Happy Independence Day!
The fires throughout the State are the big news from June. Although I have not heard of any beekeepers that lost their homes and hives, I am certain there are some and my thoughts go out to them.
Things are dry. I do not need to tell you that. But what does this mean for your bees? Some are thirsty—make sure there is adequate water available for your girls. Some are hungry—make sure your bees have food. Look inside and verify the presence of nectar and pollen. Some are both hungry and thirsty and, of course, some are fine. Whatever the situation with yours, make sure you are on top of it.
I spoke with the Under Sheriff of Larimer County about whether smokers were allowed under the current fire restrictions. They are NOT allowed. Please double-check your ability to use your smoker in your area and comply with the current bans and restrictions. Thanks to Jim Douglas of NCBA for the heads up on the potential problem.
Allen Dennison is a medical doctor who is also a big fan of local honey for wound treatment. He gets rave reviews whenever he speaks and he will be our guest speaker in August. Each talk will be a two part talk. The first, “Healing Wounds with Honey: History and Science”; the second, “Practical Laboratory: Making Ointments with Honey and Applying them as Dressings”. Dr. Allen Dennison, M.D. is an Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI. and Medical Director at Evergreen House Health Center, Lifecare Centers of America.
The dates for his talks are: Thursday, August 16th, 7-9 pm, at the CALF facility in Castle Rock (where the 2011 Winter meeting was held) and Saturday, August 18th, 9-11 am at a to-be-determined location in the northern part of the state. Please mark your calendars now to attend this interesting seminar.
If you are in the medical or veterinary field, we are interested in getting the message out to your co-workers. A poster will be available as soon as the northern venue is secured and I will post it for you to download and print. If you have any further suggestions as to how to best publicize this to these target audiences, please call or email me.
Cottage Industry Bill
The Cottage Industry Bill is undergoing implementation and there are lots of questions and concerns about it.
The Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a FREE webinar on the bill on Wednesday, July 11th from 6 to 7:15 pm. Follow the instructions here to log in (Lots of other neat offerings on that site, too.) Please understand that the section on food service training requirements is still being contested by CSBA as being unnecessary for honey production and we are still pursuing approval of the Food Handlers Safety Class. The Cooperative Extension Service has also put out a handy publication that you may read here.
I have taken the liberty of ordering 15,000 of the allergy labels so that we can get the discounted pricing for members. As soon as I see them, I will let you know and you will be able to order them directly from the State in rolls of 1000.
Summer Meeting Recap
The Summer Meeting was a big success! Paul and Nanci Limbach, once again, provided a beautiful backdrop to a day of perfect weather and a meeting chock full of information. We had members attending from Lamar, Durango, Steamboat Springs, Walsenberg and all points in between!
Kudos to all of our guest speakers and seminar volunteers: Tom Haefeli, Lyle Johnston, John Scott, the CO Division of Wildlife, Kristina Williams and Gregg McMahon. For all of those who attended the Beekeepers Ball, the food and conversation were top shelf and our thanks goes out to the patient and knowledgeable staff at The Pullman in Glenwood Springs for another wonderful meal.
Ralph Klee with WishGarden is looking for propolis, LOTS of propolis—as in pounds. If you have any to sell, please contact him directly at 303-516-1803 extension 4101.
As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have. Thank you for being a member.