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ABF E-Buzz — September 2011

In This Issue:

Welcome Back to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Membership and Marketing Committee Member and ABF E-Buzz Editor

As cool winds descend.
September has come back,
Again...so quickly.
September arrives,
And Autumn begins.

Lawrence S. Pertillar

September has been National Honey Month, but I think every month is honey month, aren't they? We are all thinking about new ways to use honey and keep honey in the spotlight each and every month.  To help celebrate the month, I would like to direct everyone again to the www.honey.com Web site where you can find so many great recipes and tips for using honey. They are a real showcase for honey and the honey bee. There is a new recipe for a wonderful "Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask" for demonstrating honey's natural skin moisturizing benefits. There's also a new feature that allows you to use a variety of e-cards to send people birthday wishes or just making a special person's day with a honey recipe and a note for special occasions. Try them out today and make someone smile! There is just no other Web site to find so much valuable information about honey and its benefits and if you haven't done it yet, you can sign up for the Honey Feast newsletter that comes out each month with a new and exciting recipe utilizing honey.

This month's issue of ABF E-Buzz features our Honey Queen Program and Anna Kettlewell, Honey Queen Program chair, has provided us all with an update on where our honey queen and princess are buzzing around the country this summer and fall. You can follow their updates on a daily basis and I would like to encourage you all to visit "American Honey Queen Program" on Facebook and give them a big "Like" today. You can also follow their demonstrations and honey promotions on their blog at www.buzzingacrossamerica.com. These young ladies do a great job representing the industry and increasing the awareness of the value of honey.

American Honey Queen
Teresa Bryson and
Princess Allison Adams

We would also like to invite you to enter the fall edition of the ABF E-Buzz Moments in Beekeeping Photo Contest. You will find the categories and rules below. You could be eligible to win some great prizes and a Master Beekeepers suit from Brushy Mountain if you are the grand prize winner.  So, get your camera snapping those great pictures and get them in to the ABF office by November 30, 2011, so we can get them judged and award prizes before Christmas! 

In this issue of ABF E-Buzz you will also find a great article put together by the staff at Walter T. Kelley Company about that great company that has been offering beekeepers top quality equipment and goods for the past 85 years. There's also a tasty recipe from the ABF membership and marketing expert, Amanda Hammerli, that I am sure you will want to try out just as soon as you can get the ingredients all rounded up.
Don't forget that you need to get your reservations in for the upcoming North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow this coming January in exciting Las Vegas. We hope to see you all there for a great line-up of speakers and the most up-to-date information available to the industry. We are also announcing the ABF's new educational Webinar series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" and the first session is coming up next month.  More details can be found below.

We also have a great new lineup of "Buzzmakers" for you to check out and another addition of "Science Buzz" from Peter Teal that details the importance of the division of labor to colony life and what actually influences it. Very informative and I know you will lean a great deal from his new article.

In regard to honey prices, they seem to be holding up quite well in the $1.55 to $1.70 level, but there is talk that these prices may not hold due to the crop of Argentina honey that will be coming into the market as the European Union has banned imports from Argentina due to contamination from GM pollen. This is a genuine consideration for our market in the coming year, as there is just no place for this honey to go other than here in the U.S. To find the latest on honey prices, you can review the USDA September Honey Report at http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf for more information on the potential crop and the apparent condition of bees currently.

Thanks so much for stopping by again and we hope that you find this months edition helpful and informative.  If you have anything you would like to include in an upcoming issue, just drop me a note at tuckerb@hit.net.

Bee There: Register Now for the 2012 ABF Annual Conference and Save!

by Robin E. Dahlen, CAE, ABF Executive Director

The 2012 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, January 10-14, is just a little more than three months away and we can't wait to see you all in exciting Las Vegas. The agenda is almost complete, featuring valuable presentations from industry leaders, and the exhibit hall is filling up fast with all the latest and greatest innovations in the beekeeping industry. Now, all we need is YOU!

Discover just a few highlights of the 2012 conference:

  • Anticipated attendance of more than 600 beekeepers
  • A closer look at beekeeping around the world
  • Over 40 educational sessions with topics designed for all levels of beekeepers
  • Multiple networking and socializing opportunities
  • The always-popular and informative Serious Sideliner Symposium
  • The 2012 Honey Queen/Princess coronation
  • The 2012 American Honey Show
  • And much more...

Register today to ensure your place at this all-important conference. The early registration deadline is Wednesday, October 5, 2011. After this date, the rate goes up by $50. Register now and use that $50 to explore the many unique elements of Las Vegas, from award-winning dining options to extraordinary entertainment.

Additional information, including registration rates, guest room accommodations, the conference schedule, invited speakers, session topics and much more, can be found on the conference Web site at www.nabeekeepingconference.com. Be sure to check the Web site often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Act now...you won't want to miss this opportunity to register and save!

Bee Informed: ABF Introduces New "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar Series

by Robin E. Dahlen, CAE, ABF Executive Director

The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep our members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year.  To this end, we are pleased to announce a new online educational Webinar series titled "Conversation with a Beekeeper."  We plan to host these sessions every few months and look forward to having you join us.

The purpose of these educational sessions is to connect ABF members on a national level with industry leaders and experts. If you would like to be a guest speaker or recommend someone for the task, please contact me at robindahlen@abfnet.org or 404.760.2875. 

The sessions will be conducted via the Cisco WebEx online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. You do not have to have access to a computer to participate! As long as you have access to a phone you can listen in to the session.    

Please note that space is limited and open to the first 100 ABF members.  Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Amanda Hammerli, ABF membership coordinator, at amandahammerli@abfnet.org or by calling the ABF offices at 404.760.2875.  Registration will close 48 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session the registered participant will receive an e-mail confirming participation, along with the necessary information to join the session.  If an e-mail address is not provided, the ABF will call the participant with the information. Questions for the speaker must be submitted 48 business hours in advance to Amanda Hammerli.

If you are unable to make the session, don't fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for member-only access.

So, without futher adieu, I am pleased to announce that our inaugural session will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. ET, and will feature Jerry Hayes, the chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry.  More details on his presentation can be found below.

Pollinator Decline and the Managed Honey Bee
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
8:00 p.m. ET

Jerry Hayes

It's no secret that the apiary industry is under siege from pests, diseases, Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors. As a result, the managed honey bee continues to struggle for survival and, by extension, so does today's beekeeper.

Join us as we take a deeper dive into the state of pollinator decline and the future of the industry with Jerry Hayes, the chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry.

Hayes participates in the CCD Working Group, the BIP Board and is a Project Apis m. Science Advisor. In addition, he has authored the "Classroom" column in the American Bee Journal for 25 years from which the book of the same name was developed. Hayes is also an author or co-author on 20+ honey bee research papers.

But, he wasn't always a beekeeper or in the industry. He started off as a high school teacher and hated it, but then he discovered beekeeping and, just like you, he devoured everything about honey bees. Soon after he obtained a degree in Apiculture he worked at the USDA ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and then on to Dadant & Sons as director of New Product Development.

Science Buzz

by Peter Teal, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, USDA-ARS

Bees are unique for many reasons and one that I am fascinated with is why workers change their behavior from nursing to house building and food processing bees and then become foragers for the last half of their lives.  It's easy to say, "It's just that they're growing up. Just like families in the early 20th century kids take care of babies, teenagers do house work, grownups bring home the food."

Well, it's not that simple, because in times when food is needed some young bees become foragers and when there is a brood explosion foragers become nurses. This progression in behavioral division of labor is critical for colony life.  Drs. Gene Robinson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Zack Huang (Michigan State University) are the "deans" of research in this area and have published numerous scientific papers on the subject. Their research demonstrated conclusively that juvenile hormone (JH), an insect hormone common to all insects that regulates larval development and sexual maturity of adults in insects, plays a role in the progression from nurse to forager. Through many experiments they showed that the amount of this hormone increased as workers moved through the behavioral stages and that when there was a regression from forager back to nurse status JH levels decreased. Sounds like JH is the key to the behavioral stages! But, wait, it turns out that when no foragers are present in hives even bees incapable of producing JH become foragers. So while JH influences behavior development it is not essential.

JH is involved but not required for behavioral changes in workers...are there other factors involved? Yes, there are. According to a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) ("Insulin signaling is involved in the regulation of worker division of labor in honey bee colonies," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2008, Volume 105, pages 4226-4231, by S. A. Ament, M. Corona, H. S. Pollock and G. E. Robinson, www.PNAS.org) the genes that regulate insulin production in both the brain and in the fat body, where nutrients are stored in abdomen, are much more active in foragers than in nurse bees despite the fact that nurses have far more energy reserves in the fat body. Additionally, insulin signaling causes increased JH production. However, insulin decreases production of a protein called vitellogenin, which is presumed to have antioxidant effects and promote longevity  ("Vitellogenin, juvenile hormone, insulin signaling and queen honey bee longevity," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007, Volume 104, pages 7128-7133, by M. Corona, R. Velarde, S. Remolina, A. Moran-Lauter, K. Hughes and G. Robinson, www.PNAS.org). Indeed Nelson and co-workers ("The gene vitellogenin has multiple coordinating effects on social organization," PLOS Biology, 2007, Volume 5, pages 673-676, www.plosbiology.org) have shown that lack of vitellogenin caused workers to become foragers earlier, prefer nectar (sugar) and lived shorter lives.
So, in summary, at least three physiological factors (JH, insulin and vitellogenin) affect the behavioral change from nurse to forager bee and, interestingly, both JH and vitellogenin are key components for reproductive development by queens and insulin may be the factor that allows queens to live long lives. Thus it seems that the same things that regulate reproduction also regulate behavioral status of the non-reproductive worker bees.  But, that is not the end of the story because next month I'm going to discuss the research that Kaitlin Deutsch, a fantastic summer student working in my lab, and Anna Cabrero-Cordon, an equally impressive post-doc, have discovered about another new hormone. What a complex and fascinating life bees lead!

Beekeeping Vendor of the Month: Walter T. Kelley Company

by Walter T. Kelley Company Staff

Walter T. Kelley (18971986) was beekeeper who created a large bee equipment supply and queen breeding company based in Clarkson, Kentucky. Kelley also wrote extensively about apiculture and published the bee journal Modern Beekeeping.

Walter T. Kelley

Kelley and his wife, Ida, started a beekeeping supply company called The Walter T. Kelley Company in 1926. He sold durable cypress hives and woodware originally built in Louisiana, then later at his factory in Kentucky. He created or greatly improved upon ventilated bee gloves (1938), wired foundation (1939), bee blowers (1969) and plastic bottom boards (1975). Kelley's business included a 100-acre (400,000 m2) farm in Cade, Louisiana, where his queen and package bee operation grew to 1,500 colonies. He sold queens and replacement bees throughout North America. After 85 years, the company is still providing beekeeping supplies today.

Walter T. Kelley was a prolific and enthusiastic author of beekeeping materials, including his journal Modern Beekeeping (founded in 1944). Many of his books and pamphlets were designed to encourage his customers of beewares, including How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey, published until 1975. Walter T. and Ida Kelley were major donors to the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in nearby Leitchfield and a wing of the hospital was named for them in their honor.

In 2011, Walter T. Kelley Company, LLC, celebrated its 86th year in the beekeeping industry. You cannot reach this milestone without the dedication of a truly great team. Some of Kelley's employees have made this their life's work, while others have just begun to harvest their knowledge.

As we move into the future we will continue with Walter T. Kelley's philosophy that if you give your customer a quality product at a fair price you will be successful. It is a privilege to serve our customers, some who have generational ties to keeping bees and trust Kelley's for their equipment, and others who are brand new to beekeeping. We welcome the opportunity to grow with the new, while continuing to serve our old friends.

Historical Overview of the Walter T. Kelley Company

Today, the Walter T. Kelley Company serves customers around the world and employs 70 caring, experienced people. How did this all start?

Walter T. Kelley was born in Sturgis, Michigan, in 1897. He described an event that changed his life when he was 10, when "a large swarm of bees landed on a tree in the school yard and I told my father about them. There was a long-time beekeeper across the street from the school and he knew 'a swarm in July is not worth a fly!' So, that puts the value of a September swarm very low. This was in southern Michigan where killing frosts are normally about the middle of September." (This, and all quoted portions, are excerpted from the 75th anniversary tribute to Walter T. & Ida Babin Kelley.)

"At that time corrugated cartons had not arrived and father, not having any bee experience, fitted up a wooden soap box and our neighbor shook them into the box. Dad got them home and placed some corn shocks on the north, east and west sides and somehow the frost came late that year and the bees survived. The next spring I caught BEE FEVER and spent a lot of time that summer watching the bees come and go. That winter I convinced my aunt to buy me a copy of ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture listed in Montgomery Wards fine catalog. In the course of time the number of our colonies increased..."

"To distinctly mark my advertising and products, I have developed this
trademark and had it registered in the U.S. Patent Office. When you see this trademark, you can rest assured it stands for
Walter T. Kelley
American Bee Journal, 1938).

Now in our 86th year, we continue to use
this symbol and operate under the same
fair and honest principles as set forth
by our founder, Walter T. Kelley.

Chances are, if you're reading this, you understand "BEE FEVER." Kelley's interest continued to grow, taking him to the Michigan Agriculture School (now Michigan State University), where he graduated in 1919 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in beekeeping.

Kelley worked for the USDA, and a bee supplier, until 1924, when he began keeping bees full time in Louisiana. There, he "began making hives from the local cypress wood and gradually crept into business, first supplying neighbors with packages bees and hives on a very small scale but gradually expanding." Because he strongly believed "give your customers a good product and good service and you will always have business," his business grew - moving a few times before the Clarkson, Kentucky, operation was opened in 1953. This sprawling compound includes "a wood-working shop, a sheet metal shop, beeswax processing plant where raw beeswax is processed into comb foundation sheets with bee cell imprint, a sewing department where veils, gloves and other protective clothing are manufactured, plus an office and shipping department." There are also, of course, plenty of bee hives on the property!

"When the business first began there was very little equipment on the market to build the items needed in the bee business. Walter T. Kelley was able to purchase some used machines and he, along with some very able employees, rebuilt, adapted and improved upon those machines. This equipment is unique and produces beekeeping supplies which are shipped all over the world. Wax processing machines were built by hand and perfected as the years passed. Wiring machines that embedded hot wires into foundation sheets as they passed along the conveyer were Mr. Kelley's creation, his pride and joy."

"Ida Kelley passed away in 1978. Walter Kelley remained very active in the business until only a few months before his death in 1986. Up until the last couple of years, he hardly missed a day's work. He continued his same routine of rising at 4:00 a.m. to fire the factory building's coal furnaces, personally driving to the Post Office to pick up the day's delivery each morning and returning late in the afternoon with the workday's mailings of letters and parcels."

"Each day found him opening the daily mail, dictating letters, talking on the phone and ordering raw materials for the factory operation. He could be seen about the plant throughout the day, checking on factory operations, picking up a piece of trash or weighing incoming beeswax. Mr. Kelley made himself available to visitors picking up supplies and equipment and he thoroughly enjoyed showing these visitors through the plant, taking great pains to explain an intricate procedure. He equally enjoyed listening to visiting beekeepers tell of their individual bee yards, their methods, problems and successes."

Walter T. Kelley became known nationally and internationally as "The Bee Man." His creativity resulted in many industry advancements, produced and shipped by employees who carry on his work.

Bee Aware: FSA Reminds Producers of Disaster Assistance Deadlines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers about upcoming deadlines for disaster assistance under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) or the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

The Agency emphasizes that losses must be the result of a weather event occurring on or before September 30, 2011 the last day of the ELAP program. Losses due to adverse weather events occurring on or after October 1, 2011, are ineligible for benefits under ELAP or LIP.

To be eligible under ELAP and LIP, livestock losses due to adverse weather events must occur within 60 days of the adverse weather event. Producers must file for losses within 30 days of the deaths becoming apparent. The final date to file a notice of loss for ELAP and LIP losses is December 29, 2011.

Once notices of losses are filed for ELAP or LIP, producers will have until January 30, 2012, to submit all required documentation and complete the application for payment.

Producers should contact their local FSA county offices with any questions about ELAP or LIP. Additional information can also be found on the USDA FSA Web site. Click here for more details.

Honey Queen Buzz: Queen and Princess Stay Busy and Involved

Queen Teresa being interviewed on a
Saturday morning talk show... the interview
was 60 minutes long!

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Greetings fellow beekeepers! I write this as we are nearing the close of National Honey Month, and I know that many of you were very busy promoting our industry throughout September.  American Honey Queen Teresa Bryson and Princess Allison Adams were extremely busy throughout National Honey Month.

Queen Teresa spent the entire month of September promoting on the west coast with stops in Oregon, California and Washington at honey festivals and county and state fairs.  Her stops included the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon; the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival in Palo Cedro, California; the Puyallup Fair in Puyallup, Washington; and the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, Washington. Three of these stops were new events for the Honey Queen Program this year, and we thank the members from Oregon and Washington for providing excellent forums in which Teresa promoted! Her activities included manning observation hives, giving cooking demonstrations and honey samples to fair attendees, and selling honey products in fair booths.  The Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival is a wonderful, annual event that the American Honey Queen attends. In addition to the two-day festival in this California community, home to many queen and package bee producers, the Honey Queen visits many elementary schools, teaching students about the importance of honey bee pollination and inviting them to the festival, and promotes the festival and the industry through radio and television interviews.  The ultimate highlight of the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival is the bee beard demonstrations.

Princess Allison conducts a cooking demonstration during a recent visit to Minnesota.

Princess Allison was nearly as busy as Queen Teresa throughout September. Her travels spanned from the east coast to the heartland, with promotions in Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas and New Jersey, and included promotions such as honey festivals, state fairs and store promotions.  The Minnesota and Kansas State Fairs provided Allison with opportunities to teach the public about honey bees and using honey.  She had several media interviews, gave numerous cooking demonstrations, and spoke to the public with the aid of the fantastic honey exhibits at each of these fairs. She also spent time outside the fair visiting with student groups in other locations. Consider having the Queen or Princess give presentations outside your fair, as it is a great way to promote your fair and get the word out to more potential consumers. The Lithopolis Honey Fest in Lithopolis, Ohio, is an annual event for the American Honey Princess, much like the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival for the Queen. Her promotions included media interviews, school visits, and promoting the festival and its bee beard demonstrations. Allison also participated in grocery store promotions in Newark, New Jersey, which is a great way to deliver information about the uses of honey to the consumer, particularly in urban markets.
All these promotional venues provided great examples of effective promotions for the Queen and Princess. If you can, I encourage you to visit the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival or the Lithopolis Honey Fest in the future. These events are held the weekend after Labor Day, so consider visiting one of these festivals next year for great promotion ideas for your area. It's always a fantastic idea to see what your beekeeping colleagues do at their fairs, so check out one of the fairs listed above to see if they can share ideas to improve your fair's exhibit!

In Memoriam: Thomas Edward Burleson, Jr.

T.E. Burleson, Jr.

Thomas Edward Burleson, Jr., died September 19, 2011, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born November 20, 1935, to Thomas Edward Burleson, Sr., and Annie Laura Whipple Burleson in Waxahachie, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Lori Burleson Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nan Epton Burleson, and children: Gregory Burleson and wife, Carol; Timothy Burleson and wife, Tami; Ame Burleson Solomon and husband, John; and son-in-law Lee Johnson.

Burleson received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from North Texas University. Upon graduation, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He was stationed first in Amarillo and then near Washington, D.C., at Andrews Air Force Base, where he was promoted to Captain and became the chief refueling officer for the base. Among his duties there was refueling the Presidential aircrafts. In 1962, he was honorably discharged from military service and returned to Waxahachie to join the family firm of T.W. Burleson & Son, Inc., where he worked 49 years as the third generation in his family to produce and pack honey. During that time, he served as president of the National Honey Packers & Dealers and president of the American Honey Institute. As CEO of Burleson's Honey, Burleson led the industry by pioneering plastic, non-drip containers for honey.

Burleson's civic activities covered a wide range of endeavors. He served as president and secretary of the Waxahachie Independent School District Board and president and secretary of the Waxahachie Lions Club. A faithful member of the First Baptist Church, among his many duties through the years he served as chairman of the deacons, chairman of the properties committee and supervisor of the construction of the Children's Building. A landmark event in his life occurred in 1980 when he was awarded the Citizens for Progress Outstanding Citizens Award by the African American community in Waxahachie. He was the first caucasian to receive such an honor.

Other involvements include participation in Historic Waxahachie, Inc., and the Classic Car Club. Burleson was active in Boy Scouts and received the Order of the Arrow Award. Noted for his high energy and indomitable spirit, he thoroughly loved life, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, mountains of New Mexico and collecting antiques, including vintage cars. He was a generous person in both spirit and means, with a great sense of humor, which served him well as an excellent storyteller, host and friend. In later years, his greatest pleasure was his grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church in Waxahachie or the American Heart Association.

Editor's Note: T.W. Burleson & Son, Inc., has been a loyal member of the ABF since 1945.

Bee Involved: National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

The National Honey Board will accept proposals for new bee research projects this fall. The goal of the research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality. Researchers interested in submitting a proposal should check the Board's Web site for details at www.honey.com or call the office at 1.800.553.7162. All proposals are due by December 15, 2011.

The National Honey Board conducts research, advertising and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products. These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and imported honey.

Apirary Inspector Openings Announcement

A list is being compiled of those who may want to formally apply for future full-time apiary inspector openings in Florida as they become available. Please contact Jerry Hayes, chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry, at gerald.hayes@freshfromflorida.com for additional information.

Example of Products of the Hive

Moments in Beekeeping Photo Contest: Call for Submissions

There are four categories for entries in the photo contest:

  • Bees at Work — This will involve a great picture of a honey bee on a flower in the process of gathering nectar or pollen. It would also entail pictures of bees in the hive performing functions such as cooling, transfer of nectar or attending the queen. It could also be great frames of colorful pollen or brood.
  • Kids and Bees — This will include children working bees or in the classroom demonstrating any educational activities involving the honey bee. Costumes and recreations of bee hives are great subjects.
  • Products of the Hive — This category will show off great displays of honey, pollen or beeswax. It could be food made with honey or demonstrations of the different color of varietals. It could involve vehicles used to deliver honey or honey gift baskets.
    Show how you use and market the wonderful products of the hive.
  • Landscapes and Bees — Show us your favorite yard of bees and how beautiful the surrounding landscape is at your apiary sites.
Example of Landscapes and Bees

Rules for photo contest are as follows:

  • Photo will be limited to 2 MB or under in size and will be displayed in a 1500 x 1200 pixel format.
  • Entrants will submit a release form for each photo stating the originality of the photo and possession of submission.
    Release forms will be sent via e-mail upon photo submission.
  • Photos and release forms must be submitted to the ABF via e-mail by November 30, 2011, for final judging. Please send photo to Robin Dahlen, ABF executive director, at robindahlen@abfnet.org.

The winner of each category will be given a prize and one grand prize winner will receive a Master Beekeepers Suit from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • It is very important that everybody participate in the UC Davis Questionnaire for 2011 Honey Bee Health. You just might like to fill it in for your own edification and help Dr. Brian Johnson and Dr. Eric Mussen produce valuable information for the industry. Due date to present the information is October 15, 2011. All information is confidential and will not be released on an individual basis. Please download the form and return it via fax 530.752.1537 or by e-mail at ecmussen@ucdavis.edu. Access the questionnaire at http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Mussen/beebriefs/2011QuestionnaireforHoneyBeeColonyHealth.pdf.
  • The European Union's highest court has ruled that honey that contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labelled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorization before it can be sold as food. More details can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/07/europe-honey-gm.
  • Veteran TV newsman Dan Rather recently took a deeper look at honey bees and pesticides on his HDNet series "Dan Rather Reports." More details and a link to the episode on iTunes can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-rather/honeybees-pesticides-food-chain-_b_975934.html.
  • A massive hive of an estimated 100,000 honey bees, which has clung to a University of Texas Medical Branch building since 2005, needed to be moved and Fred Thomas, an epidemiologist and beekeeper, planned to safely capture the bees from the exterior of the sixth floor of the Basic Science Building and move them to his other colonies in Galveston. Read more at http://galvestondailynews.com/story/260002.
  • The Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) recently held their annual Honeybee Jamboree, which buzzed with families in attendance, there to learn all about these magnificent creates and what they do for us. "We like to educate about bees as much as we can," said BYBA President Marina Marchese. Learn more about the event at at http://wilton.patch.com/articles/the-honeybee-jamboree-buzz.
  • KB Farms recently introduced new wooden 3D creations for beekeepers and can build customized signs for farm, family or business. KB Farms is using the latest in CNC machining technology, both hardware and software. Discover this new product at http://www.kbfarms.com/woodWorking.html.

ABF Welcomes New Members — August 2011

  • Robert Barnes, New York
  • Albert Chubak, Utah
  • Jonathan Cox, Bermuda           
  • John Moore, Kentucky
  • Attila Nagy, Ohio
  • Eloise Naylor, New Jersey
  • David Ogden, California   
  • L. Dee Oliphant, Oklahoma
  • Mark Orce, New Jersey
  • James Spangler, Texas

Recipe of the Month: Apple Honey Pancakes

Recipe from Amanda Hammerli, ABF Membership Coorindator


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges (peeled or not peeled)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (to taste)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round cake pan. Heat skillet and add butter. When melted, add apple wedges, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.  Cook until softened and lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Turn heat down to keep warm.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients, until smooth, pour warm apples into 10-inch greased round pan and then pour flour mixture over apples.  Bake until puffed and brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve immediately. Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top of pancakes to taste.