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ABF E-Buzz: August 2013
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ABF E-Buzz — August 2013

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

Corn is browning in the row,
Days grow even shorter so,
Sunflower stretches in August's heat,
Shading asters at its feet.

- Tim Tucker

My second cousin Braden who came to see the bees.

Welcome back!  It's been a busy month, and I have been having a difficult time keeping up with bee work while reading all the articles and publications that are out. People are really interested in what is killing the bees and everywhere I go I get the same question, "How are the bees doing?" My answer lately is well, they are better than they've been for a few years, and I hope we'll be able to harvest a bit of honey. It looks as if they will be set for winter when the time comes. Our bees here are currently heavy with brood. We've been getting a steady stream of storms throughout Southeast Kansas the past few weeks. The country is as green as it is normally in April. Bees are finding plenty of nectar, and I hope that's the case around the country. We've been hearing both good and bad reports of the amount of honey people have, but most say it's better than last year. Prices have been firm in the $1.85 to $2.20 per pound range for grades from dark to white; while the crop continues to trickle in and those who are doing well are adding second and third boxes.   

Bees have gotten lots of press lately with the August 19th issue of TIME Magazine covering the plight of the honey bee. "A World Without Bees" is authored by Bryan Walsh. It's a very good article that highlights the plight and will direct even more attention to the situation we beekeepers face. Walsh spends a good deal of time with Jim Doan and details his story. Years of fighting to stay alive in the business in Hamlin, New York, there's been just too many bee kills, and the fight is now over for Jim. He had hoped to stay in the bee business, which is what he loves doing. "The impacts [from the pesticides] are not marginal, and they're not academic. They pose real threats to the viability of pollinators," says Peter Jenkins, a lawyer for the Center for Food Safety. You can read the article online here after subscribing to TIME, or pick it up at your news stand soon.

When you forget to fill the box with frames...

Just when you thought you were doing your best by planting a bee friendly garden, we find many of these "bee friendly" plants are contaminated with systemic pesticides as well. Many home garden plants sold at Home Depot , Lowe's and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a new, first-of-its-kind pilot study released today by Friends of the Earth-US and allies. The pilot study, co-authored by the Pesticide Research Institute, found seven (7) of thirteen (13) samples of garden plants purchased at top retailers in Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Minneapolis contained neurotoxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Studies show these could harm or kill bees and other pollinators. This new report is urging retailers to demand growers not use neonics when treating plants prior to shipping. You can find this report here.

This month we are asking everyone to help provide a few dollars to assist in the funding of a new research center at the University of Minnesota. Schwan's Home Deliver is a partner in raising critical funding for the facility. From August 22 through October 6, for each $25 Schwan's Home Service eCertificate purchased, $10 will be contributed to this fundraiser, and for each purchase by new and existing customers, 20% of your purchase will be contributed. You can find all the details under "Bee A Supporter" in this issue of E-Buzz.

There is so much to absorb on what is keeping our bees from thriving as they once did. We have a great article from Peter Teal on the study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland. Honey bees, which consume pollen containing amounts of commonly used fungicides at levels too low to cause the bee's death, still may leave them more susceptible to infection by Nosema, a gut parasite. Anna Kettlewell has provided another fantastic update on the American Honey Queen Program and how busy these two young ladies have been this past month. They've been buzzing around the country selling the message of how good honey is for us humans and how to use it in everything we eat! We also have plenty of great new buzzmakers and a wonderful new recipe for using honey provided by Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator. Once again, we hope that you enjoy your time here with the E-Buzz. We love hearing your comments each month and hope that you continue to send us information that you feel is good news for all of us. Please drop me a note at tuckerb@hit.net if you have anything to comment on. Until next month, have a bee-autiful summer!

Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar

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
Reuben Baris, Fate Scientist, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division & Dr. Tom Steeger, Senior Science Advisor, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division

SESSION DETAILS: EPA: Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees

Join us as Mr. Baris and Dr. Steeger 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.

Click here to register for the EPA's session titled "Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees."

EPA - Incident Reporting
Tuesday, September 10, 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
Dr. Tom Steeger, Senior Science Advisor, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division

SESSION DETAILS: EPA: Incident Reporting

Join us as Dr. Steeger focuses on what incident reports are and how they are used in ecological risk assessments. Incidents are a critical line of evidence that the EPA uses to understand how chemicals may be acting under actual use conditions. The amount of information that is contained in incident reports can directly impact the extent to which the information can be used to support ecological risk assessment and influence regulatory decisions. Incident data are one of the areas in which the general public and particularly beekeepers can play an effective role in the risk assessment process.

Click here to register for the EPA's session titled "Incident Reporting."

Markets and Marketing
Thursday, September 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 / 2:00 p.m. HST
Blake Shook, ABF director and chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee

SESSION DETAILS: Markets and Marketing

Join us as Blake Shook presents on how to market honey, including creative new ideas and things to avoid.

Click here to register for the Blake Shook's session titled "Markets and Marketing."


Please note: The remainder of the EPA sessions are open to the public.

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.

Bee Present: You are Invited to the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Baton Rouge River Center, January 7-11, 2014. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors.

We are introducing many new features this year! The conference committee has reviewed the responses from the latest conference survey extensively and made some changes to the 2014 conference agenda to better accommodate your needs. The new agenda will feature:

  • Optional field trip to the Baton Rouge Bee Lab on Tuesday
  • General Session followed by SIG meetings on Wednesday
  • Welcome reception on Wednesday night
  • General Session and Auxiliary Meeting on Thursday followed by an optional social activity that night
  • Track sessions on Friday morning specific to each stage of beekeeping, followed by the Foundation luncheon, a keynote presentation and ABF Business meeting and the Honey Show Live Auction.
  • Saturday will feature more workshops than ever with presentations running from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, followed by the ABF annual banquet.
  • Not to mention, the tradeshow will be open Wednesday – Saturday and will feature the latest and greatest products and services in the beekeeping industry.

Early registration is available through October 4, 2013. Don't delay - reserve your spot to meet us in Baton Rouge in January!

Science Buzz

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

It's August already, so now is the time applying for the ABF Research Committee's second annual grant! In the May issue of the ABF E-Buzz, I sent out the schedule and an example of how I would put a proposal together. September 30 is the deadline for receipt of proposals by research committee, and it is quickly approaching.

As you know, there is a significant push by researchers to understand what the effects of pesticides are on colony losses, and I came across an interesting article in PLOS ONE, an open online journal that everyone can access (just do search for PLOS ONE, July 2013, volume 8, issue 7, e70182). The title is "Crop pollination exposes Honey bees to pesticides which alters their susceptibility to the gut pathogen Nosema ceranae," and it is authored by Jeff Pettis and colleagues. This article contains a lot of interesting information and is well worth the read for a number of reasons. However, the main aims of the study were to determine what pesticides bees encountered when pollinating major crops and how the pesticides affected the susceptibility of the bees to Nosema ceranae. The authors found that all pollen samples contained pesticides. These included 9 different fungicides, two herbicides and 24 insecticides/miticides. Although not all pesticides were detected from pollen collected from bees in each crop, every sample contained some pesticides. The far most abundant pesticides were fungicides and they were present in pollen from both the target (apples, almonds, blueberry, cranberry, cucumber, watermelon and pumpkin) and non-target (wild flowers and the like) crops. The authors studied the effects of the pesticides on Nosema infection by feeding the Nosema-free bees with pollen collected from the bees in the field (contained pesticides) or pesticide-free pollen or a pollen substitute for 2-4 days along with Nosema inoculum in sugar water for 2 days. After 12 days, they looked for presence of Nosema in the bees. Many of the pesticides (14) reduced Nosema infection while 8 pesticides significantly increased the incidence of infection. Interestingly, the fungicides chlorothalonil and pyraclostrobin, along with the common miticides, fluvalinate and amitraz, had the greatest effects on increasing Nosema ceranae infection. These results are important because 1) fungicides are generally believed to be relatively safe for bees and thus not often thought of as problems and 2) fluvalinate and amitraz are commonly used to control Varroa. Clearly, there is a great need to explore the sub-lethal effects of all pesticides on honey bee health and to explore the interactions between pesticide exposure and the bee's ability to fend off disease. The results also point to the fact that miticides should be used only when necessary.

Finally, the 2013 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy is being held at the Pennsylvania State University from August 14, 2013 to August 17. This promises to be an exciting event with this year's focus on the effects of environmental contaminants on pollinator genomics, development, physiology and behavior. There will be internationally known speakers on a wide variety of subjects. If you're in the State College Pennsylvania area, please stop by. I can't make it as I am traveling to Argentina to work with colleagues, so let me know how it went.

Buzzworthy: Conyers and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation Protecting Pollinators and America's Food System

July 16, 2013

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the "Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013," which requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the use of certain insecticide, known as neonicotinoids, to prevent future mass die-offs of honey bees. Following the introduction of the legislation, Reps. Conyers and Blumenauer issued the following statement:
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich): "One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honey bees. These crops include apples, avocados, cranberries, cherries, broccoli, peaches, carrots, grapes, soybeans, sugar beets and onions.  Unfortunately, unless swift action is taken, these crops, and numerous others, will soon disappear due to the dramatic decline of honey bee populations throughout the country.
"For over a decade now, honey bees have been suffering rapid population losses as a result of a phenomenon known as 'colony collapse disorder.' Another decade of these mass die-offs will severely threaten our agricultural economy and food supply. Scientists have reported that common symptoms of this decline are attributed to the use of a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. The 'Saving America's Pollinators Act' will address this threat to honey bee populations by suspending the use of certain neonicotinoids and by requiring the EPA to conduct a full review of the scientific evidence before allowing the entry of other neonicotinoids into the market."
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.): "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment, but key to a stable food supply. When incidents like the alarming mass bee die-off of more than 50,000 bumblebees that happened recently in Wilsonville, Oregon occur, it is imperative that we take a step back to make sure we understand all the factors involved and move swiftly to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future."
The Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013 will direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the registration of certain neonicotinoids - known as imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotafuran - and any other members of the nitro group of neonicotinoid insecticides until the Administrator has made a determination that such insecticides will not cause unreasonable adverse effects on pollinators based on an evaluation of peer-review scientific evidence and a completed field study.  The bill will also require the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to regularly monitor the health and population status of native bees and identify the scope and likely causes of unusual native bee mortality.  
The Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013 has been endorsed by the American Bird Conservancy, Avaaz, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice, Ecological Farming Association, Equal Exchange, Family Farm Defenders, Friends of the Earth, Food Democracy Now!, Food and Water Watch, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, National Cooperative Grocers Association, National Organic Coalition, National Resources Defense Council, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, Northeast Organic Farming Association - Interstate Council, Northeast Organic Farming Association - Massachusetts, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, Organic Consumers Association, Organic Farmers' Agency for Relationship Marketing, Inc., Oregon Tilth, Pesticide Action Network North America, Sierra Club, United Natural Foods Inc., and Xerces Society. 

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

Coming Soon: September is National Honey Month

Honey is a natural product that contains just one ingredient: honey. Harvesting honey is an ancient artisanal craft that is both an art and science. The honey bees gather nectar from flowering plants, and beekeepers collect honey from the beehives. The journey from harvesting to distributing honey is multifaceted. The bees simply collect nectar, add a few enzymes and store it in the honeycomb. But all of the color, flavor and aroma comes from the particular flower from which the nectar was collected.

There are more than 300 varietals of honey, ranging greatly in flavor and appearance. After the honey is removed from the beehive and extracted by a beekeeper, it is shipped off to a honey packer, who warms the honey and removes any foreign material or residue from the beehive, often including whatever pollens may have been introduced during the extraction process.

In a 2013 Attitude and Usage study1, the National Honey Board (NHB) learned that when purchasing honey, 48 percent of consumers prefer for honey to be brilliantly clear and golden. Consumers also responded that they are increasingly likely to prefer honey that has pollen grains filtered out. The fact is, whether there is pollen in honey or not, it's still honey.

"The benefits of honey make it easily accessible for consumers to use in their daily lives," said Bruce Boynton, CEO of the NHB.  "Honey is a whole food that has other uses outside of the culinary realm." As a carbohydrate, honey is a natural energy booster throughout the day. With humectant properties, honey draws and retains moisture to help hydrate the skin. It is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization as a natural cough suppressant in children after the age of one.

To read more about the journey from hive to bottle, visit www.storyofhoney.com and for more information on honey and honey recipes, please visit www.honey.com. To find a specific varietal near you, visit www.honeylocator.com.

September is National Honey Month. Please click here to see a calendar of how you can celebrate all month long.

The National Honey Board is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that conducts research, marketing and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products.These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and imported honey.

Buzzworthy: TIME Magazine Envisions a World Without Honey Bees

TIME Magazine's cover last week depicts a single bee, its wings flapping in frenzied motion on a stark black background. It forebodingly reads, "A WORLD WITHOUT BEES: THE PRICE WE'LL PAY IF WE DON'T FIGURE OUT WHAT'S KILLING THE HONEYBEE".

The article by Bryan Walsh addresses a disastrous phenomenon that could tumble the basis of our food system: the widespread collapse of honey bee colonies nationwide known as "colony collapse disorder." Honey bees across the nation have been dying at rates unseen in history. To say that the bees are dropping like flies, well, it's an affront to the necessity of bees in our food systems and economy. It's hard to talk about colony collapse disorder and not sound Doomsday-ish. And that's because, as Walsh reveals, one-third of the food on our tables is there because of honey bees, which pollinate a wide array of the foods we love and need, and their survival is required to fuel our both our bodies and our economy. Forget about berries, fruits, many vegetables if we fail to address this honey bee crisis.

Read more here.

Honey Queen Buzz: Queen and Princess Buzz Around to State Fairs

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

 Princess Emily gives honey samples at the Wisconsin State Fair.

August is the heart of fair season in the United States, and the American Honey Queen and Princess are in full fair and festival mode. They are visiting fairs in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Maryland and festivals celebrating the honey bee in Florida and West Virginia. These events offered an abundance of media interviews, presentations, cooking demonstrations and answering countless questions about the many uses of honey and why honey bees do all that they do! We love the countless opportunities that fairs offer, both on and off the grounds.

Queen Caroline working an observation hive at the Clark County Fair in Washington.

While visiting fairs, there is always time for other events, including beekeeping organization meetings, community presentations, and media interviews. This month was no exception. Emily made a stop in Pennsylvania for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) conference and the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association Summer Picnic. Both Caroline and Emily had multiple media interviews during their various trips this month, reaching thousands of people. Emily had a unique opportunity to promote the Wisconsin State Fair and beekeeping during a visit to my state in August. One morning prior to her fair work, she visited an inner-city Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club to give the students presentations. It was an excellent opportunity to teach students unfamiliar with agriculture about the importance of honey bees to their lives. She also encouraged them to visit her at the fair! Caroline spent a day during the Ohio State Fair working at a local farmers' market, allowing her additional one-on-one interaction with the public. These types of visits are great for promoting your events and also provide the Queens a nice break from fair work during the busy fair season!

School will soon be in session, and it's a great time to reach out to your local teachers, FFA advisors, 4-H leaders, scout troop leaders and other school-related groups about having the American Honey Queen or Princess speak to their group this winter or next spring! Often, schools schedule their special speakers/presenters at the beginning of the year, so seek out schools now to prepare for the coming year! Please contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 to schedule a visit from the American Honey Queen or Princess for later this year or in 2014! Happy promoting!

Bee a Supporter: The University of Minnesota Bee Research and Discovery Center

Bee populations throughout the country continue to decline. At the University of Minnesota Bee Research and Discovery Center, we are committed to promoting the health of bee pollinators through our research, programming and the resources we provide to the beekeeping community. As the only bee research center in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, our work is pivotal to improving the lives of bees throughout the Midwest and the United States.

Giving back to your community never tasted so delicious

Schwan's Home Delivery is offering Schwan's Cares to help the University of Minnesota's Bee Research and Discovery Center raise the funds it needs. From August 22 through October 6, for each $25 Schwan's Home Service eCertificate purchased, $10 will be contributed to this fundraiser, and for each purchase by new and existing customers, 20% of your purchase will be contributed. In addition, any additional orders placed through July 2014 will contribute 5% of your order to the fundraiser.

  • Go to Schwans-Cares.com, Search/Select "Bee Research (campaign 951)" and click "Support Now"
  • Or you can call 855-870-7208 and tell the rep you want to order for campaign 951
  • Want to help more? Click the Join Team button and share this fundraiser with friends, family, and coworkers through email and social medial

Vision for a new Bee Research and Discovery Center

The Bee Research and Discovery Center will be unique among bee labs nationally. The center will encompass two prominent sites at the University of Minnesota: the Research Space will be on the St. Paul Campus and the Discovery Center will be at the Landscape Arboretum.  The Center will function like a bee hive, efficiently combining research and educational space to improve bee health and biodiversity and to showcase the importance of bees to agriculture and to human nutrition, health and food safety.

Bee Thinking

We have a winner! Charles and Maxine Walter answered correctly with the letter "N."

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

Riddle: What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a head but never weeps?

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

  • New pesticide labels will better protect bees and other pollinators. Read more.

  • Bees Exposed to Fungicide More Vulnerable to Nosema Parasite: Honey bees that consume pollen that contains amounts of commonly used fungicides at levels too low to cause the bee's death still may leave them more susceptible to infection by a gut parasite, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and University of Maryland research published today in PLOS ONE. Read More.
  • Fungi Collection Key in Identifying Diseases: A collection of fungi maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) played a crucial role in helping scientists identify the specific fungus causing an anthracnose disease discovered in a southern turf grass, and another fungus destroying trees of edible fruits in Honduras. Read More.
  • Holland leaders poised to allow beekeeping despite planners' concerns: City officials in Holland, Michigan have taken the first step toward approving an ordinance change that would allow residents to raise honeybees in their backyards, a departure from a city planning commission recommendation against the insect. Read More.
  • Almond growers: Plan now for pollination: The honey bee supply is being affected by a wide range of factors, including colony collapse disorder and related stressors such as Varroa mites, lack of pollen and nectar food sources, pesticides and pathogens. Read More.
  • The Wolves ate the Elk that ate the plants that grew the flowers that fed the bees that made the berries that fed the bears that eat the Elk. But will the bears eat the bees?: A new study suggests that the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park is beginning to bring back a key part of the diet of grizzly bears that has been missing for much of the past century – berries that help bears put on fat before going into hibernation. Read more. 
  • Sting Allergies, Even When They’re Not Honey Bees:  If you think summer insects are done setting their sights on ruining your outdoor gathering, think again. August's hot and dry climate is the perfect breeding ground for insects, especially yellow jackets. And for the millions of Americans allergic to insect stings, these late summer bugs can be deadly. According to a report released today in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), insect sting allergy is increasing, affecting five percent of the population. But what much of the population may not understand is that there is something that can be done about it. Read More.

ABF Welcomes New Members — July 2013

  • Jeff Allison, Kansas
  • Tim Allsup, Texas
  • Peter Berthelsen, Nebraska
  • Amy Boatman, Kansas   
  • Timothy J Cernigli, Conneticut
  • Rae Ann Cooper, Illinois
  • Wayne Dunn, Kansas
  • Melody Eisenbart, Kansas
  • Eric Frye, New Jersey
  • Charles Johns, Kansas
  • Michelle Kerr-Pankonien, Texas
  • Don King, Kansas
  • Jack Kyle, Kansas
  • Leonard M Lee, Massachusetts
  • Myron McCleary, Tennessee
  • Joe Miller, Kansas
  • George J O'Neil, Massachusetts
  • Robert M Peace, Missouri
  • Stephen A Petrilli, Illinois
  • Ralph Lee Samples, Missouri
  • James Schicke, Kansas
  • Don Schram, Michigan
  • Jim Snyder, Colorado
  • Ned Stichman, Kansas
  • Bill Weiss, South Carolina


Recipe of the Month: Chicken Nachos with Honey, Zucchini and Jalapeno Salsa

Source: The National Honey Board

by Grayson Daniels, ABF Membership Coordinator

Are you ready for some football? College football season kicks off at the end of the month. Nachos are always at the top of the list for any tailgate or viewing party. These chicken nachos with a honey, zucchini and jalapeno salsa will certainly be a hit!


  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 chicken breast, fillets
  • 2 cups zucchini , cubed
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ¼ cups lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 regular-sized bag tortilla chips


In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of honey, the lemon juice, one teaspoon of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place the mixture into a resalable freezer bag and add the chicken breasts. Seal the bag tightly and gently shake it to cover the chicken breasts. Let marinade for 2 hours.

Boil the chicken breasts in a saucepan. Once cooked, wait for them to cool. Finely chop the garlic, red onion and jalapeno peppers. Cut the zucchini into small cubes. Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix them with 5 teaspoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 250°F. Spread vegetables onto a baking dish and cook them in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking, cut the chicken breasts into small cubes and place them in a large bowl. Finely chop the cilantro and mix it into the bowl with the chicken. Once the zucchini cubes have lightly browned, remove vegetables from oven and wait for them to cool. When cool, add them into the bowl with the chicken cubes and the cilantro, and mix them with 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice of 4 lemons, 6 teaspoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours. Serve over tortilla chips. 

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