Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Western PA Beekeeping Seminar

The Western PA Beekeeping Seminar occurs Friday and Saturday, February 19 & 20, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville, 101 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, Pa. 15146. Featured speakers for the seminar include Dr. Jeff Harris, Assistant Extension and Research Professor at Mississippi State; Dr. Diana Sammataro, on the the authors of The Beekeeper’s Handbook and Dr. Christine Grosinger, Professor of Entomology and Director of Pollinator Research at Penn State University. Registration deadline is February 14th. More details on our Upcoming Events page.

2016 PA Farm Show Photos

The PA Farm Show was a success and photos have been added to our Farm Show page. Photos courtesy of Charles Vorisek - used by permission.

ABF Complimentary Membership for New Members

The American Beekeeping Federation is offering a free 2016 membership for anyone who has never been a member of ABF. See their website for details.

2015 Annual Conference News and Photos

Sarah McTish was selected and crowned at the conference as the new Honey Queen for 2016. See our Honey Queen Program page and the Honey Queen Program's Facebook page for details.

The PSBA 2015 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Maryann Frazier at the conference banquet. As the senior extension associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State specializing in apiculture, Maryann is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved in the department’s innovative public outreach program. She has worked closely with Chris Mullin and Jim Frazier on the potential role of pesticides on declining honey bee health in general and in 2010 co-authored a landmark paper on the presence of specific toxins in pollen and wax.

Maryann is also committed to international development, having worked with beekeepers in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Panama and has been a long time philosopher, guide and friend for countless members of the PSBA.

Maryann will be retiring from her position at Penn State. Congratulations Maryann.

Conference Photos   (Photos by Ken Hoover)

2015 Summer Picnic Photos

Photos of Queen Swap

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

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2016.

Bee Informed Colony Loss Survey Results

Preliminary results are now available.

Presidential Memorandum

"Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators"
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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. The honey queen also writes a monthly article detailing her past activities.

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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