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The FSBA is
coming back this year for funding of the bee lab, after being
stung in 2014 by Gov. Rick Scott's line item veto, last year.
The following are excerpts from an article on this subject at
center is needed to determine why so many beekeepers are
losing colonies...We have some very serious problems."
said Tom Nolan, the association’s president and a
part-time beekeeper from Bradenton..
Nolan told the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, “Beekeepers are losing
about 30 percent of their colonies every year,” Nolan
said. “I’ll ask you if you can think of an industry that
can survive starting 30 percent in the hole every
the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context
Bee Lab Brochure |
Context Florida Article
FLORIDA: The weather for the month was a little warmer than
normal with precipitation slightly higher than normal. There was
still not very much rain, as December is typically a dry month in
Florida. Bee health was considered to be very good. Beekeepers were
splitting hives and treating for mites in preparation for the annual
trip to California for almond pollination with many hives being
relocated shortly after the middle of next month. There were few
sources of food, except for scattered wild flowers and some maple.
The maple bloom appeared to be about a week earlier than normal.
Citrus greening was causing some early premature orange bloom, but
no honey was being produced from that source. The next source of
food for honey production will be citrus, primarily orange blossom,
in March. There was essentially no honey being produced for sale and
practically no stored honey available for sale. Demand remains good
with supplies very light and prices remaining at or near record
The entire report can be found here:
USF Botanical Gardens
2014 - 2015 Beekeeping Class Workshops: Brochure
USF Botanical Garden Beekeepers, Laurie
Walker - Director
12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa, FL 33620 ~ (813) 974-2329
Beekeeping Classes are held on 3rd Saturday of
the month from 10 am - 12:30 pm. Additional functions
and events will be announced. Bee Yard on grounds.
Best management Practices followed. In-house Honey
extraction. FSBA membership encouraged.
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