Welcome from PSBA's President
2014 Farm Show
Please try to take time to attend the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show, January 4 - 11 at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA. Online registration for exhibitors is now open. For details on entering County and Individual Exhibits as well as Apiary Product Exhibits, see the Apiary Products document linked from the Premium List page of the Farm Show website. Interested in volunteering at the show? See our Upcoming Events for information on who to contact.
PSBA Conference Survey
Currently the PSBA Conference is a day and a half of talks, demonstrations, honey competition, and vendor exhibits and sales, spanning Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, with a banquet Friday evening. The meeting is held on the second weekend of November in Lewisburg, PA. At the last PSBA Conference, a small task force was charged with reviewing the structure of this meeting.
We would be grateful if you would complete a short survey as we get input from members. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WL6D3YJ
2013 Fall Conference Photos
Fall Conference Photos (Photos by Bill Mondjack)
From our Summer Picnic...Photos
Video presentation about the PSBA Communication Plan
Newsletter Article about the plan
new Full plan
new Social Media Links:
Facebook (or search PA State Beekeepers Association)
Twitter (or search @PABeekeepers)
YouTube – search for PA Beekeepers
Photos from 2013 Farm Show
Our Farm Show page has been updated with pictures from the 2013 PA Farm Show. Photos by Charlie Vorisek.
2013 PA State Apiary Inspection Season has Ended
Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2014.
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
HB 2565 has passed both the House and the Senate ... unanimously. HB 2565 exempts on-the-farm honey producers from food license and registration, provided they produce 100% of the honey offered for sale. The honey offered for sale must comply with the 1974 law referred to as the Honey Sale and Labeling Act.
However...anyone is still subject to inspection. An inspection would most likely be prompted by someone getting sick on the product or complaint. Otherwise, an on- farm producer will likely never see an inspector.
The governor signed this legislation Oct 25th. It will take effect in 60 days. So... in January 2013, every honey producer that became a criminal over-night with Act 106 on Jan 1, 2011, will no longer be criminals again. How cool is that ! We will await any clarifications.
This amendment was initiated by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, through their local representative (Sandra Major). Hats off to SBA ! Pa State Beekeepers Association fully supported and actively participated in hearings and communications regarding this amendment.
Charles VorisekHB2565 ACT_106 Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
new Selling Honey In PA
Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms
Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".
Monthly Article By Honey Queen (updated 11/27/13)
Our PA Honey Queen is writing a monthly article detailing her activities. Read it on our Honey Queen Program page.
Previous editions of the PSBA Newsletter are now archived online for your convenience.
A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.
Documents and Brochures Available in PDF Format
Best Management Practices (updated 6/25/13)
(see the 'Publication Quick Links' below for even more...)