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Invitation to Support Our Friends in Need

Bill Mondjack is a longtime member and a great supporter of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association. Bill was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer and will need to make trips to Philadelphia for treatments. Bill can use our support so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Select this link for additional information if you are able to make a contribution:   Bill's Medical Fund

PSBA Winter Loss Survey

Once again we are asking you to complete our PSBA Winter Loss Survey. This survey will be available until at least the beginning of May. Please only fill it out once you can better assess your losses for this past winter. Due to the vast diversity of elevations and climate conditions in Pennsylvania, colonies in some areas are a month or so either ahead or behind. Please only fill this out one time to keep our results relevant.   Thank you.

We have been made aware of a problem with our winter loss survey on iPhones and iPads. It appears to be a Google / Apple problem. As far as we can determine, PC's and Android devices work OK. We are trying to resolve the issue. The survey is important and highly useful in furthering our knowledge about the losses we suffer as beekeepers. Please bear with us. We appreciate your patience in this matter. If you have had trouble completing the survey, please let us know at webmaster@pastatebeekeepers.org.   Thank you.

View last year's results

PA State Apiary Inspection

The 2018 PA State Apiary Inspection season has begun (weather permitting). 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.

Delaware Valley University Beekeeping Courses

Delaware Valley University Annual Beekeeping Courses will be held at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
Queen Rearing - May 12, 13, 22
Introductory Beekeeping - July 20, 21, 22
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration

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

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

Bee Informed National Colony Loss Management Survey

Please go to the online survey and complete the survey there. It will close on April 30th. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at beeinformed.org.

Lopez-Uribe Lab Project Seeking Beekeepers

The Lopez-Uribe Lab at Penn State University (PSU) is conducting a citizen science project to investigate the role of sugar syrup in reducing mite numbers after package installations. They are hoping to recruit beekeepers to test their hypothesis. Details

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


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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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