Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

2016 Fall Conference

The PSBA Fall Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, at the Days Inn, State College. (Note the new location.) The theme is Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping and the keynote speakers will be Mark Winston, author most recently of 'Bee Time' and Keith Delaplane, currently featured in the American Bee Journal. Guest speaker at the Banquet: Dr. Deb Delaney.

New this year: Beekeeping 102 (Friday 9:00 a.m. - noon) - A special offering for newer beekeepers, facilitated by Jim Bobb and Deb Delaney.

Details and Registration

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 now also available here on the website:
New  Waggle from 8-30-16
Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.

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 and the FDA Food Labeling and Standards Staff at 240-402-2371.

2016 PA State Apiary Inspection

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2017.

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 now also available here on the website:
New  Waggle from 8-30-16
Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.

Candidates wanted for 2017 Honey Queen and Princess

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is currently seeking candidates for the 2017 Honey Queen and Princess. Further details on our Honey Queen Program Page.

PSBA Bee Friendly Initiative

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.

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

2016 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.

ABF Complimentary Membership for New Members

The American Beekeeping Federation is offering a free 2016 membership for anyone who has never been a member of ABF. See their website for details.

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. Deadline to apply is April 15th; however enrollment is limited. Details and application available at

2015 Annual Conference News and Photos

Sarah McTish was selected and crowned at the conference as the new Honey Queen for 2016. See our Honey Queen Program page and the Honey Queen Program's Facebook page for details.

The PSBA 2015 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Maryann Frazier at the conference banquet. As the senior extension associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State specializing in apiculture, Maryann is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved in the departmentís innovative public outreach program. She has worked closely with Chris Mullin and Jim Frazier on the potential role of pesticides on declining honey bee health in general and in 2010 co-authored a landmark paper on the presence of specific toxins in pollen and wax.

Maryann is also committed to international development, having worked with beekeepers in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Panama and has been a long time philosopher, guide and friend for countless members of the PSBA.

Maryann will be retiring from her position at Penn State. Congratulations Maryann.

Conference Photos   (Photos by Ken Hoover)

State declares "Pollinator Week"

June 15-21 designated as Pollinator Week.

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.

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

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 6/25/13)

(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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