Please see the linked press release from the National Honey Board.
The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting theWyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products. Eventbrite.com for registration
The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, USDA ARS Utah Bee Lab entomologist Dr. James Strange.
The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.
The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night, or you can register for one day at $35/day.
Go to eventbrite.com Wyoming Bee College to register.
Our speaker line up:
Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.
Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming. Michael will be teaching the beginning bee class or helping new beekeepers on Saturday start to finish how to become a beekeeper with a hands-on hive portion. Bring your bee suit if you have one.
Terry Booth, retired USDA ARS researcher, owner operator of Cheyenne Honey. Terry will give insight and advise of 40 years of beekeeping in Wyoming.
Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center, Brenna will discuss the importance of native bees, their habitat how to help them and identification. Brenna will also teach a class on the orchard mason bee with a build your own orchard mason bee hive.
Gayle Wilson, owner artist of Thin-Air-Studio, director of Works of Wyoming. Gayle will be teaching the value added class and sharing her recipes for lotions, lip balms, furniture wax, and encaustic art wax as well as making a product to take home.
Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW, where and how to get your products noticed and sold, beyond the basics of marketing.
Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees why it’s important to register your bee hives with the department of agriculture.
Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Current information on the EPA’s new rules on pesticide labeling and what a beekeeper can do.
Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects and how you can do the same. For more information contact Catherine Wissner at307-633-4383.
MONTANA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
October 5, 2013
2013 MSBA Convention Agenda (subject to change)
Thursday Oct. 17, 2013
1:00-1:30pm: Emily Campbell, 2013 American Honey Princess
1:30-2:00pm: Cam Lay, Montana Department of Agriculture
2:00-3:00pm: Michelle Flenniken, Assistant Research Pro.-Ph.D from MSU
Subject Title: “Honey Bee Pathogen and Pathway Discovery”
3:30-4:00pm: Laura Brutcher, MSU
Subject Title: “Understanding the Factors Affecting Honey Bee Health”
4:00-5:00pm: Phil Craft, aka Ask Dr. Phil
Subject Title: “Common queen problems in hives”
***Dinner on your own
***Finger foods will be served during the entertainment.
***Family friendly entertainment…children welcome for the evening until 10pm.
7:00-9:00pm: Dynamic Duets, Starring…..Songbird Teresa-Rose and Danny Sax
9pm-????: Singing and Karaoke with Teresa-Rose
Friday Oct. 18, 2013
8:00-9:00am: Dave Wick: Virus Detection Report
9:00-10:00am: Justin Brown, Bee Shield
Subject Title: “A shield for the bees”.
Subject Title: “Helping the environment and bees hand in hand and with one tree”
10:15-11:00am: Any vendors that would like to take a few minutes to speak may do so now.
11:00-12:00pm: James Cropper, CA Air Resources Board
1:30-2:30pm: Jonathan Lundgren, Research Entomologist
Subject Title: “Insect conservation and modern crop land”.
3:00-5:00pm: Business Meeting
6:00-7:00pm: No Host Happy Hour
7:00pm-???: Banquet, silent auction and auction
Saturday Oct. 19, 2013
8:00am: Sioux Bee Honey meeting breakfast
Montana State Beekeepers Association est. 1915
5 Honey Lane
Sheridan, MT 59749
Membership Registration Form
Suggested Annual Dues:
Up to 300 colonies $25.00 __________
301 to 500 colonies $45.00 __________
501 colonies and over $75.00 __________
Dealers, Handlers, Packers, ect. $50.00 __________
Sustaining Member $100.00 __________
Additional Members(each) $10.00 __________(list below)
(included under Company’s membership)
Ladies Auxiliary $5.00 __________
Total Dues for 2013 $_________
Additional Membership Cards
2013 Montana State Beekeepers Association. All Rights Reserved.
Montana State Beekeepers Association Convention
October 17-19, 2013
The Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
4655 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 406-221-7070 or Fax: 406-221-7076
Will be attending convention_____ if attending how many people_____
Will not be attending convention____
No. for Ladies Luncheon_____@ $9.50 each Total________
***Soup and Sandwich bar: Choice of two freshly made soups, assorted breads, assorted meats and cheeses, condiments, pasta salad, potato salad and fresh fruit.
No. for Men’s Luncheon_____ Sponsored by Golden Heritage
***Italian Bar: Choice of lasagna, fettuccine or spaghetti with meatballs. Buffet comes with tossed green salad, assorted dressings and garlic toasted bread.
No. for Dinner Banquet______@ $26.95
**Please indicate your dinner choice: Baron of Beef___, Chicken___, Pork Loin____
****Baron of Beef: Slow roasted
****Chicken: Boneless chicken breast topped with mushroom tarragon sauce.
****Herb crusted Pork Loin: Slow roasted
Served with tossed green salad, seasonal vegetables, choice of potatoes, rice or pasta warm rolls with butter and dessert.
On Thursday evening starting at 7:00pm I am proud to have a special surprise: Our friend Teresa Rose and her partner Danny will be performing their act Dynamic Duets…Teresa and Danny were featured at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas last month with is performance.
This is an act that the whole family can and will enjoy.
(Please take note that Dynamic Duets is fashioned after a Frank Sinatra Dinner/theatre style entertainment show, and is not classified as a bar or dance band.) Danny Sax Kat Felix and Miss Songbird Teresa Rose… bringing vibrant yet classy entertainment straight to your event! These two crooners are sure to delight your audiance with a show that will leave them wanting more! Bringing classic and modern duets to you with theatrical flare! Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Michael Buble, and Linda Ronstadt are just some of the artist who’s styles reflect DYNAMIC DUETS! Blended with a perfect balance of both humor and class these two have it all! You will also find yourself captivated and charmed by Danny SAX as he plays his rich and soulful saxophone with smooth sounds you won’t forget! You and your audiances will be positively bedazzled by Dynamic Duets!
Room rates at the Copper King Hotel are the same for king, queen and double rooms.
Please let them know that you are part of the Montana State Beekeepers, our rate will be $82.99 plus tax. They will honor that rate up to the day of the event. The Copper King Hotel contact information is on the first page of the registration.
The Copper King Hotel has an indoor pool with a 105’ waterslide.
You can also visit http://www.buttecvb.com for more things to see and do in the Mining City of Butte Montana.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you.
MONTANA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
5 Honey Lane
Sheridan, MT 59749
406-842-5380 home/406-596-2288 cell
Scott Clark, Sheridan
Greg Fullerton, Babb
Andy Drange, Laurel
Craig Rodenberg, Wolf Point
Three Year Terms:
Steve Park, Fairview
James Rehm, Power
Craig Rodenberg, Wolf Point
Two Year Terms:
Leonard Brown, Chinook
Rob Buhmann, Zurich
Paul Taylor, Stanford
One Year Term:
Wade Anderson, Chinook
Keegan Fluke, Arlee
Todd Larson, Billings
September 18, 2013
Members and Guests,
Our annual meeting will be in Butte this year on October 17th, 18th and 19th. We will begin with our first speaker on Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm. Please register for the convention in advance so meals can be planned accordingly with the facility. The convention registration and annual membership form is attached.
This years agenda will include:
- Ø Jonathan Lundgren: Research Entomologist
- Ø Justin Brown: Bee Shield
- Ø Dave Wick: Virus Detection Report
- Ø Phil Craft aka Ask Dr. Phil: Common queen problems in hives
- Ø Cam Lay: Montana Dept. of Agriculture
- Ø Michelle Flenniken: Assistant Research Pro.- Ph.D. from MSU
- Ø California Air Resources Board: Webinar
- Ø Emily Campbell: 2013 American Honey Princess
Please plan on bringing an auction item for donation. A silent auction will be held prior to the banquet by the Ladies Auxiliary in addition to the normal auction. If you have any questions please contact Tuesday Clark @ 406-596-0122 cell or 406-842-5380 home.
Montana State Beekeepers Association
The 2013 Montana State Beekeepers’ Convention will be held Oct. 17-19 in Butte, MT at the Copper King Inn Convention Center, 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701. Further information will follow via letter to members. Please contact Tuesday Clark with any questions: clarkhoney (at) hotmail (dot) com
See you there!
As you are likely aware, the Farm Bill continues to make its way through Congress. The following information is from Michele Colopy, Program Director of the National Pollinator Defense Fund. Former MTSBA President Craig Rodenburg thought the membership might be interested in seeing the information from Michele, and following the NPDF’s Farm Bill updates at http://pollinatordefense.org/site/:
The Farm Bill continues to work its way through Congress. The Boxer Amendment is still an important focus for Pollinator Protection. The Boxer Amendment is now identified as Amendment Number 1027.
Senator Barbara Boxer has proposed the following amendment #1027 that would:
1. Create an interagency task force on bee health and commercial beekeeping
2. Encourage a more proactive approach to protecting pollinator health at U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and
3. Require feasibility studies for modernizing one current ARS honey bee research laboratory, and establishing one new ARS pollinator research laboratory.
Please be advised Senate Amendment 984 submitted by Senator Fischer is an amendment to define seed and the importation of seed:
SEC. 10013. IMPORTATION OF SEED.
Section 17(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. 136o(c)) is amended– (1) by striking “The Secretary” and inserting the following:“(1) In general.–The Secretary”; and (2) by adding at the end the following:“(2) Importation of seed.–For purposes of this subsection, seed, including treated seed, shall not be considered to be a pesticide or device. “(3) Applicability.–Nothing in this subsection precludes or limits the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to the importation or movement of plants, plant products, or seeds under– “(A) the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.); and “(B) the Federal Seed Act (7 U.S.C. 1551 et seq.).”.
It appears that item number 2 of the Fischer amendment codifies seed treatments as a non-application of pesticides. The Farm Bill is still moving through the Congress. If seed treatments are not regulated as a “pesticide,” what will be the recourse for bee kills such as the one recently in Minnesota. Regrettably, there have been incidences of bee kills when seed treatment dust has killed bee hives. (select this YouTube link to a bee kill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxXXaILuK5s )
The Farm Bill reauthorization, and amendments such as the Boxer Amendment #1027, and the line concerning seed treatments will be voted upon soon. Please call or email your Senators and Representatives today, and voice your opinion concerning these important issues to beekeepers and pollinators.
National Pollinator Defense Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 193
Danbury, Texas 77534