here is a helpful guide put together for all of us by Eric of Eric’s Honey Farm. Thanks Eric!
The ESHPA Fall 2013 meeting & workshop will be held on November 15th &
16th, at the Comfort Inn & Suites 6701 Buckley Road North Syracuse,
Please contact the Comfort Inn @ 315 457-4000 for your room
reservations and mention that you are with the “Beekeepers” to
get the group rate of $94.00. It is important that you make your
reservations prior to October 30th to receive the group rate.
At tonight’s meeting, we had a brief discussion about Apitherapy. I thought I would post a link to the American Apitherapy Society’s web page so if anyone wanted to find out more, they could.
And here is a link to an article discussing bee venom and HIV cells that I mentioned.
This is a photo taken of one of my honey bee’s head by a friend of mine who used an electron microscope. Thanks Jeremy!
The Mid-York Beekeepers Association is organizing a workshop entitled Honeybee Diseases Past Present and future to be held at Morrisville state college on Saturday sep.14 from 9am to 3:30 presentations will be given by Peter Borst beekeeper and frequent bee journal contributor,Paul Cappy New York state Apiculturalist; Pat Bono New York bee wellness program;Michael Johnston from Johnston’s honeybee farm. disease testing will demonstrated by members of the MYBA. cost of the program is $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members lunch is included
For more info call 315-750-6963.a copy of agenda for the program can be requested by e-mail email@example.com.
to register, send payment to; Mid-York Beekeepers Association
c/o Steve Burton
10482 Bardwells mill road
Remsen NY 13438
We get a lot of people asking us to come remove honeybees from their homes. Unfortunately, many of the times this summer that we have gotten this request, the homeowner has already trying to spray them with some sort of pesticide.
I thought I would put together a few do’s and dont’s in case you find yourself in this situation.
- DON’T SPRAY THEM IF YOU KNOW OR SUSPECT THAT THEY ARE HONEYBEES. BEEKEEPERS DON’T WANT DEAD OR POISONED HONEY BEES.
- DON’T EXPECT THIS TO BE FREE. IT TAKES HOURS AND A LOT OF WORK.
- DON’T EXPECT THE BEEKEEPER TO PATCH UP THE HOLE IN YOUR HOUSE FOR YOU.
- DO CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO KILL THEM.
- DO REMEMBER THAT IT IS GETTING LATE IN THE SUMMER AND MANY BEEKEEPERS WILL THINK IT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE HIVE AND GET THEM ESTABLISHED BEFORE WINTER.
I hope this information is helpful and it really is a brief list to prepare you for what is in store. Remember- even if you kill the honeybees (which is a horrible thing to do – see this week’s Time Magazine if you don’t believe me) you still need to remove the honeycomb or you will get worse pests robbing the honey, not to mention the fact that the bees regulate the temperature of the comb and without them, hot weather will cause the honey to melt into your walls and through your ceiling.
Looking for something to do with your extra beeswax? Make yourself (or your wife/girlfriend/whatever) some Orange Honey Lotion Bars!
Reminder – next Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Mike Johnston, from Johnstons Honeybee Farm, will do a presentation on raising honeybees and the production of healthy queen bees. His farm has made significant strides in developing a disease-resistant strain of bees in response to the growing problem of Colony Collapse Disorder. He will also review the importance and role of honeybees over time…and much more!
The Program begins at 7 p.m. at Pompey Town Hall, Rt. 20 & Pompey Center Road. Refreshments to follow.
Check our website, www.pompeyhistorical.org for more details and events.
So we have had many people who want to get a hold of a beekeeper to remove bees from a tree or their house. Unfortunately, when you find a swarm, you might not have a lot of time to reach us. Beekeeping is mainly a hobby, not our jobs. So, the best advice I can give you is to either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message here or visit the Syracuse Area Beekeepers facebook site. Please keep in mind though that I can only answer your emails after work and after the toddler is in bed.
(From the ESHIPA web site)
Rumors are circulating that Dr. Nicholas Calderone is retiring from Cornell.
This is not a rumor!!
It is true he will be departing this position and the Entomology department is debating how limited money for 2 new hirings should be partitioned. It is disheartening that there is a push by our land grant university not to replace this valuable agricultural position at a time when our industry is still in the clutches of CCD and a time when we have so many newby beekeepers joining our ranks.
This position is the last (Apicultural) University Research & Extension position in the Northeast and Cornell has had a professor of apiculture for nearly 100 years. New York State had an estimated 45,000 hives in 2012 and was rated at number ten in honey production in the US (NASS, March 2012). Pollination services adds an estimated $300,000,000 value to a 4.4 billion dollar agriculture income in New York. To maintain a strong industry we need an educational program for new beekeepers, scientifically sound principles provided by extension program to address honey bee health problems and we need a basic research program to provide answers to honeybee disease, pollination ecology and genomic studies that may reveal solutions to future problems.
This position has produced a rich reputation through published research, training of students and post graduates and public service to apicultural throughout New York and the entire USA. This has been an important resource to the beekeeping industry, backyard beekeepers and to agriculture of New York. Beekeepers, farmers and the New York economy need this position to help maintain the numbers and health of honeybee colonies to continue providing the valuable resource of pollination for New York agriculture. The entomology department, and Cornell University receives a benefit by maintaining this position because of the impact that basic and applied research and extension generates in this discipline and imparts on the lives and economy of New York.
Should you and/or your local bee association choose to write a letter in support of the continuation of this position at Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies you should send a stamped addressed letter, (not email) to both the department chair and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences soon!
Dr. Jeffery Scott
Department of Entomology
Ithaca, NY 14853
Dr. Kathryn J. Boor
CALS Dean’s Office 260 Roberts Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-590
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