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2015 Call for Research Papers

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Research Committee has developed a program to support small research projects conducted by beekeepers and members of the beekeeping industry. Resources from the ABF’s “Friends of the Bee” fund have been earmarked for this purpose. The amount for the small research project(s) will not exceed $1500. The submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2015 through April 13, 2015. The winner(s) will be contact by May 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Regina K. Robuck at reginarobuck@abfnet.org or 404.760.2887. 

Scope of Research: Proposals for funding should focus on issues of concern to the beekeeping industry as a whole and to members of the ABF. Projects need to result in a product, solution or method that directly benefits the apiculture industry. For more information, please go to the Call for Research Papers


New Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinars and Archived Sessions Available

Conserving Honey Bees by Sharing the Love with the Littlest Community Members
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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 / 3:00 p.m. HST
Sarah Red-Laird, founder and executive director of the Bee Girl Organization

SESSION DETAILS:
Sparking an interest for our honey bees in the “next generation” is imperative in the survival of our industry. Sarah Red-Laird, the Bee Girl and ABF’s Kids and Bees director, has developed an open source strategy for engaging preschool through college-aged youth. Join this entertaining webinar to hear about her adventures in the US and beyond, garner some tips for your own kids’ program, or maybe get inspired to launch your own program to conserve our favorite charismatic minifauna.

 

About the presenter: 

Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on a little farm at the end of a country road. There resided two hives of honey bees near her aunt's cabin. She was fascinated with the colonies, the beekeeper, and the honeycomb they produced. After high school, she traveled throughout the West. Her adventurous spirit landed her jobs on fishing boats, helicopters, sea kayaks, ski mountains, fire engines, and even a gold rush era saloon. She finally brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis, and her relationship with the bees picked up right where it left off. Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board Member, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, and the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.


  
Making Splits in Spring
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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 / 3:00 p.m. HST
Tim Tucker, ABF President and owner of Tuckerbees Honey
SESSION DETAILS:

President Tim Tucker will be providing an webinar on "Making Splits in Spring".  This will provide great insight into why he uses a 6 frame nuc box and detail the advantages of this box for making splits into and actually demonstrate the March splitting process he uses in his business to provide hundreds of splits for sale to other beekeepers as well as many for his own operation.

 

About the presenter: 

Tim Tucker, ABF President, Editor and Contributor of the ABF E-Buzz and owner and operator of Tuckerbees Honey in Kansas. He has been a member of ABF for over 11 years. 


  
The Coweta Beekeeping Method, Sustainable Beekeeping in the South
Thursday, May 15, 2015
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 / 3:00 p.m. HST
Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
SESSION DETAILS:

Learn about a sustainable beekeeping method developed by combining and adapting methods used by successful beekeepers in various parts of the USA. This method is adapted for the middle south but we will discuss how to adapt it to your seasons and weather.

About the presenter: 

Steven Page started beekeeping in 2007 with two hives and now manages Barrington Farms Apiary, LLC and about 40 hives in or near Coweta County.  Each spring the honeybees produce over two thousand pounds of local, raw and unfiltered honey.

His accomplishments are numerous and reflect his love for beekeeping. Not only is he the president of the Coweta Beekeepers Association, but he also belongs to the Georgia Beekeepers Association.  Steven is a Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Totally committed to educating the public about bees, he is one of the instructors for the associations' annual Introduction to Beekeeping course.  He mentors novice beekeepers; volunteers at local public schools and other venues where he presents beekeeping programs.  Steven’s accomplishments resulted in the Coweta Beekeepers Association honoring him with “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2011.

He has participated in local, state and national honey competitions.  Awards include best tasting honey in Coweta County. 


Manage Webinar for "Nectar Management, Reduce Swarming and Increase Honey Production"
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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 / 3:00 p.m. HST
Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
SESSION DETAILS: 

Nectar management is an effective way of reducing swarming and doubling honey production. Understanding the goals and objectives of a honey bee colony prior to swarm season enables a beekeeper to prevent swarming. Nectar management was developed by Walt Wright in Tennessee and it is part of the Coweta Beekeeping Method.


About the presenter: 

Steven Page started beekeeping in 2007 with two hives and now manages Barrington Farms Apiary, LLC and about 40 hives in or near Coweta County.  Each spring the honeybees produce over two thousand pounds of local, raw and unfiltered honey.

His accomplishments are numerous and reflect his love for beekeeping. Not only is he the president of the Coweta Beekeepers Association, but he also belongs to the Georgia Beekeepers Association.  Steven is a Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. 

Totally committed to educating the public about bees, he is one of the instructors for the associations' annual Introduction to Beekeeping course.  He mentors novice beekeepers; volunteers at local public schools and other venues where he presents beekeeping programs.  Steven’s accomplishments resulted in the Coweta Beekeepers Association honoring him with “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2011.

He has participated in local, state and national honey competitions.  Awards include best tasting honey in Coweta County. 

 

 

 


IMPORTANT SESSION FORMAT / REGISTRATION INFORMATION
 
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.
 
Reserve your spot today by going to our Education & Events Page/Conversation with A Beekeeper Webinar Series. You must log into your ABF membership account to register. Registration will close 24 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session 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 Web site for ABF member-only access.
 
Have you missed out on any or all of the great webinars we have hosted over the past year?  Good news!  All of the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinars are archived on the ABF website and you can easily access them at your convenience.
 
You will need to log into your account to access the sessions.  If you don't remember your username or password, please contact Valerie Lake at valerielake@abfnet.org
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 Have you missed out on any or all of the great webinars we have hosted over the past year?  Good news!  All of the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinars are archived on the ABF website and you can easily access them at your convenience.  You can catch up on the following sessions: 

  • Dr. Marion Ellis – Diseases of Honey Bee Part Two
  • Dr. Roger Hoopingarner – Beekeeping 101 Series
  • Blake Shook – Beginning Beekeeper Six part Series
  • Environmental Protection Agency Series

Most sessions are uploaded to the website within the next day or two after the live presentation, so the page is updated at least one a month with new sessions.  Click here to access the sessions.  Scroll down to the "Archived Sessions" section and choose the session you would like to listen to.  


 

USDA News & Notes

Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
"These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I prioritized the implementation of these disaster assistance programs now that the Farm Bill has restored and strengthened them." The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. 
Read More

United States Honey Production Up 19 Percent

Honey production in 2014 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds, up 19 percent from 2013. There were 2.74 million colonies producing honey in 2014, up 4 percent from 2013. Yield per colony averaged 65.1 pounds, up 15 percent from the 56.6 pounds in 2013. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. Producer honey stocks were 41.2 million pounds on December 15, 2014, up 8 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program. Read More

 








 

 



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