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PSBA Summer Picnic

This year's picnic will be held Saturday, July 16, at Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. A guest speaker and multiple educational presentations are planned. Registration is requested as it helps with planning to have an idea how many people to expect. Details and directions available on our Upcoming Events page.

Calling all PA beekeepers! We need your help!

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition will be held August 9-11, 2022. Show hours: Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The show is held annually at The Pennsylvania State University's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center (2710 W. Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865). See https://agsci.psu.edu/apd for more details.

PSBA and beekeeping have an important presence at this event and we need your help! As a fundraiser for PSBA Honey Queen Program, the PSBA will sell honey-sweetened ice cream (no waffles at this event). As an educational opportunity, Penn State Extension Educator, Robyn Underwood, will have an education table and will host apiary demonstrations nearby. Please sign up to help scoop/sell ice cream for PSBA and/or to help at the education table or with demonstrations. Choose one or more slots! Work for a few hours then enjoy the show for the rest of the day. Bring friends or fellow bee club members! All are welcome!

If you have questions, please contact Steve Finke (ice cream) at steve@meadowviewbees.com or Robyn Underwood (education and demos) at rmu1@psu.edu.

We have separate on-line sign-ups for the Ice Cream tent and the Education/Demo's tent….click on one of these links to get to the right signup…

Ice Cream Tent
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DAEA72FA1F4CF8-psba

Education and Demos
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DAEA72FA1F4CF8-psba1

PSBA Winter Loss Survey

The survey is now completed; thanks to those who participated. Results will be available later.

One Way our Winter Loss Survey Data is Used

Darcy Gray, a Master's student in Christina Grozinger's lab at Penn State (and herself a beekeeper) has produced an analysis of winter colony survival from previous survey data. Details on our Research page.

PA State Apiary Inspection

The 2022 PA State Apiary Inspection season has begun. 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.
Meet the 2022 Apiary Inspection Team

Spotted Lanternfly Area Expanded

The Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area has once again been expanded. Details at the PDA website.

Further information for beekeepers and residents:

2022 American Honey Queen


Lucy Winn

Lucy Winn, 2020/2021 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, has been chosen as the 2022 American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference. Congratulations Lucy!

2022 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Brochures


Queen Khristyn Maurer's 2022 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Brochures are now available. A $10 donation for a pack of 100 brochures is requested. You can purchase brochures by contacting the representative in your area listed below or you may print them from this pdf file if you prefer.

2021 Fall Conference Photos

Fall Conference Photos   (Photos by Mark Gingrich)

Beekeeper of the Year for 2020 and 2021 Selected

The 2020 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Vince Aloyo and the 2021 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Mark Antunes at this year's PSBA fall conference.

FieldWatch Program

FieldWatch is a free and voluntary online mapping tool that specialty crop growers and beekeepers can use to map the locations of their crops/hives. Pesticide applicators can use this to see the crops and hives near their application sites and plan accordingly. It is being offered in PA as a collaboration between the PA Dept. of Agriculture and Penn State Extension.   Details

PA State Apiary Inspection - COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Interstate Transportation of Bees

Please read this informational document from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regarding the Interstate Transportation of Bees, Apiary Registrations and Permits, and inspections.

How to Keep Bees During COVID-19

Article by Robyn Underwood and Margarita López-Uribe, Department of Entomology, Penn State University.

López-Uribe Lab: Beekeeping Resources at Penn State

Spring is approaching. Here are some useful links that may be helpful to beekeepers everywhere. If your a beginner, get started with 'Beekeeping, Where to Begin' (https://lopezuribelab.com/beekeeping-where-to-begin/). If you will be installing bee packages this spring, here is a video detailing a step-by-step installation method (https://lopezuribelab.com/package-bee-installation/). If you have overwintered colonies, enjoy our new video that provides an overview of swarming biology and illustrates a step-by-step method to split a colony (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjrAGPZu-Ck&feature=youtu.be). Here are some handy articles including Varroa Mite Monitoring Tools (https://lopezuribelab.com/varroa-mite-monitoring/) and Oxalic Acid treatments (https://lopezuribelab.com/oxalic-acid-treatment-protocols/).

   Katy Ciola Evans

Queen Honey Bee Development

"The queen is the most important individual in a colony. She is the only bee capable of producing workers and tens of thousands of workers are required for strong colonies." Read the full article from PennState Extension: An Introduction to Queen Honey Bee Development. A pdf version is also available.

Honeybee Viruses

Penn State Extension has posted an article with information on "Viruses in Honey Bees".

PSBA Helping Honey Bees Brochures

The 2020 Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Helping Honey Bees Brochures are available. A $10 donation/100 is requested (donations would be paid to Treasurer). To purchase brochures contact: Charlie Vorisek. Or you may print them from the pdf file, if you prefer.

Beekeepers in Pittsburgh - AFB Information

Updated 8-29-19
Updated Letter to Beekeepers in Pittsburgh (by Karen Roccasecca)  
Neighborhood map of Pittsburgh

For all beekeepers:
Updated 10-18-19 Parasitic Mite Syndrome
Updated 10-18-19 Preventing the Spread of American Foulbrood
Updated 10-18-19 Differences Between AFB-EFB-PMS
Updated 8-29-19 American Foulbrood Information (by Penn State University)
Updated 7-15-19 American Foulbrood Information
American Foulbrood Information (by Meghan Milbrath)

For the health and safety of all of our honeybees, it is important that your hives be registered. It is also required by state law. Mail-In Registration Form   Online Registration

Beescape

Beescape provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees." (Beescape is a partnership of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University, Dickinson College, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Davis.)    Visit Beescape.

Managing Varroa Mites

A Varroa Management Decision Tool is available at the Honey Bee Health Coalition website.

López-Uribe Lab: Managing Honeybees

Using an evidence-based approach to manage honey bees in light of wild bee declines

Model Beekeeping Ordinance

We now have a PA Model Beekeeping Ordinance available to view/download.

Pollen Foraging Study

A pollen foraging study has been completed in West Virignia through a Northeast SARE farmer grant endeavoring to determine which plants were being foraged through the months of July through October and which plants were contributing the most to the bees' diet. They looked at pollen collected by honey bees in five West Virginia locations, and pollen collected in one of the locations for three consecutive years. Many of the plants common in West Virginia are also common in parts of Pennsylvania. The final report is available on the Northeast SARE website.

Dr. Samuel Ramsey's varroa research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey spoke at our 2018 fall conference. View the video he did on the same subject for the Danish Beekeeper's Association. Dr. Ramsey previously won the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for his thesis 'Varroa destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite' (Video introduces new ideas on varroa destructor).

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.

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

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.

"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.

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

(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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