Happy National Honey Bee Day

August 17, 2013 Beth Conrey blog


Today is National Honey Bee Day and it caps off a week of some interesting honey bee news.  See the “Of Interest” section below for some of the highlights.  My favorite is the announcement of the new EPA labeling standards for Pollinator Protection.  Follow this link to see the new label.  While the new label is a big step forward, what I find far more interesting is the timing.  The EPA is mandating the label change ASAP on clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamoxetham and dinotefuran–all neonicotinoids.  By ASAP, the new labels need to be to the EPA by 9/30/13!  I do not know who has lit a fire under the EPA–I would like to assume it was us and other individuals and organizations like us–but whoever is responsible, THANK YOU!

P.S.  The CSBA is still looking for a volunteer to coordinate National Honey Bee Day festivities and community engagement for Colorado.  If you are interested, please contact me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.  We have a whole year to plan and execute.

Yum, Yum!

Oh don’t you just love our Colorado peaches!  My family can eat a 1/2 case a week–a peach diet!  I love fresh peaches mixed with honey yogurt and Crunchy Honey Vanilla Granola (recipe previously published and available in the recipe section).  Of course, Mary with Enjoy Biscotti Company makes a terrific granola using fresh COLORADO honey, too.  Support her business if you do not have the time/inclination to make your own granola.  Because I love peaches, I have included 3, yes 3, recipes featuring honey and peaches.  Each and every one of them is magnificent and easy!!!

Cottage Industry Bill

The harvest season is upon us!  Are you thinking about selling some of your honey this year?  If so, you may want to take a look at the CSBA website Cottage Industry Bill section.  This will give you all the information you need on the bill and how to comply.  The CSBA has printed up the allergen labels, too.  Because we printed so many, they are available very inexpensively to you.  $30 for 1000 or $4 for 100.  Call me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org and I will get them in the mail to you immediately.

Fellow beekeeper Alfred Westlake of NCBA has taken the time to document his process for the steps needed to set up your honey business and to comply with the Cottage Industry Bill.  While Alfred lives in Loveland, and some of the information is city-specific, it will provide you with a wonderful outline of how to proceed in your area.  Thank you for sharing Alfred.  Here is the link to the Step-by-Step Guide.

Scott Hoffman Black–Bringing Back the Pollinators

Final plans are being put in place for the imminent arrival of Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, will be hosting Scott Hoffman Black on September 24th through 26th, 2013. On September 24th, he will be lecturing at the Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette in the evening. On the 25th, at the CSU campus at noon. (Scott is a CSU graduate.) The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will host him the evening on September 26th.  Here is a link to the DMNS lecture.  Please plan on attending. Further details, including times and fees (if any) will be forthcoming in my September 1st update.

Of Interest

Have you read the Time article called the “Plight of the Honeybee”?  It can be found in its entirety here.  This was the cover story for Time, August 19th, edition.

If you are motivated, sign a petition urging the EPA to step up the pace of neonicotinoid review.

Neonicotinoids in Garden Store Plants–Incredibly disturbing on a host of fronts.

Here’s another petition  to consider after reading the article cited above:  asking Lowe’s and Home Depot to cease selling neonicotinoid treated plants.

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey







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