Tenatively, we will have a speaker from a local USDA - FSA office to discuss the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program
ELAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency
(FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
ELAP provides assistance for livestock death losses;
feed and grazing losses that are not due to drought or
wildfires on federally managed lands; losses resulting
from the cost of transporting water to livestock due to
an eligible drought; losses resulting from the
additional cost associated with gathering livestock for
treatment related to cattle tick fever, honeybee feed,
colony and hive losses; and farm-raised fish feed and
This month we will have a presentation on honey extraction, have some equipment available, and cover a little on wax rendering. We will leave time for a question and answer session for honey extracting or any other beekeeping topic that comes up. See you there!
Mark your calendars for our 100th anniversary meeting, June 15 & 16, at Roanoke College in Roanoke.
The speakers are: Tom Seeley, Professor at Cornell University and an outstanding researcher into the behavior and social life of honey bees; Kirsten Traynor, author of Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey and co-author of Simple, Smart Beekeeping with Michael J. Traynor, she is also the new editor of American Bee Journal; Dewey Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University, with 40+ years teaching and doing bee extension and bee research; and, Jessica Kern, who has been published in the American Bee Journal and teaches body mechanics for beekeepers, as a beekeeper, her primary focus is on queen rearing, small scale honey production and pollination. Workshops are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. We will have a workshop on the Driftwatch Program as well as workshops given by Tom, Kirsten and Jessica.
The program agenda with their topics will be in the next Virginia State Beekeepers Association newsletter and on the VSBA website later.
Dinner will be available at the college and after dinner we will have the MBP awards and 100th anniversary celebration. VSBA looks forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and celebration.
Registration information, hotels and vendors will be available in the next VSBA newsletter and on the website at a later date.
Deb Parker, Meeting Chair
During the first part of the meeting, Guest speaker Silas Richardson will be speaking on his start into beekeeping and how his operation has expanding into several hundred hives. The second half of the meeting will be a general beekeeper question and answer time with our club educator, Anne Zudekoff. The Q&A will be for novice and experienced beekeepers alike.
- Event by the Amherst County High School Parent Teacher Organization
Join us as we celebrate bees, honey, spring, fruits, berries, vegetables, farms, orchards, flowers, plants, birds, animals, gardening, butterflies, insects, nature, conservation, ecology, biology, produce, jams & jellies, canned goods, baked goods, and delicious foods. All to support education.
February 2018 PBA Monthly Meeting -Dose of Vitamin Bee: A Year in Review by Jessica Driver, Va State Agricultural Specialist
Jessica Driver, Agricultural Specialist with the Commonwealth of Virginia will be presenting a presentation titled, "Vitamin Bee: A Year in Review". She will be presenting a review on the year and a quick overview on tools used in the field as an inspector.
For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers
DEBBIE DELANEY FEATURED SPEAKER - INSTRUCTOR
Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Dr. Debbie Delaney will present two fascinating programs titled “Bees in Trees” & “Coal Mining to Bee Keeping” to be followed by audience Q’s and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders or questions- contact Jim Zeigler (email@example.com ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.
SATURDAY February 3, 2018 - $60
08:30 CHECK IN AND AT-DOOR REGISTRATION – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit ê Light Lunch at Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.
Topics: Nutritional Forage for Pollinators, Why Genetics are Important To a Beekeeper, and Honey Marketing. (End at 4:00)
Plenty of Q and A Time
To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events Checks, Money Orders and Questions go to Jim Zeigler firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jim at 434-376-4490
We will be using the 5 Frame Plywood Nuc BeeHive plans from D. Coates and posted on Beesource.com to build a nuc. Attendees that are planning to build a nuc will need to prepay for materials and bring any supplies needed for building. We are planning to pre-purchase the plywood and have it cut for the meeting, leaving only the building to be completed that night.
Please join Piedmont Beekeepers Association at our December meeting for a time of fellowship and good food. We will be participation in our annual Battered Smoker bee trivia contest to see which team of beekeepers takes home the award for 2018. Hope to see you there!
Please come and help us celebrate Christmas at the Rustburg Christmas Parade. Volunteers are needed to help build and participate on the float on the day of the parade. Please contact our Christmas Parade Coordinator, Bev Maslow at email@example.com for more information or to help volunteer!
Bring your test honey for others members of the Piedmont Beekeepers Association to try. More importantly, be prepared to try everyone else's honey. This is a night of taste testing and a chance for everyone to relax after a long season. Please bring samples in an unmarked container to allow for a fair contest when others just who had the best honey.
VIRGINIA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Fall Meeting – Saturday, November 4, 2017
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave
AGENDA (subject to change)
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 – 9:30 EAS 2018 Update – Pam Fisher
9:30 – 10:30 No-Graft Queen Rearing – Erin MacGregor-Forbes
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:00 Door Prizes
11:00 – 12:00 Small Hive Beetle Then and Now – Mike Embrey
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Door Prizes
1:15 – 2:15 Integrating Pest Management in Virginia Cucurbit Production: An Example for Virginia Beekeepers - Dr. James Wilson
2:15 – 3:15 Organizing a Second Year Bee School – Erin MacGregor-Forbes
3:15 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:00 Door Prize Drawings (last one of the day)
4:00 - 4:30 Business Meeting
4:30 – 5:00 State Apiarist Report – Keith Tignor
5:00 – 5:30 Master Beekeeper Program Update – Frank Walker
Please come join us at the joint Piedmont Beekeepers Association / Campbell County Youth Beekeepers Association booth at the Campbell County Heritage Festival. Volunteers will be needed to set up, participate at, and take down the booth. Members of PBA are welcome to sell their honey, or beekeeping related goods.
September Monthly meeting - Speaker Marc Puckett, Certified Wildlife Biologist - Va Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Marc Puckett, Certified Biologist with the Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries will present a presentation on Bobwhites and Honey Bee Habitat.
August Monthly Meeting
7-7:25pm - Member Earnest "Bear" Moore will present a frame wiring demonstration.
7:30-Meeting end - Member Ann Zudekoff will present "10 Stupid things that Beekeepers do"
Join us for a time of education, outreach and fellowship.
Free off-street parking front and side of building.
Public is welcome at all meetings.
July 24, 2017 - Training Apiary Demonstration - Sugar Rolls for Varroa Mite Diagnosis and How to Mark Queen Bees
Lynchburg Old City Cemetery - Apiary Training Day
Sugar Roll for Varroa Mite monitoring and How to Mark Queen Bees