Welcome from PSBA's President
2012 PSBA Annual Conference
A well-deserved award to Sharon McDonald
Photos from 2013 Farm Show
Our Farm Show page has been updated with pictures from the 2013 PA Farm Show. Photos by Charlie Vorisek.
Mite Control Survey by UDEL Graduate Student
Katy Evans, graduate student at the University of Delaware, is working on a project focusing on helping the local beekeeping community reduce and better manage mite populations and varroa vectored viruses in a non-chemical fashion. She is requesting beekeeper participation in a survey to find out their strategies used to control for mites. Details Survey link
Karen Roccasecca appointed as State Apiarist
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Roccasecca as the Pennsylvania State Apiarist. We appreciate Karen’s willingness to serve Pennsylvania’s more than 2,700 registered beekeepers in this new role.
Many of you already know Karen as an apiary inspector, a position she’s held at the department since 2006. In this role, Karen and her team of seven seasonal inspectors worked with the state’s approximately 2,700 registered beekeepers that have more than 5,000 bee yards containing about 42,000 bee colonies. She’s also been instrumental in the study of Colony Collapse Disorder.
In her new role Karen will continue to support and protect the apiary industry.
You will hear more from Karen moving forward, but I encourage you to reach out to her to introduce yourself or with any questions. You can contact Karen at email@example.com or by phone at 717-346-9567.
Thank you for your continued support of our agriculture industry and for all that you do to keep farmers farming.
George Greig, Secretary
PA Department of Agriculture
2013 Pennsylvania Honey Princess Chosen
The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is excited to announce that Jessica Aurand was selected as the 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Princess during the Pennsylvania Farm Show...Read about it on our Honey Queen Program page.
Honey Sale Legislation
HB 2565 has passed both the House and the Senate ... unanimously. HB 2565 exempts on-the-farm honey producers from food license and registration, provided they produce 100% of the honey offered for sale. The honey offered for sale must comply with the 1974 law referred to as the Honey Sale and Labeling Act.
However...anyone is still subject to inspection. An inspection would most likely be prompted by someone getting sick on the product or complaint. Otherwise, an on- farm producer will likely never see an inspector.
The governor signed this legislation Oct 25th. It will take effect in 60 days. So... in January 2013, every honey producer that became a criminal over-night with Act 106 on Jan 1, 2011, will no longer be criminals again. How cool is that ! We will await any clarifications.
This amendment was initiated by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, through their local representative (Sandra Major). Hats off to SBA ! Pa State Beekeepers Association fully supported and actively participated in hearings and communications regarding this amendment.
Charles VorisekHB2565 ACT_106 Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
EAS Coming to PA
EAS is coming to West Chester, Pennsylvania on August 5-9. Read more...
Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms
Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".
Monthly Article By Honey Queen (updated 4/28/13)
Our PA Honey Queen is writing a monthly article detailing her activities. Read it on our Honey Queen Program page.
Previous editions of the PSBA Newsletter are now archived online for your convenience.
new A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.