Month: August, 2014

16 Aug

Happy National Honey Bee Day!

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Happy National Honey Bee Day!

Thank you to all who are volunteering today!  The CSBA is truly appreciative of your efforts!

The public is currently very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the problems with bee health.  As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to educate the public on these issues.  Like it or not, public outreach and education is a non-stop and essential duty of all beekeeping associations as well as the CSBA.  If you volunteer, THANK YOU!  If you do not, please consider it.  Not all volunteer needs require public engagement.  It does not take much time and is extremely gratifying.

We are still lacking a statewide coordinator for National Honey Bee Day.  Interested?  Contact me at 970-213-3099 or

Cottage Industry Labels 

How’s your harvest?  Going to sell some honey this year?  The CSBA has Cottage Industry Bill labels available for all of you who are packing honey in your homes.  They are $4 for 100 or $30 for 1000.  These labels are good for any cottage industry product including honey.  If you need some labels, please contact me at 970-213-3099 or  I will need to know the quantity desired and a physical mailing address.

Colorado State Fair

NCBA member Ronda Koski is coordinating the first ever bee booth at the Colorado State Fair.  VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!  It would be really nice if the regional associations could each muster enough volunteers to take one–just one–day at the booth.  Many hands do, indeed, make light work.  This is an excellent opportunity to reach out to potential new members.

For those of you who volunteer, you can sell product, too.  This is a terrific opportunity to expand your market for your product.  I will be setting up the booth this Thursday, August 23rd and the fair runs through Labor Day weekend.  Please contact Ronda if you can assist.  She can be reached at 970-217-5286 or  Thank you Ronda for your efforts.

Africanized Honey Bee Testing Info

I just wanted to let you know that so far all the honey bee samples received have had very high likelihood (0.89-0.0999) that they were European rather than African.

It has taken us quite a bit longer to get materials together and to have confidence in the measurements we are doing, but I think we are now good to go.

So, if you know of anyone who wishes to send in a sample for the simple FABIS measurements assessing likelihood of European or African parentage, we would be happy to receive them and can now turn them around quickly.

Samples should involve a minimum of 30 bees – 50 is preferable.  They need to arrive in good shape (particularly wings), preferably having a fresh weight we can use reliably (but not shipped so that they mold en route).

If anyone wishes to send a sample it is suggested that they email a head of time so that we can expect them: Whitney.Cranshaw@ColoState.EDU

Samples should be sent to my attention:  Whitney Cranshaw, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management-1177, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  80523

There will be no charge for any samples received in 2014.  If we decide to extend this in 2015 we may revisit this, but for this year I will absorb all the costs while we figure out whether this is something worth significant time/effort in the future.

Whitney Cranshaw

Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference

The WAS conference will be held at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT on September 17-20.  I will be going and could still use a female roommate at the hotel.   Holler at me if you are interested.  All the details can be found on the CSBA Event Calendar.

 CSBA Winter Meeting

Hard to believe that the CSBA Winter Meeting is right around the corner—but it is!  Put November 7th and 8th on your calendar now!  We will be back at the easy-to-get-to Douglas County Fairgrounds.  Featured speakers will be Katie Lee, Marla Spivak’s PhD candidate and a member of the Bee Informed Partnership and Melanie Kirby from Zia Queen Bees.  Final details are still being hammered out but it will be another full day of activities.  There will be an Election of Officers as well as the BIG MONEY HONEY contest!  See you there!

Of Interest

Bee researchers raise more concerns about neonicotinoid pesticides

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops, New WSU Study Shows

Bayer study shows European bees at their best health levels in years

Our friends at the CDA are looking for Colorado Proud participants in Colorado School Meal Day.

Farming with Native Bees–New book from Xerces Society!

Have you checked out the CO Agritourism website?  You should!

The CSBA website and calendar has been updated to reflect the new events.  I have also put up a page on Emerald Ash Borer.

Thank you for being a member.

Beth Conrey




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01 Aug

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 8, August, 2014

Beth Conrey blog

All–August is one busy month in the bee business! Harvest time is here for all of those who are getting one–which, sadly, does not include me. Crossing my fingers–but looking for honey. Last year, I had a record high yield. This year, a record low. Ahhhh–agriculture! There are a LOT OF EVENTS in August that need your help. The beekeepers of Colorado WILL BE participating in the CDA’s Agriculture Pavilion this year! || National Honey Bee Day is August 16th. The theme this year is “Sustainable Gardening begins with Honey Bees”. || Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference: University of Montana in Missoula from September 17-20, 2014. || September is National Honey Month. || Feds to Phase out Neonicotinoids in NW Wildlife Refuges–makes you wonder how they ever got to a refuge in the first place…Time to move the program east!

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