Tracheal and Varroa mites are notorious killers of bees in New England. American Foulbrood disease is on the increase as dead hives are being robbed. Beekeepers must take timely steps to control these pests to SAVE THE BEES! Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Paul Harlow Farm on Route 5 in North Westminster, VT, 1/2 mile north of the I-91 Exit 5 ramp. Look for the “BEE” sign on the west side. The topics of discussion will be taking off and extracting honey, wax processing, treatment of mites and foulbrood, and making propolis tincture. Bring a veil, if you have one, as we shall be opening some colonies. We’ll be in the barn if it is a rainy day. Registration required. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-756-9056.
Southern new england beekeepers
The Connecticut Beekeepers Assoc-iation, Wicwas Press and the Backyard Beekeepers Association are pleased to announce that the 2007 Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly (SNEBA) will be held on November 17th. This past November, this was a major event in the northeast, drawing over 150 attendees from more than 10 states. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Bee Health”, which has taken on more importance in light of the emeregence of CCD. The first confirmed speaker will be Dewey Caron. More information will be forthcoming as additional speakers are confirmed, and other arrangements are set. Check www.SNEBA.com for regular updates.
The Pennsylvania State Beekeeper’s Association summer picnic will be take place on Saturday, July 14,2007, at the Breakneck Campground Lodge at Cheeseman Farm, Portersville, Pa. 16051. Additional information is available on thew web at http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/
Empire State Honey Producers Association annual summer meeting will be at Dyce Labs at Cornell University starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday July 21, 2007. There is a $55.00 charge for each attendee. Chicken and water are provided. Each is asked to bring their own table service, chair, beverage and a dish to pass. The speaker will be talking about honey and labeling laws.
The Long Island Beekeepers Club will host Dr. Dewey Caron from the University of Delaware presenting an EAS 2007 preview on Sunday, July 15 at the Holtsville Ecology Center, Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY at 2:30 p.m. Please call 631.472.1760 for details.
Virginia Langstroth award
The L.L. Langstroth Achievement Award was presented at the Virginia State Beekeepers’ Association Spring Meeting to Allen Blanks of Long Island, VA. The Langstroth Award recognizes an individual’s efforts in the promotion and advancement of beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For nearly 60 years the Rev. Blanks has been active in honey production and pollination. He is a member of several beekeeping groups, including the Halifax Beekeepers Association, Piedmont Beekeepers Association, Virginia State Beekeepers Association, Eastern Apiculture Society, and American Beekeeper Federation, serving in leadership positions for many of these associations. His community involvement includes outreach to school children, service on the Plant Pollination Advisory Board, and apiary inspector for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Rev. Blanks has appeared in countless newspaper articles, TV news reports, festivals, and demonstrations to promote beekeeping. He has also served as a mentor to numerous beekeepers in the state. In honor of the Rev. Blanks’ contributions to beekeeping, a copy of The Hive and the Honey Bee was donated to the Halifax County-South Boston Regional Library.
West Virginia honey festival
Wonderful Crafts, Honey and Wax Show, Honey & Beeswax Products, Honey Bake Contest & Honey Princess Pageant, Auction of Baked Goods and “show” Honey & Beeswax, Honey Extraction & Live Beehive Demonstrations, Live Bee Beards by Steve Conlon & Family, Cooking Demos, Historical Presentations, Honey of a “Car” Show, American Honey Princess, Little Mr. & Ms. Honey Bee Pageant, Dwight Isenhower (Elvis Impersonator), The Gospel Group “Taj Rohr” + RUSH!, Josh Oldaker - Country Music.
Special Children Activities!
The North Carolina Beekeepers Association invites all beekeepers to the annual Summer Conference in Kinston, Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14.
The South Carolina Beekeepers Association will host its summer meeting at Clemson University, Clemson, SC on July 19-21, 2007. The meeting will be held in the Poole Agricultural Center Auditorium.
Heartland Apicultural Society
HAS 2007 – Heartland Apicultural Society’s sixth annual conference will be held July 12, 13, 14 at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY. The program includes a choice of over 65 workshop/presentations, nationally known presenters and vendors’ bee equipment show. Information: www.Heartlandbees.com or Robin Mountain, 1-888-932-3268 (8-5 p.m.), email@example.com
Lake Shore Beekeepers will hold a Summer Nuc and Honey Extracting clinic at the James Baerwald Family Apiary, 8383 Meadowbrook Road, Eau Claire, Michigan, Sunday, July 8, 2007, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. EDT. For further information contact Jim Baerwald at 269-921-1325 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dave Laney at 574-276-5278 or email@example.com.
At our summer meeting Minnesota beekeepers will be celebrating 100 years of the Minnesota Honey Producers Association. The meeting will be held July 18-21, 2007 in Walker, MN. Features keynote presentations, general and break out sessions. Exciting children’s program planned too! Hotel rooms can be reserved at the meeting location, Northern Lights Casino & Events Center, 866-652-4683. Rooms also available at the Americinn, Walker, MN 800-634-3444, or Country Inn & Suites, Walker, MN 800-456-4000. For more information call Fred Holte, president 763-689-1065 or treasurer Conrad Legatt 320-252-9963.
Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own! The cost for the 2 ½ day course is $150.00 which includes an 80-page manual, lunch, and refreshments. Those attending the course may purchase a professional video demonstrating the queen rearing techniques at a discount price of $30.
University of Minnesota
Montana State Beekeepers will hold their convention and annual meeting on Oct. 18 and 19, 2007. The convention will be held at the Holiday Inn in Cody, WY. Our main speaker will be Jeff Pettis from the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland. All beekeepers are invited to attend. For more information contact Andy or Jodie Drange at (406) 628-8839 or HnyBnyMT@aol.com
Western Apicultural Society Conference
August 19-23, 2007: Western Apicultural Society Annual Conference, Windmill Inn Conference Center, Tucson, Arizona. $100 full 4-day conference package (includes Bee Buzz snacks & Banquet). Optional tour packages additional. $69 per night accommodation at Windmill Inn. For reservations, call the hotel at 1-800-547-4747 (conference rates do not apply if you book online). Please register by July 15th as tours and meals must be booked well in advance. More info from Diana Sammataro 520-670-6380, ext. 121; Jennifer Finley 520-670-6380, ext 116 or Diana Medley 520-670-6380, ext 103.
As the Organic Beekeepers yahoo.com discussion group has now grown in members, we have put together our first meeting for an American Beekeepers Association, for beekeepers into organic beekeeping, to come together to associate for clean sustainable beekeeping with no treatments. Meeting to be held in Oracle, Arizona at the YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center 15 February through 17 February 2008. The meeting will start Friday afternoon with Friday Night Hello’s/Dinner, run all day Saturday, and through Sunday afternoon with keynote presentations, general sessions, breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, with six catered meals. Dinner for Friday night Hello’s will also have speakers, along with Saturday night dinner. Vendors welcomed. The fee for meeting includes: choice of accommodations in cabins (dormitory style 6 bunks 2 singles per cabin in 4-5 cabin groupings) for as low as $80 per person dependent upon participation, or 2 lodges with 7 rooms that hold up to 4 people ($155pp sgl, $145pp dbl, $135 pp 3-4), six catered meals, and no fee for attending meetings since meeting room(s) are free relative to booking of accommodations. Also, no fee for vendors other then normal lodging costs for meeting/catered meals.
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TIPS FOR THE PRACTICAL BEEKEEPER
If you wish to organize and reserve a seminar, please print and read “How to book and Organize a Seminar” available from the seminars link on the main menu of the www.mitegone.com website and then contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org, ph/fax: 1-250-762-8156.
Committed and available dates and locations for 2007:
Year Round MODESTO CALIFORNIA Practical instruction and courses
Summer 2007 – April 15 – September 30 KELOWNA BRITISH COLUMBIA
Year Round - TELECONFERENCE SEMINARS
For those who are unable to attend Bill’s seminars, he is revising the web site and the Formic Acid Handbook and Manual of Treatments suitable for personal study or local bee club presentation. Check for revisions before each use. These articles are available free on the Internet by visiting www.mitegone.com. The handbook in tabloid production is available to clubs by mail for $10 USD for 20 copies including postage and it is great to use with teleconference seminars.
EAS Bee Wranglers
The EAS annual conference is proceeded each year by a Short Course (Aug 6-10). Bee colony activities are a prominent feature of the Short Course and the ‘Walk in the Apiary’ workshops are popular features at each conference. Instruction directly in the bee colonies is an excellent way to learn from bee Masters – well worth the registration fee to see and learn from the best mentors available.