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November 2013

Nov 1

South Africa Safari - Bees & Flowers Tour 2013

Wednesday 10/27/2013 - 11/9/2013
This tour will be in South Africa's springtime. Citrus, numerous flowers, and jacaranda trees will be in full bloom. The honey will be flowing!

Cultural tours have been planned to visit Bee yards and operations to experience South Africa, her Bees and her wildlife, in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Meet beekeepers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

South Africa is home to two sub-species of honey bees. Apis mellifera, ( A.m.) Scutellata, the African bee, also known as the killer bee, and the world renowned.

A.m. capensis. The unique quality for which capensis is known is the ability of their unfertilized laying workers to lay fertilized eggs without having been mated, and thus produce a queen bee.

Preview this tour at keyword : travel by nicki (or click on the link below)

December 2013

Dec 1

93rd Annual Florida State Beekeepers Association Convention

Sunday 10/31/2013 - 11/2/2013
Washington County Agricultural Center
1424 Jackson Ave (U.S. Hwy 90)
Chipley, FL 32428

This year's convention will feature three individual events. Beginning of Thursday, October 31st, the University of Florida will be sponsoring the Master Beekeeper Program. Information and registration forms can be found here: Master Beekeeper Program. Please note that registration for MBP is independent of the FSBA Convention registration. Following the conclusion of the MBP, the traditional welcome dinner and social will be held Thursday evening at 6:00PM. On Friday, November 1st will be the 93rd Annual FSBA Convention. Although the agenda has not been finalized, the day will include four speakers, four educational sessions, a honey show, the annual business meeting and will cumulate with a banquet and live auction on Friday night. Registration form located here: 2013 FSBA Convention Registration. Then on Saturday, November 2nd, the 3rd Annual UF/IFAS Beekeepers Field Day & Trade Show will be held. This additional event will significantly expand the educational opportunities available to our participants. Click here to view the full schedule of events for Saturday. Registration for Saturday has been incorporated into the 2013 FSBA Convention registration form.

Event Chairman/Speaker Coordinator: Elmore Herman / 850-762-2255 /

Registration Chairman: Annette Lanham / 850-535-4151 /

Direct Links Listed above:

Master Beekeeper Program -

FSBA Convention Information -

Beekeeping in the Panhandle -

Dec 1

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Convention

Sunday 10/31/2013 - 11/2/2013
WHPA Fall Convention
Details coming soon!

When - Fri Nov 1 ? Sun Nov 3, 2013
Where - Racine, WI

November 2013

Nov 1

Iowa Honey Producers Assoc. - 101th Annual Meeting

Friday 11/1/2013 - 11/2/2013
1th Annual Meeting will be held November 1-2 at the Best Western Regency Inn, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Speakers include Randy Oliver and Jackie Park-Burris.
To get more information please contact Eli Kalke (IHPA VP). Phone: 641-512-4728 Email:

Nov 2

Ohio State Beekeepers Association - Fall Meeting

November 2nd, 2013 - Plain City, Ohio
Tolles Career & Technical Center
7877 US Highway 42 South
Plain City, OH 43064

The Ohio State Beekeepers Association is holding its annual Fall Conference at Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio. Based on past attendance, and the central Ohio location, we anticipate attendance of over 200 beekeepers.
Tolles Career & Technical Center is our new, larger meeting location for our Fall Conference. This new location is easily accessible, and offers improved parking, larger classrooms, larger room for lunch and a huge hall for vendors. This facility will enhance the conference experience for participants and vendors and will provide a location where we can continue to grow.

We welcome you to participate as a Vendor at our Conference. Tables are only $15 and include a quarter page advertisement in the Program Guide that is distributed to all attendees in the Welcome Packets. Additional tables are only $5 each.
If you are unable to attend the event, we encourage you to provide, brochures, catalogs handouts, or any donations to Auction Tables. You can also purchase advertising space in the Program Guide.
OSBA will be heavily marketing the Fall Conference with ads in Bee Culture Magazine, local media as well as the OSBA website, Facebook and e-mail contact. In addition, invitations will be sent to all Ohio local beekeeping associations as well as the nearby associations in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. We expect this conference to be well attended. It will be an event that you will want to attend.

Keynote Speaker
Phil Craft will be our Keynote Speaker. Phil served as the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture?s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and the University of Kentucky (BS in civil engineering). He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. He will be speaking on 'Reducing Winter Colony Loss' and 'Varroa Mite Biology and Control'

Our guest speaker, Michael Bush, is the author of 'The Practical Beekeeper - Beekeeping Naturally. He will be speaking on 'Lazy Beekeeping' and 'Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees'

Preliminary Schedule
FRIDAY EVENING - November 1st
7:00PM - 9:00PM - Vendor setup
SATURDAY ? November 2nd 8:00-9:00AM
Registration - Hot beverage and donuts will be provided.
9:00-9:30AM Presidents' Welcome and Announcements
9:30-10:15AM Keynote Speaker - Phil Craft
10:15-10:30AM Break - Visit the Vendors
Session 1 11:30-12:30PM
12:30-1:30PM Session 2
1:30-1:45PM Break - Visit the Vendors
1:45-2:45PM Session 3
2:45-3:00PM Break - Visit the Vendors
3:00-3:15PM Ask the Experts
3:15-4:15PM Awards, Election Results, Business Meeting

Vendor Setup and Booth Information
A 10 foot wide booth by 8 foot deep, is $15 and includes a 1/4 page advertisement in the Program Guide. Additional 10 foot booths are $5 each. Each booth will include an 8' table and chairs unless the vendor does not require them. V

Nov 2

Kentucky State Beekeepers Association - Fall Meeting

Plan now to attend the Fall Membership Meeting to be held on November 02, 2013. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Nov 7

Texas Beekeepers Association - meeting

Thursday 11/7/2013 - 11/10/2013
Location:Southfork Hotel
1600 North Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074

(972) 578-8555 or (866) 665-2680

Online at use code TEXASBEEK
Room Rate $84 King or 2 Double
Call before Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Item Early Bird Regular
TBA Member $50 $65
Spouse (member) $15 $20
Spouse (non-member) $25 $30
Non-member $75 $90
Practical Backyard Beekeeping (see below)
$60 $65
Practical Backyard Beekeeping (couple)
$90 $95
Queen?s Luncheon $25 $30
TBA Annual Banquet $40 $45
TBA Annual Banquet (18 and under with adult)
$20 $25

Early-bird Registration: Postmarked by Saturday, November 2nd

Download the Convention Registration Form

Mail to 1799 Goodson Court, Round Rock, TX 78664-3706
Checks payable to Texas Beekeepers Association

Nov 8

PA State Beekeepers Association

Friday 11/8/2013 - 11/9/2013
To be held at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, PA.

Plans are well underway for our annual meeting at the Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg. The program begins on Friday at 1:00 p.m., with our banquet Friday evening. On Saturday, the latest news and breakout sessions will be held along with our PSBA business meeting and election of officers. An Executive Meeting will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Inn. County representatives are urged to attend.

There will be a $20.00 registration fee (includes both days) to help cover the program expenses. The registration fee for one day is $15.00. The main speakers and their topics will be listed in next month's newsletter (and posted here as that information becomes available).

The Annual Banquet will be held in the dining room of the Country Cupboard Friday evening, Nov. 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The cost of the Banquet (which includes a buffet dinner) will be announced in September's newsletter (and also posted here). Prices include tax and tip. Please make your reservations with Yvonne Crimbring, (570) 673-8201, before Nov. 5th.

Door prizes are being given out during the banquet and we are looking for donations. Anyone wishing to donate door prizes, please send them to Dave Hackenberg at 1466 Crossroads Dr., Lewisburg, PA 17837 or bring them with you to the meeting.

The Country Cupboard Inn is located on Rt. 15, 3 miles north of Lewisburg. When coming in from the East or West - take I-80 to Rt. 15S exit and travel south approximately 10 miles. View on Map
PSBA Apiary Products Show

Don?t forget about our Apiary Products Show* where your best honey and beeswax can win a ribbon. This is a friendly show that is great for new-bees and show veterans alike. Look for the show rules and class descriptions in next month?s newsletter (and posted here as available). We will take entries Friday afternoon, Nov. 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. No late entries will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Friday. Winners will be announced and presented with ribbons on Saturday afternoon. *There will be no Baked Goods Contest this year.
Need a Place to Stay?

If you are interested in staying overnight, rooms are available at the Country Cupboard Best Western, 524-5500. Be sure to mention you are with PSBA. Make your reservations early!! They will be holding a block of rooms for PSBA until October 13th at the cost of $110.00 plus tax (per room). Other places to stay include: Country Inn Suites, 570-524-6600; Hampton Inn-Lewisburg, 570-522-8500; Days Inn University, Rt. 15, Lewisburg, 523-1171; Econo-Lodge, Rt. 15 South, Lewisburg, 523-1106; Comfort Inn, New Columbia, (5 mi. N. of Lewisburg, I-80 & Rt. 15) 568-8000; and Holiday Inn Express, New Columbia, (5 mi. N. of Lewisburg, I80 & Rt. 15) 568-1100. For Bed and Breakfast accommodations: Brookpark Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn, 523-0220 and Pineapple Inn, Market St., Lewisburg, 524-6200. All above phone numbers are in the 570 area code.

Nov 9

CSBA Winter Meeting - Colorado

On Nov. 9, 2013, the Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) will hold its Winter Meeting at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds just off of I-25 and Exit 181.

Featured speaker will be Dave Mendes, former president of the American Beekeeping Federation. Dave will be joined by a full lineup of presenters.

For additional information, please go to the CSBA website:

Nov 9

Illinois State Beekeepers Association 122nd Annual Fall Meeting

Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Illinois State Beekeepers Association will be holding their 122nd Annual Fall Meeting on Nov. 9, 2013. The meeting location will be the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building located on the State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois 62794. Registration is $35.00 per person for ISBA members and $45.00 per person for individuals who are not members of ISBA. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will commence at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Medhat Nasr, provincial apiculturist, Crop Research and Extension Division, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For over 35 years he has been working on honey bee genetics, breeding, bee pest surveilliance, and integrated pest management of tracheal and varroa mites.

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus, Michigan State University, will also speak at the meeting. Dr. Hoopingarrier has done research on the genetics and environmental effects in rearing queen bees. He has also worked on some of the many problems facing the beekeeping industry including European foulbrood disease, pollination topics and varroa population dynamics and its control.
Richard E. L. Rogers, entomologist and apiologist for Bayer CropScience, will also give a presentation at the Fall Meeting. Richard has been a professional entomologist for more than 35 years and is an authority on pollination and apiculture. He has been coordinator for the international Apis Health Assessment committee, and currently plans and coordinates bee studies and honey bee health investigations and research.

Catered lunch ($10.00 per person) is available to individuals who register by Nov. 1, 2013. The registration form is available on the Illinois State Beekeepers Association website, Please join us for this interesting and informative meeting.

Nov 9

Maryland State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting, Annual Elections and Honey S

Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Maryland State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting, Annual Elections and Honey Show November 9, 2013 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Information contact:
Liz Filter
Maryland State Beekeepers Association

Nov 15

Empire State Honey Producers Association - New York

Friday 11/15/2013 - 11/16/2013
The Empire State Honey Producers Association will hold the annual meeting November 15-16 2013, in Syracuse, NY:

Featured speakers:
Dr. Jerry J. Bromenshenk received his Ph.D. in insect ethology (behavior) from the University of Montana. He co-founded Bee Alert Technology in 2003 and is the statewide director of Montana's EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). His research focuses on insect behavior, ecotoxicology, population dynamics, and environmental chemistry

Dr. Beth Holloway is a Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA Baton Rouge Lab. She has a diverse genetics background ranging from understanding genetic components responsible for development of zebrafish embryos, an analog system for human development, to understanding gene expression and regulation in corn as a means for crop improvement through breeding. Her research at the Honey Bee Breeding Lab focuses on developing molecular markers useful for marker assisted selection, identifying genes responsible for important colony traits, and elucidating how regulation of those genes contributes to overall colony health.

Peter Borst. Mr. Peter Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job working as beekeeper?s helper in Wolcott NY, in 1974. Since 2006, Peter has been a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, writing on topics as diverse as beekeeping technique, the value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding.

Kristine Jacobsen is a member of the American Apitherapy Society and the Michigan Beekeepers Association. She has been practicing apitherapy since 2005 and is happy to give presentations on apitherapy to clubs and organizations when invited to do so. Best of all, she gets to experience the joy on people?s faces from their healings and good health, where before there was pain and suffering. There is nothing small about a honey bee.

Nov 16

Beekeeping for the Future

This day-long workshop on November 16 at the Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY, will address all the questions aspiring beekeepers need to ask. Beekeepers with one or two years? experience will also find it a useful opportunity to take stock of their experiences to date, ask questions, and share insights. Presenters: Megan Durney and Bill Day. Information: or call 845-352-5020 x20.

Nov 16

Quad County Beekeepers Assoc - Pre Beekeeping Class

QCBA provides beekeeping classes for beekeepers of all skill levels and a place to network with other beekeeper. We are also holding a Pre Beekeeping Class 16 November 2013 for individuals who are curious about beekeeping, but not sure what is needed to get started. The class will cover beekeeping terms and what equipment is necessary to start beekeeping. QCBA hopes that individuals who have never been around bees will learn the very basics and be better prepared to take a regular Beginning Beekeeping Class.

Nov 18

CA State Beekeepers Association Annual Convention

Monday 11/18/2013 - 11/22/2013
November 18th - 22nd
Harrah's, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Registration form:

Deadline is November 6, 2013.

For more information go to:

Nov 19

Connecticut: Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Connecticut: Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Back Yard Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our 2013 Speaker Schedule:

November 19, Jim Bobb on bee friendly plants & how bees & plants go together

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more.
All events are free and open to the public.
Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Nov 23

Long Island Honey Bee Conference

To be held at St John's University, D'Angelo Center, Queens, NY

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guest speakers: Dr. Jeff Pettis, Michael Palmer and Jim Haskell.

Nov 23

Hawai'I Honey Festival

On Saturday, November 23, the Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) will proudly present the first-ever, statewide, Hawai'I Honey Festival, which will include the Fourth Annual Hawai'I Natural Honey Challenge. The premier event will be held at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens, at 421 Makalika Street in Hilo, from 11 am til 5 pm.
The Big Island Beekeepers Association also is privileged to host Ms. Caroline Adams, this year?s American Honey Queen, in a first-ever visit to our islands to help educate the public about the plight of the honeybee and the value of honey. Caroline will visit schools, meet with civic officials, meet the community in specially-organized events, and help promote the Hawai'I Honey Festival.

The Honey Festival will feature the Fourth Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Festival, where beekeepers will offer their naturally produced, chemically free honeys in friendly competition against one another. Awards will be made to participating apiaries for best liquid, comb and solid honeys in many different categories, including regional and type of flower from which nectar is gathered. This competition will be professionally judged based on blind tasting, and awards will be made during the Festival. The very popular "Peoples' Choice Honey Tasting and Awards" will also be offered again this year.

Nani Mau Gardens, which is under new ownership, showcases 22 acres of gorgeous tropical flowers and plants - the perfect place to celebrate the critical role that the honey bee plays in the lives of Hawai'I residents and the agricultural community. The Festival will also include a host of entertainment, including Hawaiian and pop music and hula, honey and other food and craft vendors, delicious prepared meals and snacks, and many interesting activities for both adults and children.

The Gardens? wide, paved and covered walkways and structures will feature educational exhibits and demonstrations of the importance of the honey bee, how bees pollinate our crops and make honey, how bees are kept by professional and hobbyist beekeepers throughout the state of Hawai'I, and the new challenges that honey bees encounter in the face of introduced pests and parasites that have recently invaded our islands.

The First Annual Hawai'I Honey Festival is made possible by a generous grant from the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Nov 23

Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly

Co-sponsored by the:
Connecticut Beekeepers Association
Wicwas Press

Saturday November 23, 2013
Saint Matthias Parish
317 Chesterfield Road
East Lyme, Connecticut 06333

To be announced

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About this year's program ...

This will be an all day event (8:30am - 5:00 pm), which will include current research and practical information in lecture and panel discussion form.

More information will follow soon.
Any questions, please contact
Larry Connor, 203-397-5091,
Ted Jones, 860-677-9391,