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PSBA Summer Picnic

Our 2017 annual Summer Picnic will be held Saturday, July 22, at Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. This year's event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. They have requested those who plan on attending to register, so they have an estimate of how many to expect.   Details

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 PDAís Facebook Live presentation of "Live at the Hive" at the Governorís 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 Governorís 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.

2017 PA State Apiary Inspection

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.

PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

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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:
Waggle from 11-22-16
Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.

2016 Annual Conference News and Photos

Beekeeper of the Year
Charlie Vorisek

Kayla Fusselman was selected and crowned at the conference as the new Honey Queen for 2017. Samantha Stouffer was chosen to be the 2017 PA Honey Princess. See our Honey Queen Program page and the Honey Queen Program's Facebook page for details.

The PSBA 2016 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Charlie Vorisek at the conference banquet. Congratulations Charlie!

Conference Photos   (Photos by Ken Hoover)

PSBA Bee Friendly Initiative recognizes Bellefonte

Bellefonte has been declared "Bee Friendly"! Read the article at the the Centre Daily Times website.

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.

2017 PA Farm Show Photos

The PA Farm Show was a success and photos have been added to our Farm Show page. Photos courtesy of Charles Vorisek - used by permission.

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.

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