In This Issue:
by Tim Tucker, ABF Past President and ABF E-Buzz Editor
Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
The years that through my portals come and go.
I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Another great year has come and gone. And along with it another ABF Conference & Tradeshow!
I wish we would have been able to stay for the entire conference, but the two days we were there was a wonderful time. It’s always great to see old friends and to be around a thousand beekeepers. We saw plenty of new faces to get acquainted with this year. Our management team at Meeting Expectations did a great job as usual, and the registration lines were never long. The registration process went very quickly for us, and I never saw more than a couple of people waiting. The facility was wonderful, and I hope the vendors felt like they had a great show as well.
All of the speakers we had a chance to listen in on were very informative, and Dr. Samuel Ramsey was a real delight to listen to this year. His talk on the Tropilaelaps mite and studies to improve treatments for them was enlightening. The various available treatments seem to be sketchy as to how effective they are. One promising treatment process is heat. It seems that if the colony can be heated to 104 degrees, that it kills the mites but does not hurt the bees that much. I have heard of this method of treatment before, and it does seem to hold promise but might be difficult in its application.
There are currently four species of Tropilaelaps mites. Of these, only two (Tropilaelaps clareae and Tropilaelaps mercedesae) are considered serious mite threats to the Western honey bee Apis mellifera (Anderson and Morgan, 2007). T. clareae is already an economically important pest throughout Asia with the newly characterised T. mercedesae widely spread and found on Apis mellifera in regions well outside its native range. In the coming years, both could spread into temperate regions. Both are considered emerging threats to world apiculture.
I know that these mites will make their way to the U.S. in the future, just as the Asian hornet has. It seems that all of the bad pests have ways of making the trip across the oceans sooner or later. These mites are reddish-brown and are somewhat smaller than Varroa, being only about half as wide. They reproduce much faster and, after emergence from a brood cell, can enter another brood cell and reproduce in only 24 hours. Mite levels will explode in a hive and likely before a beekeeper is even aware of the problem.
In one study, it was found that 96 to 97 percent of the mites were in the brood. Only a very small percentage were discovered on the adult bees in the colony. Of course, the signs of infestation will be deformed wings and bees with distorted abdomens and missing legs. Whenever colonies are broodless, the adult mites will die within three days. This is different from Varroa mites which can survive on adult honey bees for months without breeding. Dr. Ramsey has a good video that explains all of this. I have linked to the video here for your viewing pleasure. It is titled “The Tropilaelaps Mite: A Fate Far Worse than Varroa.”
Tropilaelaps transmit many of the same viruses and resulting damage and diseases that Varroa transmit to bees. Varroa, however, drills a singular hole into the larvae while mature female T. mercendesae create multiple feeding sites that develop into scars and immobilize the affected tissues. Scary, especially for the current state of beekeeping and the economics involved. I hope Dr. Ramsey is successful in coming up with effective treatments in his studies and travels to Thailand.
This month we have articles from our new ABF officers. Congratulations to our new President Joan Gunter and our new Vice President Dan Winter. I know they will both do great at their appointed duties. I have known Joan and her husband Dwight for almost twenty years, and she is a great representative of the industry. I have worked with her and Dan on the board of the ABF for years, and they are both worthy of their elected jobs and will represent us well.
It was also wonderful to hear that Lee Heine was awarded the President’s Award for his work in the industry. He is a delight to be around, and my biggest regret of the meeting was that we didn’t have a chance to sit down reminisce. I remember sitting up almost all night in a cabana in Orlando many years ago and listening to his stories of beekeeping and life in general until my sides hurt from laughing. He is most deserving of the award with his support and service to our industry. Again, it is perhaps the greatest benefit in our federation, which is the ability to meet and associate with so many industry leaders and giants in the field. Congratulations, Lee!!!!
We have updates from both Joan and Dan and also a report from Anna Kettlewell about our newly elected American Honey Queen and Princess. Our new American Honey Queen is Mary Reisinger. Mary hails from Texas and is a student studying speech pathology. Congratulations to our new Honey Princess Sydnie Paulsrud. Sydnie is from Wisconsin and has studied childcare services. I know these ladies will do a great job representing the beekeeping industry.
There is also a great report from Sarah Red-Laird, our director of the Kids and Bees program. I missed not being able to see the event as it happened this year as we had to head home on Friday. It is always a great time seeing the kids have so much fun learning about the bees! Thanks to Sarah and her work coordinating what I am sure was another great year for Kids and Bees! There is also a great article about Pink Boots, a collaboration between Natalie Brown and the National Honey Board that raises money to grant new scholarships within the Portland area.
As usual, there are lots of new Buzzmakers for your information and a great new recipe for using honey in your meals each day. Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you have found your time here valuable to your beekeeping information pool. I hope to see you next month when I hope to have a renewed addition to the E-Buzz with a book report on Dr. Larry Conners new book “Keeping Bees Alive.” If you have anything you would like to see in the upcoming issues of E-Buzz, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, may the days of February be mild and the new pollen influx from the maples and elms build your bees to levels necessary for a great year of honey production.
During its annual membership business meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, on January 10, 2020, the American Beekeeping Federation elected its 2020 officers:
Gunter Honey Farm
|Vice President: Dan
Winter Apiaries, LLC
“I am honored to serve as ABF President,” said Gunter. “I look forward to continuing the work of the ABF Board of Directors and committees to boost the success of our members and promote the beekeeping industry nationwide.”
Those also serving on the ABF Board of Directors in 2020 include Jim Belli, Dennis Langlois, Katie Lee, Tim May (Past President), Jay Miller, Warren Nelson, Brian Nilson, Kent Pegorsch, Philip Russell, Debbie Seib, Blake Shook, Patty Sundberg, Jonathan Walker, Tim Wilbanks and Amanda Wooten.
by Joan Gunter, ABF President
Welcome to the first E-Buzz of 2020! ABF’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow was a huge success. Schaumburg, Illinois, proved to be a beautiful facility with plenty of opportunities for excellence in our industry. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
First, I would like to thank our Past President Tim May for all the excellent work he has done for the ABF. Your leadership and guidance are greatly appreciated.
I would like to welcome Dan Winter, our new Vice President. He has hit the ground running and is excited to serve the beekeeping membership.
At the Annual Conference & Tradeshow, the speakers brought new ideas and vitality to our membership by covering a variety of topics important to the beekeeping industry. The keynote speakers each had a different message to deliver to our members. Dr. Samuel Ramsey brought a message about Tropilaelaps "Up Close and Personal." Dr. Jonathan Lundgren spoke to "Crop Production, Honey Bees and What We Can Do about It." Dr. May Berenbaum’s talk was on "Bees and Pesticides: What’s New and Old." All three keynote speakers were very informative and entertaining.
I would like to congratulate our new American Honey Queen Mary Reisinger. Mary hails from Texas and is a student studying speech pathology. She will reign for one year. Also, congratulations to our new American Honey Princess Sydnie Paulsrud. Sydnie is from Wisconsin and has studied childcare services. She will be an excellent representative for the American Beekeeping Federation for the next year.
These young ladies are a tremendous advertising tool to promote beekeeping across the United States. Reach out to them if you would like them to attend your state’s annual meetings or events. Program Chair Anna Kettlewell can be reached at email@example.com.
This year’s American Honey Show was a huge success. The entries were excellent, and there were several first-time submissions. All proved to be very competitive. Thank you to all who competed and a special thank you to the Kettlewells for all they do to make this competition happen.
Congratulations to the President's Award winner Lee Heine. Lee has always been larger than life to me. Lots of memories, lots of laughs, lots of stories and a tremendous amount of knowledge. Lee was the perfect choice for this award. Thanks for your continued contributions to the ABF.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees held its annual face-to-face meeting in Schaumburg. Gene Brandi has accepted the position of Chair of the foundation, and Dr. Reed Johnson has accepted the position of Vice Chair.
During the foundation meeting, we awarded the following students with graduate scholarships: Emily Carlson, Oregon State University; Pierre Lau, Texas A&M; Sofia Romero, University of British Columbia; Garret Slater, Purdue University. These students are working toward their PhD. I look forward to working with you in the years to come. Congratulations to you all.
This year’s Founder’s Award went to Jerry Hayes, our foundation luncheon keynote speaker and the new editor of Bee Culture. Jerry has written the "Classroom Q&A" column of the American Bee Journal for almost 40 years as well as the ‘Classroom’ book. He is author or co-author on 23 research papers and a variety of honey bee articles in a variety of publications. Bee Culture could not have made a better choice. Congratulations, Jerry.
Last but not least, Sarah Red Laird did a fantastic job on the Kids and Bees program. Thank you, Sarah and all your amazing volunteers who stepped up to help.
After a week full of great programming, networking and learning, I left the 2020 ABF Conference & Tradeshow with new insight and a whole new outlook on the year ahead. I hope you did too.
On another note, in late July, the ABF lost a great friend, Liz Vaenoski. We did our best to recognize Liz at our annual conference. Her memory lives on in all who knew her. She was a special friend and colleague. Her generosity and talents will be missed by us all. Thank you, Liz!
by Dan Winter, ABF Vice President
As I bring myself up to speed on the important legislative issues that the ABF is involved in, I try to remind myself that everyone starts somewhere. With that being said, several important issues come to mind. The H2A program, the new Emergency Assistance for Livestock (ELAP) issue and last, what I feel is the most important, the really low price we are offered for our honey.
Currently, Jon Miller has been working on the H2A program on behalf of the ABF. He had a meeting on February 4-5 where he addressed the beekeeper’s perspective on the program as it pertains to the upcoming farm bill. I will be sure to inform members about the meeting takeaways in my next legislative report.
During the Schaumburg meeting, an insurance underwriter educated beekeepers on what they can do to aid in their ELAP claims. He said that beekeepers should keep better records and receipts for anything used in the best-management practices in their year-to-year operations. He expressed concerns about the program’s continuance next year. He also told beekeepers to take more photos to help aid in the claims. Anytime a third party can confirm losses, it should become standard.
In some cases, your state apiary inspectors might be able to help. Anything we can do will surely help. Be proactive all fall for the best chances.
Lastly, the terribly low price of honey is the most important task (in my opinion). I plan on going to Washington whenever I am needed. Following several inquiries into honey importations, I plan on expressing concerns of beekeepers about the ever-high production costs here in the U.S. and how it’s virtually impossible to compete with imported honey prices. I will keep all members informed in these legislative reports.
If anyone has concerns or complaints about these issues, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will always be willing to represent the members’ concerns or comments. Thank you, members, for this opportunity to represent you and the ABF. I embrace the challenge.
by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair
Last year flew by, and now we start another decade of honey and beekeeping promotions! Our annual ABF convention may have taken place in the chilly, snowy (and rainy) setting of Schaumburg, Illinois, but the many ABF members who weathered the storms with us at the conference showed tremendous support for the ABF’s fabulous promoters and spokespersons. I thank all conference attendees for the support you showed our 2019 American Honey Queen and Princess, Hannah Sjostrom and Nicole Medina, along with our 2020 finalists Kaitlyn Stauffer (Pennsylvania), Mary Reisinger (Texas), and Sydnie Paulsrud (Wisconsin). The interview process, with over 1,000 pairs of eyes on them, is a challenging opportunity of a lifetime, and we thank all the members who made them feel welcome into our ABF family.
It’s important that we honor the service of our 2019 American Honey Queen and Princess. Hannah and Nicole were outstanding promoters for the ABF. They collectively promoted in 30 states, 14 on multiple occasions, through 348 promotion days! They spent 2019 focusing on product demonstration – everything from traditional cooking demonstrations, extracting demonstrations and candle dipping demonstrations at fairs to hive and bee beard demonstrations! Nicole also opened a world of Spanish language promotions from making videos in Spanish to giving full presentations in Spanish. Hannah made incredible strides through media interviews, with her reach through traditional and online media outlets valued at an estimated $423,000 in free publicity! For more information on Hannah and Nicole’s year, check out their videos recapping their year’s work at the American Honey Queen Program’s YouTube channel! (Subscribe to the site, while you’re there, and use some of the other videos for your presentations!) The Queen Committee thanks Hannah and Nicole for their excellent work and wishes them the best as they continue their studies in nursing and business respectively.
The American Honey Queen Program Committee is delighted to welcome our 2020 American Honey Queen Mary Reisinger from Texas and our Princess Sydnie Paulsrud from Wisconsin. Both these women are excited for a busy year, working with the members of the ABF to promote our products and teach consumers about the importance of honey bees and beekeepers. They began their official training on January 29 with a team of 15 dedicated ABF members and experts in various areas. Their training consists of presentations, product demonstrations, media interviews, reporting, image, government relations, sales techniques, industry briefings, crafting messages, among many other skills. Most importantly, the American Honey Queen Program Committee learns what unique talents and skills and focuses Queen Mary and Princess Sydnie will bring to ABF this year and how that will augment and amplify promotions nationwide. They will also continue to learn and enhance their knowledge of the industry with regionally specific learning events and by working with members throughout the country!
Please continue to follow Queen Mary and Princess Sydnie’s work for the industry through the American Honey Queen Program Facebook page. If you haven’t already liked the page, please do so today! We are working on the queens’ first-quarter schedules now, so please contact me as soon as possible to schedule your promotion with them. You may reach me at email@example.com or 414-545-5514. Happy promoting!
by Sarah Red-Laird, Kids and Bees Program Director
The Kids and Bees event in Schaumburg, Illinois, as part of January’s ABF Conference & Tradeshow, was my eighth go-round with this program. Every year the event has a different flair, a different feeling, a different set of challenges and a different set of adorable and humbling moments.
I remember my first ABF Conference & Tradeshow, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, well. Not only because of the mile I had to walk from my room to the conference space and the giant candy bars on my pillow every night, but because this was the last Kids and Bees event that would be coordinated by founder Kim Lehman. This was the year that Kim graciously placed the program in my hands with so much trust, encouragement and faith. She was encouraged by my enthusiasm and vigor, and I’ve done everything I can every year since to not let her down.
The next year, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I went for gold, and the wheels flew right off! I more than tripled the attendance list of the event and didn’t account for the increase of volunteers I would need to handle that amount of kids at their stations. As 360+ kids (plus their parents and teachers) poured through the doors, glorious madness ensued. A tide of squeals and giggles enveloped my tables. Volunteers sent runners for help to the tradeshow floor, pulling friends from their booths and out of conversations to come help kids roll candles, taste honey and dress in bee costumes. My volunteer at the headband table had a complete meltdown and started packing away supplies (mid-event) while in tears. Some volunteers never talked to me again. While others were bonded for life, as we had just overcome a great feat together.
The next year, at Disneyland, I found a beautiful balance of plentiful volunteers and a new registration system, where groups were timed and limited, and the wheels stayed on the event. I also have to give extra props to the lovely humans at the resort who were a dream to work with. The Disney magic was strong that year, and the kids and volunteers had an equally wonderful time. This year, I was tagged on Instagram by an attendee of 2015’s Kids and Bees, who credited her experience here in being a part of her journey into becoming a teen community leader and sustainable agriculture activist. Yes, TEENAGER! This wee little kidlet is now a teenager with her own killer Instagram account!
The next few years in Florida, Texas, Nevada and South Carolina saw more growth and more learning. I hired an assistant here at the Bee Girl organization to help me wade through all of our kids programs. We added more stations, deepend the scientific learning outcomes and worked on our volunteer recruiting and training strategies.
One remarkable note is the increasing amount of adults that have come to Kids and Bees over the years. Volunteer recruitment has gotten smoother and more predictable. Also, the amount of adults who stop in to take notes for their own programs has grown exponentially. This year saw a record 169 “big kids” come through the event in Schaumburg, busily taking photos, videos and asking me for advice and thoughts for their own classroom presentations, state fair booths, etc. I make exceptionally clear that everything in the room is open source and nothing would make me happier than people borrowing, and improving upon my ideas. A young researcher from Tufts University volunteered a few years ago and came away with an idea to build an ingenious UV lightbox and donated it to her local botanical garden’s education center.
I already have my sights on 2021 in Las Vegas. I’ve begun to collaborate with a local art teacher to work on a student hive design project. I am on the search for potential local partners to help us teach kids about sustainable agriculture and planting for bees. For those of you who know how I dedicate my time (when not working on Kids and Bees), it won’t be a surprise that I am also dreaming up an observational worm bin to snuggle up next to the observational beehive. I’m also dreaming up a couple of virtual beekeeping experiences for the kids that I hope they’ll love.
A GIANT thank you to the support of all of the volunteers, including the honey queens and honey princesses, who made it possible to reach so many kids in Illinois this year as well as the Foundation for the Preservation for Honey Bees for sponsoring the event! Thank you to Mann Lake and GloryBee for donating materials and supplies. Your generosity with time, talent and dollars makes it possible to offer this event to the community at no cost.
For more pictures of the 2020 Kids and Bees event at ABF, click here.
If you are already excited to volunteer at ABF’s 2021 Kids and Bees in Las Vegas, get your name on the list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Natalie Baldwin started brewing, there weren’t many female brewers in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to the female pioneers at New Belgium Brewing and in Portland in general, Baldwin started making connections and building up the female side of the brewing industry in the area.
Pink Boots’ Educational Value
“It’s not so much of a dude thing anymore,” Baldwin said. “Pink Boots is pretty interesting. Initially, when I started, there were a couple of brewers that went to Pink Boots events for more sales and marketing outreach. I didn’t understand how accessible education was; I thought it was more of an avenue for social events and raising money.”
A couple of years ago, Baldwin’s outlook changed when she applied for a scholarship to further her brewing education abroad. She received the scholarship, and it opened her world up to access free education in the brewing world.
“Everybody should understand how they can excel their career — it’s right at their fingertips,” she said. “If you raise money in your chapter, it stays in your chapter, so you can designate which scholarship that goes toward.”
Pink Boots’ and the National Honey Board’s Collaboration
Baldwin was approached by the National Honey Board to brew the latest Pink Boots beer, and the money raised from that beer’s purchase will go toward new scholarships within the Portland chapter. The beer has been brewed in conjunction with Breakside Brewery, and since attending the Honey Summit in years past, Baldwin said they have brewed a lot more honey beers, with more understanding.
“We chose to make a Honey Mate Lager with honey added toward the end of fermentation. As the research and development brewer at one of Breakside’s smaller breweries, I have worked to develop the honey and tea flavors before brewing it on a larger scale for the NHB and PBS collaboration.”
The aromatic quality of the honey in the beer is one of the main bonuses since honey isn’t necessarily used to adjust to the dryness factor in this particular case. It’s the floral component, the pleasant and soft earthy notes while having a cool, tannic delicate structure that draws Baldwin to the beer.
Presented by Blake Shook, ABF Board Member and Owner, Desert Creek Honey
Blake Shook, owner of Desert Creek Honey, shares details on how to transition from a small-scale to sideliner to commercial beekeeper. We discuss finances, infrastructure and the most common issues in this transition.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Blake Shook got his start in beekeeping at the age of 12. He and his wife, Kathleen, own Desert Creek Honey Company. They operate hives in Texas, California and North Dakota. They package and market a wide variety of honey and honey products online and throughout Texas. Blake is a director of the American Beekeeping Federation, as well as our Membership & Marketing Committee co-chair. He has served as president and vice president of a local beekeeping association in Texas and as president of the Texas Beekeepers Association.
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Recipe by: Eating Well
• ⅓ cup honey
• 1 ½ tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
• 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 ½ tablespoons)
• 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
• ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 8 (5 ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
• 1 pound small carrots, sliced into ½-inch pieces
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 pound)
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon ground pepper
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon water
Whisk honey, soy sauce (or tamari), garlic, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Place chicken and half of the honey mixture (about ¼ cup) in a zip-top plastic bag; remove excess air and seal bag. Massage the chicken in the sealed bag until well coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Reserve the remaining honey mixture.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil; coat with cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard marinade); arrange on 1 side of the prepared pan. Combine carrots and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl; toss well to coat. Spread the carrots in an even layer on the other side of the pan. Bake the chicken and carrots for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven; stir the carrots.
Combine broccoli and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; toss well to coat. Distribute the broccoli evenly over the chicken and carrots on the pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over all. Bake until the vegetables are tender and a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, 15 to 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch and water in a small bowl until no clumps remain. Combine the cornstarch mixture and the reserved honey mixture in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, whisking once or twice. Simmer, whisking often, until the sauce is clear and thickened, about 2 minutes. Drizzle over the chicken and vegetables. Serve hot.
To make ahead, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Serving Size: 2 chicken thighs with 1 cup vegetables
475 calories; 20.1 g total fat; 4.5 g saturated fat; 115 mg cholesterol; 686 mg sodium. 39.7 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 29 g sugar; 35.8 g protein; 23 g added sugar.
Exchanges: 4 medium-fat protein, 2 ½ vegetable, 1 fat, 1 other carbohydrate.