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ABF E-Buzz — July 2013

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

I can't believe it's already you, July.
Half the year has now passed me by.
A moment ago it was New Year's Day
With fresh resolutions to pave my way.

Though air is sultry and mosquitoes bold, 
I prefer you, July, to the winter's cold.

- Gregory Huyette

Hello and welcome back! I actually don't like the heat of July. I prefer the days where I can put on a jacket and head to the timber to cut some wood to put in the stove to warm the house. But, I know lots of you like the warm summer nights, hence the poem. It has been a warm and dry summer in Kansas since the 21st of June and the passing of summer's solstice. With no rain and peak temperatures above 100 for a few days, there's no doubt that this summer will be better than the past two, and I hope that means that most of you will be having better harvests as well. In talking to many beekeepers across the country, I am hearing reports from one end to the other. One beekeeper, here in Kansas, has reported he will not have anything to harvest from the spring flow due to the late spring and cold temps in May. No doubt, spring did come late this year and the bloom has been about a month behind. I'm also hearing some have more honey in the box than they have had for several years, so it's running the gamut. I guess we won't know for sure until the dust settles and everyone has all their honey pulled by the first of October or so. Here's wishing  all of you out there have a good year, as it's about time for an above-average harvest after the past few very light years of production.    

It's very difficult as a national organization to take public stands on controversial issues. It is not the intent of myself or other supporting editors to promote or dispute everything that comes down the pike in the realm of public opinion. When we do, it is done with a great deal of discussion and consideration. This is one of those moments. During the past year, we have seen much information come to light on the role of pesticides in the health of honey bees and all native pollinators. The ABF and the National Honey Bee Advisory Board feel pesticides need to be fully studied and thoroughly investigated before they are put on the market. That is the purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency: to make sure that pesticides "do no harm" to the environment. Since no core studies have been provided by the manufacturers to prove the safety of many currently conditionally registered pesticide products, we have on several occasions taken issue with the registration process and its shortcomings.

Recently, the EPA moved to adopt tiered studies that will, we feel, better assess the role of pesticides in the declining health in honey bees. Our recent webinar with Dr. Tom Steeger and Kris Garber of the EPA was very helpful in detailing the process of risk assessment and how that process works within the framework of the overall registration process. Tier 1 of the risk assessment process involves, of course, laboratory studies that investigate the effect of the pesticide on individual bees and determines what levels of the product affect bee mortality. It has always been the standard process which resulted in the LD50 levels necessary to approve or disapprove an application. The recent adoption of the tiered studies is a new step, which will look at impacts at the colony level in addition to the individual examination in a controlled field environment. The third tier is to study colonies of bees in actual field conditions where they are exposed to the pesticide under normal environmental conditions. One of the problems is that the model for this tiered form of testing has not yet been established and approved so we are a bit off from adopting an actual process for a Colony Level Simulation Model. While they search for a working model, the EPA is examining several analytical models that may provide some formula for the better assessment of a pesticide's effect on colony units in actual field situations. So, while things are changing and progressing, we are not where we would like to be.   

Recent poisonings of honey bees and bumblebees have drawn a great deal of public attention to to the level of damage the new pesticides can do, and, as a result, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has drafted a bill that will suspend use of some neonicotinoid pesticides and direct the EPA to perform a deeper evaluation of their impacts on pollinators. Many of these pesticides are not up for review until 2018, and the bill would seek an earlier review process. The bill is co-sponsored by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). The Save America's Pollinators Act would also require the U.S. Department of the Interior to work with EPA to conduct reporting on current U.S. bee populations and changes in bee population level. I am contacting my legislators here in Kansas in an attempt to gain support for the bill and hope that you would do the same. There is a real need to do an in-depth risk assessment for these products that have been on the market for quite some time without accurate study. The next webinar with the EPA is "Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees" on Tuesday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET.I hope you can find time to make the call. These have been very informative, and we at the ABF appreciate the work of Dr. Tom Steeger, Tom Moriarity, Kris Garber and Reuben Baris for the information.

Again, we have lots of good informational "buzzmakers to report on". Peter Teal has submitted a great article fo the "Science Buzz."  Sarah Red-Laird is back with more information about presentations she's given as our Kids and Bees Program coordinator. Anna Kettlewell reports on the latest trips the American Honey Queen & Princess have taken - those girls sure are busy! We hope your time here will be well spent once again. Feel free to share with all your friends, and if there's something you would like to see us include in upcoming issues, please send me an email at tuckerb@hit.net. I look forward to hearing from you! Till next time… may you find all your supers full of nature's golden sweet essence in the color and taste you wish for.

Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Two Sessions Scheduled for August

Beekeeping Websites
Thursday, August 15, 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 / 2:00 p.m. HST
Blake Shook, ABF director and chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee

EPA - Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees
Tuesday, August 20, 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 / 2:00 p.m. HST
Kris Garber, Senior Biologist, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division & Reuben Baris, Fate Scientist, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division

Register today for two new sessions in the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar series - "Beekeeping Websites," Thursday, August 15, with Blake Shook, and "EPA - Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees," Tuesday, August 20, with Kris Garber and Reuben Baris. Both sessions will be held at 8:00 p.m. ET.

SESSION DETAILS: Beekeeping Websites

Join us as Blake Shook presents a review of over 200 USA-based honey websites. He will also teach you how to build your own website, including marketing tips.

Blake Shook and his wife, Kathleen, are the owners of Desert Creek Honey Company. They operate over 2,000 hives in Texas, California and North Dakota. Blake began his business in 2004 at age 14, and still packages and markets a wide variety of honey and honey products online and throughout Texas. Blake is a director of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), as well as the Membership and Marketing Committee chair. He has served as president and vice president of a local beekeeping association in Texas and is currently the president for the Texas Beekeepers Association.
When he is not working bees, he has had the privilege of speaking at local, state, national and international beekeeping conventions promoting beekeeping. He has also written and contributed content for national beekeeping magazines.

SESSION DETAILS: EPA: Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees

Join us as Ms. Garber and Mr. Baris focus on routes of possible exposure for bees proposed in risk assessment and how they are estimated using mathematical models and/or measured residues from monitoring data. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how different methods of application influence residues levels and how evaluations of pure chemicals may differ from evaluations of formulated products.


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 clicking the links below for the session you are interested in joining. Upon approval of registration, 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.

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.

Join the ABF Buzz Club and Bee $100 Richer!

Want to be a member of the ABF Buzz Club? It's easy and rewarding! Starting in July and running through the end of the year, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) will hold an ABF Buzz Club membership drive, which will be open to all ABF active members. For every new member you bring to the ABF, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. The more new members you bring the more chances you have to win the gift card. (Please see Rules and Regulations below.)

Have a question or need membership applications? Contact Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at 404.760.2875 or graysondaniels@abfnet.org.

Thank you for your participation and let's start buzzing!

ABF Buzz Club Rules and Regulations:

  • The completed membership application must have the current ABF sponsoring member's name written on the form.
  • All membership applications and payment are due no later than December 31, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. ET.*
  • Membership can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Applications and payment can be mailed to:

American Beekeeping Federation
3525 Piedmont Road
Building 5, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305

*Must arrive on or before December 31, 2013, to be eligible for the Visa gift card drawing.

Science Buzz

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

Healthy bees are happy bees! But, as we all know, bees are in decline not only across the country but throughout the world. As much as we have tried to identify what is going on, we have yet to come up with a consolidated cause for the decline in honey bee populations. Most research points to a combination of factors including poor nutrition, exposure to pesticides, pathogens and pests as being responsible. So how do healthy bees ward off the effects of these stressors? Well, a major way bees overcome these stressors is by ramping up their ability to detoxify poisons (xenobiotics) present in food, produced by pathogens or chemical pesticides. As is shown to the left, this is done by stimulating the action (up-regulating) of detoxification genes, in particular, a series of cytochrome P450 monooxygenase genes that result in breaking down or metabolizing chemicals including pesticides. We all know that honey bees have very low tolerances to pesticides, so it should not be a surprise that they have only about half as many of these P450 detoxifying genes as do most other insects. So in order for bees to be able to take care of the toxins they are exposed to daily, they must have these genes raring to go all the time. I recently read a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that may explain how bees do this and provides a possible reason for why the ability of bees to overcome poisons may be compromised (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May 28, 2013, volume 110, pages 8842-8846).  

The authors, Wenfu Mao, Mary Schuler and May Berenbaum, looked at the effect of diet on up-regulating honey bee P450 detoxification genes. They realized that bees take in small amounts of all kinds of chemicals during pollen and nectar, many of which are known poisons. They also realized that these compounds were most likely present in honey stores and therefore passed to all individuals in the hive as part of the diet. When they analyzed honey they found that coumaric acid, and the related compounds, pinocembrin and pinobanksin 5-methyl ether, all up-regulated the P450 detoxifying genes. While these chemicals are not primarily found in nectar coumaric acid is the principal component of the cell walls of pollen and is a common constituent of propolis. The compounds are undoubtedly accumulated in honey from pollen and the was cells in which honey is stored. When the authors added coumaric acid to sucrose and fed it to bees, they found that this chemical alone up-regulated all classes of P450 detoxifying genes and a select number of antimicrobial genes. They also found that bees fed on sucrose plus coumaric acid had an increased ability to metabolize coumophos in the gut. Thus, just by feeding the bees this chemical in sugar, they gave the bees the ability to fight off microbial pathogens and to detoxify pesticides.

So what are the implications of this study? The results show that a natural diet and good forage is important to bee health because the chemicals collected during foraging stimulates the bees immune system by insuring that genes required for detoxifying poisons and for attacking microbial pathogens are active all the time. Additionally, the authors suggest that the widespread use of high fructose as a honey substitute may compromise the ability of bees to combat pathogens and the effects of pesticides.  

ABF Call for Research Project Proposals: Members of the Beekeeping Industry Encouraged to Apply

The ABF Research Committee is excited to announce that it is reintroducing the Call for Research Project Proposals this year. This program is aimed at supporting research conducted by beekeepers and those within the industry. It was initiated because members of the ABF leadership realize that beekeepers are doing their own research all the time, although we sometimes think of it as just tinkering or tweaking things to improve bee management. This research program is aimed at providing some support to beekeepers and members of the beekeeping industry to conduct studies on their ideas to improve bee management in replicated studies using test and control groups so that results can be compared and presented to the ABF members as a whole.

This is really exciting because you can apply for funds to prove that your ideas work and present your findings at the ABF annual conference so others can use them! In short, we all have tricks we think are great — now let's prove they're great and get the word out to our fellow beekeepers.

Scope of Research:
Proposals for funding should focus on issues of concern to the beekeeping industry as a whole and to members of the ABF.  Projects need to result in a product, solution or method that directly benefits the apiculture industry.  Projects should be geared toward problems for which answers to the question being addressed can be achieved in a single year and that can be conducted by individual beekeepers or a group of beekeepers wanting to address a community-wide project that can be accomplished with the funds available.  While preliminary studies may be considered, these studies must have deliverables (results or products) that will have an impact on beekeeping at the termination of the project.  It is not our intention to support long-term research projects or to provide funding for studies intended to supply only results that will provide preliminary data to be used in broader studies funded by sponsors having significantly more resources.  

Timeline for 2013 Research Proposals:
The ABF Research Committee has established the following timeline for the 2013 call for research proposals:
• August 1, 2013: Call for research proposals announced
• September 30, 2013: Submission deadline for written research proposals
• October/November 2013: ABF Research Committee review of research proposals
• December 2, 2013: Research funding recipient notified

Click here for the Call for Proposals form. Feel free to contact Peter Teal at peter.teal@ars.usda.gov with any questions or comments.

Bee Educated: South Florida Bee College

Have you heard about South Florida Bee College? The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory's popular beekeeping extension event is expanding! We are hosting this 2-day educational event, filled with food, fun, and plenty of hands-on learning experiences at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida (Broward County). There will be live hives, beekeeping gear and multiple classes to choose from throughout the day. 

Our speaking line-up includes Dr. Malcolm Sanford, a UF emeritus professor and lifelong beekeeper; Dr. Ernesto Guzman, Head of the Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; David Westervelt, the Chief of Apiary Inspection at FDACS;  Keith Councell, the president of the Florida State Beekeepers Association; some of our talented and knowledgeable Florida State Bee Inspectors; and the staff at UF's Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab.

There will be a 22-class Honey Show where you can enter your honey and products for awards and vendors selling bee equipment. Lunch and dinner are included in  registration. For the first time, we will be offering a Spanish-speaking track to serve the needs of the growing beekeeping community in South Florida. Many of our speakers are fluent in both languages and will be delivering classes for both.  

View the full schedule for details. Register today! 

The Venue is only 20 minutes from beautiful Ft. Lauderdale beach - what a great way to spend a long weekend in Florida! Learning about honey bees with some of the country's experts and getting some time at the beach!! 

Bee a Kid: Kids and Bees Program

By Sarah Red-Laird, Kids and Bees Program Chair

 Kids' Views on Bees

July has been the month of summer camps! I have been having a great time as a guest presenter at a few camps in the area, and I also led my very own week-long Kids and Bees camp. A highlight  was talking with little chefs in the "Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camp: A Cooking and Gardening Experience for Young Chefs." I kicked off their week on Monday with a talk about honey bees and the important work they do in our gardens, asking them to consider a bee's pollination services as they were harvesting and cooking their gardens' bounty. My other favorite adventure with campers was the Schneider Museum of Art Youth Camp where kids explored the connections of art and agriculture. If you ask me, bees are the greatest artists of the agricultural world, so I was so happy to be asked to shine the spotlight on them for an afternoon. Camp leader Sam Scharf blogged about the kids' impressions, "After a nice lunch we headed out to the apiary where Sarah Red-Laird opened our minds to the amazing world of bees. I was blown away by how complex and interesting bees' colonies are. This was a favorite of many campers in our end of the day recap. I think the bee world gained some advocates today. Even Quinn, who has a self-diagnosed bee phobia, was impressed." Read more about this fascinating camp on Sam's blog here.

"Buzz About Bees" Summer Camp Kids

Anyone who works with kids - and I know there are quite a few of you out there - is able to see the transition that my buddy Quinn took. Often it seems the kids who are the most fearful of bees come away with the best experiences. I love watching that fear melt away to reveal wonder in its place. As part of my monthly write-up, I plan to share games, activities and other tricks of the bee education trade to share with the other ABF beekeepers who work with kids. This month, I am going to share a fun one that my students made up in my Buzz About Bees camp at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum. It's called "Fris-bee." Your materials: three Frisbees per ten kids (have your kids decorate the Frisbees like bees), and one hanging name tag per kid. The name tag has the picture of a bee-pollinated food on one side (apple, almond, strawberry, etc.) and the matching flower on the other side. To play: everyone stands in a circle with their flower side out. You yell "POLLINATE" and they call the name of a friend (make sure they do this, so the receiver knows what's coming and doesn't take a Frisbee to the side of the head). When the kid/flower catches the "bee" they are "pollinated." They sit down and turn their tag over to reveal their food. The game is over when you have a patch of food that is totally pollinated (the last flower will have three bees). You can time the game, which makes it more fun for them, AND they get faster and faster, which is a great teaching opportunity to talk about how honey bees learn and become more efficient as they pollinate every flower. If you have ideas for a game or activity highlighting bee education that I can share, please send me an email at sarah@beegirl.org.   

The theme of my own camp was the "Art and Science of Bees and Our Food." Among our activities were monitoring for the Great Sunflower Project, a beekeeping demonstration with the Southern Oregon University Beekeeping Club hives, dressing the campers up in honey bee costumes to illustrate the duties in the hive, habitat musical chairs, nectar collector relay races and all sorts of other games to help make learning about bees and our food fun and empowering. The kids' favorite activity was the Farmers' Market Scavenger Hunt. By having kids and farmers interact at the market, we accomplished these objectives: encouraged farmers to use bee-friendly practices, encouraged kids to think critically about the solutions they will practice to help our bees and further ingrained the topics of pollination and bee and flower biology. I had planted parts of paper bees (wings, thorax, etc.) around the market at specific farm stands and gave the farmers and beekeepers questions to ask the kids. I gave the kids a list of farm stands to visit and questions to ask the farmers and beekeepers. First the kids asked their questions, "What kind of bees do you see at your farm? Do you plant for your bees? What other pollinators do you see?" Then the famers and beekeepers asked their questions, "What are you going to do to help our bees? What is your favorite kind of honey? What is your favorite berry pollinated by bees?" Once the kids asked their question, the farmer or beekeeper gave them a piece of a bee to tape into their field journals and label. The kid campers also gave the farmers and beekeepers packets of "bee-friendly" seeds to plant somewhere on their farms. Along the way, campers also had "market coins" to spend on foods pollinated by bees that we all shared for snack. It was an awesome morning. The campers had so much fun talking to the farmers and beekeepers, and I think the feeling was mutual.  

The last day of camp, we tied it all together by asking the kids to write a letter to a "bee pal" about their experiences through the week, what they are going to do to save our bees and a little about themselves as well. I am partnering with the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) to find kids across the globe through their BEEWORLD project to send these letters to. My hope is to start a pen pal program where kids of all nationalities connect through their love and stewardship of bees. I am so excited about this opportunity! I have strong support from the IBRA and will give you updates as the program progresses on how to involve the youth that you are working with!  

In next month's column, I look forward to sharing my experience at the EAS kids' event! Again, if you would like donate your time from 7-9 on Wednesday, August 7th, Rachel Bryson would love to hear from you at brysonrachel@yahoo.com. Until next time, take care and "bee" in touch! 

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

The Seven Wonders of Honey Video Series

Honey is such a natural wonder, but it's also extremely versatile as a culinary ingredient. As part of the National Honey Board's ongoing education program, the NHB partnered with Chef David Guas to show consumers how versatile honey is in the kitchen. Everything from a natural humectant to a sweet substitution in baking and beverages, we emphasize how honey can be incorporated into a home cook's everyday menu.

As a part of this program, seven new recipes were created to showcase honey's unique culinary benefits. Breakfast wouldn't be complete without Blueberry Muffins with Salted Honey Crumble, which taste bakery fresh. Bayou Chewy Honey Bars make a great afternoon snack for home and work, plus the kids will love a refreshing Honey-Hibiscus Orange Punch. Try ending the evening with Honey 5-Spiced Thighs or a Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing. With the holidays and entertaining always top of mind Sage-Honey Roasted Acorn Squash makes a delicious side, and you can end the evening with a Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie with Home-style Honey Crust any time of the year. 

To accompany the recipes and to make this program more interactive, the NHB also created seven videos to highlight honey's versatility. From exploring the more than 300 honey varietals in the "A Flavor for Every Palate: Honey Varietals" video, to discovering the many ways to utilize the humectant properties of honey in the "Maximizing the Moisture with Honey" video, Chef Guas highlights the range of versatility of honey. Videos also include "Honey, A Natural Emulsifier," "The Color of Honey," "Sweet Substitutions" and tips for "Storing Honey", to round out the seven video series. 

Look for the new recipes on www.honey.com and watch for "The Seven Wonders of Honey" video series to hit the NHB's YouTube channel later this month.

Buzzworthy: USA-Beekeeping Organizations File an Appeal Against The Sulfoxaflor Pesticide Removal

National Beekeeping organizations along with the National Honey Bee Advisory Board have come together in an attempt to protect the bee industry by an appeal against EPA for its approval of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor, shown to be "highly toxic" to honey bees, and other insect pollinators. Sulfoxaflor is a new chemistry, and the first of a newly assigned sub-class of pesticides in the "neonicotinoid" class of pesticides, which scientists across the globe have linked as a potential factor to widespread and massive bee colony collapse. The case is filed as the beekeeping industry across the country struggles for survival, and faces the costly effects of pesticides upon their businesses.

The National Pollinator Defense Fund, American Honey Producers Association, National Honey Bee Advisory Board, the American Beekeeping Federation, and beekeepers Bret Adee, Jeff Anderson and Thomas R. Smith have filed an appeal against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting changes needed in the Sulfoxaflor label, the Biological Economic Assessment Division (BEAD) assessment of the value of pollinators and their established habits, and the EPA's Risk Assessment Process. These changes would acknowledge pollinator's critical role in the U.S. food supply, and ensure that decisions regarding new pesticides comply with applicable laws.

Continue reading here. 

Bee Ready: Save the Date for the 2014 ABF Annual Conference

Make your plans now for the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, which will be held January 7-11, 2014, at the Baton Rouge River Center with guest room accommodations available at the Belle of Baton Rouge and the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center.

Baton Rouge is one of the fastest-growing cities in America. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to start planning your agenda now. There is never a dull moment in Baton Rouge! The River Center is centrally located in the downtown area, within walking distance of various attractions, cultural sites, hotels, restaurants and nightlife. With surroundings rich in Louisiana culture and entertainment, the River Center provides a unique environment for memorable experiences, including the 2014 ABF annual conference.

The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow is sure to offer top-notch education sessions from industry leaders, various networking opportunities, a variety of hands-on workshops and lots of fun. Conference details are NOW available! Please check the ABF conference website for updates. 

Bee Active: 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow Call for Papers

The ABF is currently seeking proposals for presentations for the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. The conference will be held at the River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 7-11, 2014. All selected presenters will receive complimentary registration to the conference.

Please complete the "Call for Papers" form. The conference committee will review all submissions and advise of acceptance by early September. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, August 16, 2013. This is the first time the ABF has utilized a "Call for Papers" system for creating the conference agenda.

Should you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Tara Zeravsky, Conference Manager, at tzeravsky@meetingexpectations.com.

Honey Queen Buzz: July is Buzzing with Events

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Caroline speaks to Collin County group

July kicks off the busiest time of the year for the American Honey Queen and Princess, and this July was no exception. Our Queen and Princess started the month off with large beekeeping organization events and ended the month with fairs and festivals!

Princess Emily at Atkin County Fair with a bee balloon

Early July brought the Heartland Apiculture Society's annual conference in Tennessee, and Caroline spoke on behalf of the ABF at this group's convention. In addition to speaking about the benefits of ABF membership, she also gave workshop presentations about the ease and versatility of cooking with honey. These presentations were designed to show members how easy it is to demonstrate our products at fairs, festivals, and farmers' markets! Emily returned to her state organization's annual conference, the Minnesota Honey Producers Association summer meeting. Held at the Mann Lake Headquarters, Emily gave her state organization an update on the American Honey Queen Program and spoke with members about promotional opportunities.

The latter part of July started this year's fair and festival season. Caroline started off with a trip to the Ohio State Fair and ended the month arriving in Washington for the Clark County Fair. Both venues provide an excellent atmosphere to teach the public about the importance of honey bees and the many uses for all natural honey. Emily made a brief stop in Minnesota's Twin Cities for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Department's annual Pollinator Party, providing her an opportunity to speak about honey bees and their importance to an urban audience. She followed this up with a visit to New Jersey for the Warren County Farmers' Fair, where she had the opportunity to give cooking demonstrations and other presentations about the industry.

The Honey Queen and Princess's schedules are very full through early November, and I thank everyone who has and will be hosting the Queen and Princess. It's not too late (or too early) to start scheduling a holiday promotion with the Honey Queen or Princess for November or December. Please contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 to schedule a visit from our representatives or to discuss promotion options in your area! Happy promoting!

Bee Thinking

We have a winner! Jerry Brown of McKinney, Texas was last month's riddle winner with the answer "space". 

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

Riddle: If you throw me from the window, I will leave a grieving wife. Bring me back, but in the door, and you'll see someone giving life!

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

  • EU to ban fipronil to protect honey bees. Farmers will not be allowed to spray widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population. Read more.
  • Mann Lake, longtime ABF partner and sponsor, donated $10,000 to the University of Minnesota’s Bee Research and Discovery Center. Read more.
  • Mystery Maladay Kills More Bees, Heighting Worry on Farms: A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation's fruits and vegetables. Read more.  
  • 37 Million Bees Dead In Ontario, 25-50K in Oregon; Pesticides Blamed:More than 37 million honeybees died at one honey producing facility in Ontario in 2012. According to Dave Schuit, who runs the facility, the mass die-off of bees is the latest such incident that has plagued the bee colony over the last few years. Read more. 
  • The big bee bummer: Marla Spivak at TEDGlobal 2013: While there's been a 300% increase in production of crops that require bee pollination since WWII, we've started using much more synthetic fertilizer, and created crop monocultures, systematically eliminating the flowering plants that bees need for survival. Read more. 
  • Blumenauer Announces Legislation to Protect Pollinators, Prevent Mass Bee Die-Offs: Portland, Oregon: Today Representative Earl Blumenauer announced that he will be introducing The Save America's Pollinators Act. Read more. 
  • Many generalist pollinators, such as bumblebees, make regular visits to soybeans and are at danger from insecticide sprays. As we get close to soybeans flowering in Ohio (and other states) (growth stages R1-R2), we need to bring up an important issue related not specifically to honey bees, but to pollinators in general (albeit honey bees in soybeans is still a concern). Read more. 
  • UM researchers studying cause of colony collapse disorder: The bees swarm in the morning heat, their buzz pouring from boxes stacked on Mount Sentinel. Numbering in the thousands, they’re warming up for their morning quest for pollen. Read more. 
  • Everyone calm down, there is no “bee-pocalypse”: The media is abuzz once again with stories about dying bees. According to a new report from the USDA, scientists have been unable to pinpoint the cause of colony collapse disorder (CCD), the mysterious affliction causing honey bees to disappear from their hives. Read more. 

ABF Welcomes New Members — June 2013

  • James Andrews, North Dakota
  • Jackie Battreal, Texas
  • Benjamin Blue, Florida
  • Gary Cook, Texas
  • Jeff Dittemore, Indiana
  • Christopher Greene, Pennsylvania
  • Anthony Grelli, New Jersey
  • James Howell, Arkansas
  • Norman McClure, Alabama
  • Doug Pontious, Missouri
  • Karen Schreiber, New Hampshire

Recipe of the Month: Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pops

Source: The National Honey Board

by Grayson Daniels, ABF Membership Coordinator

There isn't a better way to cool off in the summer heat than with a fruity, frozen popsicle. This recipe includes honey, which makes this treat nice and sweet! 


  • 1 cup fresh, ripe nectarines, pineapple, or strawberries, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla
  • 8 -paper cups (3 oz.) and popsicle sticks or plastic spoons


In a blender, combine all ingredients; mix well. 

Pour into eight (3 oz.) paper cups; insert popsicle sticks or plastic spoon in center of each. 

Freeze 4 hours or until solidly frozen.

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