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FSBA Annual Fall Conference Meeting 2015
November 20 - 22, 2015

First 50 Registrants Receive Full Frame Box From South Florida Bee Supplies

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The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort welcomes attendees of the Florida State Beekeepers Association 2015 Annual Meeting and has provided special conference rates for your stay:

The standard $20 resort fee has been waived for FSBA conference attendees, so your room rate includes complimentary self-parking, unlimited Internet access, unlimited use of health and fitness center, resort beach access and in-room coffee service. To receive these special conference rates, you must reserve your room by October 19, 2015.

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Special Gift for the first 50 to Register

FSBA thanks South Florida Bee Supplies for their donation of 50 ten-frame, deep hives (box, 10 frames, screened bottom board, and telescoping top).  Each of the first 50 people who register for this convention will receive one of these unassembled, bundled hives.

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The Bee Workshop
"Honeybee Health & Best Management Strategies"
Intensive Learning Session

August 30, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

"FREE to the Public" ~ "Register by August 26, 2015"
"Lunch Included"

FAMU Research and Extension Center
4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy FL

Facilitator:  The Rodale Institute's Michael Schmaeling

The exciting learning session is for seasoned beekeepers, urban beekeepers and farmers interested in examining agro ecology strategies that work to build healthy soil, healthy food, invigorate honeybee health and establish sustainable bee keeping practices.

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USDA National Honey Report - Summer 2015

FLORIDA: The 2015 summer weather was generally hot with variable amounts of precipitation being reported in areas around the state. Temperatures of 95 degrees or higher on some days kept bees from flying and gathering. Precipitation varied greatly with some areas too

dry and others having rainfall on almost a daily basis. The wetter areas were reporting some problems withsmall hive beetles while reports of poor mite control were scattered around the state. Bee health overall was still considered to be fairly good. Gallberry was finishing by the end of the first week of June, while palmetto was winding down by the middle of the month. Many beekeepers were reporting around one half of a normal crop of honey from each. Chinese Tallow, mostly in Northern Florida, was also reported by many to be only about one half of normal. Sable palm, which can last into late August in some years, and wildflowers were the remaining main sources of nectar and pollen for the bees. Too much rain caused the Tupelo honey crop to be an almost total loss with most beekeepers reporting zero honey production. A few 640 pound drums of Tupelo honey were reportedly sold for as much as $8.00 per pound. Tupelo honey production was also light in 2014. Sixty per cent or more of Florida hives were estimated to be in Northern states producing honey or pollinating crops. Light supplies and good demand supported prices at historically high levels. Gallberry and palmetto honey were reported to be $2.30 per pound or higher with orange blossom extra light amber sales reported to be in the $2.75-2.80 range

The entire report can be found here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf

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Build the Bee Lab

The following are excerpts from an article on this subject at Context Florida:


Build the Bee Lab Brochure | Context Florida Article

Per Tom Nolan (President of the Florida State Beekeepers Association):  Funding for the bee lab will be taken up as soon as June 9, 2015. We need as many people as possible to call and email Monday (June 15, 2015) morning. When calling, you will most likely go straight into voice mail, leave a message, you don’t need for anyone to return your call.

Rep. Ben Albritton, 850-717-5056, ben.albritton@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Doug Broxson, 850-717-5003, doug.broxson@myfloridahouse.gov 

Rep. Neil Combee, 850-717-5039, neil.combee@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Debbie Mayfield, 850-717-5054, debbie.mayfield@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, 850-717-5034, jimmie.smith@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Ray Pilon, 850-717-5072,

"The research 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 year.”.read the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context Florida

Ask that the House match the Senate appropriate of $3.6 million. Tell them it is line number 101 for the Conference Committee of the Senate General Government and House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations. The Senate offer is $3,644,269 the House offer is $0.

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The FloridaBeekeepers Forum is a place for Discussion and Sharing of Modern Beekeeping Practices and Procedures using conventional hives to practice the art and skills learned in our day-to-day endeavors...all the while enjoying the experience, with the willingness to SHARE this knowledge with everyone interested in Modern Beekeeping and Proven Management Techniques.

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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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