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ABF E-Buzz: January 2013
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ABF E-Buzz — January 2013

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

"Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow, like magic, unlock springs sap to flow, buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."

– Nelda Hartmann, "January Morn"

I hope that all is well with you and your bees. We are starting off the new year in a good way, as the weather has been above normal in its temperatures and the bees have been flying and rearing brood at levels we normally don't see until February. Things are way ahead and we are feeding the bees to keep them going in the right direction. They can really crash if you don't watch them close during this late winter time. So, get out and assess your weights and see if they are still heavy or if they are getting light.

We have so much happening right now at the ABF and in this issue we will bring you a big report on the happenings at the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, which just took place earlier this month in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I don't think I've ever seen so much chocolate or consumed that much chocolate in the confines of one week. The Hershey experience was a great one and the people there were really eager to please and make your stay and conference the best possible. The weather was great for the entire week, with most days 20 degrees above normal.  We had prayed hard for good temperatures, so with answered prayers getting around, it was not a problem. It was so nice to have days when it was as warm there as it was back in Kansas. We are also so very thankful to the vendors and sponsors that made our annual tradeshow a great success.  We had almost four dozen companies displaying their products and there was much new and improved imformation to share with the beekeepers who attended. The conference had over 700 registered attendees and several dozen walk-ins who came on Friday, which was a free day for those interested in seeing what was going on. Our team with Meeting Expectations did a wonderful job once again getting people registered and dealing with all of the challenges that such a large operation brings. Many thanks to Robin Lane, Tara Zeravsky, Grayson Daniels, Micheal North and Katie Pereira, who put in some very long days making things run so smoothly. I also had a real treat in that I was finally able to visit with a cousin who I had never before had a chance to meet and who lives within 90 miles of Hershey. While I had known his parents as a small child I had not seen them either, so we all had a chance to get together and renew friendships.
This edition of ABF E-Buzz has a great new "Science Buzz" from Peter Teal and an update from Anna Kettlewell, Honey Queen Program chair. There's also lots of great new "Buzzmakers" and some pertinent information on the new USDA loan programs for 2013. There's also information on the upcoming "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinar, so get involved and get informed with this ABF educational series! Thanks again for stopping by and we hope that you share the ABF E-Buzz with your friends and beekeepers in your local clubs. If you have a newsletter that you publish for your state or local organization, feel free to use any of the information that we have included here. If you have any questions or would like to put something in an upcoming issue, please drop me an e-mail at tuckerb@hit.net. We look forward to seeing you next month!

Bee There: ABF Annual Conference in Hershey Proves to be One Sweet Event!

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

The American Beekeeping Federation kicked off its 70th anniversary year in grand style at the beautiful Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which played host to the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. Over 700 attendees gathered for a week of education, networking and fun. Check out some of the highlights from the week below:

Over 50 exhibitors packed the tradeshow with the latest in beekeeping supplies and services.

2013 Annual Conference Sponsors. The ABF would like to thank its many sponsors that donated heavily to making the conference such a special occasion. Our Platinum sponsors were Dadant and Mann Lake, who are always there to lead the way for sponsoring much of our tradeshow and events. Many thanks also to our Bronze Sponsors, BeesFree and Betterbee. The week was kicked off with a welcome reception in the tradeshow that was sponsored by Kona Queen Hawaii, Wooten's Golden Queens, Bayer CropScience, Stayer's Quality Queens and Heitkam's Honey Bees. This Tuesday evening mixer was a good time for all to gather in the tradeshow and talk with many of our other sponsors. We would also like to thank Dutch Gold and Gamber Container for providing a special breakfast that was the perfect way to start the day on Friday morning. ABF President George Hansen said that he hadn't seen that many beekeepers in one room the entire conference! Also, many thanks to our other sponsors that provided us with everything from breaks to the conference bags and help with the banquet and the costs of presenting the Serious Sideliner Symposium. Those sponsors are Medivet, Hummerbee, Burleson's Honey, Cowen Manufacturing, Walter T. Kelley, Beekeeping Insurance Services, The Bee Informed Partnership and Golden Heritage Foods. Your continued support of the beekeeping industry is greatly appreciated.

ABF 70th Anniversary Kick-Off.
In honor of this special anniversary, each conference attendee was treated to a stylish ABF 70th anniversary lapel pin, which many wore throughout the week to commemorate this important milestone. Special thanks to the following ABF current and past presidents for their support of the lapel pin: George Hansen; David Mendes; Zac Browning; David Ellingson; David Hackenberg; and Donald Schmidt. ABF staff also developed a special anniversary photo presentation, which ran throughout the week and offered a trip down memory lane while placing the spotlight on ABF's rich history.

EPA Delegation Attends the Conference. Tom Steeger and Tom Moriarty, who are the "Bee Team" from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), were in  attendance for the week, along with Meredith Laws, Kris Garber and Reuben Baris, also from the agency. What a great opportunity it was for many of our beekeepers to have a chance to sit down and discuss our problems together. It was nice to know that much of our work with the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB) the past several years may be generating some real concern for our cause. As we all know, there is much to be done in protecting pollinators of all kinds against pesticides if they are found to be harmful. We hope this is the EPA's way of beginning a serious dialogue between us and the people in Washington who are there to protect us and our bees. The mandate of the EPA is to ensure that pesticides registered for use "do no harm" to the environment and it has been the position of the NHBAB that some pesticides currently on the market have been approved for use without the appropriate studies that would help ensure that honey bees are not affected by them. We are also in talks regarding the mixing of chemicals in the tank prior to use so that the mix can be applied all at once, thus saving the costs of double covering of agricultural fields. It is a legitimate concern that when tank mixing some of these new double coverage pesticides, which may be a fungicide and an insecticide together, may have synergistic effects that we need to seriously look at. So, a big thank you to our EPA team for attending and interacting with those of us in the industry.

The 2013 American Honey Show competition was fierce, but in the end Karen and James Belli's extra white honey took home top honors.

2013 American Honey Show. Mary Kettlewell, Honey Show Committee chair, reported that there were 80 entries in the show and that the competition was tough. Of course that's what we expected from the conference being held in Pennsylvania! They have a great group of beekeepers that were mostly tied up at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which was the same week. A big congratulations to our "Best of Show" honey entry from Karen and James Belli of Wadsworth, Illinois. Their extra white honey was really a premium honey that I'm sure demanded a great deal of preparation to meet the tough grading for a Best of Show designation. The "Best of Show – Related Items" went to Carmen Conrad from Canal Winchester, Ohio, for her honey gift basket, which was beautiful! The variety of honey products included was impressive and the basket was one that any person would take great pride in giving or receiving. All of the entries were then auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program. Congratulations to all of the winners! Click here to view the complete list of 2013 American Honey Show winning entries. Also, special thanks to our many Honey Show sponsors and especially to Gamber Container for its prize awards for first and second place finishers.

Kids and Bees Program.
The event at this year's conference was another huge success! On Friday afternoon the Hershey Lodge was invaded by little people. Over 400 kids came in to learn about honey bees and their importance to the food that we all eat and producing food for the animals that we use for food, as well. The kids were given seed packets for plants to provide bee friendly forage for their gardens at home and hopefully they will become little gardeners who are inspired to have a love for the outdoors and our honey bees. Kim Lehman and Sarah Red-Laird did a great job once again of managing the afternoon's events and it looked and sounded as if everyone had a great time. It is a sad event that Kim is retiring from the program and turning the reins over to Sarah. We know Sarah will do a great job and we look forward to continuing to promote this very worthwhile program. Kim has overseen the program for 19 years and has also created the Bee Buddies program in cooperation with Bee Culture Magazine, where over 1,000 kids have become involved from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and several other countries. Sarah is also looking at expanding the program to other large conferences, such as the Eastern Apicultural Society conference. Sarah's passion for educating kids about bees comes from the belief that our future rests in the hands of our newest generation. If honey bees, other pollinators and a sustainable food system are going to have a fighting chance, we have to start creating positive and fascinating experiences for kids, connecting them to the natural world around them, at a young age. She doesn't expect every kid that she interacts with to grow up to be a beekeeper. But, if they grow up to be a gardener who plants for bees or a town mayor that allows beekeeping in city limits, that's a win! Sarah is offering a Kids and Bees Program on a smaller scale to schools in her area. She visits K-12 classrooms to talk about honey bee biology and its importance to our environment and food system. She also engages with the kids through activities and, weather permitting, travels with a live bee hive. Contact her at sarah@beegirl.org or 541.708.1127 for more information on a local Kids and Bees Program. Again, many thanks to Kim and Sarah for another job well done!

May Berenbaum, conference keynote speaker, spoke to a packed general session room the first morning of the conference.

Apimondia Workshop. Over 30 people met and discussed the possibility of submitting a proposal on behalf of the United States to actually host an Apimondia Congress, perhaps in 2019. It is estimated that to make a legitimate presentation to the Apimondia group it may cost upwards of $200,000. It is a bigger guess as to the cost of hosting an actual Apimondia and whether you could break even on the process. It is a very large undertaking and the designated work group that was developed during the workshop may need to grow to a much larger group to actually do some legitimate analysis. Over a dozen people signed up to work on an exploratory committee that will examine the feasability of raising enough funds to present the proposal and explore options for financing and producing an actual international Apimondia Congress. ABF Board member Jim Bobb was selected to head up the committee and if you would be interested in helping with this effort please send him an e-mail at jimbobb@gct21.net.

2013 ABF Elections. Elections were held during the conference, the results of which are as follows. Representing the State Delegates Assembly are Gene Brandi, of Los Banos, California, his first term, and Shannon Wooten, of Palo Cedro, California, his second term. Mario Jakob, of Umatilla, Florida, was elected to a second term on the Commercial Beekeepers SIG. Jim Bobb, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was elected to his first term on the Small Scale-Sideliner SIG. Blake Shook, of Blue Ridge, Texas, was elected to a second term on the Honey Producer-Packer SIG, while Tim May, of Marengo, Illinois, was appointed by the Board to that SIG to fill a recent vacancy. Joan Gunter, of Towner, North Dakota, was elected to her first term on the Package Bee & Queen Breeders SIG. Finally, Michael Mason, of Riverton, Illinois, was appointed by the president to his first term on the Board. Congratulations to these individuals and we hope that they will bring a great deal of new ideas, insight and experience to the ABF.  George Hansen and I were once again elected to serve as ABF president and vice president, respectively, positions that we have enjoyed throughout the previous year and look forward to again in 2013.

During the annual banquet, ABF President George Hansen (center left) poses with several ABF past presidents as he cuts the honey bee-themed cake in honor of the ABF's 70th anniversary.

Annual Banquet. Close to 250 conference attendees came together on Saturday evening to celebrate the week and honor those among its ranks. During the banquet the ABF announced this year's recipients of the ABF President's Award – Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, of Holt, Michigan, and Kim Lehman, of Austin, Texas. Dr. Hoopingarner was recognized for his 20 years of membership in the ABF and for his tireless efforts in the area of beekeeping instruction and education, specifically his recent contributions to the ABF's webinar series. Lehman was recognized for her vast contributions to the Kids and Bees Program for the last 19 years and for her dedication to educating children about the importance of honey bees. The ABF also bid a fond farewell to the 2012 American Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine, and the 2012 American Honey Princess, Danielle Dale. In their place the ABF welcomed the 2013 American Honey Queen, Caroline Adams, of Plano, Texas, and the 2013 American Honey Princess, Emily Campbell, of Aitkin, Minnesota. The evening was capped off with a rockin' dance, which was sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association

Field trip attendees gather around the hives in residence at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

Post-Conference Field Trip. For those attendees not quite ready to call the week done, an off-site field trip was planned and well over 100 attendees participated. The trip included a morning stop at the New Columbia, Pennsylvania operations of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, where folks were treated to a tour of the retail shop, as well as the back-end distribution capabilities. Several on the trip were also able to place in-person supply orders! Special thanks to Shane Gebauer, Brushy Mountain general manager, and his Pennsylvania crew for the warm hospitality on a chilly Sunday morning. Next up was a stop for a hearty buffet lunch at the local favorite, The Country Cupboard. The lunch break was the perfect way to continue networking before heading over to the last stop of the day, which was a visit to the beekeeping operations at Hackenberg Apiaries in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. During the tour, David and Davey Hackenberg showcased their well-organized facility, which houses the most up-to-date extracting equipment, as well as specially designed areas for producing protein patties and processing wax. Special thanks to the entire Hackenberg family for sharing their backyard with us (yes, the facility is literally behind the home of David and Linda) and for helping to make the end of a great conference week so memorable.

Conference Session Recordings.
Session recordings from the conference are in the process of being uploaded to the ABF annual conference website and will be available soon. We were lucky this year to get almost all of the sessions. There were only a few that we didn't get recorded and only a couple speakers who were reluctant to share their information. This is a real resource for our membership. If you weren't able to attend the conference in Hershey, you can listen to the conference in the confines of your own home and proceed at your own pace. It's so nice to be able to stop a recording and even go back to catch something that you didn't quite understand. For me that is a commonplace occurrence, so I will be reviewing some that I heard and many of the ones that I didn't. We hope that you will utilize this resource and appreciate the information.

For those of you who attended the conference, I trust that you had an outstanding time in Hershey.  We would appreciate your feedback on the conference, so please take the time to complete the conference survey, which can be found at http://www.abfnet.org/associations/10537/files/2013ABF_AttendeeSurvey.pdf.  And for those of you who were unable to attend, I encourage you to make your plans now for the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference, which will be held January 7-11, 2014, at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Conference details will be available on the ABF website in the coming months. I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Beekeeping 101: Castes; Parthenogenesis and Sex Determination in Honey Bees; Larvae and Pupae Development

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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 next session within this series is titled "Castes; Parthenogenesis and Sex Determination in Honey Bees; Larvae and Pupae Development" and it will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 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: population growth, pollination and swarming. 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 development of male (drone) and female (workers and queen) bees, as well as the role of sex alleles and the consequences of inbreeding in bees.

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.

THE "BEEKEEPING 101" SERIES IS SPONSORED BY: Nozevit A Member of the CompleteBee.com Family

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Bee Educated: ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Archives Available on ABF Website

by Grayson Daniels, ABF Membership Coordinator

Have you missed out on any or all of the great webinars we have hosted over the past year? Good news! All of the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinars are archived on the ABF website and you can easily access them at your convenience. You can catch up on the following sessions:

  • Jerry Hayes – Pollinator Decline and the Managed Honey Bee
  • Diana Sammataro – Mites: Why Are They Important?
  • Dr. David Tarpy – BEES Network: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping
  • Dr. Roger Hoopingarner – Beekeeping 101: To Be or Not to Be a Bee; Beekeeping 101: Fall Hive Management; Beekeeping 101: Internal Organs and Glands that Make Bees Function; Beekeeping 101: Winter Biology of the Honey Bee; Beekeeping 101: Flight and Foraging Dynamics
  • Dr. Marion Ellis – Diseases of the Honey Bee Part One: Honey Bee Brood Diseases

Most sessions are uploaded to the website within the next day or two after the live presentation, so the page is updated at least once a month with a new session. Click here to access the sessions. Scroll down to the "Archived Sessions" section and choose the session you would like to listen to.

You will need to log into your account to access the sessions. If you don't remember your username or password, contact Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at graysondaniels@abfnet.org.

Science Buzz

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

Well, I hope everyone had as good a time at the ABF annual meeting as I did. Nice thing was that it was actually warmer in Hershey than it was in San Diego the day I traveled back east! What was of real interest to you? Are there things you would like me to study in order to develop "Science Buzz" articles for future issues? Please e-mail me at peter.teal@ars.usda.gov and let me know.
One of the really interesting talks I attended at the meeting was given by Danielle Downey, the apiculture specialist for the state of Hawaii. They are having tremendous issues with small hive beetle and are capturing thousands of adult beetles in hives. Additionally, I have received many requests from beekeepers and action agencies across North America asking about methods to take care of small hive beetle. So, in the next couple of columns I will outline things that have been developed that may help.
It is important to understand that the small hive beetle can reproduce and survive outside of beehives. Terry Arbogast did a detailed study on survival of the beetle on different fruit and found that they both survived and developed to adults just as well on nearly every fruit as they did the pollen dough diet that we rear them on! He also was able to capture beetles in wooded areas in North Florida where we could not observe or capture bees using sugar feeders. In addition, Ayuka Fombong from ICIPE in Kenya has captured adults and found larvae in traps baited with fruit in Africa, where the small hive beetle is native.

We believe that these data show conclusively that the small hive beetle is very capable of living outside of beehives. So, just because you think that you have gotten rid of the beetle from all of your hives, do not think that there are no beetles around. They are out there and they will take advantage of beehives if given a chance. The second thing to realize is that beetle reproduction and beetle population can be controlled by bees if the hive is healthy.  In fact, the bees will actually build propolis prisons around the beetles, and Jamie Ellis of the University of Florida has shown that the bees even feed them (see picture to the right). As we have recently documented from in-depth studies on colony crashes in which small hive beetle took over the initial problem, it is not the small hive beetle but another problem with the bees that caused the bees to stop policing the hive so that the beetles were free to run crazy and take over. Therefore, the first line of defense is a strong colony, which means a strong queen, good forage, minimum stress due to disease and other pests, and good animal husbandry. In other words, "a healthy hive is a happy hive!"
So, what do you do if you have small hive beetles? Let's start with larvae. A weak point in the development of the larvae is the fact that they leave the hive just before they pupate and go into the ground. If the ground is dry and hard they will travel many yards to find a suitable habitat, like a wooded area with shade and moist soil. So, a couple of good steps that can be taken are to keep the hives in an open field and keep the grass mowed close to the ground. That way the larvae will not be as likely to pupate close to the hives and there will be more of a chance of them desiccating or being eaten by predators. Additionally, if you feel comfortable using pesticides, apply a ground drench like Gard Star, but discuss application time and techniques with the local extension agent. A second thing you can do is to build a front-door trap to catch the larvae as they leave the hive. Here is one that we designed.

Parts List:

  • Plexiglas
  • A. 2 @ 2 7/8" X 14 ½"(Front and Back)
  • B. 1 @ 2" X 14 ½" (Bottom)
  • C. 2 @ 2" X 3 ¼" (Sides)
  • D. 2 @ 1" X 5" (Support Legs)
  • E1. 1 @ 9 ¼" X 1 ½" (Top Center)
  • E2. 2 @ 2" X 1 ½" (Top End Back)
  • E3. 2 @ 1" X ½" (Top End Front)
  • Latch, Over Center Loop Catch, Stainless Steel, MSC part# 32856163
  • Wire Mesh, 2 ¼" X 14 ½", 8 linear openings per inch, 0.08" openings, stainless steel, 18gauge
  • Stainless steel hardware for latch.

We have captured thousands of larvae with it.  Try it and see if it works!

Bee Aware: USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new microloan program on January 15, 2013, that will expand access to credit for small farmers and ranchers and beginning and socially disadvantaged producers. The microloan application process is simpler and requires less paperwork than traditional operating loans. Additionally, the requirement for managerial experience and loan security has been modified to ensure that small-family operations and beginning farmers and ranchers can obtain the credit needed to start and continue an agricultural operation. This loan program will also be useful to specialty crop producers and operators of community supported agriculture (CSA).
Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum amount of $35,000 to pay for initial start-up expenses, such as hoop houses to extend the growing season, essential tools, irrigation, delivery vehicles and annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents, marketing and distribution expenses. As financing needs increase, applicants can apply for an operating loan up to the maximum amount of $300,000 or obtain financing from a commercial lender under FSA's Guaranteed Loan Program.
Small farmers often rely on credit cards or personal loans, which carry high interest rates and have less flexible payment schedules, to finance their operations. The microloan program will expand access to credit and provide a simple and flexible loan process for small operators. The January interest rate for microloans is 1.25 percent. In addition to microloans, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers several farm loan programs that provide funding to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies, or can be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements. Producers interested in applying for a microloan may contact their local FSA office.

Read the full press release at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/printapp?fileName=nr_20130115_rel_0010.html&newsType=newsrel.

Bee Heard: Sulfoxaflor Proposed Pesticide Registration Decision Available for Public Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on its proposed decision to conditionally register the new active ingredient sulfoxaflor, formulated as a technical product and two end-use products for use in production agriculture. The proposed use sites are barley, bulb vegetables, canola, citrus, cotton, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, leafy vegetables, low growing berry, okra, ornamentals (herbaceous and woody), pistachio, pome fruits, root and tuber vegetables, small fruit vine climbing (except fuzzy kiwifruit), soybean, stone fruit, succulent, edible podded and dry beans, tree nuts, triticale, turfgrass, watercress and wheat. 

This registration will likely be "conditional" pending toxicity studies. Sulfloxaflor, which is a new pesticide, is very similar to Clothianidin and Imidacloprid with systemic properties. The public has 30 days from January 14, 2013, to make comments on the docket, which you can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0889-0010.

Honey Queen Buzz: A Warm Welcome to the 2013 Honey Queen and Princess!

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Greetings fellow beekeepers! As I write this, I'm still cleaning up paperwork from the 2013 ABF conference in Pennsylvania.  Hershey gave me great optimism for the year of promotions ahead!

A visit with the famous White House bees –
the perfect way to end a successful promotional year!

Our conference in Hershey was successful, and the American Honey Queen and Princess aided in that success. I send my deepest appreciation to Alyssa Fine and Danielle Dale, your 2012 American Honey Queen and Princess, for all their exceptional work and dedication to the ABF this year.  They promoted straight through the ABF convention. In addition to working at the ABF's Kids and Bees Program in Hershey, Alyssa and Danielle spent several days working at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in nearby Harrisburg prior to the conference. At this event, they worked alongside Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association members promoting beekeeping and honey in numerous ways. Cold weather does not stop our promotions, as honey can be purchased year round!

2013 American Honey Queen Caroline Adams (left) and 2013 American Honey Princess Emily  Campbell.

In addition to their work at the Farm Show, Alyssa and Danielle made a memorable day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House! Charlie Brandts, the White House beekeeper, graciously made arrangements for our Queen and Princess to see the famous White House bees. In addition to the tour, they met with White House pastry chefs, discussing honey usage and promotion potential in Washington, D.C. I extend the Queen Committee's gratitude to Charlie for making this visit possible. We are eager for more visits like this in the future!

Alyssa and Danielle truly exemplified how uniquely talented and dedicated the women who serve as honey queens are. They had the fortunate task of hosting another remarkable group of applicants for the American Honey Queen and Princess positions during our conference in Hershey. The ABF received four applications for the positions of 2013 American Honey Queen and Princess, and all were highly qualified, professional women who represented their state organizations well. They all possessed significant knowledge of the industry and a passion for serving. Our four finalists were Emily Campbell (Minnesota), Jessica Long (Pennsylvania), Caroline Adams (Texas) and Sarah Rushfeldt (Wisconsin). For those of you unaware, our 2013 American Honey Queen is Caroline Adams and our 2013 American Honey Princess is Emily Campbell. Both exhibited great enthusiasm for the positions, and the Queen Committee is excited to welcome them to the program.

At the end of January, Caroline and Emily attended the annual American Honey Queen and Princess training session in Wisconsin. They had significant practice in structuring their messages about our industry and how to deliver these messages in all their communications this year. They quickly put these skills into action with practice interviews and school visits.

Please continue to support Caroline and Emily this year by following them on Facebook, their blog, or on YouTube and by hosting them for a promotional event in your area. We always have several openings for visits in the early summer, so contact me as soon as possible (414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com) to arrange a visit. Both are eager to start traveling on behalf of the ABF and meeting you in your states.

Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle was never solved (we must have really stumped you)!

Riddle: You might run o'er me with your bee truck, but it might not hurt unless you get stuck. A simple square lends part of the clue, the first little word will come easy to you. Don't give up now, please don't leave. I know you can find me if you believe. A part of my name, it's the very middle, sounds like a word here contained in my riddle. Bees gather my golden drops sweet and pure, you can get to the end  now and solve it I'm sure.

Answer: Four-leaf clover

So, here's another riddle for you to wrestle with.  

I am an insect found all over the world and in my name you will find another insect also found all over the world. What am I?

Think you know the answer?  The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

ABF Welcomes New Members — December 2012

  • Vincent Aloyo, Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Brennan, New York
  • Peter Castellanos, California
  • Lawrence Chismar, Minnesota
  • Polly Cleveland, Texas
  • Dave Craig, Pennsylvania
  • Mark Gingrich, Pennsylvania
  • Josh Griffis, Georgia
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Recipe of the Month: Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Source: www.marthastewart.com

by Grayson Daniels, ABF Membership Coordinator

Are you ready for some football? It's time for the big game, which calls for big food with lots of flavor. We're sure these meatballs will spice up any football party. Try them out and they will be a hit. Touchdown!


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together turkey, onion, garlic, salt and ground pepper until combined (do not overmix). Form into 16 meatballs.
  • In a small bowl, stir together honey, chiles and vinegar.
  • In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven, pour honey mixture over meatballs and swirl skillet to coat. Bake until liquid is reduced and meatballs are glazed, 5 minutes, swirling halfway through.
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