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June 2014

Jun 6

NY Bee Wellness

Friday 06/6/2014 - 06/7/2014
NY Bee Wellness,

An intensive 2 day, skills oriented, hands-on workshop, a Train the Trainer program to teach beekeepers techniques in diagnosing, treating, and preventing honey bee diseases using a very small student/teacher ratio. Primarily targeting New York beekeepers with less than 10 years experience and women beekeepers, participants from other states are welcome as space permits. Teams from clubs or groups are preferred as they will be expected to teach at the club level.

Instructors: Diana Sammataro, Larry Connor, the Ontario Tech Transfer Team.

2 locations:
June 6 & 7, 9a-4p each day, Wappingers Falls NY (Eastern NY)
August 9 & 10, 9a-4p each day, Leroy NY (Western NY)

*Participants who attend the intensive workshop, should have at least 2 years of beekeeping experience (including Winter), some teaching experience, whether it be as a primary instructor or as an assistant, recommendation from a beekeeper?s group or a CSA or other agriculture group that you intend to teach, describe why they wished to join the program, and complete online reading assignments in preparation for the workshop.
Diseases covered are American & European Foulbrood, Nosema, Mites, Chalk Brood, Viruses, CCD, and other bee

Topics include:

? record keeping & use of surveys
? Specimen collection for in field testing
? How to prepare specimens for lab
? Microscope use
? accessing resources online
? preparing an outline for teaching a group
? mentoring
Fees: $200.00 for the first participant from a group
$100.00 for each additional participant from the same group
Note: organizations may opt to cover costs of the workshop as an investment for their group

Contact: Pat Bono, 585-820-6619

Jun 7

Texas Beekeepers Association -Summer Clinic

Summer Clinic 7th June 2014 - Janice and John G Thomas Honey Bee Facility, Texas A&M Riverside Campus, 3100 State Highway 47, Bryan, TX 77807
Hosted by Dr. Juliana Rangel, Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association and Montgomery County Beekeepers Association

Now added - Honey Tasting.
Bring samples of your honey and taste those of other beekeepers.

Cost: $25 Adults, $10 Children (includes catered lunch)

Bring a chair to sit on and bottled water for comfort

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Juliana Rangel and staff, Current Research
Professor Vaughn Bryant, Pollen
Mark Dykes, TAIS Update
Becky Bender, Beescapes and Flowers
Lance Wilson, Varroa
Dean Cook, Top Bar Hives
ET Ash, Honey Extraction
Bill Baxter, hands on with bees (bring your bee suit and veil to participate)
Hayden Wolf, Do's and Don'ts of teaching the public about honey bees And Tours of the Honey Bee Lab

Please RSVP to Jimmie Oakley at by May 31st., 2014 to allow for food ordering, preparation and set-up.

Our mailing address is:
Texas Beekeepers Association
425 Sapphire Lane, Jarrell, TX, United States
Jarrell, TX 76537

Jun 7

Illinois State Beekeepers Assoc Annual Summer Meeting

Illinois State Beekeepers Association Annual Summer Meeting - June 7, 2014

Would you want to?
*Learn How to create your own queens without grafting?
*Learn How minimize the possibility of swarms?
*Learn How to achieve miticide free bee keeping?
*Learn How to "read" your hives?
*?Learn How to make colony starts/splits?
*Get information on Evolving Trends and Success For the Future in Beekeeping?
*Learn Conflict Management from your Bees?
?Learn about Forage plants for bees?
?Get more Information on Honey Bee Diseases, poisons, parasites and pathogens?

If so, you will want to attend the ISBA Annual Summer Meeting on June 7, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois and is being hosted by the:

Illinois Valley Beekeepers Association
Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association
Illinois State Beekeepers Association

Mel Disselkoen (author and developer of the On The Spot Queen Rearing Method and Miticide Free Method of Beekeeping), Kathleen Prough (State of Indiana Chief Apiary Inspector) and Nick Naeger (U of I Honey Bee Research Lab and Entomology Graduate Student) will be conducting presentations to share the above information and more!

There will be a vendor display area as in the past and the participating vendors have agreed to bring orders to the meeting site to save attendees the delivery charges. The vendors which have confirmed their attendance are:
*Leedle Houme Apiary & Bee Supply (Mann Lake Dealer)
*WicWas Publications
*Farm & Fleet

There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a Dadant Honey Extractor.

For more information go to the Summary of Events Page tab at for the agenda and registration forms. You will need to mail your registration form and fee in time for it to be received by June 2, 2014. Lunch is included.

Jun 7

NY Bee Wellness - Wappinger Falls, NY

Saturday 06/7/2014 - 06/8/2014
June 7-8 2014, NY Bee Wellness 2 day workshop; Wappinger Falls NY, Stony Kills Farm; intensive 2 day, skills oriented, hands on workshop,this is part of a 3 year Train the Trainer program to teach beekeepers techniques in diagnosing, treating, and preventing honey bee diseases. Primarily targeting New York beekeepers with less than 10 years experience and women beekeepers, participants from other states are welcome as space permits. Details to be announced.
Funded by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Development Program, and by matching funds from the Empire State Honey Producers Association. ;Contact Pat Bono,

Jun 7


June 7, 2014: (at Lockwood Farms
Hamden, CT)
Speaker: Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries - Background - Won his first 7 hives in a poker game.?
Morning session: ?Swarming the state: Anarchy Apiaries.?
Afternoon session: ?Alternative hives for alternative minds.?

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?

Jun 17

Bee City USA - Asheville, North Carolina

Tuesday 06/17/2014 - 06/18/2014
When Asheville, North Carolina, became the first Bee City USA designee in June 2012, the City Council committed to participate in an annual celebration, ideally during National Pollinator Week. This year, Dr. Jeff Pettis, lead scientist of the USDA Bee Lab at Beltsville MD, has agreed to be the featured speaker and highlight of Pollination Celebration! 2014 in Asheville.

Tuesday, June 17
?Challenges for Today?s Beekeepers? with Dr. Jeff Pettis. Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC
Reception: 6:30; Program: 7:00

Wednesday, June 18
?Give Bees a Chance: The Pollination Puzzle? with Dr. Jeff Pettis
A special event geared for a wide general public audience, and designed to provoke questions, conversation, possible answers.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville (corner of Edwin and Charlotte)
Silent Auction, Exhibit, Reception at 6:00; Program at 7:00
$10 Suggested Donation

For information about these events, or to learn how to become a Bee City USA, contact:

Jun 21

Indiana State Beekeepers meeting

Dr. Greg Hunt of Purdue University is hosting and the ISBA is sponsoring a "Hands-on Beekeeping" day at the Purdue bee yards. The date is Saturday, June 21. Registration starts at 8am. But you can skip the line by preregistering at The cost is $20 for an individual, $30 per family and it includes lunch. What a great deal!

While most of the day will be hands-on workshops, Dr. David Tarpy of NC State is the keynote speaker. He'll also be leading field seminars.

There will be separate tracks for beginners, intermediate and advanced beekeepers. Bring your suits, veils or gloves. Meet with dozens of other beekeepers from around the state. This is a premier event to further the cause of the honey bee we love. Please pass this information on to your club members. Please contact me if you have any questions. email below or Phone : (765) 482-2924

Jun 22

NY - Long Island Beekeepers Club

Sunday ? June 22, 2014

The Long Island Beekeepers Club will host Gary Reuter, Apiculturist at the University of Minnesota who will lead a discussion on honey bee management and disease.
2pm to 4pm at the Frank Brush Barn located at 211 E. Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown, New York. For further information contact us at or 631-265-8249

Jun 24

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:
June 24, Dinner Meeting
September 30, Christina Grozinger honey bee health & bee pheromone communication
October 28, Chris Harp & Grai Rice St. Claire Honey Bee Lives
November 18, Dan Carr on Beekeeping in Uganda

Jun 28

Western NY Honey Producers Inc. - program


Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 9:00 A.M. ? 12:00 noon
Place: Christ the King Seminary Auditorium, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, New York 14052

Speaker: Deborah Delaney

Topics: Genetics of Unmanaged and Managed Bees: This talk highlights the unique importation history of the honey bee into North America and then describes ongoing research that is helping us to understand the genetics of the bees we have here in the states.

Honey Bee Nutrition: This talk discusses the nutritional requirements of honey bees and goes a step further in describing the challenges we as beekeepers face in making sure that our bees not only have access to forage but access to nutritious forage.

Fee: $10.00

Deborah Delaney Bio:

Deborah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State University, where she was introduced to the science of apiculture. She worked for the Forest Service and the State of Oregon for two years as an insect identification expert and maintained 100 colonies in her home apiary called ?What?s the Buzz,? which provided her with experience in honey marketing and value added products. She has years of hands-on experience in raising honey bee queens and breeding for specific traits, and has been involved in numerous breeding line studies. In 2003 she obtained her Master?s degree from Oregon State University in Environmental Science. Her project focused on the effects of Coumaphos, an organophosphate pesticide, on drone honey bee sperm production and viability. In 2008 she finished her doctorate in Entomology at Washington State University looking at the genetic diversity of commercial honey bee populations in the United States. Following her doctorate, she moved to North Carolina and spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. David Tarpy?s lab at North Carolina State University. During her time in North Carolina, she started the ?Feral Bee Project.? This project involves the sampling of feral honey bees from all over the nation in attempts to understand honey bee population level decline and identify survivor stock based on molecular profiles. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor of Apiculture at the University of Delaware in Newark, where she mentors four graduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity, while at the same time, a mother to three beautiful children.