Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

PSBA Summer Picnic

This year's picnic will be held Saturday, August 1st at the Dundee Farm, 528 Scaife Rd., Sewickley Pa. 15143. The picnic is being hosted by Burgh Bees. Come enjoy great fellowship with your neighbor beekeepers! Our hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products. All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

A short educational program is also planned and the PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Queen Swap

We would like to cordially invite everyone interested in participating to bring some of your best mated queens to exchange with other members from across the state. This is a great opportunity to diversify the genetics in your apiary. Most people will be bringing mated queens, but feel free to bring emerged virgins or queen cells if that is all you have by picnic-time. If you would like to be part of the exchange, please email so we have an idea how many queens to expect.

More details including directions on our picnic page.

EAS 2015 in Ontario August 10-14

The EAS annual conference will be held at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada on August 10-14. Speakers include: Mark Winston, Robert E. Page Jr., Phil Craft, Robert Currie, Ernesto Guzman, Pierre Giovenazzo,Tammy Horn, Zachary Huang, Greg Hunt, Doug McRory, Heather Mattila, Medhat Nasr, Gard Otis, Steve Pernal, and Nigel Raine.

Workshops include: Queens Rearing, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Introductory Beekeeping Workshop, Mead and Beer Making, How to Win at Honey Competitions, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Beekeeping.

Technical Tour: Full day bus tour featuring Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, Rosewood Estates winery and meadery, and two of Ontarios largest commercial apiaries.

Details    Registration

State declares "Pollinator Week"

June 15-21 designated as Pollinator Week.

PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

This year's Winter Loss Survey's summary of results are now available. Your participation has been greatly appreciated.

2015 PA State Apiary Inspection

The PA State Apiary Inspection season has begun.
Find your local inspector by clicking on your county on our map.
The entire list of local inspector's names and contact information is also available on that same page.

Bee Informed Colony Loss Survey Results

Preliminary results are now available.

PSBA 'Waggle' made available online

PSBA Waggle is an emailed posting that expedites information that needs to be more timely or specific than the newsletter. Everyone that receives the state newsletter by email, will also receive these posts. They are now also available here on the website: Waggle from 6-17-15. Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.

2014 Fall Conference News

This year's "Paul Ziegler Award" winner is Bill Mondjack, Whitehall, Pa. Congratulations, Bill!

Bill Mondjack with the award Bill Mondjack receives the "Paul Ziegler Award" at the 2014 PSBA Fall Conference

The 2015 Honey Queen and Princess were selected at the Conference. Jessica Onstead was crowned as the new Honey Queen. Blair Hetherington was announced as Honey Princess. See our Honey Queen Program page and the Honey Queen Program's Facebook page for details.

PSBA T-shirts Available

There are still some PSBA T-Shirts available for sale. Details and photos

Presidential Memorandum

"Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators"
Read the article...

Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program may be able to provide a speaker for your event. See details and contact information on our Honey Queen page.

Honey Sale Legislation Documents

Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
Selling Honey In PA

Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms

Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".

Archived Newsletters

Previous editions of the PSBA Newsletter are now archived online for your convenience.

Pesticide Information

A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.

Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

Documents and Brochures Available in PDF Format

Are Honey Bees pollinators and beneficial insects or pests?

Value of Honey Bees in Pennsylvania

Give Honey Bees a Helping Hand

Beekeeping Basics

Zoning Ordinances, Gardens and Honey Bees

Best Management Practices  (updated 6/25/13)

(see the 'Publication Quick Links' below for even more...)

Interested in joining PSBA?

For a list of membership benefits and a form to join the association, see our Membership page.

Publication Quick Links

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