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2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

Mark your calendars and save the date for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, January 10-14, at the San Luis Resort & Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, Texas. This is a joint conference of the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council.

This is a great opportunity to share information with more than 1200 beekeepers. The call for presentations is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you.

Please complete the Call for Presentations submission form and return to Tara Zeravsky at tzeravsky@meetingexpectations.com no later than July 20, 2016. The conference committee will review all submissions to put together the most informative conference agenda. You will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

Download 2017 Call for Presentations Submission Form

 


Join Today! 2016 Complimentary ABF Membership for New Members

 

We want you to see all the ABF has to offer YOU as a beekeeper!

The ABF Board and Membership/Marketing Committee would like for you to understand what all the buzz is about. All first time members in 2016 can receive a complimentary membership! We want you to see all the ABF has to offer you as beekeeper! This is at no cost to you until December 31, 2016.
 
ABF is here to serve you and your needs as a beekeeper through:
• Live and on-demand educational webinars
• Online beginning beekeeping courses
• Nationwide conferences
• Legislative actions and beyond
 
Our 2016 Complimentary Membership is free to anyone who has never been a member of ABF. You will receive electronic access to our educational webinars, discounted conference pricing, the monthly ABF E-Buzz, and much more! All memberships will expire December 31, 2016. We are excited to have you join the largest national beekeeping organization in America! Click here to join today! 

New Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinars and Archived Sessions Available

 

More Than Beeswax!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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 / 2:00 p.m. HST

Niki Backes, Owner, Red Headed Honey

Learn more and register! 

 

The ABF webinars are recorded and available for members to view online, usually within 24 hours after the live presentation. Just visit the ABF website page, Conversation With A Beekeeper Series, and scroll down to see the Archived Sessions.

 


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 confirmation 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 Website for ABF member-only access. You will need to log into your account to access the sessions.  If you don't remember your username or password, please contact Susan Reu at susanreu@abfnet.org

Industry News & Notes 

National Honey Board Launches New Online Catalog 

The National Honey Board (NHB) announced that it has launched an online catalog for members of the honey industry. In a continued effort to provide materials to help promote honey, the NHB has made available to all industry members various materials that can be utilized to educate the general public about the story and benefits of honey. These materials are made available at little to no cost and can be displayed in storefronts, as well as at farmer’s markets and other community events.

The new online tool, found at www.nhbcatalog.com, brings the NHB into the modern digital age by simplifying the ordering process for industry members. This new catalog offers honey industry members a visual representation of materials available with clear product descriptions and photos. Some of the items available include educational brochures, promotional items and even a newly redesigned freebie.


 

During National Pollinator Week, USDA Announces Key Measures to Improve Pollinator Health 

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program Currently Provides 15 Million Acres of Healthy Forage for Pollinators, and New Partnership Will Ensure Additional High-Quality Habitat in the Future

 

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 – Today, during National Pollinator Week and in advance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival, the USDA is announcing two initiatives in support of the President’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators, announced just over one year ago. A review of USDA’s most popular conservation program found that farmers and ranchers across the country are creating at least 15 million acres of healthy forage and habitat for pollinators, and the department has also entered into a new partnership with leading honey bee organizations that will help to ensure future conservation projects continue to provide benefits to these important species.

“Pollinators are small but mighty creatures who need our help as much as we need theirs, and that is why USDA is dedicating resources from all corners of our department to boost their habitat and better understand how to protect them,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “In addition to creating healthy habitat and food for pollinators through our conservation work, USDA research is leading to breakthroughs in pollinator survival that may reverse the declines we’ve seen over the past few decades. We look forward to continued collaboration with America’s beekeepers and honey producers to ensure this work is meaningful and effective.” Read More.

 


 

USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA's and Partners' Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources 

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 – 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country.

 

 

"Urban agriculture helps strengthen the health and social fabric of communities while creating economic opportunities for farmers and neighborhoods," Vilsack said. "USDA's Urban Agriculture Toolkit compiles guidance from our Know Your Farmer team and many private partners into one comprehensive resource to help small-scale producers manage all aspects of their business. From protecting soil health to marketing to schools and grocery store chains, USDA has tools to meet the needs of this new breed of innovative urban farmer and small business owner." Read More.

 


USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring 

The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, located in the Northern Great Plains state of North Dakota highlights their current and ongoing research on land use and pollinator health. Learn More. 

 


Pollinators and Pollinator Habitat Seminar Series

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Pheasants Forever, Inc., are presenting a new series of seminars on pollinators that will be of interest to master gardeners, beekeepers, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning more about pollinators, monarch butterflies and their critical habitat needs. Seminars July 29. More information.



Call for Papers/Presentations

ABF is pleased to announce that the call for papers/presentations is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you. Please complete the call for papers submission form and return to Tara Zeravsky no later than July 8th. The conference committee will review all submissions to put together the most informative conference agenda available. You will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

 



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