Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

 Happy Birthday PSBA! 

Join us as we enter our 110th year. Our commitment to the honeybees and the beekeepers of Pennsylvania is still going strong.

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2014 PSBA Summer Picnic

This year's annual PSBA Summer Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, 3950 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown, Pa. 17051. The PSBA Executive Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. General gathering at noon, with lunch to follow at 1:00.

Our hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products (plates/cutlery/napkins etc.). All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

The location features the primary apiary and honey extraction facility for the Fisher’s, a small zoo with various animals, and a creek for cooling off. Plus the opportunity to fellowship with other beekeeepers! A Queen Swap and scoring hives will be demonstrated. New PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Directions available on our Upcoming Events page.

BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey

Thanks to all those who participated in the BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey. PA was the state with the highest number of responses! View Results

PA Beekeepers Celebrate Milestones

Lori Stahl, a member of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, teaching children about the importance of honey bees. Providing educational services is one goal of the organization.

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.

“This is a huge milestone for the organization,” Charles Vorisek, PSBA president said. “The beekeeping industry has changed and evolved over the past 110 years, but the PSBA’s mission of supporting beekeepers, advocating for research and educating the public still remain the same.”

One of the ways the PSBA provides education services is through the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. Founded in 1954, the program has provided educational presentations and a spokesperson for the industry for 60 years.

“Our Queens and Princesses work diligently to promote the beekeeping industry, educate the public on the importance of honey bees and increase the consumption of honey,” Rachel Bryson, chair of the Honey Queen program said. “Reaching 60 years is a testament to the quality of this program and the hard work of its many queens, princesses and chair people.”

The PSBA currently has approximately 800 members. It was formed on April 12, 1904 during its meeting in Williamsport. The first president of the association was Prof. H.A. Surface, who was also the state zoologist. The organization holds two meetings each year; one during its summer picnic and the second at its annual fall convention. The PSBA continues to serve beekeepers throughout Pennsylvania with a commitment to supporting honey bee research, advocating pure PA honey and providing education to the community.

Presidential Memorandum

"Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators"
Read the article...

1962 Honey Queen Photos added to Archive

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Honey Queen program, we've added some old pictures of the 1962 Honey Queen to our photo archive.

2014 PA State Apiary Inspection Season has Begun

Find you local inspector's name and contact information. Alternatively, you can click on your county on the map on that same page.

2014 PA Honey Queen Selected

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is proud to announce that Kaylee Kilgore was selected as the 2014 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar in Pittsburgh. Kaylee, 19, originally from Maine, is the daughter of Cindy and Bruce Kilgore. Details on our Honey Queen Program page.

PA Honey Queen named American Honey Princess

Elena Hoffman, 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess during the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow. Details on our Honey Queen Program page.

Photos from 2014 Farm Show

Our Farm Show page has pictures from the January 2014 PA Farm Show. Photos by Charlie Vorisek.

2013 Fall Conference Photos

Fall Conference Photos (Photos by Bill Mondjack)

From our 2013 Summer Picnic...


Picnic Photos

Communication Plan
Video presentation about the PSBA Communication Plan
Newsletter Article about the plan
new   Full plan

new   Social Media Links:
Facebook (or search PA State Beekeepers Association)
Twitter (or search @PABeekeepers)
YouTube – search for PA Beekeepers

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.

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 Vorisek

HB2565   ACT_106   Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
new 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

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)

Selling Honey In PA  (updated 3/17/14)

(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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