We we've received an overwhelming response from both booths at Agribition!
Its great to hear that more and more people are interested in beekeeping with honey bees.
So what's next? How do you get started? Where do you get bees? Is there any support or help when you need it? Where do I get equipment? How much does it cost? What do I do with bees in the winter?
All these questions and more can be answered at our Annual General Meeting that we have every year in March. This is where you can become a club member. We have guest speakers, and suppliers that speak and attend every year. Of course, this is your chance to chat with beekeepers too - the combined total experience of our keepers that attend usually exceeds 100 years! You'll also be to be paired up with an existing beekeeping mentor who can help you out (or, more likely, you can help them out) during the beekeeping year.
Although we continue our board meetings and community work dureing the winter months, our member events (including the AGM) happen when the sun stays out longer in the year.
The Canadian Honey Council announced that it has finally made available its "Producer Manual - Good Production Practices", which can be used "for the safe production and on-farm processing of honey-extracted raw or filtered (liquid, crystallized, or creamed) and comb honey intended for human consumption". Download the pdf direct from the CHC site
Anton "Tony" Bistretzan It is with heavy hearts and great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of a husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, Anton (Tony) Bistretzan on Monday, May 12, 2014 while working at the family farm. Tony was born June 22, 1937 in the district of Crystal Hill, SK and was the 11th of 15 children born to Gregory and Anica Bistretzan. Tony will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rita, daughters Donna (Paul), Karen and Diana (Michael) along with grandchildren Anthony (Chelsea), Amanda, Keara (Justin), Kalena (Kenton), Kaila (Drew), Rhett, Sahara and 6 great-grandchildren. Tony devoted 33 years to the Regina Fire Department, was a hard working farmer with a passion for clowning. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Avonhurst Pentecostal Assembly, 3200 Avonhurst Drive, Regina, SK. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Tony's memory may do so to the Regina Firefighters Burn Unit. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Paragon Funeral Services and Avonhurst Pentecostal Assembly. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?n=anton-bistretzan&pid=171031767&#sthash.GFFas6Yu.dpuf
Given the chronic health problems facing honey bees and the increasing demand for pollination services from almond, blueberry, cranberry, apple, vine crops and many other growers, commercial beekeepers and breeders have requested assistance in maintaining healthy colonies. To this end, we began a novel “Bee Tech Transfer Team” program through the Bee Informed Partnership, a 5-year grant funded by USDA-NIFA. These teams consist of independent beekeepers that provide on-the-ground services to commercial beekeepers to assess and record colony health information; survey beekeepers about management; test for bee diseases and parasites; and assist in breeding bees that are more resistant to diseases and parasites. There is demand for this program nationwide and we are exploring ways to ensure that the Tech Team services are economically sustainable after the funding ends in 2016. As bees are directly or indirectly responsible for 35% of our diet through their pollination services, it is critical to increase effort to keep bees healthy and to provide hands-on assistance to the beleaguered beekeeping industry throughout the U.S.
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She has bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current studies include the benefits of propolis to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on honey bee and native bee health.
Each webinar will focus on a crop of joint interest to Canadian and Latin American agriculture: greenhouse crops, pome fruits and oilseeds. The webinars will feature expert presentations that address our general state of knowledge and identify areas for future research, and provide an on-line discussion forum. Participation in each one-hour webinar is free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged.
For more information about webinar presenters or how to join, click on the webinar of interest:
When using a seed flow lubricant for planting corn or soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam or imidacloprid, only the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience is permitted to minimize the potential for abrasion that produces insecticidal seed dust. Talc and graphite are not permitted to be used as a seed flow lubricant for corn or soybean seed treated with these insecticides. Carefully follow the use directions provided with the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience.
Best Management Practices
Insect pollinators are vital to agricultural production and the environment. Many farmers, including those who grow corn and soybeans, use insecticide treated seed to protect their crop from insect pests. Some insecticides, such as neonicotinoids, are toxic to pollinators. Planting of treated seed can spread dust that contains insecticide into the air, placing pollinators at significant risk of exposure to toxic insecticides. Factors that impact the risk of exposure include the use of treated seed, type of planting equipment, planting conditions, flowering resources and bee yard locations.
The following Best Management Practices (BMPs) are provided to reduce the risk to bees and other insect pollinators from exposure to dust from treated seed. The BMPs provide a toolbox of options that should be used in combination wherever possible.