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2018 PSBA Annual Conference

This year's PSBA conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3, at the at the Ramada, State College. We have a great line up of speakers and topics of interest to both new and experienced beekeepers. Time to sign up for Conference and Banquet! The cutoff for conference rate room reservations is Monday, 15 October. The deadline for Conference Registration is 21 October. Clubs, businesses, or individuals wishing to donate items for the Promotions Committee Auction to support the Honey Queen Program may contact Bob Tatro at PSBASecretary@gmail.com.
  Details   Agenda (subject to change) and Registration

2nd Beekeepers and Educators KENYA Tour

This 9-day tour (January 16-26, 2019) of Eastern Kenya is a great opportunity to see a beautiful African country, meet real beekeepers and experience African bees and beekeeping. Tour will be led by Dr. Elliud Muli, a renowned Kenyan beekeeping specialist, Kenyan beekeeper Joseph Kilonzo and Maryann Frazier, retired Penn State honey bee extension specialist who has worked with bees in Kenya for 10 years.   Flyer   Details

Blueberry Pollination Survey

To better understand the status of pollination services to blueberries in the Mid-Atlantic region, the López-Uribe lab is conducting a survey that will help identify grower's needs for pollination and specific gaps in our understanding about how to fulfill those needs. If you grow blueberries on your farm (if you know someone who does, refer them), please consider participating in this short survey. The estimated amount of time to answer all questions is 2-3 minutes. Please contact Margarita López-Uribe with questions.

Candidates wanted for 2019 Honey Queen and Princess

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is currently seeking candidates for the 2019 Honey Queen and Princess. Any single young woman, between the ages of 18-24 as of November 1st, who is a resident of Pennsylvania, is eligible to compete. Although preferred, it is not necessary that the candidate come from a beekeeping background, only that she has an interest in honey bees and beekeeping and a willingness to learn more and share that information with the public. Further details on our Honey Queen Program Page.

New Pennsylvania Honey Queen Brochures


The 2018 Pennsylvania Honey Queen - Honey Recipes Brochures are now available. In addition to some great honey recipes, the brochure includes information on the Honey Queen Program, some Honey Bee trivia, and some information on our 2018 Honey Queen, Hannah Albright. Brochures are available for $15 for a pack of 100. Proceeds go to the PSBA Honey Queen Program. To purchase brochures contact:

2018 Summer Picnic Photos

Picnic Photos   (Photos by Ken Hoover)

PSBA Winter Loss Survey

Thanks to those who participated in our PSBA Winter Loss Survey. Despite the iPhone/iPad issue, We received 633 responses. Results showed 3899 hives entering into last winter and 2665 coming out alive this spring, for a total loss rate of approximately 44.5%. More detailed survey summary will be posted in the near future.

View previous year's results

PA State Apiary Inspection

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.

Important updates for Beekeepers about Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and the Current Quarantine

Update   Spotted Lanternfly Permits are required for individuals, businesses, and organizations moving within or from the quarantine zone. Working with PA Department of Agriculture, Penn State Extension launched an online course to provide training and permits as needed.

Spotted Lanternfly Hatching

If you do not know about the invasive leafhopper, or would like to learn more about it, please go to the PA Department of Agriculture's website.

We are trying to prevent the spread of this insect to other parts of PA and to other states. A few SLF have been found in New York, Delaware, and Virginia, but we do not want to spread more.

You may be wondering how SLF and beekeeping interact. Please be aware that the guideline information for beekeepers is quite new and some of the information will change and be updated. The guidelines of are particular interest to beekeepers in these counties: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill. These counties are under the SLF quarantine.

The quarantine's important guidelines are necessary and will help PA maintain trade and good relationships with other states, as well as other Pennsylvanians. The SLF quarantine guidelines for PA beekeepers are not overly hard to do and are well worth learning about. Moving within PA from or within a quarantined area requires a beekeeper to receive training and pass a test to receive certification that he or she understands the importance of this quarantine and how to check their equipment, vehicles, etc. If the beekeeper is moving out of state, they must contact me or their state Apiary Inspector. We will be doing the regular export inspection, as well as a SLF inspection, prior to issuing the export permit (Certificate of Inspection) to the beekeeper and the receiving state. There is NO charge for these inspections.

SLF Checklist
Official SLF Quarantine Information
SLF Unofficial Permit Guidelines for Beekeepers

Karen Roccasecca / State Apiarist
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
2301 N Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-346-9567 / Fax: 717-783-3275
www.agriculture.state.pa.us

Tracking the Health of Feral Bees in PA

"Since 2016 the López-Uribe lab has been leading a citizen science project that aims to map and characterize the health status of feral bees across Pennsylvania." Read their full article.

PA Queen Bee Improvement Project - Field Test for Mite-biting Behavior

Interested in participating as a 'Backyard Scientist' studying Purdue Leg-Chewers?
Instructions for Participating   Application

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan


Download video (Right-click and choose 'Save link/target as' if your browser doesn't default to downloading file)
View static version of video as pdf

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan (P4) was developed with input from 36 individuals representing 28 state and national organizations and stakeholder groups. It summarizes the current state of pollinators in Pennsylvania, and provides recommendations for best practices and resources to support and expand pollinator populations. There is an opportunity for comments at the end. Comments will be accepted until Dec 15th. The document is fluid and will be reviewed and updated annually. The final chapter will be written based on comments that will help guide how it may be published and implemented.
Details at the Center for Pollinator Research

2018 PA Farm Show Photos

2018 PA Farm Show was a success and photos have been added to our Farm Show page. Photos courtesy of Charles Vorisek and Alyssa Fine - used by permission. Various farm show photos and videos are also available on our Facebook page.

Kayla Fusselman chosen as 2018 American Honey Queen

Kayla Fusselman, 2017 PA Honey Queen was selected as 2018 American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation Convention.

2018 Honey Queen and Princess chosen at Fall Conference

Hannah Albright was crowned 2018 Pennsylvania Honey Queen and Lydia Barr selected as 2018 Pennsylvania Honey Princess. Details

Apimondia 2019 comes to North America

Apimondia 2019 will be held in September 2019 in Montreal. See our Upcoming Events page for details.

Jeremy Barnes selected as 2017 Beekeeper of the Year

The 2017 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Jeremy Barnes at the PSBA fall conference. About Jeremy Barnes

Doctoral Candidate Samuel Ramsey's varroa research

Doctoral candidate Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland won the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for his thesis 'Varroa destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq52ug3HTxY (Introduces some new ideas on varroa destructor.)

PSBA Bee Friendly Program

Bee Friendly PA is a new initiative from the Pennsylvania State Beekeeping Association (PSBA) that recognizes bee-friendly communities across the state: those that encourage beekeeping as well provide hospitable habitats and pollinator-friendly pest management practices.

Varroa Videos

The Honeybee Health Coalition has posted a series of videos to help beekeepers combat varroa.

Honey contains added sugars?

The Labeling Information released by the FDA indicates that honey sold at retail will need to list "Added Sugars" in the Nutritional Facts label (see item #16). The honey industry fears this will create massive consumer confusion regarding adulteration. Sugars are not added to honey, they are naturally occurring. Adding sugars to honey implies adulteration. Concerns regarding this may be addressed to: Blakeley Fitzpatrick, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-830), Food and Drug Administration at 240-402-5429 or NutritionProgramStaff@fda.hhs.gov and the FDA Food Labeling and Standards Staff at 240-402-2371.

Landscapes for Honey Bees Project - Beekeepers wanted!

PSBA will be a sponsor of a new beekeeper-scientist partnership project, "Landscapes for Honey Bees"! The goal is to identify landscape features (land use, forage quality, microclimate) that best support honey bee populations, by working with a network of cooperating beekeepers that cover a wide variety of landscapes, from urban to agricultural to rural.

"The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries. The Landscapes for Bee Project will inform land managers, growers and beekeepers about how to find and create optimum resources for bees." Read more...

Project Website & Registration   More about pollinators

"Why did my honey bees die?"

Wondering what happened? Read the article at beeinformed.org

Sentinel Apiary Project

Bee Informed Partnership is looking for beekeeping groups from across the country who manage 8 or more colonies and are interested to participate in their Sentinel Apiary Project. If you chose to participate, your club will receive monthly disease reports of Nosema and Varroa levels as well as colony health monitoring with hive scales. Data collected can be shared among those in your group, as your Sentinel Apiary will represent beekeeping conditions specific to your region. All personal data collected will remain confidential; however hive scale and disease data from Sentinel apiaries will be on a shared, public website. Subsidies available for the cost of hive scales for qualifying groups. Details and application available at beeinformed.org.

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.

Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms

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

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

WHO: BTi (used for mosquito control) not toxic to honey bees

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 3/21/17)

(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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