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ABF E-Buzz — June 2012

In This Issue:

Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

June, June you're gone too soon,
spring is past and summer winds
will cure the nectar for the bee.
Now a taste of corn so sweet,
red tomatoes dressed with bacon
and honey stolen from a tree.

Tim Tucker

Welcome back! I sincerely hope that you are having a good summer with honey supers filling up and that you are short on equipment to put on the bees.  I have heard some good reports and then, on the other hand, I have heard reports of beekeepers with subpar nectar flows.  And now there are again spotty reports of drought-stressed areas here and there throughout the country. Here in Southeast Kansas we have some yards doing well, with an average crop already in a few apiaries and other yards that we are feeding.  As long as I have been doing this, you would think I'd know why there is such variance in bee yards in just a matter of a few miles.  But that is one of the $64,000 questions.

The June Honey Report from the USDA is out and it gives a great overview of the condition of the honey crop and bees throughout the country.  If you have lots of honey right now it is commanding high prices with most grades in the $1.70 to $1.80 per pound price range.  Any 2011 production is likely committed for and very little remains to be found.  If you have some, call me!  In talking with those in Nebraska and the Dakotas, there are some areas that are expecting normal crops and there's much talk of smaller crops due to the temperatures and the racing winds that are drying everything out.  Much of the central part of the country is overridden by a high-pressure system that seems as if it might be here through September.  We will have to hope for a few good July or August rainstorms that will bring enough moisture to fuel the fall flow from sunflowers and goldenrod.  I am just about finished making our late splits as our spring nectar flow is now over and any brook in the book is likely a liability, so in an attempt to get a jump on next year we have made almost 300 splits that will all have new young queens to get us off to a good early start next year.  I have been very thankful in that the bees are in good shape and that we haven't lost any yards to pesticide-related problems.  

This month again we are making a plea to beekeepers who have had bee kills to send their information in to the local authorities and to notify the NHBAB so that we can keep track of where we are being affected.  Reports from Jim Doan in New York as late as this past week are kills due to army worm spraying that is still dramatically affecting drone populations, with most or all of them being killed and laying in front of the hives while normal populations of foragers seems to be less affected or not affected as immediately as the drones seem to be.  Many are having swarming problems and the resultant new virgin queens are not getting mated and some beekeepers are seeing a large number of their hives turn into drone layers after swarming has occurred. So, again, we have an article in this issue from the NHBAB and advice on how to report your bee losses if you have been affected.     

Our Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar series this past month involved a presentation by Dr. David Tarpy, who has developed the BEES (Beekeeper Education and Engagement System) program through the University of North Carolina, which is truly top notch.  I am sure that you will want to utilize the program either personally or perhaps for a local group or club of beekeepers who might want to conduct classes using the program as a format. ABF members get a 20-percent discount on the sessions. Hooray! Yet another perk of being a member of the ABF.  Make sure you take advantage of this great new program. The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar series continues for the next several months with the upcoming Beekeeping 101: To Be or Not to Be a Bee Webinar, which is being hosted by Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus at Michigan State University. You won't want to miss out on this session, as well as upcoming sessions in the 101 series.

There's lots of great new Buzzmakers to bring you up to date on what is going on in the world of beekeeping today and another Queen Buzz by Anna Ketllewell on the activities of our Honey Queen and Honey Princess. Contact Anna if you have any questions for these young ladies or if you might want to visit with them in the months ahead on their travels.  We've also another edition of Science Buzz with what I hope will be some very useful information for you, as well as a great recipe for Sweet Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa.

So, once again, we hope your time spent here is a benefit to your beekeeping experience and if you have something of interest to beekeepers around the world, let me know and I will see if we can add it to the July ABF E-Buzz.  E-mail me at tuckerb@hit.net if you have any questions.  Hope you have a great 4th of July and BEE careful with those fireworks!

Bee Ready: Prepare to File for FY 2012 Byrd Amendment Offsets Deadline July 31, 2012

On June 1, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice of intent to distribute assessed antidumping or countervailing duties, also known as continued dumping and subsidy offsets, for fiscal year 2012 pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (the Byrd Amendment). The notice provides the case name and number of each antidumping and countervailing duty order or finding for which funds may become available for distribution, as well as a list of affected domestic producers that may be eligible to receive a distribution. Domestic producers who are not listed, but believe they are eligible for a particular distribution may also submit a certification to claim a distribution under a particular order or finding.

In order to be eligible to receive a distribution for fiscal year 2012, companies must file certifications to obtain a continued dumping and subsidy offset under a particular order or finding by July 31, 2012. This requirement applies to both listed domestic producers and unlisted producers intending to claim a distribution. CBP will deny certifications received after July 31, 2012, making such claimants ineligible for the distribution.

Although the Byrd Amendment was repealed in 2005, duties collected on entries filed before October 1, 2007 will continue to be distributed. In the notice of intent, CBP states that, while the distribution process will continue for an undetermined period, the amount of money available for distribution is expected to diminish over time. CBP also noted that the distributions may be subject to recovery as a result of reliquidations, court actions, administrative errors, and other reasons.

View the Federal Register notice (PDF format)

Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Beekeeping 101: To Be or Not to Be a Bee

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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 / 3:00 p.m. HST
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus, Michigan State University

The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to announce a special nine-part series within the "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar series. This series will be titled "Beekeeping 101" and will feature Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus at Michigan State University. Whether you are brand new to the world of beekeeping or you just need to have a refresher course, this "Beekeeping 101" series will be a great educational experience with many topics focused on the biology and management of honey bees.

The first session within this series is titled "To Be or Not to Be a Bee" and it will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. ET. More details on Dr. Hoopingarner's presentation can be found below.

There will be nine sessions within the "Beekeeping 101" series. Other topics will include: fall hive management, winter biology, flight dynamics, population growth and pollination. Most sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to keep an eye on future issues of ABF E-Buzz, as well as the ABF website at www.abfnet.org, for more information and registration details for each session.


Dr. Roger Hoopingarner

Join us as we learn more about the structures and modifications of the basic insect body form that make the honey bee unique and able to function.

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner got his start in beekeeping as a boy scout 65 years ago. With that interest he went on to receive his B.S. degree from Michigan State University in Entomology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His doctoral research was on the genetics and environmental factors in queen rearing. 

After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University's Entomology Department where he remained doing research, teaching and extension in insect physiology and apiculture for 38 years.  His research interests involved fruit pollination, disease transmission, population dynamics and insecticide interactions with insects and animals.


The sessions will be conducted via the GoToWebinar online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. Upon entering the session online, you may choose whether to listen to the presentation through your computer's speakers or through your phone.

Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at graysondaniels@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 Grayson Daniels.

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.

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Science Buzz

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

Every five years the Agriculture Research Service reviews the accomplishments of research projects and we are required to write new five-year research plans that meet the needs of the customers we serve.  A few weeks ago, the scientists responsible for research on pollinators, including honey bees and non-Apis bees that pollinate crops, met at our headquarters in Beltsville, Maryland, to begin planning our new five-year plan.

As the goal of the projects is to address new and important issues for the customers, Tim Tucker and I thought it would be good to provide you an outline of what we came up with. So, here in brief, are the areas we as a group developed as being important and for which we, as researchers, could successfully address.  These research needs are not listed by importance, but rather by the order in which they were developed, so please don't worry if an issue important to you is not at the top of the list.
Problem Statement 1: Bee Management — Improving Bee Nutrition and Performance

Photo courtesy of USDA-ARS


  • Identify core microbes associated with bee nutrition
  • Characterize the native diet of bumble bees and alkali bees
  • Minimize overwintering losses
  • Maximize colony performance
  • Develop methods for continuous monitoring of colony health and activity
  • Increase mating success and queen longevity
  • Understanding nutritional requirements for colony health


  • Improved bee nutrition
  • Improved overwintering success
  • Better understanding of factors affecting queen health

Problem Statement 2: Bee Health — Decreasing Impacts of Pathogens, Pests and Pesticides-B/Jay


  • Optimize diagnostic protocols for bee pathogens (viruses, nosema, crithidia, new and emerging)
  • Identify the effects of pathogens on bees and develop means for control (chalkbrood, viruses, crithidia, foulbrood bacteria, nosema)
  • Identify the effects of pests on bees and develop means for control (varroa and tracheal mites, Small hive beetle, solitary bee parasitoids, new and emerging pests from other countries)
  • Characterize pathogen transmission mechanisms
  • Use epidemiological approach to identify causes for bee declines
  • Identify and enhance bee immune traits
  • Investigate microbial interactions and their effects on bee health
  • Determine and mitigate the sub-lethal, chronic and acute impacts of pesticides on bees
  • Determine the effects of environment on immunity


  • New sampling and diagnostic methods for bee pests and diseases
  • Improved bee traits and stocks
  • Information for risk assessments of pesticides
  • Identification of environmental effects associated with bee declines
  • New tools and IPM strategies for pest and disease control

As you know, ARS has a small number of laboratories focused solely on pollinators and a couple of groups, including the Insect Genetics and Biochemistry Research Unit at Fargo, North Dakota, and my unit, the Chemistry Research Unit at Gainesville, Florida, which have limited funding to conduct research on honey bees and pollinators.  Therefore, we cannot address all issues of concern and by necessity must focus our resources on issues of major concern to the industry.  We are currently developing research plans to address these needs and your input would be really appreciated.  If you have ideas, please send them to me (peter.teal@ars.usda.gov) and I'll forward them. Your comments are always appreciated!

Bee Proactive: NHBAB Requests Beekeepers Report Bee Kill Incidents

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

The past month or two have brought news of a good number of bee kill incidents in states where corn planting is still going on. It appears that there are quite a number of beekeepers in the corn belt who have lost large numbers of bees. I've heard reports of over a dozen counties in Ohio reporting losses,  some with damage so severe that it is questionable whether or not the bees will recover in time for production during this season. There are reports from New York where apiaries are completely wiped out with a box or two of honey on them. Some reports indicate kills that are overloaded with drone death, which has strange characteristics as they have their endophallus fully exposed or everted. There is also the worry that some will recover only to collapse again in the springtime of next year as young is fed stored pollen or honey that is contaminated with corn planting dust.

It is really important that if you have suffered losses this spring you report the incident to your local offices of the EPA and USDA-ARS. We at the National Honey Bee Advisory Board are also collecting information and would appreciate it if you would contact me at tuckerb@hit.net. It is important that we collect as much information as possible to help us access what is working against our bees and all of our native pollinators out there. The EPA has recently revised some of its reporting procedures and the agency has two online sites for reporting bee poisoning incidents through the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP).

The Agency's preferred online method to report bee incidents is the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at http://npic.orst.edu/. We would appreciate feedback from beekeepers on how to improve reporting bee incidents on this website. NPIC also has telephone operators trained in pesticides available during regular working hours.

The second method to send the OPP bee incident information online is via the EPA's "Pollinator Protection" website at http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/ecosystem/pollinator/. A beekeeper just needs to click on the large "Report a Bee Incident" button to send an e-mail.

Putting together as much information as possible, as soon as possible, is critical to determining what is causing these bee kill incidents. We appreciate your help in putting together some critical information that will be of help in our review of this spring's bee mortality. If you suspect a pesticide poisoning, you can send samples of the bees to the National Science Lab for analysis and, if there is money available, the cost will be half of the original fees. Please contact Maryann Frazier, Department of Entomology, Penn State University, for a determination if funds are available (see below for more details).

Cost-Sharing Program for Pesticide Analysis of Honey Bee Colony Matrices (Honey, Wax, Pollen, Bees, Brood, Etc.)

Based on recent evidence of high pesticide levels in wax, pollen and brood, beekeepers have expressed an interest in having samples from their own colonies/apiaries tested for pesticides. The USDA National Science Lab in Gastonia, North Carolina, is capable of screening all hive matrices for up to 171 pesticides at or near the ppb level. This lab is part of the USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and conducts a program to collect and analyze  pesticide residue levels in agricultural commodities, including honey.  These data are confidential and the property of the contractor.

Although the AMS cost of analysis is below commercial rates, the analysis of individual samples is costly. The cost of analysis for in-hive miticides in wax is $180 per sample. The cost of full pesticide screening (171 pesticides) in any hive matrix is $290 per sample. Funding has been identified from Project Apis mellifera (PAm) to establish a program to help reduce the cost of these analyses. This funding allows us to pay half the cost of the analysis per sample. Beekeepers wishing to have samples analyzed will pay $90 for miticides, or $145 per sample for the full screen of 171 pesticides.

The information generated from individual samples will become part of a large, centralized and highly confidential database maintained at Penn State.  In addition to the analytical results of your samples, we will also provide data on all samples analyzed up to that point in time (your levels compared to the average level and range in the entire data base). Please be advised that the analysis may take two to three weeks.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Maryann Frazier at the address below and we will provide you with information on submitting samples for analysis. We are particularly interested in encouraging the participation of organic and small beekeepers in this program.

Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Entomology, Penn State University, 501 ASI Building, University Park, PA  16802, Phone: 814.865.4621, Fax: 814.865.3048, E-mail: mxt15@psu.edu.

USDA News: Survey Reports 2011/2012 Winter Honey Bee Losses

by Kim Kaplan, USDA-ARS

Total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 21.9 percent nationwide for the 2011/2012 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

Photo courtesy of George Hansen

This represents a substantial drop in mortality compared to the previous five years, when winter losses of around 30 percent have been reported. Previous surveys found total colony losses of 30 percent in the winter of 2010/2011, 34 percent in 2009/2010, 29 percent in 2008/2009, 36 percent in 2007/2008 and 32 percent in 2006/2007.

The unusually warm winter during 2011/2012 could be one possible contributing factor to the decline in colony losses, although no direct scientific investigation of the weather connection has been conducted. January 2012 ranks as the fourth-warmest in U.S. history.

"A warm winter means less stress on bee colonies and may help them be more resistant to pathogens, parasites and other problems," said Jeff Pettis, co-leader of the survey and research leader of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.  University of Maryland research scientist Dennis vanEngelsdorp was the co-leader of the survey.

Among beekeepers who reported losing any colonies from any cause, 37 percent said they lost at least some of their colonies without finding any dead bees. The absence of dead bees is one of the defining symptoms of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a serious problem that beekeepers began facing in 2006. Since this was an interview-based survey, it was not possible to confirm that these colonies had CCD or if the losses were the result of other causes that share the "absence of dead bees" symptom.

"Tracking CCD continues to be complex," Pettis said. "Despite several claims, we still don't know the cause of CCD."

Almost half of responding beekeepers reported losses greater than 13.6 percent, the level of loss that beekeepers have stated would be acceptable for their operations. Continued losses above that level threaten the economic sustainability of commercial beekeeping.

A total of 5,543 beekeepers, who manage nearly 15 percent of the country's estimated 2.49 million colonies, responded to the survey.

A complete analysis of the survey data will be published later this year. The abstract can be found at http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/winter2012/.

Bee Educated: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping

by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director


The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is pleased to announce a new online educational program available at a discounted rate for all ABF members the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES).  Under the direction of Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, the BEES network is an online resource for beekeepers at all levels.

The system is Internet based and promotes an online learning community among beekeepers.  The structure of the BEES network is broken into three levels of complexity (Beginner, Advanced and Ambassador) and three areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management and the honey bee industry). New courses and content areas are also in development and will be introduced soon. More information can be found at http://entomology.ncsu.edu/apiculture/BEES.html.

Through the end of the year, ABF members will be given the opportunity to participate in the program at a 20-percent discount (click here for coupon; coupon must be presented at time of registration). Dr. Tarpy also recently conducted an "ABF Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinar, where he introduced, in detail, the BEES Program. Click here to access the session.  Log on and learn more about this outstanding educational program today!

Beekeeping Vendor of the Month: Cowen Manufacturing, Inc.

by Cowen Manufacturing, Inc., Staff

Cowen Manufacturing booth at the 2012 ABF annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Cowen Manufacturing, Inc., was originally named Parowan Honey Company in 1966 when the business was formed by John F. Cowen, a beekeeper since the early 1950s.  Early in the 1980s, the name was changed to Cowen Enterprises and was (in 1987) again changed to Cowen Manufacturing, Inc.  Cowen Manufacturing, Inc., has built uncappers and extracting systems for all types and sizes of beekeeping operations around the world.

John's son, Dave Cowen, joined the company in 1973, assuming a leadership position in production and product development.  In 1977, the company was awarded a gold medal for its extracting system at the International Bee Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
In recent years, Dave's sons, Joshua and Nathan, have come alongside their father bringing innovative ideas, including fully automated equipment lines for the commercial beekeeper.  Their team has made Cowen Manufacturing, Inc., the leader in  honey extracting equipment. They are continually updating and modernizing all of their equipment, in addition to bringing new ideas to life.  They have expanded the company to provide water-jet cutting and other machine services available to the Southern Utah area.  Cowen Manufacturing, Inc., ships equipment around the world, including Sweden, Israel, Argentina, France, Australia, Mexico, Chile, and the major markets of the United States and Canada.

They are a regular part of the ABF annual conference and tradeshow each year and looking forward to seeing you all in Hershey in January 2013.

Honey Queen Buzz: Lazy Days of Summer? Not for the Queen and Princess!

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Alyssa gave three presentations to 55 Girl Scouts in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. The girls were excited to learn about honey bees so that they could earn their Bug Badge during day camp.
Princess Danielle participated in a 10-minute radio interview on WWIS 99.7 FM-1260 AM out of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Early June is a quieter time for the Honey Queen Program, as most of us are extremely busy with our bees.  Alyssa and Danielle each worked in their families' beekeeping operations and stayed busy with local promotions during early June.  Late June marks the beginning of the busiest travel season of the year for the Queen and Princess!

While school is out of session for the summer, day camps and other children's groups continue to meet throughout the summer.  Alyssa and Danielle both visited local Girl Scout camps and meetings in June, and Alyssa also visited a Boys and Girls Club camp in New York.  In addition to teaching the children about honey bees' importance in their gardens and to our crops, they also taught them how to make simple summer treats and snacks with honey.  Consider checking if there are summer recreation programs, day camps, or other similar programs where our representatives can speak and demonstrate recipes during the summer months.  Typically, teachers and leaders are thrilled to have an appearance to break up the day!

Farmers' markets and local festivals continued in June, and Danielle visited farmers' markets in Wisconsin and Iowa.  Alyssa participated in some local festivals in Pennsylvania.  Fair season for the Queen program has kicked into high gear in June with our first summer fair visit.  Danielle ventured to California at the end of June to participate in the 100th Annual Alameda County Fair near Oakland, California.  This first-time event for the Queen Program was a great start to the summer fair season.

Please keep up with Alyssa and Danielle's travels through their Facebook page and their blog this summer.  "Like" their Facebook page and show your support as they enter a period of virtually nonstop travel through October!  Please contact me (414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com) if you are interested in hosting Alyssa and Danielle for November and December promotions. Happy promoting!

In Memoriam: Frank Hrushka

Frank Hrushka

ABF member Frank Hrushka, formerly of Boyne Falls, Michigan, passed away May 21, 2012, at home in Seminole, Florida. Hrushka was a proud member of the ABF since joining the organization in 1958. In his memory, the ABF recently received the following note from his daugher, Judy Hrushka Coon, who also served as the 1962 American Honey Queen.

I'm writing to you in regards to the death of my father, Frank Hrushka.  He was almost 98 at the time, with bees and beekeeping still his favorite type of conversation (fishing a close second).  He and my mother worked together all of their lives and were gratified to find so many people today with a deeper interest in bees.

Attending the ABF convention was one of the highlights of the year for them for so many years. He was honored to serve as president of the ABF at one time.  Friends and family have kept them supplied with Michigan honey (still the favorite), as well as samples from around the United States and even some foreign countries.  There was no gift that could compete with honey!

He is survived by his devoted wife and beekeeping partner, Hilda, two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bee There: Save the Date for the 2013 ABF Annual Conference

Make your plans now for the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, which will be held January 8-12, 2013, at Hershey Lodge® in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There's no place like it and we know you won't want to miss this opportunity to meet with your fellow beekeepers.

When you're not busy learning about new beekeeping products and services in the tradeshow or discovering important information regarding your bees in the educational sessions, take some time to explore Hershey, which is a year-round destination with a variety of attractions. Hershey was rated a top family vacation spot by Smart Money and FamilyFun magazines.

So, bring your sweet tooth and we'll see you in Hershey next January. Conference details will be available on the ABF Web site soon!

Bee Thinking

First off, a big congratulations to our winners who came up with the answer just a few hours after ABF E-Buzz was sent out last month.  They are ABF members Charles and Maxine Walter from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Below is the answer:

Riddle: When one does not know what it is, then it is something; but when one knows what it is, then it is nothing.

Answer: A riddle!

So, here's another riddle to keep your brain working during July. Think you know the answer?  The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

There are three switches downstairs. Each corresponds to one of the three light bulbs in the attic. You can turn the switches on and off and leave them in any position. How would you identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb, if you are only allowed one trip upstairs?

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • Make your plans to attend the Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference at University of Missouri at St. Louis, July 12 - 14, 2012. Learn all the details and register at http://www.heartlandbees.com/.
  • ABF member A&O Forklift, the manufacturer and distributor of the Hummerbee, an articulating forklift specifically designed for beekeeping, will be featured on an upcoming episode of American Farmer. This particular episode will focus on the various aspects of farm machinery, and the advances being made in the field. Learn more at http://www.pr.com/press-release/416512.
  • A former Chinese business agent for several honey-import companies was recently sentenced to two years in federal prison for illegally importing falsely labeled honey to avoid paying nearly $1.5 million in U.S. anti-dumping duties. Read the full story at http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1206/120626chicago.htm.
  • In an effort to save the dwindling honey bee population, researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood diseases in the United States. They recently reported their findings at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Read more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-06/asfm-rsf061312.php.
  • The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency is re-evaluating a group of insecticides used by farmers to protect seeds and crops from insects because they may be linked to bee deaths. The products being reviewed are clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid, which are a group of neonicotinoid insecticides. Learn more at http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/bee-deaths-prompt-insecticide-re-evaluation-5519.
  • Exposure to pesticides can harm bumblebee reproduction, research in the UK has shown. Scientists think the pesticides cut feeding rates, leading to fewer offspring being produced. Discover more at http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1248&cookieConsent=A.
  • In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, which was held the week of June 18, 2012, ABF member Burt's Bees teamed up with actress and director Isabella Rossellini on a series of PSAs, "Burt Talks to the Bees." Check out the videos at http://www.burtsbees.com/wildforbees.html.
  • The Xerces Society is now hiring a part-time pollinator program assistant, who will work under the direction of the Pollinator Program administrator to provide administrative and outreach support for all workshops and events, provide administrative assistance to pollinator program staff across the country, and assist in all other aspects of the Pollinator Conservation Program. Learn more at http://www.xerces.org/job-opportunities/.
  • An apiarist from Gujarat, India, recently discovered a stingless variety of honey bee. The bees that have been identified are the Rajuni Kote and Zemon Kote honey bees. Discover more at http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_dangs-apiarists-discovery-stingless-honeybee_1690433.
  • A warm winter followed by an early spring has prompted swarms of honey bees to take over parts of New York City. But, thanks to the New York Police Department's "unofficial" beekeeper in residence, these bees were safely relocated. Read the full story at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/nyregion/honeybee-swarms-increase-in-nyc-after-mild-spring.html?_r=3&hp.

ABF Welcomes New Members — May 2012

  • William Leon Adams, Florida
  • Madeline Andrew, California
  • Todd A. Bellin, Minnesota
  • Leslye Buol, Oklahoma
  • Sherri Karl Carter, Minnesota
  • Shelley Croyle, Delaware
  • Dave Halper, Minnesota
  • Harry C. Hopkins, Virginia
  • Thomas Glen Hopkins, Utah
  • Mikel C. Lawrence, Texas
  • Lee Liebmann, Colorado
  • Greg Scott Long, Oregon
  • Nancy McFarlane, Oregon
  • Julia Isabel Nadal, Arizona
  • Daniel V. O'Callaghan, Ohio
  • Michael Pittman, Ohio
  • Daniel A. Powell, California
  • George Sinanis, Michigan
  • Carol Smith, Indiana
  • Lowell Turner, Texas
  • Chris Wendt, Minnesota
  • Mark Wheddon, Bermuda



Recipe of the Month: Sweet Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa

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

This is about my favorite recipe for a light summer salsa that you can make a meal out of it on one of these 100-degree July evenings. Served up with a Parrot Bay frozen margarita and you won't care how hot it is!


  • 1 15 oz. can pineapple, crushed or chunks if you like larger pieces of pineapple
  • 1 15  oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Tobasco sauce to season to desired degree of heat
  • Cherry tomatoes and sliced jalapenos for garnish


In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients after beans are drained and rinsed and onions and cilantro are chopped to your liking. Chill in fridge for 3 or 4 hours before serving and dig in with your favorite chips. Makes four servings (unless Tim's there, in which case there might be two, if you hurry).

Bee-friend the Honey Bee: Support the ABF "Friends of the Bee" Fund

Looking for the perfect way to honor a friend or family member while helping to protect and preserve one of nature's finest?  Why not make a donation in his or her name to the Friends of the Bee fund?

The honey bee today faces its largest challenge in its long history — its continued survival. Factors fighting against the honey bee include:

  • Parasitic varroa mites that not only affect colony numbers, but vector over a dozen viruses that affect honey bee health.
  • Continued loss of habitat due to urban expansion and the even larger problem of monocultural practices of modern agriculture.
  • Challenging weather extremes that can affect honey bee health due to drought and floral degradation.
  • Increased use of pesticides affecting all beneficial insects.

With your generous donation you can help protect the honey bee habitat, aid in the fight against Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), encourage government-sponsored research, assist in the battle against adulterated honey in the marketplace and help ensure the continued role of the honey bee in pollinating 1/3 of our food supply.

Support the world's most beneficial insect and become a friend of the bee with your donation of $25, $50 or $100. Donate today and receive a stylish Friends of the Bee bumper sticker…and help us tip the balance back in favor of the honey bee.  Click here to download the donation form or contact the ABF at 404.760.2875 for assistance.