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Invitation to Support Our Friends in Need

Bill Mondjack is a longtime member and a great supporter of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association. Bill was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer and will need to make trips to Philadelphia for treatments. Bill can use our support so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Select this link for additional information if you are able to make a contribution:   Bill's Medical Fund

Kayla Fusselman, our 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen and current American Honey Queen, unexpectedly lost her mother Diane on February 10th. Her family is without insurance and can use our support for medical and funeral expenses. Please keep Kayla and her family in your thoughts and prayers.   Kayla's Mother's Medical and Funeral Expenses

Obituary - Glenn Crimbring

Glenn Crimbring, long-time member of PSBA and husband of Yvonne (long-time PSBA Secretary), passed away Saturday, February 17. Read the full obituary.

Obituary - Thomas Bryson

Thomas Bryson, father of Rachel (PA Honey Queen Program Chair) and Teresa (former PA and American Honey Queen) passed away Thursday, February 15. Read the full obituary.

Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Allows beekeepers to sterilize their hive wooden ware and other contaminated equipment using gamma irradiation. Located at Sterigenics in Salem, NJ. Updated Flyer and details on our Upcoming Events page.

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan


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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

2018 PA Farm Show Photos

2018 PA Farm Show was a success and photos have been added to our Farm Show page. Photos courtesy of Charles Vorisek and Alyssa Fine - used by permission. Various farm show photos and videos are also available on our Facebook page.

Kayla Fusselman chosen as 2018 American Honey Queen

Kayla Fusselman, 2017 PA Honey Queen was selected as 2018 American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation Convention.

2018 Honey Queen and Princess chosen at Fall Conference

Hannah Albright was crowned 2018 Pennsylvania Honey Queen and Lydia Barr selected as 2018 Pennsylvania Honey Princess. Details

Jeremy Barnes selected as 2017 Beekeeper of the Year

The 2017 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Jeremy Barnes at the PSBA fall conference. About Jeremy Barnes

Doctoral Candidate Samuel Ramsey's varroa research

Doctoral candidate Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland won the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for his thesis 'Varroa destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq52ug3HTxY (Introduces some new ideas on varroa destructor.)

PA State Apiary Inspection

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2018.

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.

PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

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Last year's survey results

Bee Informed Partnership Survey

Survey Results

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.

Publication Quick Links

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