena, featuring a honey-inspired menu created for our group by Executive Chef Anthony Paone.  Two honey cocktails were featured, followed by three choices each of starters, entrees, and desserts – all incorporating honey. Every item was delectable; however, the Housemade Pumpkin Bread Toast with Cashew Cheese, Honey, Bacon, and Blueberries seemed to create extra buzz among the decidedly foodie group.

Then, for the next day and a half, Honey Summit participants took a deep dive into the world of honey, learning about honey’s versatility, functionality and range of flavor profiles. Lastly, they leveraged their newfound knowledge to create innovative honey-inspired drinks and dishes. Here is just a sampling of the items our illustrious group came up with at Honey Summit 2017:

·       Orange Blossom Honey Lemonade with Strawberry Ice Cubes

·       Seared Halibut, Honey Parsnip Puree & Honeycomb Gremolata

·       Honey Marinated Eggplant Chip Topped with Herbed Cheese

·       Honey Roasted Figs with Herbed Ricotta

·       Honey Pickled Strawberry Salad with Candied Pepitas

·       Lobster and Black Truffle Ravioli with Orange Blossom Honey & Cashew Cream

·       Buckwheat Honey Cured Smoked Scallops

·       Blueberry & Honey Crostata

Needless to say, while we set out to inspire our Honey Summit participants with honey, ultimately, they inspired us -- with their talent, enthusiasm and new ideas for honey-inspired food and beverage applications. We are happy to count these food and beverage professionals among our Honey Summit alumni, and look forward to their future honey inspirations – perhaps some of them coming to a menu near you.


Kids and Bees

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

Do you have a memory of the very beginning of the current “save the bee” phenomenon? Do you remember how you heard about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the phrase that has been dominating the headlines far past the traditional “15 minutes”? I do!

It was the side of a pint of Haagen-Dazs honey ice cream. I wasn’t the only one drawn in by this moving and award winning campaign, so it was a delight to come full circle and teach local students all about honey bees (and their important native bee cousins) this summer at the UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, which that ice cream helped to fund!

Students from Peregrine School, whose motto is “SOAR: Science, outdoor education, arts, and responsibility,” joined me for the ABF Kids and Bees program on the first day of the Western Apicultural Society conference in early September. They were special students, met by a very special group of Kids and Bees volunteers: Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, ran the “Bees and Beekeeping” station, staff research associates Bernardo Niño and Charley Nye of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr., Honey Bee Research Facility/UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology ran the “Beeswax” and “Bee Habitat” stations, and Zoe Anderson, a UC Davis undergraduate student majoring in animal biology ran the “Honey” station.

The UC Davis “Bug Squad” blogger, Kathy Keatley Garvey did a fantastic write-up of the morning here: http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25094

Next on the agenda is the Kids and Bees main event at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow in Reno, Nevada, this coming January.

On Friday, January 12th from 9:00 – 12:00 noon, local and visiting elementary-aged kids are welcomed to the Nevada room in the Grand Sierra Resort to participate in the “Kids and Bees” program. This no-charge educational program has been a traditional featured event with the American Beekeeping Federation 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!” They will learn about the art and science behind beeswax, honey, pollination, ultraviolet bee vision, and so much more! Students will make their way through each station, engaging with beekeepers and Honey Queens from around the US, and in activities that will harness their senses and imaginations.

We’ll need about thirty (30) volunteers to make this program a success! If you would like to lend a smile and some bee knowledge, please email me at sarah@beegirl.org.

Please, also, help us spread the word to anyone you know who is attending with their kids, or anyone in the Reno area.

You can find our registration and information page here: https://abfkidsbees.eventbrite.com

And our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/307660309710715

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

Honey Queen Buzz

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Happy National Honey Month! September is always a special promotional time for the American Honey Queen program. In this month, we can really focus on honey, its many forms, varieties, and uses. It also marks a transition in honey and beekeeping promotions for the queens.

August was filled with fair promotions, and these continued into September. Maia finished up her promotion at the Nebraska State Fair in the beginning of September, and headed out to the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts at the end of the month. Hope began September with the Maryland State Fair. Each fair brings a variety of opportunities and, notably at the Maryland State Fair, honey was a key part of the promotions. The Queens work feverishly in sales booths each year, helping to increase product sales to the public by sharing the many uses of our products.

Honey Festivals took up another part of the month, with stops in California and Ohio. The Queens participated in the special festivals 

themselves, but also promoted the festival and the industry by giving school presentations and participating in media interviews. 

The month rounded out for each with additional school promotions, farmers’ markets, festivals, and beekeeping club meetings in Iowa, Florida, California, and Alaska. September is a great time to begin school presentations, as it is a perfect tie-in with National Honey Month. Honey harvests are great talking points and demonstrations with students. Maia and Hope spoke with thousands of children throughout the month of September from kindergarten through high school.

 We are nearing the home stretch with our 2017 promotions, and we are always preparing for our 2018 representatives. Contact me now if you have interest in developing a new promotion in 2018. Reach me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 to put in your requests for visits. 

Happy promoting!

75th Anniversary ABF Conference & Tradeshow:

Conference Agenda Posted


Come CELEBRATE the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF with us January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Discover the many facets of the ABF with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.

The early registration deadline is October 31, 2017! Register today to ensure you place at this grand celebration!


The conference agenda has been posted and is ready for your review. Please take a look at the many educational sessions offered and select what’s best for you. This conference offers sessions for all levels of beekeepers and is sure to provide information to your most perplexing bee challenges


2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow Agenda



For additional information, please visit abfconference.com.

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Bee Thinking

No One Guessed Last Month's Riddle! Here it is again

I am taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody.

What am I?


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 - August 2017 

  • Nicholas Sargeantson, Conneticut
  • John Garcia, New Jersey
  • Juanita Collins, California
  • Nikki Olson, Wisconsin
  • Stephanie Scott, Georgia
  • Jessica Denslinger, Alaska
  • Effie Sandlin, Texas
  • Paul Armes, Texas
  • Betsy, Higginbotham, Illinois
  • Gene Jackson, Texas
  • Nan Stovall, Nevada
  • David Jefferson, California

Recipe of the Month: Yellow Squash & Sausage


2 -3 small to medium squash
1 package of five or six Italian Sausages
usually a pound to a pound and a half
1 medium white onion sliced and julienned
1 Green or Red Bell Pepper.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp. Johnnys Sreasoning Salt
1/4 tsp. Parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Turmeric
Diced jalapenos to taste.



In a large pan, fry up Sausage,
browning nicely and remove and drain.
Fry up the squash, pepper and onions adding all seasonings. When squash and onions are glazed nicely add back the sausage and drizzle with honey. I also added some diced red jalapenos to spice it up a bit


Recipe By:Tim Tucker

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