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JAX Beeks Into Beekeeping 2014 | TBBA 2014 Honeybee Seminar | 2013 Convention | USF Beekeeping Workshops Botanical Gardens | UF Master Beekeeper Program | Beekeeping Trade Show Field Day Panhandle | Public Hearing Notice | National Honey Bee Day |Honey Bee Technical Council |   National Pollinator Day 2013 | Gov. Scott Proclaims FL Pollinator Week | Treasure Coast Workshop | FIU Pollination Lecture | South Florida Bee CollegeCaribbean Bee College REPORT | Preemptive Authority Apiary Bill Signing Ceremony and Statute 586.10 | FSBA Joins EAS & ACBO | Apis Viral Mapping Project | Feral Honey Bee Management | FDACS Rule Development Meeting Bee Removal | Caribbean Bee College | UF Bee College 2013 | ABA Intro to Beekeeping Shortcourse | Fall Convention 2012 & Photos | Speakers Bureau | Honeybee Viral Mapping Initiative | Website Statistics | Christmas/Holiday Greeting Card | Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame - Laurence Cutts | Queen Jayla | Magazine Discounts | Convention 2011 | Intermediate Beekeeping Course Apalachee Club | Intro to Beekeeping Short Course | Queen Grafting Class | NEBA 9th Annual WorkshopSpring Beekeeping Conference | Bee Informed Partnership SurveyEPA cover-up Pesticide Damage VideoTBBA 2012 Honey Bee Seminar | FSBA Summer SWARM Business Meeting | Pre-emptive Authority Beekeeping Apiary Regulation Legislation | Urban Beekeeping | Hopguard Approval News | Farm Bureau Ag Watch | 4-H Essay Contest | North American Beekeeping Conference | Pollinator Week 2012 | BASF Summer Beekeeping Classes | USDA FSA SURE 2010 Assistance | Urban Beekeeping | Cooking with Honey Day State Fair | Inmate Beekeeping Lancaster C.I. | Bo Sterk Haitian Beekeeping Article | Beekeepers Feel the Sting | Cottage Food Legislation | NCFBA NHBD Event | Gainesville GAB NHBD Celebration  | Zombie Mind Control

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Florida State Beekeepers Association


Florida State Beekeepers Association

was on Friday and Saturday
August 15 - 16, 2014

UF Ft. Lauderdale Research
and Education Center


3205 College Ave.
Davie, FL 33314

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Florida State Beekeepers Association

Join the GTM Research Reserve on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate our beloved pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and insects) at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Reserve is very fortunate to have Marc Minno, PhD, as the keynote speaker. His specialty is butterflies. There will also be family fun activities, exhibits, and vendors selling native plants, honey, and much more!


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Preview of things to come.

- Guest Speakers! (Marc Minno, Ph.D., Cory Stanley-Stahr, Ph.D., and Robert King)

- Native Plant Sale
- Honey-inspired Bake Sale
- City Bats Conservancy
- St. Johns County Beekeepers Assoc.
- Anastasia Mosquito Control District
- Great Backyard Bird Count
- Creative Garden Structures

- Honey extraction demo
- Butterfly walks
- Art, 3D pollinator short film

National Pollinator Day Event
Free and open to the public.
Sat, Jun 21, 10 am - 2 pm

GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
 

For more information, visit www.gtmnerr.org  or call (904) 823-4500

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Tampa Bay Beekeepers 2014 Honey Bee Seminar is coming up May 3rd. Learn about beekeeping including hive construction, starting a hive, queen bees, nectar sources, wax rendering and look inside a hive!!

2014 Honeybee Seminar Flyer

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Friday and Saturday March 7th & 8th, 2014
The Whitney Laboratory
for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610

Registration for Bee College is OVER

ALL ATTENDEES REGISTERED ONLINE for admission to the event. Payment will be accepted through credit card online and mail-in by check.

FULL Detailed Flyer With Schedule!
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Florida State Beekeepers Association

Convention 2013 Chipley, FL
October 31 - November 2

Key personnel on the convention planning committee as well as contacts for the FSBA: Convention Planning Committee List

Please contact Annette Lanham, Secretary, Central Panhandle Beekeepers with any additions or corrections and she will update this list.

Prelim Schedule | Registration | Other Hotels | Responsibilities | Extra Miler Discount

Honey Show Schedule | Honey Judging Criteria | Honey Rules

Note Regarding Advertising

Instead of the usual FSBA Advertising Solicitation of previous and past years, our convention will be handled by the Central Panhandle Beekeepers who has partnered with Goulding Agency, Inc.

Ads will be featured with an editorial and pictorial article in both Real Florida Magazine and Jackson County Today! printed publications, and on their respective websites: http://RealFloridaMagazine.org  and http://JacksonCountyToday.org as well as on an event-specific website provided by Central Panhandle Beekeepers, where your personal or business ad, with a hyperlink click-through to your own website or Facebook page, will appear year-round.

The complete printed magazine will be viewable, in full-resolution, and inclusive of all advertising, on a website year-round, further driving attention to your business.

Prior to and subsequent to, our event will be featured on a Facebook page in both photo and video (in excess of 20,000 unique subscribers). A news release will be sent to over 400 news gatherers (print, online, TV and radio) within 300 miles of Chipley, FL.

A TV commercial will also be produced and aired on Comcast Cable TV, as well as online on several websites and on Facebook, driving attention to our website, so your display ad will see a lot of incremental traffic."... read more

Advertisement Solicitation Letter

 

 

CONVENTION 2013 AFTERMATH

The Chipley convention is history. Thanks to the organizers, a consortium of panhandle beekeeping associations, lead by the new Central Panhandle Beekeepers Association. A huge thanks goes to the dynamic duo that orchestrated the affair, Annette and Tim Lanham of the latter association...read more

THE BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The business meeting featured election of a new team of officers, headed by Tom Nolan of the Suncoast Beekeepers Association and Tony Hogg of the Apalachee Association. This will hopefully show that both north and south Florida will be represented in future deliberations of the Association...read more

ELECTION RESULTS

President (Tom Nolan), Vice President (Tony Hogg), Treasurer (Debbie Bohannon), Executive Secretary (Dr. Malcolm Sanford).  These officers, including their contact information) have been added to and can be found on our OFFICERS PAGE.

CONVENTION 2013 AWARDS BANQUET

Lifetime Service Award was presented to Dr. Malcolm Sanford to recognize his lifetime achievements and contributions to the world of beekeeping and to the FSBA. At the awards ceremony, numerous past FSBA presidents were called to the podium, along with Keith Councell to present this Award. There has never been a "Lifetime Service Award" category in the past. This award is possibly a sub-category or form of "The President's Award"; however, it will difficult to imagine future additions to the very special "Lifetime Service" category.

Other awards presented: Beekeeper of the Year (Bert Gwaltney), Woman of the Year (Dr. Heather Gamper), Volunteer of the Year (Gary Ranker), Pioneer of the Year (Roy Smith). These awards, past awards, and other FSBA history can be found on our HISTORY PAGE.

More info, photos, etc: CONVENTION  2013 AFTERMATH

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

The Fall MBP Training/Exams
Thursday October 31st 2013
Washington County Extension Office, East Wing
1424 Jackson Ave, Suite A (US Hwy 90)
Chipley, FL 32428

This is the first time UF’s Master Beekeeper Program, the FSBA Convention, Panhandle’s Beekeeper Field Day & Trade Show are joining together!

There will be a lot happening at the Washington Co. Ext. Office over the three days, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Following the MBP training & exams on Thursday, there will be an exam review with Dr. Jamie Ellis, then all are welcome to join the Thursday Evening FSBA Social (Fish Fry), which kicks off the 93rd Annual FSBA Convention. Friday Nov 1st is the actual Convention, filled with educational seminars and workshops, and later that evening he MBP Certificates will be awarded at the Friday night Banquet. Saturday’s Trade Show is filled with hands on learning inside the hive and is brought to you by your IFAS Extension Agents in NW Florida.

Florida truly has the most extensive and well-connected community of beekeepers in the country, don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, grow, and network with Florida’s finest beekeepers, researchers, inspectors and county agents... read and view more


Florida State Beekeepers Association


Third Annual
UF/IFAS Beekeepers Field Day & Trade Show
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Washington County Extension Office
1424 Jackson Avenue
Chipley, FL 32428
850-638-6180

The UF/IFAS Beekeeping Field day and Tradeshow is proud to be part of the 2013 Florida State Beekeepers Association Meeting in Chipley Florida. This educational event will provide opportunities for hands-on activities and interaction with expert beekeepers.

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       Registration Form    |      Invitation Letter       |            Agenda

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Osceola County Beekeeping Education Series
BEEKEEPING CLASSES & PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, Sept. 19th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
"Intro to Beekeeping" Seminar

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
"Build Your Own Beehive" workship

... more information

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Public Hearing Notice - Rule 5B-54
Location of Honeybee Colonies

Jacksonville Beekeeping Association requested a public hearing with Florida's Department of Agricultural and as a result of their request a Public Hearing has been scheduled to address the Rule 5B-54 Proposed Changes, with emphasis on location of managed honeybee colonies (5B-54.0105) and compliance agreement provisions.

Date: July 30, 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Place:: FDACS'DPI - Doyle Conner Building Auditorium located at 1911 SW 34th Street; Gainesville, FL 32608

Jax Bees Request Leter  |  Notice of Hearing and Info

Florida State Beekeepers Association

National Honey Bee Day Events (State of Florida):

Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association (OBBA) will once again be participating in this great fun event. Bottled honey, candles, lip balms and potions... delicious jams, jellies and baked goods.

OBBA's participation will be held at the  Exhibit Hall, Azalea and Rose Rooms at the Extension offices and it  will bee a repeat of their  May event. The Honey Queens will put on cooking demos in the Rose Room, J.R. Denamn will show a short documentary and host the "Ask the Beekeeper" forum and they will sell their goods in the Exhibit Hall.

Extension office is located at 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, the event will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The North Central Florida Beekeepers Association will also be hosting a National Honey Bee Day event with the participation of it's member clubs in north central Florida.  Everyone is welcome to attend even if they are not a member of any association, but are beekeepers or would like to learn what it takes to become a beekeeper.  We welcome everyone!!  Download or View Their Flyer  ...more info
 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

National Pollinator Day
GTM Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road
Pointe Vedra Beach, FL

Saturday, June 22, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

11:00am - 11:45am: University of Florida's Bee Biologist Dr. Glenn Hall will introduce species of native bees in Northeast Florida

12:00pm - 12:45pm: Florida Master Beekeeper Bo Sterk will discuss Colony Collapse Disorder. This problem effects the health of our honey bees and the economy associated with pollinators

1:00pm - 1:45pm: Filmographer David Montgomery will showcase never-seen-before videos of Native Pollinators on local wildflowers
 

FREE ADMISSION

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         Governor's Proclamation        TCBA Workshop FLYER  ~  [ Register ]



FIU Pollination Lecture & Discussion... more info

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Apis Viral Mapping Project

The Apalachee Beekeepers Association (ABA) has developed the Apis Viral Mapping Project, with a goal to determine viral and nosema loads in colonies within a geographical area. The project leader is Dr. Heather Gamper, ABA member and beekeeper.  FSBA will help fund this project.  Information gleaned from this project may help all Florida beekeepers.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Honey Bee Technical Council

The 2011 Florida Statutes 586.161 states, "The honeybee technical council is created in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and shall be composed of seven members to be appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture...read more"

If interested in being a member of the Honeybee Technical Council, then please  DOWNLOAD APPOINTMENT FORM and submit in order to be considered for appointment by the Commissioner of Agriculture.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

"Beekeeper Protection Bill" Signing
Ceremony on 8-16-2012

Stacy Ferris, Photography for Governor Rick Scott

The State Preemption/Apiculture Bill 1197 a.k.a. "Beekeeper Protection Bill"  signing with Florida Governor Scott at his office, Tallahassee, FL.   This bill gives the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exclusive authority to regulate beekeeping, apiaries and their locations.  FSBA representatives were invited to the governor's office to take part and witness the event.   View the Actual Statue 586.10

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  Left to Right (above) Tony Hogg, Rebecca Cowan Hogg, Samuel Hogg, Gary J. Ranker, Gov. Rick Scott, Melissa Councell, B Keith Councell, Elmore Herman
 
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In attendance were Tony Hogg (Legislative Committee Co-Chair), Gary Ranker (FSBA President), past FSBA President Elmore Herman, Melissa and Keith Councell (FSBA Vice President), Becky Hogg, Sam Hogg, and of course Governor Rick Scott.

Florida Statute 586.10

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers May Resume Feral Bee Collection

Update from our FSBA President:

I have received the up to date information on the Rule Change allowing Beekeepers to remove and relocate live bees.  There will be a workshop on Jan. 17th in Gainesville.  Beekeepers for the time being may continue to remove live bees.  Please read the following details from Mike Page.

Thanks,
B. Keith Councell
President- FSBA

Please see the Notice of Rule Development. It’s published in the Florida Administrative Register and announces a rule workshop on January 17th in Gainesville.

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association
UF BEE COLLEGE 2013

Friday and Saturday March 8th & 9th, 2013
The Whitney Laboratory
for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610

Registration is now open and can be done online.  Firm deadline for online registration is Monday March 4th, 2013.

Eventbrite - University of Florida Bee College
 

 BROCHURE | Tentative SCHEDULE more INFO

Florida State Beekeepers Association

UF Master Beekeeper Program
TRAINING & EXAMINATIONS

March 7, 2013 ~ Marineland, Fl.
 

FLYER | More Info on MBP

Florida State Beekeepers Association

2013 Introduction to Beekeeping Shortcourse

Brochure (Flyer) | Registration Form | Info and ONLINE Registration

HURRY!  Registration ends February 15, 2013... limited to 100 attendees

Florida State Beekeepers Association

All classes taught at:
Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee
Located at Bill Beck Blvd. & US 192

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6 - 8 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, and May 25, 2013- 9-11 am   Visit website for Registration Deadlines, Topics, Prerequisites, Fees, ... more info

Florida State Beekeepers Association

FSBA 92nd Annual Convention
VIEW PHOTOS

hosted by the
 Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association

Nov 1 thru Nov 3, 2012

to be held at the
Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Tampa, Florida

Tentative Schedule will consist of Reception Cookout (Thursday) and then on Friday the Main Program Seminar/Conference, Honey Show, Awards Banquet, Honey Queen crowning and Auction.  Convention concludes on Saturday morning following the Business Meeting (Election of Officers). Checkout time is noon.  Keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Diana Sammataro, USDA-ARS Research Laboratory, Tucson, AZ. She is one of the best known educators and researchers in the beekeeping field. She is credited with over 37 scientific papers and seven books, including a brand new volume on Honey Bee Colony Health and her classic The Beekeepers Handbook.... read more

More about KEYNOTE SPEAKER Diana Sammataro
pdf format | docx format

View, Download, or Print PROGRAM SCHEDULE
pdf format | docs format

View, Download, or Print HONEY CONTEST RULES
pdf format | docs format

UF MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM

Preceding the start of the convention on November 1, Thursday, at Hillsborough County Extension in Seffner.  Dr. Ellis and the UF Master Beekeeper Program will be conducting lectures and testing will be available in all three levels of the programs (...more info).  From there they will head over to the Reception Cookout at the Mainsail Convention Center.

Special group rate of $89 + tax for our one bedroom suites featuring a full kitchen, living room, separate dining room, and patio/balcony.
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Special rate includes a full American breakfast buffet for up to 2 guests per suite.

Call (813)243-2600 to make your reservations today. Be sure to mention the Florida State Beekeepers Association to get the discounted rate.  Cutoff date for this special group rate was October 18, 2012; however, Mainsail has agreed to extend the group rate of $89.00 beyond October 18th "based on availability".

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center Tampa
http://www.mainsailtampa.com/
5108 Eisenhower Boulevard • Tampa, Florida 33634
Phone: (813) 243-2600 • Fax: (813) 243-2601
Toll Free: 1 (866) SAIL 2 US
 
Nominations for next year's officers are ongoing. Please contact a nominating committee member to offer names:

Don Murray, Chairman dnmurray211@gmail.com - Beekeepers Association of Southwest FL
Kevin Lausman - suncoastbeekeeper@verizon.net  Suncoast Beekeepers Association
Bo Sterk - barkndog@bellsouth.net  Saint Johns County Beekeepers Association

The Awards Committee is asking local associations to submit candidates for Beekeeper of Year, Woman of Year, Volunteer of Year and the Pioneer Award.

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

More About the Zombie Mind Control of Bees

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association


Rebecca Conroy, Urban Beekeeper, Pinellas County VIDEO

Cottage Food Legislation
  
More Information on Cottage Food Law and Honey Labels


 

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Lancaster Correction Institution is starting a Inmate Beekeeping program there in Trenton Fl. The Fl Dept of Agriculture is donating ten colonies of bees to the program, Jamie Ellis suggested that Mr. Harrison contact our bee clubs to see if any of them would be interested in donating any of the additional equipment that they need. D and J apiary is going to donate a smoker and hive tools, Malcolm Sanford is donating the books that they will use. They still may be in need of a smokers, veils, etc. for the inmates to use. If your club could provide any of this it would be greatly appreciated... read more

K. Harrison, STG/ Tool Control Officer, Lancaster C.I.
Phone:  352-463-4100 ext 4277

Florida State Beekeepers Association

National Honey Bee Day Events in Florida

Will be celebrated across our country on August 18, 2012.  The primary goals of the National Honey Bee Day Program include the promotion and advancement of beekeeping, education of the public about honey bees and beekeeping, and public awareness of environmental concerns as they effect honey bees.

Ocala: The North Central Florida Beekeeping Association NCFBA
Gainesville:  Gainesville Area Beekeepers GAB

Orlando: Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association OBBA
Hastings, FL:
Beekeepers of Putnam County BPC

For complete "official" list of NHBD participants... read more

Florida State Beekeepers Association

North Central Florida Beekeeping Association
National Honey Bee Day
Ocala, Florida

August 18, 2012

Location:  The SE Livestock Pavilion located 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd. Ocala, FL 34470

Alachua County Beekeepers Club along with Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Lake County, Lake Area, and any other clubs wishing to participate are hosting a National Honey Bee Day event for the celebration and public awareness of honeybees.

The event will feature displays, demonstrations, auction, food, drinks, door prizes, Florida Apiary Inspectors participation in live open-hive demonstrations, a visit from  Earlea Bee, an auction with Florida Ag “Hall of Famer”, Laurence Cutts from Chipley, Florida as the auctioneer, Alyssa Fine (the 2012 American Honey Queen), some great scientists and longtime beekeepers speaking about beekeeping and honeybees... read more  for all the details.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Local Association Featured News Spotlight

National Honey Bee Day (NHBD) Event Announced

GAB is partnering with Alachua County Master Gardeners and the Alachua County Extension Office to host their local event celebrating NHBD (National Honey Bee Day).

August 18, 2012

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: UF IFAS Alachua County Extension Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609-2658.

Per Kim Harris of the GAB, the event will feature activities for children and adults of all beekeeping experience levels. They will have a series of well-known speakers, local vendors selling bee-related wares, educational exhibits, and even an arthropod petting zoo!

Questions should be directed to Cindy Belknap at (352) 256-7962.
 

See LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS PAGE and/or the  EVENTS PAGE for more NHBD and other events by local clubs.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association's

National Honey Bee Day Celebration
Saturday, August 18, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Orange County Extension Offices
6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, FL

The OBBA Honey Queen Susannah will be giving cooking demonstrations and handing out recipe cards in the Rose Room.

See LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS PAGE and/or the  EVENTS PAGE for more NHBD and other events by local clubs.


Florida State Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers of Putnam County's

National Honey Bee Day Event
Saturday, August 18, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Deb's Bee Supply
200 Bee Farm Rd
Hastings, FL  32145

See LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS PAGE and/or the  EVENTS PAGE for more NHBD and other events by local clubs.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Florida State Beekeepers Association

The Spring MBP Training/Exams
Thursday March 6th 2014
The Whitney Laboratory
for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610

Entry into the program is attained by meeting the minimum requirements for Apprentice Level and passing the Apprentice examinations on exam day.

Registration for Master Beekeeper Program is OVER

Detailed Flyer With Schedule!
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Florida State Beekeepers Association

Important Special Meeting on February 22, 2014

In accordance with the articles below, President Tom Nolan is calling a special meeting of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA). It will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday February 22, 2014 at the headquarters of the Division of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Doyle Connor Building), 1911 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32608.

The purpose of this meeting is to vote on amending the present governing documents of the association. A major reason is that the current ones do not fit the Internal Revenue Service's criteria to apply for 501 C status, which is urgently needed ...read more

Florida State Beekeepers Association


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Florida State Beekeepers Association

Friday and Saturday
August 16th & 17th 2013

UF Ft. Lauderdale Research
and Education Center


3205 College Ave.
Davie, FL 33314

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Florida State Beekeepers Association

Fall Convention 2012 Photos

Florida State Beekeepers Association
Caribbean Bee College Report - courtesy Bo Sterk

photos provided via dropbox by Gary Van Cleef



Report Card | Opening Ceremony | Lectures | Pest Workshop
Honey Judging | Open Hive Learning | Apiary Visit | Mybones Wasp

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Download or View Document

Florida State Beekeepers Association

FSBA to join EAS and ACBO

FSBA will be joining the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organizations (ACBO). EAS is an educational organization, promoting bee culture and has a five day annual conference. David Mendes is our representative to the EAS Board of Directors. ACBO gives a State of Affairs report to the Caribbean Beekeepers Congress. Bo Sterk is our representative.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida is pleased to announce the 1st Annual 'Caribbean Bee College'


CLICK on the image above to VIEW/DOWNLOAD color brochure and schedule

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
January 3, 4, 5, 2013
St. George's University
Grenada, West Indies

Please join us for the 1st Annual Caribbean Bee College (3-5 January 2013). The original UF Bee College is a successful and popular honey bee extension event in Florida, USA.

Our efforts through this event have helped increase the number of registered beekeepers in Florida, provided training and instruction for new beekeepers, and helped seasoned beekeepers refine their beekeeping skills and make their beekeeping operations more sustainable.

 Our combined extension programs have impacted over 7 million people in the United States and in the Caribbean....More Info

Jeanette Klopchin
Laboratory Manager/Extension Technician
Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of Florida | Bldg 970 Natural Area Drive
PO Box 110620 Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
Phone (352) 273-3932

Florida State Beekeepers Association

View or Download "Haitian Beekeeping" Article
Thanks to Bo Sterk for providing this article in pdf format for our use.

Place mouse on small images below to zoom magnify examine larger photos:
       Mr Sonor's Apiary          Smoking the Log Hive        Log Smoker

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers feel the sting
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012
by Chris Gerbasi, Staff Writer, The Daily Commercial

The following is are a few selected excerpts from the published article which quotes Gary Ranker, David Westervelt, and others you may know:

Honeybees and their keepers are both facing threats. The bees help make Florida one of the top-five honey producers in the country...commercial beekeeping is not as prevalent as it used to be. There's still commercial beekeeping, but (some are afraid) of the threat of bees disappearing." ...Backyard beekeeping, on the other hand, is on the rise. Florida has approximately 1,500 small-scale beekeepers, managing five or fewer honey bee colonies, and 500 full-time side-liner commercial beekeepers, according to the association.... read more

 

Florida State Beekeepers Association


View or Download: Flyer | Fact Sheet | More Info

The 2010 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) signup is currently underway and the signup deadline is June 1, 2012. Those with a 10% loss of production due to a natural disaster may be eligible for benefits.

Florida State Beekeepers Association


Course Outline  Deadline for registration is June

Florida State Beekeepers Association

The EPA cover-up of the damage done by neonicotinoid pesticides

Dan Rather Reports VIDEO | More Videos on VIDEOS Page

Florida State Beekeepers Association


View Bill:  Web Page (html) | Document (pdf) | ...more details


View Bill: Original Filed Version | ...more details | The New 586.10 Statute

State Preemption/Apiculture -
SB 1132 (Hays) & HB 1197 (Horner)

PASSED!! on March 6, 2012
Florida Statute 586.10

This agricultural bill (now officially is a statute, 586.10) which had faced early opposition has now received final passage (by both the house and senate) on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 and will be going to the Governor for his signature.

This bill gives the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exclusive authority to regulate beekeeping, apiaries and their locations.


Farm Bureau


Florida State Beekeepers Association


View Article and Details

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View Article at "The CURRENT"

SB 1132 PASSED!! grants the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services exclusive authority to regulate and permit beekeeping. Now received final passage (by both the house and senate) on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 and will be going to the Governor for his signature.

Florida State Beekeepers Association


View or Download Flyer | Visit TBBA Website

2012 TBBA Beekeeping Seminar
Saturday, April 28th ~ 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Everything a beginning beekeeper needs to know including:  Hive Construction, Starting a Hive, Honey extraction, Bee transport, Queen Bee's, Nectar Sources, Wax Rendering, Apitherapy, Looking inside the Hive, and more!

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Program Brochure | Registration Form | Schedule
Bee College Honey Show Rules | ...More info

5th Annual University of Florida
Bee College Program
was held on Friday and Saturday March 9th & 10th, 2012

The Whitney Laboratory
for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Local Association Display Table
 at the Bee College

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) hosted a local club display table at the Bee College in the back of the banquet hall so that each club could advertise (their meetings, events, etc.), showcase pictures, and distribute brochures, etc. This year there was an improved version of the wonderful map of Florida showing where each bee club is located, it was patterned after the Florida Map on the Local Association page of the FSBA webpage.

Local clubs were urged to participate in this display and take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your club. Contact person was Elaine Suber [misselaineous@comcast.net] 614 Truett Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303, phone: 850-443-1055, who coordinated your local association's display. It was requested that your club representative, even if they were not attending the Bee College, to send Elaine some materials to display ahead of time. There was no need for any local members to tend to the table, Elaine and Jeannette Klopchin handled the set-up. The display was designed to be self-serve.

Florida State Beekeepers Association

North Escambia Bee Association

9th Annual Workshop
March 3, 2012

Northview High School, 4100 West Hwy 4, Century, Fl 32535

Conference (Speakers), Splits/Live Demonstrations (weather permitting), Door Prizes, Refreshments, Buy/Selling Yard Sale Event, Honey & Honey Product Contest and Judging.  Registration Deadline February 29, 2011

View or Download Registration Form

Florida State Beekeepers Association


Queen Grafting Class

Where: Laurence Cutts Place
Cost: Registration: $25.00
When: Classes started Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012, at 9.00 AM.

View or Download Flyer / Registration Form

Florida State Beekeepers Association

Apalachee Beekeepers Association
Introduction to Beekeeping Shortcourse
Saturday, February 25, 2012 ~ 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Form:  View or Download Form
Shortcourse Flyer:  View or Download Flyer

Honey Queen, Jayla receives
FSBA Woman Beekeeper of the Year Award


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Jayla Gillaspie, our associations honey queen for 2011 (crowned at last year's 90th FSBA convention) has received this year's award FSBA Woman Beekeeper of the Year. 

She is also our current reigning 2012 Honey Queen

For a list of others who held the position as Honey Queen, Woman Beekeeper of the Year, and other awards, visit our  HISTORY page.  ...more about Jayla

Florida State Beekeepers Association


Beekeeping in the Panhandle
Leon County Extension ~ Tallahassee
Was every Monday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Started November 21, 2011 and ended on January 30, 2012
Classes were offered by UF via interactive video to local county
extension offices.
 

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Farm Bureau’s annual legislative days in Tallahassee

Briefing Dinner: Was on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Antique Car Museum (6800 Mahan Drive 32308) began at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs were required. Admission was $15 and was payable at the door.

Legislative Reception: Was on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center started at 5:30 and ended at 8:00 p.m. Admission was $20. ...read more

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Click to view large version  ~ 2011 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Honey Bee Viral Mapping Initiative
View and/or Download Proposal (pdf)

2011:  I am a bee virus researcher in Montana, I have spoke at the national conventions and I am the one who brought the Army in to play on CCD. I also provide viral load screening to many commercial beekeepers around the country. With that said, I have attached a proposal and project for your membership, if it meets your approval could you forward this to them. Let me know, and thanks for your consideration. If you have any questions please call or email me at 406-369-4214 mrwick@bvs-inc.us

Best regards,

David Wick, BVS, Inc., 406-369-4214, http://www.bvs-inc.us

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Thanks to the Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association doing an outstanding job of hosting our 91st Annual Convention this year on October 27-29, 2011. The event was held at the Orange County Extension Offices located at 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, Florida and thanks for making it a great, fun, successful event for beekeepers across our state... so much talent in one place and all eagerly sharing priceless information from years of experience.  It was great to see all the hard work and planning by OBBA pay off with a great time of fellowship, food, education, shopping with vendors, door prizes, handouts, banquet, honey judging, awards, "Queen of the Sun" movie, and celebration of bees and beekeepers... mixed of course with necessary annual business.  We commend and congratulate them for a job well done.

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Honey Bee Technical Council Minutes
[ August 19, 2011 ] | [ December 8, 2010 ]

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Revised Constitution and Bylaws

A committee developed a proposed revised constitution and bylaws for the Association : See here the two documents for comparison:

The basic changes proposed included:

  • developing new membership categories,

  • updating officer descriptions

  • updating voting procedures for officers at the annual convention.

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Workshop: Fight or Flight: The Struggle to Preserve Residential Beekeeping

At the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow on Saturday, January 14, 2102, there was a workshop made up of five panelists who shared their experiences and expertise on how they were able to preserve bees in urban/residential areas.  The moderator of this panel was master beekeeper, Nancy Gentry of Interlachen, FL ...read more and view or download related resources (power point presentations, pdf documents, etc... including a sample code letter, honeybee quiz, and more related link postings.

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Beekeeper, Laurence P. Cutts was inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame

Annual Banquet and Ceremony
was on February 14, 2012
there was a Reception: 5:30 p.m.
and a Dinner and program: 7:00 p.m.

price was $60.00 per person,   RSVP was by February 10, 2012

The banquet took place in the Special Event Center at the Fairgrounds.  Martin Luther King Boulevard Fair Entrance

Laurence was honored at Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet during the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

Laurence is a third-generation beekeeper who was instrumental in advocating for research to reduce bee hive losses in Florida. He also invented a trap for small hive beetles. Cutts served as chief of the Apiary Inspection Bureau at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. ... read more          Also, read even more about Laurence on our History Page.

Those interested in attending and sitting at a FL Beekeeper's table, sent their check in the amount of $60.00 (per person) to Gary Ranker. ... and included their name as they wished it to be printed on the name tagClick Here for Gary's contact information.
SEE VIDEOS of Laurence Cutts (bee bearding, etc.).

Seating assignment will appear on your name badge at the event

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December 10, 2011
was the Beekeeping Trade Show
This Trade Show was FREE for
Beekeeping in the Panhandle registrants.

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Speakers Bureau was Announced (2011)

Greetings fellow beekeeper,

I am helping organize a listing of speakers about beekeeping interests for the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA) and would like to know more about your interests in sharing beekeeping information with other Florida beekeepers.

Please complete the attached questionnaire.

Note: completing the attached questionnaire does NOT guarantee inclusion in FSBA database

Thank you so very much for your assistance :)

Christopher J. Stalder
Environmental Scientist, Agronomist, Beekeeper & Herpetoculturalist
Phone 407-855-1131

View List (2013)
of those who have signed up so far

Download or View Questionnaire Form (pdf) (2011)

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Click to view the full digital publication online
90th Convention 2010

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Click for Full Topic and Official Rules

Each year, the UF HBREL organizes the Florida 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest. The deadline for the 2012 contest was February 20th, 2012.  The contest is a national competition... read more

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FSBA Members CLICK HERE for the discount form which must be used to receive discount!

FSBA Members CLICK HERE for the discount form which must be used to receive discount!

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Fair Brochure | Info Regarding FSBA Booth | Volunteer to work Booth

The FSBA had a booth at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, FL
February 9 -20, 2012.  Bert Kelley was the coordinator. Bert carries his master sign-up sheet with him at all times during the day, so volunteers were able to give him a call to be added to the list.

 

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Website Statistics available for those interested in the Geek side of websites... or curious as to the effectiveness of our new website based on hits and visits per hour, daily, monthly.  Even shows search words used to find our website, favorite pages, and much more.  This is just a portion of what is available to our webmaster for his analysis.  Much of the information has been omitted from website viewing, because it is sensitive in that it also provides visitor information, their browsers, search engines used to find our site, etc.   If you like charts, tables, and graphs:

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The 2012 National Winter Loss and Management Surveys were active until April 20, 2012 (deadline has past) for participation at the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) website.  The Bee Informed Partnership is an extension project that endeavors to decrease the number of managed honey bee colonies that die over the winter.


"Winter Loss" Survey has ended | Visit Bee Informed Partnership Website

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David's Website | Honey Day at State Fair | Download Recipes

Chef, David Arnold, provided the "Cooking with Honey" demonstration at the Florida State Fair this year (February 2012). David has the Honey Day Recipes he used during this demonstration available on his website. He has other healthy recipes listed using honey as an ingredient.

Our president, Gary Ranker asked Mr. Arnold to give the demo again next year, along with some of his culinary students. David has accepted the invitation and put this event on his calendar. FSBA pays for the raw food and ingredients and for Mr. Arnold volunteers for the event.

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View or Download Governor's Signed/Sealed Letter

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FSBA BUSINESS MEETING, BBQ, & HONEY CONTEST PHOTO GALLERY

The Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida and the Florida State Beekeepers Association hosted a "Summer Swarm", Business Meeting, Welsh Honey Show.  Not only was honey  judged, but also beeswax, photos, and mead were judged.

Dates: June 8th and 9th, 2012

Place: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 275-3435 ‎
 

Friday: Classes and The Day in the Bee yard will began at 9:00 AM, ended around 5:00 PM.  A BBQ followed at 6:00 PM.  Lunch was NOT provided on Friday, but food was available for purchase.

Saturday: Classes and The Day in the Bee yard began at 9:00 AM, ending around 5:00 PM. Lunch was also provided.

Cost per person was - $35.00 if pre-registered; $45.00 At the Door.
 

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Brochure | Registration Form & Course Outlines

Palm Beach Beekeepers Conference
was on Saturday April 14, 2012

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Good News for HopGuard® Users!  HopGuard®, the newest Varroa Mite control, has been approved for use in Florida.

View or Download EPA's Approval Document | View HopGuard® Video


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Thanks to the Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association doing an outstanding job of hosting our 91st Annual Convention this year on October 27-29, 2011. The event was held at the Orange County Extension Offices located at 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, Florida and thanks for making it a great, fun, successful event for beekeepers across our state... so much talent in one place and all eagerly sharing priceless information from years of experience.  It was great to see all the hard work and planning by OBBA pay off with a great time of fellowship, food, education, shopping with vendors, door prizes, handouts, banquet, honey judging, awards, "Queen of the Sun" movie, and celebration of bees and beekeepers... mixed of course with necessary annual business.  We commend and congratulate them for a job well done.

View or Download SCHEDULE ONLY (pdf)

 

The Holiday Inn International Airport in Orlando was the location of our Annual Banquet. They offered room rates of $81.00 per room (up to 4 people) especially for our event. This Holiday Inn is about 3 miles from the Orange County Extension Center (6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando). They have a restaurant in the hotel but there are also numerous restaurants in this area, such a Dennys, Sonny's, Chilis, Tony Romas, Fridays, etc.

 
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Complete Brochure with advertisements, etc.

 

The address of the Holiday Inn is 5750 T.G. Lee Blvd., Orlando, FL.

The Holiday Inn also had a FREE shuttle that took those who stayed with them to The Florida Mall for a little shopping. Unfortunately, they did not go to the theme parks but drove you anywhere within 3 miles of the hotel for free.  The Holiday Inn's phone number was: 1-800-972-2590 or 407-851-6400

READ MORE ABOUT THE CONVENTION

Convention 2011 Photos (and other photos) can be found on the website of
Alachua County Beekeepers Club
SLIDE SHOW | PHOTOS

2011 Convention Forms ~  The convention was held in October 2011, so these forms are old, but left here in Archives for future reference:

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Some convention attendees saved on Shipping shipping from certain vendors who attended this year's (2011) Convention:  Some vendors accepted orders in advance of the convention and brought/delivered their order(s) to the Convention.  Vendors who were willing to accept orders prior to the Convention and deliver the order to convention in order to SAVE ON SHIPPING let Dennis know and were added to the list.  Only one vendor contacted Dennis to participate.

PARTICIPATING VENDOR(S) (2011)

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