Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar will be held Friday and Saturday, February 16 & 17, 2018, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Note the new venue. Details on our Upcoming Events page.

PA Farm Show

The 2018 Farm Show occurred January 6-13 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers’ Association’s showcase annual event and the primary source of fund raising for the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. Details at our Farm Show page.


George R Bogovich, well-respected long-time beekeeper passed away December 26, 2017.    Read the Obituary

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

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan

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

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 to represent US in International Competition

Update - He won!

Doctoral candidate Samuel Ramsey won the University of Maryland’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and will now compete internationally. Following is further information from him as forwarded to us from State Apiarist Karen Roccasecca.

This April I won a national competition where you're judged on how well you can present your entire Doctoral Thesis in 3 minutes (called the 3MT). I was told that I would have the distinct honor of representing the University of Maryland and, more broadly, the US in the International Competition in October! Well, October kind of snuck up on me here in Thailand!!! A big part of that competition started on Sunday: "The People's Choice Vote" and apparently my video is doing pretty well!! The University of Maryland has been really excited about it! They think I've got a shot at winning the International round and they want me to take home the People's Choice Title too! The only problem is that it's kind of difficult for me to rally the troops and get the word out while I'm in another time zone 8,431 miles away from home (approximately). So how about this: I'll rally the troops here at Chiang Mai University (after all, this project is the whole reason why I'm here); could you guys help me rock the vote in the ole US of A?

"The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite" at

Let's see if the US can take home the gold! (The competitors from Singapore and England are NOT making that easy!!??)

Kid's Craft

Make a bee-related Cootie Catcher/Finger Puzzle. Created by Charlie & Cathy Vorisek, these projects include directions and are available for download in pdf format: Bees.pdf   Honey.pdf   Pollination.pdf. Or grab them all in a single file:

2017 PA State Apiary Inspection

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2018.

State declares "Pollinator Week"

June 19-25 designated as Pollinator Week

As part of Pollinator Awareness Week, Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer and Apiary Inspector Nate Weber participated on PDA’s Facebook Live presentation of "Live at the Hive" at the Governor’s Mansion. They were joined by Barry Crumlich, Executive Chef and honey bee observer, and Beekeeper Luke Cline. Chef Barry loves having the bees on site. The bees used at educational activities held on site and Barry uses the honey as he cooks for numerous functions held at the Governor’s Mansion. He is working on a new smoothie recipe using the extracted honey. Nate opened one of the bee colonies and showed viewers an inside view of the hive. No one was stung and many are enjoying the presentation. Be sure to check out the PDA Facebook site to watch the demonstration which was recorded by Emily Demsey on June 20th.

PSBA Bee Friendly Upcoming Webinar

The Bee Friendly PA Program is an effort designed to recognize communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for their efforts in supporting honeybee health through legislation, education, pest management, green space care and community support. Municipalities are now encouraged to apply for the Bee Friendly PA designation. Application and further details available at the Bee Friendly Cities PA website. Additional sponsors are also being sought.

PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

View results
Last year's survey results

Bee Informed Partnership Survey

Survey Results

PSBA 'Waggle'

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 also available here on the website:
Conference Waggle 2017
Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.

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 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

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

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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