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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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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 8, 2018.  Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM. On Monday, December 4, 2017 we celebrate the season with our LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 We had our final LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 for the 2017 season. Please check back in January 2018 for info re our 2018 season. For info on our classes see: Beekeeping Class 101.

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2017 CSBA Annual Convention

Gorgeous day for a drive - up north to the CSBA Convention - Lake Tahoe - here we come!
Bee safe everyone, enjoy the ride, mingle and munch, and bring back tons of info on honey bees!


Weed-Killer Prompts Angry Divide Among US Farmers

MSN News    By Juliette Michael     November 12, 2017

© Getty Brian Smith and his cousin Hughes, both fifth generation soybean farmers, stand in soybean fields their family tend to that show signs of having been affected by Dicamba use.Little Rock (United States) (AFP) - When it comes to the herbicide dicamba, farmers in the southern state of Arkansas are not lacking for strong opinions.

"Farmers need it desperately," said Perry Galloway.

"If I get dicamba on (my products), I can't sell anything," responded Shawn Peebles.

The two men know each other well, living just miles apart in the towns of Gregory and Augusta, in a corner of the state where cotton and soybean fields reach to the horizon and homes are often miles from the nearest neighbor.

But they disagree profoundly on the use of dicamba.

Last year the agro-chemical giant Monsanto began selling soy and cotton seeds genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide.

The chemical product has been used to great effect against a weed that plagues the region, Palmer amaranth, or pigweed -- especially since it became resistant to another herbicide, glyphosate, which has become highly controversial in Europe over its effects on human health.

The problem with dicamba is that it vaporizes easily and is carried by the wind, often spreading to nearby farm fields -- with varying effects.

Facing a surge in complaints, authorities in Arkansas early this summer imposed an urgent ban on the product's sale. The state is now poised to ban its use between April 16 and October 31, covering the period after plants have emerged from the soil and when climatic conditions favor dicamba's dispersal.

- A bitter dispute -

"Dicamba has affected my whole family," said Kerin Hawkins, her voice trembling. Her brother, Mike Wallace, died last year during an altercation with a worker from a neighboring farm whom he had met to discuss his concerns over the herbicide.

A jury is set to rule on whether Wallace's fatal shooting constituted homicide or self-defense.

This year, the family says, drifting dicamba has affected some 75 acres (30 hectares) of peanuts and 10 acres of new varieties of vegetables planted on their farm, sharply reducing profits.

To protect themselves against the product's impact, the family has decided to plant cotton seeds genetically modified to resist dicamba.

"This is not just a dicamba issue, this is not just a Monsanto issue, this is about how we as human beings treat other people," Kerin Hawkins said.

She was testifying Wednesday at a public hearing in Little Rock, the state capitol, organized by the agency that regulates pesticide and herbicide use in Arkansas.

Immediately afterward the agency called for curbs on the use of dicamba, a decision subject to legislative approval.

So large was the turnout for the hearing that the agency had to move it from its own offices to a meeting room in a hotel. In all, 37 people stepped up to the microphone to explain -- often in voices shaking with emotion -- why they favored or strongly opposed the product.

- Dealing with diversity -

"I'm here to tell you we used dicamba and we had a wonderful year," said Harry Stephens, who with his son grows soybeans in Phillips County.

At a time when some younger farmers are struggling to make ends meet, he said, banning dicamba could "put them out of business."

Richard Coy, who raises bees, said dicamba has had a devastating impact on hives located near farm fields where dicamba is in use.

"I lost $500,000 in honey production and $200,000 worth of pollination contracts to California farms due to the poor health of my beehives," he said.

On the edge of his farm field, Perry Galloway points out some of the weeds -- dead but still standing, many of them head-high -- that ruined several of his past crops.

He has since sprayed dicamba twice over an area of 4,000 acres, and says that "we had the cleanest fields we had in a long time."

He favors a compromise, allowing the herbicide to be applied only once, after plants have sprouted.

But Shawn Peebles, who grows organic vegetables, was able to deal with pigweed by hiring workers to pull them up by hand.

"It is known for a fact dicamba will move," he said. If he gets any in his fields -- which has not happened this year -- "I have to destroy the crop."

"Diversity is what made agriculture what it is today," he said.

"It is not just dicamba (and) soybeans; there is organic farms such as myself, there is vineyards in Arkansas, and we all need to work together."


Veterans in Beekeeping

‘Veterans in Beekeeping’
-All Week In Honor of All Our War Veterans.
via; Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
Image: 1919 Pamphlet; Bee Keeping to the Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines to Aid Them in Choosing a Vocation

During WW1 the Federal Government was concerned about disabled veterans finding work when they returned from the war. Because of advancements in warfare, veterans were coming home with severe war injuries, and the Government was concerned about the disabled veterans ability to integrate back into society and earn a living. The Government developed vocational training for veterans in various fields of work to help advance them in the direction of the occupation of which he or she choose. One of the programs developed to help wounded veterans adapt to their injuries was Beekeeping. Beekeeping was considered a viable alternative career because a veteran could work alone, and a slower pace, and still contribute to society. 

A group of seven extension workers was hired to teach better beekeeping methods to the veterans. -George Demuth, Dr, E.F. Phillips, Frank Pellett, Jay Smith, E. R, Root, and M. I. Mendelson. Walter Quick wrote the pamphlet pictured above in 1919, titled: “Bee Keeping to the Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines to Aid Them in Choosing a Vocation” (Ref. Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation. By Tammy Horn)

Beekeeping to the Disabled Soldiers...


Congratulations to Apiary Inspector II Scott Wirta - Unsung Hero Award

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association would like to congratulate Apiary Inspector II Scott Wirta for receiving the "Unsung Hero" Award for 2017. We'd also like to thank Inspector Wirta for all his good work with bees and bee keepers. When we requested a few words about his award, Inspector Wirta replied:

"It was an honor to be selected Unsung Hero this year by the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s Department for my work with feral bees. I do believe, however, a group of bee keepers are truly the unsung heroes. I am talking about the bee keeper who will help when an unwanted swarm shows up. Many a bee keeper has stepped in and helped with their neighbors’ bee issues. Whether it is helping a neighbor with a removal, helping the poor who cannot afford services, or just talking to a distressed individual with a swarm on the property,
bee keepers are an asset to the community and the real unsung heroes."


A Gathering of Beekeepers

Bug Squad    By Kathy Keatley Garvey    November 8, 2017

A honey bee foraging in almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)If anyone at Lake Tahoe has bee issues that need answering next week, they need look no farther than Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

The beekeepers will be there!

The California State Beekeepers' Association (CSBA) will meet for its 128th annual convention, Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 14-16, at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The theme: "Inputs, Outputs and Expectations." Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross will deliver the keynote address at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday.

President Steve Godin of Visalia will helm the three-day conference, aided by first vice president Mike Tolmachoff, Madera; second vice president Brent Ashurst, Westmorland; and treasurer Carlen Jupe of Salida. Their scientific advisor is Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, based in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. 

Niño will speak on "Research Stories from the Niño Lab" at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Staff research associate (and husband) Bernardo Niño of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility will address the group at 10:30 a.m., Thursday on "Practical Solutions for the Beginner Beekeepers."

Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of UC Davis will lead a "Bridging the Gap" panel at 11 a.m., Thursday. Bee breeder-geneticist Sue Cobey of Washington State University, former manager of the Laidlaw facility, will speak at 1:30 p.m., Thursday on "Collecting Honey Bee Germplasm in Europe and the Impact on Genetic Diversity in the United States." Basically, it's about building a better bee.

Among the many speakers are

Randy Oliver of Scientific Beekeeping, Grass Valley, "Oxalic/Glycerin Application and Breeding for Mite Resistance," at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday

Bob Curtis of the Almond Board of California will provide an update at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday

Dennis vanEnglesdorp of the University of Maryland faculty and  project director for the Bee Informed Partnership, whose topic is "Managing Reistance in Varroa Mite Populations" at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday

Marla Spivak,  MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota, who will discuss "Bee Health and Social Immunity" at 11 a.m. Wednesday

 All in all, it promises to be an educational and informative conference, centered on our littlest agricultural workers: the honey bees.

CSBA is headquartered at 1521 I St., Sacramento. The office can be reached at (916) 441-0302 or

Extension apiculturist Elina Laslo Lino conducts a beekeeping class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)