Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

 Happy Birthday PSBA! 

Join us as we enter our 110th year. Our commitment to the honeybees and the beekeepers of Pennsylvania is still going strong.

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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 12-03-14

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

PA Beekeepers Celebrate Milestones

Lori Stahl, a member of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, teaching children about the importance of honey bees. Providing educational services is one goal of the organization.

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.

“This is a huge milestone for the organization,” Charles Vorisek, PSBA president said. “The beekeeping industry has changed and evolved over the past 110 years, but the PSBA’s mission of supporting beekeepers, advocating for research and educating the public still remain the same.”

One of the ways the PSBA provides education services is through the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. Founded in 1954, the program has provided educational presentations and a spokesperson for the industry for 60 years.

“Our Queens and Princesses work diligently to promote the beekeeping industry, educate the public on the importance of honey bees and increase the consumption of honey,” Rachel Bryson, chair of the Honey Queen program said. “Reaching 60 years is a testament to the quality of this program and the hard work of its many queens, princesses and chair people.”

The PSBA currently has approximately 800 members. It was formed on April 12, 1904 during its meeting in Williamsport. The first president of the association was Prof. H.A. Surface, who was also the state zoologist. The organization holds two meetings each year; one during its summer picnic and the second at its annual fall convention. The PSBA continues to serve beekeepers throughout Pennsylvania with a commitment to supporting honey bee research, advocating pure PA honey and providing education to the community.

Presidential Memorandum

"Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators"
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BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey Results

Thanks to all those who participated in the BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey. PA was the state with the highest number of responses! View Results

1962 Honey Queen Photos added to Archive

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Honey Queen program, we've added some old pictures of the 1962 Honey Queen to our photo archive.

2014 PA State Apiary Inspection Season has Ended

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2015.

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)

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Interested in joining PSBA?

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

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