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ABF E-Buzz: October 2013
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ABF E-Buzz — October 2013

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

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

Crispy air and azure skies, 
High above, a white cloud flies, 
Bright as newly fallen snow. 
Oh the joy to those who know October! 

– Joseph Pullman Porter

Welcome back to ABF E-Buzz! The season has been changing from the summer's heat to wonderful crisp mornings again.  I'll have to admit, it is my favorite time of the year. There's just nothing like having a warming fire going in the burn pit and roasting a few hot dogs in the evening.  I saw pictures from Gary and Ginger Reuter the other day that revealed the first snow for some of our bees in the northern parts. I told her I hoped our first snow came around the first of April! Oh, there's no doubt it will be before that, but I hope the bees will be in Texas by then and they will have warmer temps there than what we will have here in Kansas.  It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that we were making splits and getting ready for the upcoming season, and here it is all wrapped up, and what honey we have is in the barrel. I saw a house with its Christmas lights up already.  I do think that is a bit of a stretch, but some like to get a jump on things.  The 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge is just a matter of weeks away and entries for the 2014 Honey Show are being prepared for the big competition.  If you haven't done so, you can download an entry form. Oh, and don't forget to get your registration in and hotel rooms booked as things are pointing to a good attendance number already! 

Last Thursday, I was on the road on a restocking trip to Moundridge, Kansas, which is about 150 miles out and even longer returning back home.  My old red truck went dead on me just as I had finished my last delivery.  It was just a disconnection of the battery, which I figured out pretty quick, and was back on the road in minutes. The old Chevy just keeps hummin'. Earlier that morning, I came upon a couple of guys who were out of their car in the middle of the road, so I stopped to see the nature of their emergency. Both didn't speak much English, but the younger man was able to tell me what happened. He kept saying they had an accident, but I hadn't noticed any damage on the car. I asked where the other car was and he said, "Animal hit us." A very large doe had run into the passenger side door and was lying about 75 yards behind the car on the shoulder. They didn't know what to do and didn't have a phone, so I called the sheriff to see if someone could come out and make an accident report. They found the rental papers on the Jeep and called the rental company. The lady with the rental company took down the details and said we didn't need a sheriff's report since I was the witness. We took pictures of everything and after 45 minutes of waiting the sheriff still hadn't shown up.

In speaking with the men, I found out they were a father and son from Germany.  They were glad to find out they were insured and they were okay. I have no idea why they were in Southeast Kansas, but they had driven from Los Angeles and were headed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to see a packers game on Sunday. They saw I had a whole load of honey in the back of the truck, so I pulled out a bear and gave it to the young man. He was really excited and went back to the car and brought out a pretty jar of Acacia honey from a friend of his in their town in Germany. They had brought a few jars to give to people as gifts. So, we exchanged honey and e-mails and went on our separate ways. Life has some amazing stories to give us to share. I had been looking for something to put in my ABF E-Buzz messasge for this month and here is!  

We have some great reports for you this month from serviceman Colonel Todd Shealy, in Afghanistan, and of course our own Anna Kettlewell has our Honey Queen and Princess report.  These ladies have been super busy. There is also a new riddle this month. We hope you enjoy your time spent here. If there's anything you have to add to an upcoming issue, just let me know. We would love to share stories from your states, too. My e-mail is tuckerb@hit.net and I always look forward to hearing from you.

Bee Educated: FSA/USDA NAP Deadlines

USDA's Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.  Eligible crops must be commercially produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available.  The natural disaster must occur during the coverage period, before or during harvest, and must directly affect the eligible crop.

The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. This fee is authorized by the 2008 Act.

Upcoming deadlines to purchase NAP coverage:

  • November 20, 2013: Apples, apricots, blueberries, caneberries, chestnuts, cherries, cranberries, grapes, hazelnuts, honey, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, strawberries, walnuts
  • November 30, 2013: All forage and grazing crops except oats, all grasses and legumes for seed
  • March 15, 2014: Beans, broccoli, camelina, cantaloupe, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, lentils, mustard, oats, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, safflower, sunflower, squash, tomato, watermelon
  • May 15, 2014: Buckwheat

For additional information, visit the FSA/USDA website.

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

EPA - Risk Management for Pesticides
Tuesday, December 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
Tom Moriarty, Team Leader, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Pesticide Re-evaluation Division & Meredith Laws, Branch Chief, Registration Division

SESSION DETAILS: EPA: Risk Management for Pesticides

Join us as Mr. Moriarty and Ms. Laws provide participants with an understanding of the EPA risk management process for pesticides. They will discuss the factors considered by risk managers in making regulatory decisions. Participants will learn the difference between risk management and risk assessment and how one process informs the needs of the other. Topics will include management and protection goals and options available to risk managers for mitigating potential risks.

Click here to register for the EPA's session titled "Risk Management for Pesticides."


Please note: This EPA session is 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. 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 website for member-only access.

Bee Present: Something for Everyone at 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. BEE sure to check out the conference agenda for the latest updates on fantastic sessions and hands-on workshops. There's something for everyone, from the beginning beekeeper to the experienced business owner. Here are just a few highlights to pique your interest:

Beginning Beekeeping:

  • Year Calendar for a Beginning Beekeeper presented by Debbie Seib
  • Bee Biology presented by Dr. Marion Ellis
  • Beekeeping Challenges: Pests, Parasites and Diseases presented by John Talbert
  • Nutrition

Serious Sideliner:

  • Queens and Nucs presented by Jon Zawislak
  • Non-Grafting Queen Rearing – Raising Queens Using the Jenter Queen System presented by John Speckman
  • Nutrition presented by Dave Mendes
  • Treatments presented by Dr. Jeff Harris
  • Diagnosis and Discovery in Microscopy for the Beekeeper presented by Don Coats
  • Sustainable Practices for Beekeeping presented by Dr. Larry Connor
  • Beekeeping Business Practices presented by Dr. Larry Connor
  • Marketing for the Serious Sideliner presented by Tim Tucker

Business Owners:

  • The Challenges and Rewards of Almond Pollination presented by Dr. Gordon Wardell
  • Update on Pollinator Protection: Engaging Stakeholders in a Coordinated Federal Response presented by Dr. Tom Steeger
  • Re-Queening presented by George Hansen


  • Updates for National Bee Labs
  • A Pilot Apis Viral and Nosema Mapping Initiative: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis to Monitor Honey Bee Health presented by Heather Gamper, ABF research funding recipient
  • Research with Practical Applications presented by a panel of experts

Click here to view the full conference agenda.

If you are planning to join us, be sure to secure your hotel accommodations soon. The deadline to make your reservation and receive the group rate is Monday, December 16, 2013, or until the group block is full, whichever comes first. As we anticipate filling our block early, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. So, register today to ensure your spot at the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. We can't wait to see you in Baton Rouge!

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 Regina Robuck, ABF executive director, at 404.760.2875 or reginarobuck@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.

Buzzworthy: Afghan Honey Bee Saga

by Colonel Todd Shealy

Honey bee transport

Greetings from Afghanistan, fellow beekeepers.  I thought I would share one of our latest beekeeping experiences with you. We had the occasion to extract a little Afghan honey (unfortunately). (Classic redneck opening phrase) "What happen was..." we thought it would be a good idea to set up a couple of hives on the base where we reside, which is out in the middle of the desert; no plant life to speak of other than the small garden that we are trying to grow. This idea was conceived due to some soldiers and marines expressing interest in beekeeping, as well as for me to experiment and teach. Not to mention that beekeeping is a great stress reducer.  So, we made arrangements with a local Afghan supplier for two hives. I got a division board feeder sent from home, another soldier had a few pollen patties mailed from his stash, we purchased some sugar,
built a stand, erected a shade screen (since it gets 125 degrees plus out in the sun) and we were all set up, complete with a beginning beekeeping PowerPoint class.

Afghan beekeeping equipment is similar, but a little different than what we enjoy in the states.  The bottom boards have a 4-6-inch screen down the middle and are permanently nailed to the hive boxes that have either a small entrance opening or one that can be closed off; there are no entrance reducers.  The frames are made from rough cut slats and are not all uniform. Bailing wire is used, without grommets or nails, to secure the pure wax foundation that comes separated by newspaper.  Smokers are fairly small and veils are very thin, so it is good that most colonies are small and gentle.  The hive tool is fashioned by a blacksmith from a piece of square rod and the bee brush is made of pure camel hair (I like the softness of the brush). Cloth is used for an inner cover and the tops are 2-inch slats covered by tin.  Another interesting note, sulfur is used for mite/pest control (not bad).  

Afghan beekeeping equipment

The bees arrived while I was away on another mission and they were carefully set up in their new home by a fellow soldier/beekeeper. He opened the hives, conducted a quick check without disturbing them too much, and later proceeded to tell me about how good they looked and how gentle they were.  I returned about two days later, all excited about having honeybees of our own and couldn't wait to suit up.  Late on the evening that I returned, I walked by the hives and the bees were busy and sounding good.  So, the next morning I got ready to have some bee fun, walked out to where we had placed them, which was well away from normal foot traffic, and there were dead bees everywhere on the ground. I opened the boxes and they were dead on comb on top; we nearly cried.  It turned out that vector control came by and fogged the place that evening. 

One small detail that we overlooked proved deadly (a great object lesson – "The little stuff matters"). Note: Please check with your county to find out if, when and where they will be spraying for mosquitos. Instead of letting the stored honey go to waste, I proceeded to instruct on how to crush and strain the honey comb, which was interesting, and turned into an improvising and country engineering class, since the only thing I could find to strain with was a thin piece of cloth and a couple of plastic jugs.  We were also able to check the honey with a refractometer and the reading was 16.7 percent; pretty dry honey, which was not surprising since this is such an arid climate.  Anyway, I know some of you are wondering – the honey was fairly bitter, rather bold, and reminds me of golden rod honey (edible, but not that great).

We still have plenty of interest in beekeeping and will continue to train soldiers and marines every chance we get.  I hope your bees are well, mite count is low, the honey flow good and you were able to make the state association meetings.

Colonel Todd Shealy is a member of the South Carolina Mid-State Beekeeper Association.  He has spoken with senators about the military efforts to provide agricultural education and support to Afghan farmers. 

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

Chefs and Mixologists Abuzz About Honey: Honey Food and Beverage Summit

Participating chefs incorporate honey
into their dishes during the summit.
The National Honey Board recently convened an elite group of chefs and mixologists at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in San Antonio for Honey Summit 2013-Food & Beverage, an event designed to inspire cross-menu innovation using honey. A dozen expert culinarians participated in the two-and-a-half-day immersion event that featured honey varietal tastings, food and beverage demonstrations, panel discussions, and hands-on production and innovation sessions in the CIA's famed kitchens. 
The Honey Summit kicked off with "Honey 101," a primer on honey, led by CIA Chef Instructor Almir Da Fonseca. The session included honey's various forms, including liquid, whipped and in the comb, as well as solid forms such as granules. The chefs became increasingly animated as they discussed the possibilities of essentially utilizing honey "nose-to-tail." "I was happy to learn that honey comes in several forms," says Larry Leibowitz of Guckenheimer Enterprises. "The whipped variety has a great function in baking and pastry. The granular honey is great for beverages as well. It can be used to rim the glass of a cocktail or added to a parfait for color and texture." The chefs also learned about honey's impressive functionality, including its inherent humectant, emulsive and antimicrobial properties. 
Barry Lofton of Joe's Crab Shack summed up his experience by saying, "The Honey Summit was an excellent experience. It really broadened my horizons to the nuances between all of the varietals of honey and what we could do with them in our cooking, and how we can use it to enhance the flavors of the food we prepare." "I think I took honey for granted before coming here," added Guckenheimer's Larry Leibowitz. "After learning a little more from the group of chefs we worked with, it was amazing to see how versatile honey is." 
The food and beverage-focused Honey Summit ended with everyone in high spirits, eager to apply their new knowledge about honey in their own operations. Chipotle's Tatiana Perea was already off and running, headed back to New York City with plans to serve several honey-inspired menu items at a VIP dinner the following day. The National Honey Board anticipates ongoing honey food and beverage innovation coming out of the Honey Summit.
Honey Summit 2013 – Food and Beverage Innovation Chef Participants:
  • Applebee's, Patrick Humphrey, Executive Chef Culinary Innovation & Development
  • Bob Evans, Brian Wilson, Sr. Culinary Development Chef
  • Buttes Marriott Resort, Gregory Wiener, Executive Chef & Director of Restaurants
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tatiana Perea, Culinary Manager/Test Kitchen Supervisor
  • Honey Summit 2013 chef participants
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, DJ Lonergan, Corporate Executive Chef
  • Guckenheimer Enterprises, Larry Leibowitz, Director of Culinary Operations
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Luis Aniceto, Pastry Chef
  • Joe's Crab Shack, Barry Lofton, Director of Innovation
  • KOR Food Innovation, John Csukor, President
  • Liquid Architecture, Kim Haasarud, Liquid Chef/Restaurant Industry Consultant
  • Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Valeria Benner, Executive Chef
  • Phillips Seafood Restaurants, John Knorr, Sr. VP of Product Development
  • Sysco, Neil Doherty, Director of Culinary Development
  • Vitamix, Bev Shaffer, Chef/Recipe Development, Commercial and Consumer 

Bee Proud: Call for Entries for the 2014 American Honey Show

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2014 American Honey Show, which will be held during the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees' abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies.

The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes 12 classes for honey, four for beeswax and the gift box class.  Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Box class this year will be "Cajun Country."

After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.

Click here for the official show rules/regulations and entry form. NOTE: If at all possible, please send the entry form and appropriate fees to the ABF offices by Friday, December 13, 2013. If you are unable to meet this deadline, you can bring your form, entry fees and honey submissions to the annual conference.

Questions? Contact the ABF office at 404.760.2875 or via e-mail at info@abfnet.org.  You can also download some helpful Honey Show hints and tips by clicking here.  Good luck!

Honey Queen Buzz: Program Reaches State Promotional Goal

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Princess Emily in Washington

October brings the sounds and scents of autumn, and honey is always on the minds of consumers preparing for their holiday treats and feasts. The Honey Queen and Princess have been busy promoting the use of honey along with teaching consumers and students about the marvels of the beehive! Throughout October, the Queen and Princess reached thousands of consumers in a variety of settings in 11 states and territories!  

Fairs, festivals and agriculture events still top the list of our October promotions. Caroline and Emily visited events in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Montana, Georgia and Texas in October. Their activities included everything from cooking demonstrations to extracting demonstrations; to talking with attendees about honey bees and beekeeping. The program would love to visit more fairs this time of year throughout the country, so if you have a fair booth that could benefit from the promotional assistance of the American Honey Queen or Princess in 2014, please contact me now!

Queen Caroline at the nation's
oldest fair – Topfield

With schools in full swing throughout the country, the Queen and Princess also have spoken at schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Washington, Wyoming, Texas, Wisconsin and Hawaii! Caroline put her skills in American Sign Language to great use, particularly during a trip to Maryland and Washington, D.C., where she had the opportunity to present to students at Gallaudet University, a prestigious deaf university. Emily had the opportunity to speak to students in FFA and in 4-H groups, particularly noting her experiences with beekeeping and 4-H and FFA projects. Hopefully, her messages inspire other young adults to consider beekeeping for their 4-H and FFA projects!

The Queen and Princess's schedules start to slow down in mid-November, but there is still time to schedule that last-minute promotion in November or December. As of the end of October, the program reached its 30-state promotional goal, but we are always eager to exceed our goals. If you are interested in arranging a promotion with one of our representatives, please contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514.  Happy promoting! 

Bee a Kid: Getting Sweet on the Edible School Yard Project 

by Sara Red-Laird, Bee Girl

Bees revealed!

There is a phenomenon taking hold in our schoolyards.  It's creeping in on abandoned parking lots, unused field space and old basketball courts.  It's causing students to become engaged on a whole new level. Engaged with each other, their environment, their food and even honey bees.  This phenomenon is the Edible School Yard Project.  Started in the mid-90s by chef and local food advocate, Alice Waters, the project has helped to inspire over 2,000 school gardens in the United States and beyond over the last 20 years.  The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to: "Build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America."   

With heavyweights on their advisory board like Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, author Michael Pollan and singer Boz Scaggs, I'd say their mission is more than achievable.  Although I didn't run into any celebs under the passion fruit arbor on my recent visit to the pilot garden project in Berkeley, California, I was completely impressed by the garden and accompanying bee program.  

While the garden itself is a thing a beauty (formerly a one-acre patch of dust and grass adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School's track and ball court), the crown jewel is the bee hive.  Every year, each sixth grader in the school rotates through the project's bee program.  It's an afternoon filled with three bee-themed stations: the hive station; the catch, observe and release station; and the tasting station (complete with almonds).  For more information on the curriculum taught at each station, click here.  Okay, back to the crown jewel…the bee hive.  The garden boasts one top bar hive, with an observation window and a low fence, not hidden in some discreet corner, but on a hill, feet above the track and bleachers.  There is even a main student thoroughfare mere inches from the flight path of the bees.  But get this – students just go about their business as the bees do, no stings, no fear.  It's like having a class pet that they just kind of forgot about. 

Pollinator garden

Having not 'bee'n introduced yet, the new batch of MLK Middle School students is a little bashful about the bees are first, but they creep in closer and closer as garden teacher Jason Uribe shows off his tools and some drawn comb.  Not quite prepared for the main event, giggle and shove to move into place to see what ever Jason was hiding under the white cloth on a near-by table.  Then, violà!  BEES (in an observation box)!  The looks on the kids' faces were priceless. This is one expression I know I will never get tired of witnessing.   

The students then move on to the other two stations, tasting and catching.  It was also a kick watching the kids go from fear to fascination in two seconds flat while netting bees.  Check out this video for a glimpse of this station.

While trampling through the garden, one thing was made clear to the kids over and over again.  Bees are pollinators.  The most important pollinators.  They create the food in this garden and, without them, there would be a serious shortage of human forage.  Alice Waters said, "Every child in this world needs to have a relationship with the land...to know how to nourish themselves...and to know how to connect with the community around them."   Last Friday I was able to see this in action.  As I observed this group of students, I wondered which ones would remember this day for the rest of their lives.  I also wonder and hope that there is at least one who truly felt that inexplicable connection with the honey bee that all ABF members feel, and that they will be the future of honey bee conservation.      

Please contact the Edible School Yard Project for additional details or to register your education program in their network. 

Bee Thinking

No winner from last month's riddle, but the answer was "River." So, here's another riddle for you to wrestle with.

Riddle: I have two arms, but fingers none. I have two feet, but cannot run. I carry well, but I have found I carry best with my feet off the ground.
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

  • At the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting held in September, the American Beeekeeping Federation (ABF) was invited to participate in the CGI's Commitment to Action on honey bee health summit. George Hansen, ABF president, is serving as the ABF's representative in this initiative. Read more.
  • The Center for Food Safety, along with a diverse coalition of beekeeping, agriculture and conservation organizations, called on the House and Senate farm bill conferees to support a key pollinator protection provision in the House-passed farm bill. Over 50 organizations and businesses joined in the letter in support of the provision (Sec. 11315), originally offered as an amendment by Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and asking that it be included in the final farm bill. Read more.
  • Researchers have used an experimental garden to put pollinator-friendly plants to the test. The University of Sussex scientists counted the number of insects visiting the plants in their garden. Here, lead research Mihail Garbuzov explains to BBC science reporter Victoria Gill that plants that are attractive to insects are "just as pretty" and easy to grow as less pollinator-friendly plants.  Read more.
  • Scientists in Italy believe they have found a molecular trigger by which neonicotinoid pesticides may harm colonies of honey bees. The team's experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the insects more susceptible to attack by harmful viruses. Learn more.
  • Hobbyists aren’t the only people taking interest in bees and the products they produce. Maryland legislators have expressed interest as well. Maryland passed a bill outlining honey standards in 2012. The legislation specifies what constitutes honey in the state of Maryland and ensures that any honey sold in the state meets specific standards. Read more.
  • Commercial honey bee colonies around the world are collapsing and scientists are trying to figure out why. The good news? Bees are thriving in urban areas. In California, San Francisco, San Jose, and other big cities have laws that allow beekeeping. Los Angeles could be next, if a coalition of amateur beekeepers has anything to say about it. Learn more.
  • Declining pollinator populations haven’t gone unnoticed in Wyoming. Mariah Ehmke, University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics associate professor, was awarded a $49,992 Federal State Marketing Improvement Program grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the role of Wyoming’s beekeepers in western and national markets. Read more.
  •  Facing continued decline in their bee colonies and shrinking honey harvests, U.S. beekeepers are urging U.S. consumers to take an easy step in helping preserve the domestic honey business and assure the quality of the honey they choose – buy source-certified honey. Read more.
  • Just published – A Farmer's Guide to Food Safety And Conservation: Facts, Tips & Frequently Asked Questions. This guide goes over basic factors that affect the survival and movement of food borne pathogens on the farm, and how healthy diverse ecosystems can help to keep pathogens in check. A set of frequently asked questions addresses everything from wildlife and compost issues, to CSA visitors on the farm. Another section gives tips on how to have a successful food safety inspection, and the resources list includes links to web pages where your auditor can learn about the co-management of food safety and conservation. Discover more.
  • As the worldwide population of honey bees continues to decline, the Oregon State University Extension Service and partners have updated a tool for Pacific Northwest growers and beekeepers to reduce the impacts of pesticides on bees. Learn more.
  • Sarah Red-Laird, or “Bee Girl,” is an Ashland, Oregon, native who says that she has been fascinated with honeybees since her early childhood. On the playground in elementary school, she would pick up bees and pet them to impress other kids. Her aunt’s partner, a beekeeper, was also a major influence on Sarah, giving her honeycomb to taste during harvest season. Read more.
  • The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective. Learn more.

ABF Welcomes New Members — September 2013

  • Paul Kenneth Anderson, Oregon
  • Rick D. Bale, Oklahoma
  • Beth Conrey, Colorado
  • Rose Anne Fielder, Georgia
  • Christy Fields, Georgia
  • Mary Fraser, California
  • Kevin Freeman, Kansas
  • James Leon Hall, Illinois
  • Jeff Hogge, Kansas
  • Shelby Johnson, Florida
  • Clay "Bear" Kelley, Georgia
  • Michael P. Martin, New Jersey
  • Vern Martin, Michigan
  • Donald Mazanec, Kansas
  • Kevin Oldenburg, Washington
  • Tom Passwater, Kansas
  • Curtis Smith, Kansas
  • Derek Sullivan, Kansas
  • Travis Thompson, Oklahoma
  • Sam Wyrick, Kansas


Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Honey Doughnuts

Source: The Washington Post, Alison Ladman

Start to finish: 1.5 hours (45 minutes active); makes 3 dozen doughnut holes


  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil, for frying








  • In a medium bowl, stir together the yeast, flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the water, pumpkin and egg until a thick, smooth batter forms. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 45 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 degrees F.
  • Working in batches, carefully drop the batter by the tablespoonful into the hot oil. A cookie or small ice cream scoop makes this easier. Turning occasionally, fry the doughnuts until deep golden brown all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried doughnuts to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey syrup over the doughnuts and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Serve immediately.
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