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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."        Saint John Chrysostom

Next LACBA Meeting:  Monday, January 5, 2015. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!
There will not be a meeting in December. We will be celebrating the holidays with our Annual Holiday Dinner on Monday, December 1, at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA. See the Events page for details. 

Beekeeping Class 101:  Our 2014 Beekeeping Class 101 has ended for the season. Check back in January of next year for information on the 2015 Beekeeping Class 101.

2014 CSBA ANNUAL CONVENTION - 'Celebrating 125 Years of California Beekeeping'
November 18-20, 2014
HYATT REGENCY VALENCIA, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355

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At the CSBA Convention!!! The Convention Begins!!!! Come on Over!

At the CSBA Convention!!! And so it begins! Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8:00am Registration Opens! We are honored to have the Marine Corps League President Ronald Reagan Detachment #597 Present the Colors at 8:30am.


At the CSBA Convention!!! Updates to Program

2014 CSBA CONVENTION - UPDATES (To Program & Events) We'll post updates on the CSBA Facebook page Attached is the new Convention Program as of 11/17/14. Changes so far: Zac Browning will not be able to attend the convention. Dr. Eric Mussen will share the latest updates on "Bees and Pesticides" on Wed. Nov. 19, at 10:30 am in the Valencia Room. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, for the 4:00 pm Panel: "Bridging the Gap between the beekeeping Industry & the Urban Beekeeper" Roger Everett will replace Zac Browning. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Exhibits Close at 2 pm. 


Participate in the USDA/EPA Listening Session Today and November 17th. 

Beyond Pesticides      November 12, 2014

At the close of Pollinator Week 2014 President Obama called on government agencies to create a plan to "promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." However, at the end of last month the Task Force announced it would miss its self-imposed December 20th deadline on its action plan, delaying needed steps towards improving pollinator health.

Now, USDA and EPA have announced two listening sessions, requesting feedback to inform a pollinator health strategy. Please join these sessions and provide input to government agencies.

• EPA's listening session will take place November 12 from 1 to 3PM EST (10am-12pm PST).
• USDA's listening session will take place Monday, November 17 from 1 to 3PM EST (10am-12pt PST).

Here's how to join: 
Online: Click the link below at least 15 min. prior to the meeting to ensure you're properly set-up.

In person:
EPA session, (Today 1-3PM ET) - 1st Floor Conference Center, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
USDA Session, (November 17 1-3PM ET)- 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD

In writing: In addition to the listening session, EPA will be accepting written comments at this link until November 24, 2014.

Talking Points for Comments:
EPA and USDA have a duty to protect our nation’s pollinators, and the Presidential memorandum has directed federal agencies to take action. Given average loss rates near 30% over the past 8 years, there is an urgent need to move quickly on finding long-term sustainable solutions for pollinator protection. A growing body of scientific evidence reveals connections between pollinator declines and pesticide exposure, making it evident to the public and government agencies that action must be taken to rein in these harmful chemicals.

EPA should:
- Suspend the most harmful uses of the neonicotinoids promptly after assessment, pending resolution of the severe risks. 
- Expedite the development and implementation of valid test guidelines for sub-lethal effects of pesticides on pollinators and require data from these studies for all currently-registered and any proposed new pesticides. 
- Ensure that EPA’s assessment and all future ecological assessments fully value the broad array of ecosystem services threatened not only by neonicotinoids, but all systemic pesticides. 
- Increase investment in research and funding for implementation of alternatives to neonicotinoids.
- Recommend incentives for farmers to create healthy pollinator habitats in the form of diversified, pesticide-free landscapes as an alternative to our current system of intensive monoculture.

USDA should:
- Ensure any new pollinator habitat is free of neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides. 
- Avoid pro-neonicotinoid bias in USDA activities by working to increase farmer access to neonicointoid-free seeds.
- Provide recommendations that reverse the trend of converting conservation land to cropland. 
- Disseminate information to field offices across the country regarding EPA's recent findings that neonicotinoid seed treatments do not increase yield.

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October Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results

Bee Informed Partnership   November 10, 2014

The Maryland lab has been very busy this past month! We temporarily relocated our sample processing while our lab undergoes a remodel. This remodel will permit us to process a larger number of samples.

For the month of October (10/2-10/29/14), numerous samples were processed in the Maryland Bee lab.  The lab examined 1448 varroa and 1327 nosema samples overall. This resulted in an increase of 600 (71%) varroa and 540 (69%) nosema samples over the previous month. September 2013 was our busiest month last year, but October 2014 has surpassed that.

The average value for nosema spores for California...



At the CSBA Convention!!! Washington DC - Honey Bee Forage and Nutrition Summit Panel

CSBA Annual Convention    November 18-20, 2014   Hyatt Regency, Valenciay, CA

At the CSBA Convention!!! Panel: "Washington DC - Honey Bee Forage and Nutrition Summit" Wed. Nov. 19, 11:15am. Hear the 'take back to the hive' message from some of those who were there and were invited to participate such as Pete Berthelsen, Gene Brandi, Zac Browning, Christi Heintz, Randy Verhoek. Info on the convention: View CSBA Program at: Read PAm report back to the hive at