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October 2014

Oct 2

94th Annual Florida State Beekeepers Association Conference -West Palm Beach

Thursday 10/2/2014 - 10/4/2014
Florida State Palm Beach Beekeepers Association
To Host 94th Annual
Florida State Beekeepers Association Conference
October 2-4 in West Palm Beach

(West Palm Beach, FL ? August 11, 2014) The Palm Beach Beekeepers Association (PBBA) today announced that it would be hosting the 94th annual Conference of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA), October 2-4, 2014 at Embassy Suites Hotel in West Palm Beach. In fact, this is the first time that this statewide Conference has been held in West Palm Beach, and beekeepers from across the country and expected to attend.

This year?s Conference is dedicated to the honeybee and the beekeepers tending the hives. It is designed for beekeepers of all levels ? wanna-bee, hobbyist, sideliner and commercial ? with presentations by nationally recognized industry experts, authors, scientists and educators.

In addition, there will be honey judging, live bee demonstrations at the apiary atop the hotel, panel discussions and breakout sessions covering topics for both the beginner and the advanced beekeeper. The vendor and exhibitor area will display the latest beekeeping equipment and accessories.

For more information about the FSBA 94th Annual Conference, please visit

Key Florida Honeybee Facts:
To quantify the enormous impact of the beekeeping industry, please note that in 2012 Florida ranked:
+ First in the U.S. in the value of production of oranges and grapefruit.
+ First in value of production of fresh market snap beans, cucumbers for fresh market, cucumbers for pickles, squash, sweet corn, fresh market tomatoes, sugarcane for sugar & seed and watermelon.
+ Second in value of production of bell peppers, strawberries and tangerines.
+ Third in value of production of honey.
(Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services? publication 2013: Florida Agriculture by the Numbers)

About the Florida State Beekeepers Association:
Founded in 1920, FSBA is organized to aid in the development and promotion of practical beekeeping methods in the State of Florida; to act in the interest of beekeepers in carrying on statewide beekeeping affairs; to aid in the exchange of mutual beekeeping methods; and to act as the representative of Florida beekeepers in state and national beekeeping affairs, as well as educational and scientific purposes. FSBA works with the University of Florida's Institute of Food, Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Florida Farm Bureau, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry's Apiary Inspection Program, through which all honeybee colonies in Florida are inspected as required by law.

About the Palm Beach Beekeepers Association:
A local affiliate of the Florida State Beekeeping Association, PBBA was founded as a non-profit organization in 1974 with the primary purpose to promote the common interests and general welfare of beekeeping and to act as an educational resource to the public in the methods and best practices in apiary management. Educational meetings and hands-on apiary sessions are the first Friday of each month, held at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. For more information, please visit

Available for Interview:
Al Salopek
President, PBBA

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Oct 9

VERMONT - Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited

Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited

Meeting reminder:

When: Thursday October 9, 2014

Where: Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington VT.

Time: 7 PM pot luck meal; 7:35 business meeting; guest: Jack Rath, Rupert VT, Partner of Betterbee, Greenwich NY. Topic: " Ten Most Common Questions asked by Beekeepers in Northeast".

Above rewritten: Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited is to meet Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington VT at 7 PM for pot luck meal and 7:35 for business meeting. Guest is Dr, Jack Rath, Rupert VT, and partner of Betterbee, Greenwich NY. Topic is "Ten Most Common Questions asked by Beekeepers in Northeast".

For information contact or Jacob Esh
110 County St
Bennington, VT 05201
Bennington County Beekeepers Club, LTD

Oct 10

Arkansas Beekeepers Association Annual Conference

Friday 10/10/2014 - 10/11/2014
The Arkansas Beekeepers Association welcomes you to join us at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View Arkansas for our Annual Conference October 10 and 11, 2014. Featured speakers include Jeff Harris, Audrey Sheridan, and Gus Lorenz. Please see for details.

Oct 11

NY - Western NY Honey Prodcuers Association

The Western New York Honey Producers Association (WNYHPA) proudly welcomes Alexander Zomchek to East Aurora, New York to speak on many aspects of honey and crystallization. The details, and a brief biography of Alex, follow:

Date: October 11, 2014

Time: 9:00 A.M. ? 12:00 noon

Place: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
21 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052

Speaker: Alex Zomchek

Topic: Honey - Crystallization

Fee: $10.00 (member of WNYHPA)
$15.00 (non-member)

Alexander (Alex) Zomchek:

In his ?parallel? life Alex considers himself first and perhaps foremost an ardent and impassioned, lifelong beekeeper. He is currently an active honey bee teacher, lecturer, and researcher at Miami University?s Ecology Research Center.
Alex has been keeping bees for almost 44 years when a chance meeting at 10 years of age with a one armed, WWII veteran and beekeeper (perhaps his ?pirate? to go with his Peter Pan!) led him to study, build and manage his own hives at the age of 12.
Alex is a certified Master Beekeeper - ?Instructor? with the Ohio State Beekeepers Association (OSBA). Only six such titles have been handed out by the OSBA. He is currently a Director in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. He is also the current President of the Butler County Beekeepers Association. Coming to Oxford some 20 years ago he designed and built the state?s first public observation apiary wherein the general public is able to experience the sight, sound, smell, and taste of beekeeping firsthand without having to wear bee suits.

Oct 11

18th Annual Field Day - Louisiana

Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 18th Annual Field Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times. You must pre-register by October 1, 2014. You may register on-line at and pay through PayPal or credit card or you may mail your registration form that is located on the web site and your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. If you do not pre-register by October 1, 2014, the cost will be $35.00 per person.

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, and Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and Coke Products.

The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar-producing plants, maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands-on training in an active colony. The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and it will be offered again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs throughout a season, pest management, honey processing, and swarm catching. There will be a variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee Lab?s research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.

For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman (225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).

Oct 18


October 18, 2014: (at Woodbury Senior
Center, Main St. S. Woodbury, CT)

Speaker: Marina Marchese - Background - Author of The Accidental Beekeeper and her new book with Kim Flottum, The Honey Connoisseur.
Morning session: ?The Honey Connoisseur: Tasting the Terroir of American Honey?
Afternoon session: ?Honey bee lessons from an accidental beekeeper?

Oct 18

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting

This year the newly formed Penobscot County Beekeepers Association is pleased to host the Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. This event is well attended by beekeepers throughtout Maine as well as from nearby states.

Our guest speaker this year will be Dr. Dewey Caron, a well-known beekeeper and professor who we anticipate will draw several hundred people. Dr. Caron spent over 43 years teaching and doing bee extension and bee research at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware. He has been active in EAS since 1967 including organizing the annual meeting numerous times as well as serving as President (1986) and board chair for eight years (1991-1999). He currently resides in Oregon where he is a Master Beekeeper program advisor, serves as the vice-president of the Oregon State Beekeepers and continues to volunteer as Extension Bee Specialist for Oregon State University.

Oct 18

New Jersey Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting

Saturday 8:30 AM
New Jersey Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting Agenda

Saturday-October 18, 2014

Rutgers Eco-Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ

Keith Delaplane Talks:
AM: The Superorganism and Why it
PM: Bee Breeding: Fact or Fiction?

Cost will be $24.00 per person for adults and children 7-12 years $10.00 per child, if paid by Oct. 11, 2014. At the door on Oct. 18, 2014 the cost will be $30.00 per person for adults and children 7-12 years old $12.00. All non-members $35.00

8:30 ? 9:30 Registration & coffee/donuts & beekeeper networking
9:30-10:30 NJB Business meeting/Bee Inspector report to members
10:45 ? 11:45 Talk 1
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:15 ? 2:15 Talk 2
2:30 ? 3:00 Beekeepers? roundtable with Keith Delaplane

Please contact Curtis Crowell at 609-651-4585. Send check payable to NJBA to Curtis Crowell, 152 Broad Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or through PayPal on NJBA website no later than Oct. 11, 2014 so he can make sure that there is enough food for all.

Oct 18

2014 IQI Fall Meeting

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The 5th annual fall meeting of the Illinois Queen Initiative will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Evergreen FS facility at 402 Hershey Road in Bloomington, IL.

This year?s speaker is Adam Finkelstein, owner of VP Queens in Frederick, Maryland who will be talking about honey bee breeding and queen rearing. Also scheduled to attend is Adam?s wife, Kelly Rausch, owner, who has been using artificial insemination techniques to make VP?s crosses since 1999.
Cost is $30 for paid members; $45 for non-members.

Make check payable to the IQI and send reservations to treasurer Carolyn Gerberding, 1 Vernon Dr., Rochester, IL. 62563 Direct questions to her at or 217-498-8307.

Oct 19

The Long Island Beekeepers Club

The Long Island Beekeepers Club is proud to host the 2014 Greater NY Honey Bee Conference on October 19th, 2014 at St. Johns University D?Angelo Center, Queens New York. There will be six seminars delivered by Dr. Dewey Caron, Marianne Frazier, and Dr. Keith S. Delaplane. For registration and further information go to

Oct 24

149th Annual Fall Meeting - Michigan

Friday 10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
The Michigan Beekeepers? Association (MBA) will hold their 149th Annual Fall Meeting on October 24 and 25 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint Township, MI 48507. In addition to break out classroom sessions on a number of topics of interest to all beekeepers, they will be hosting guest speaker and commercial pollinator David Hackenberg of Hackenberg Apiaries. David has served as the president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, the American Beekeeping Federation, and as member of the National Honey Board. Currently, David is the chairman of the Honey Bee Health Advisory Board.

David Hackenberg witnessed the first case of what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in November of 2006 and reported it to the public in February 2007. David has been featured in two documentaries, Vanishing of the Bees, and Colony: The Endangered World of Bees, in addition to being featured in a recent promotional for the Weather Channel.

On Saturday afternoon, an election will be held for the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer and even numbered District Representatives.

The public is welcomed. More information and registration details can be found on the MBA website at along with absentee ballots. Or call MBA Treasurer, Steve Tilmann at (517) 543-5525. Hotel and room information can be found at

Oct 27

Beginning Beekeeping with Peter Borst - New York

Monday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Beginning Beekeeping with Peter Borst, frequent contributor to the American Beekeeping Journal and former NYS Apiary Inspector

249 Highland Ave. Rochester NY 14620,
Monroe County Cooperative Extension

An overview of beekeeping in NY and how to get started. A good program for people interested about beekeeping, and for those who would like to hear Mr. Borst talk about bees.

Fee: 15.00
Contact: Pat,

Oct 28

Back Yard Beekeepers Association - Connecticut

Each month we have timely weekend hands-on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more. Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Meetings are at 7:30 PM in the Norfield Congregational Church in the Community Room on Norfield Road in Weston, Connecticut. At 6:30 PM there is a NewBees meeting for beginning beekeepers and WannaBees youth group meeting.

BYBA 2014 Speaker Schedule:
October 28, Chris Harp & Grai Rice St. Claire Honey Bee Lives
November 18, Dan Carr on Beekeeping in Uganda