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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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Bees Need More Forage, Everybody Needs More Bees

From CATCH THE BUZZ by Kim Flottum (Bee Culture Magazine) 5/7/12

California is the first to ask, but beekeepers everywhere should be doing the same thing. But if you are from California, or, more likely, take bees to California for pollination, or even more likely, buy bees from California Queen and Package producers, then the outcome of this appeal will affect what you do there directly and immediately. If you're not from California, or don't partake of their bees, queens or pollination contracts, it’ll take awhile longer to get to your place. But it will.

May 8, 2012

Val Dolcini, State Executive Director
California Farm Service Agency
430 G Street, Suite 4161
Davis, CA 95616-4161

Re: Request for Assistance re Larger Scale Forage Needs of Managed Honey Bees in California

Dear Mr. Dolcini:

The undersigned organizations request your assistance in helping beekeepers gain access to high quality, safe forage at the larger scale needed for honey bees on both ag and public lands in California.

Honey bees and beekeepers remain clearly in trouble, jeopardizing the continued viability of commercial pollination industry and predictable and affordable pollination services provided to agricultural producers. Natural forage and nutrition are essential to good honey bee health, and a key part of the beekeeping industry’s efforts lies in access to high quality and safe forage at the larger scale needed for honey bees.

Unfortunately, beekeepers are actually losing access to traditional sources of safe forage due to a number of factors, including barriers to beekeeper access to safe forage on public lands. The forage value of traditional cropland and adjacent strips of land is diminished due to monoculture practices and pesticide use. Larger scale landscape plantings, such as on CRP and rotational and cover crops, are needed to meet the nutritional needs of managed honey bee colonies.

The greatest need for ag pollination services and a clearly documented forage deficit for honey bees are in California. We appreciate actions the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already taken at the national level to implement the pollinator conservation provisions of the 2008 farm bill, specifically by including bonus eligibility points to encourage CRP applicants to commit to planting at least 10 percent of acreage as pollinator habitat. However, we believe practical steps can be taken to create 30 million acres of quality, safe forage at the larger scale needed by honey bees—100% of CRP acreage, not 10%.

For agricultural lands, California FSA can—

1. Establish the goal of making 100 percent of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in California high quality, safe forage for honey bees.

2. Establish affordable and appropriate planting mix recommendations on CRP lands for larger scale plantings for honey bee forage.

3. Educate California FSA staff about the larger scale forage needs of honey bees, and appropriate, affordable planting mixes for pollinator forage.

4. Encourage FSA at the national level to enhance CRP eligibility criteria to encourage agricultural producers to include bee-beneficial seed mixes to create diverse forage at the larger scale needed by honey bees.

5. Task California FSA staff with making agricultural producers aware of larger scale honey bee forage needs and appropriate, affordable planting mixes and to encourage them to plant CRP lands with bee pasture. Much of the CRP acreage is already planted with quality bee forage.

6. Encourage farmers and ranchers to put out the welcome mat for beekeepers on CRP lands.

For public lands, your personal leadership would be invaluable in helping to engage public land managers to encourage and facilitate improved access to public lands for beekeepers and their bees.

We would be pleased to meet with you when our leadership is in Sacramento to discuss how we can collaborate in addressing this important natural resource need.

Please contact Kathy Kellison at (707) 321-4711 or, who will facilitate scheduling at our end.

Thank you for your consideration.


Bryan Ashurst, President, California State Beekeepers Association (CSBA)
Paul Wenger, President, California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF)
Christi Heintz, Executive Director, Project Apis m.
George Hansen, President, American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) 
Mark Jensen, American Honey Producers Association (AHPA)
Kathy Kellison, Executive Director, Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP)

This ezine is also available online at

(The above brought to you by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.) 


More Than Pesticides Are Killing Bees

From CATCH THE BUZZ by Kim Flottum (Bee Culture Magazine) 5/7/12

Hanna Nordhaus wrote a book recently detailing the life and times of John Miller, a commercial beekeeper who spends time in California and North Dakota. It took her over a year to gather the information she needed for the book…the whole beekeeping cycle the Millers spend each year, back and forth…and during that time she gleaned much about the beekeeping industry, the science and the business of honey bees, and a bit about the lives of those who move from here to there with bees on the truck. She writes a blog for boingboing, and I stumbled across it just today. It was published a week or so ago here. And, you can find out much more about her book Beekeeper’s Lament, reviewed in Bee Culture by Gary Shilling recently, here.

We send this detailed and somewhat lengthy piece out on the BUZZ because it is a reasonable voice in the cacophony of noise recently raised to damn all pesticides, and some in particular. Of course pesticides and honey bees are not meant for each other. But there is more to the story, more that needs to be done before we banish these materials forevermore. The science that has recently been published has been flawed and biased say some. Worse, say others, it had an agenda. The voices of both sides of this debate are linked here so you can read for yourself the arguments for and against. Randy Oliver offers a tidal wave of evidence not against pesticides, but aimed squarely at the techniques used to reach the conclusions to which these papers sunk to get their wrongful end and I urge you to read his comments on his web page. Sadly, the author as declined to comment on Mr. Oliver's querys. 

Moreover, the prestigious IBRA also reaches the same conclusions, conclusions published in Bee Culture several months ago…that there are more wrongs in the world of honey bees than simply pesticides. Many more wrongs, and all should be fixed.

Kim Flottum 

Here then are Hanna Nordhaus’ thoughts... Read more:

(The above brought to you by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.)


Buzzings! LACBA Newsletter

Buzzings! LACBA Newsletter from our April meeting is now ready for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna, on a wonderful job. There's lots of great information on such topics as California's truth in labeling act, the 1st Annual California Honey Festival in Ventura County, and an awesome report by LACBA president, Clyde Steese, on products from the hive. 



AGdayLA: May 17, 2012 - Thursday (One Day Only) 9:30am - 1pm

The Pomona Fairgrounds (The BIG RED BARN)
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 

Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association will participate in this event educating 3rd & 4th graders about honeybees and their importance in pollination of crops and how the entire food chain is impacted by honeybees.  


White House beekeeper retires  

(Washington Examiner) 

The keeper of the first-ever White House beehive officially retired from the government this week, but his 70,000 bees won’t be buzzing June Carter Cash’s “Will you miss me when I’m gone?”

That’s because Charlie Brandts, who was a White House carpenter when the first family’s chef Sam Kass tapped him to establish a hive near the Michelle Obama’s veggie garden in March 2009, plans to devote his retirement to beekeeping and will continue to oversee the multi-colored hive on the South Lawn.

While honey bees don’t need daily attention, the White House reveals that they have established a backup team to help Brandts or take care of any emergency: pastry chefs Susie Morrison and Bill Yosses. “The hive doesn’t really need day-to-day care, so Charlie will still be doing the primary work on it with Susie and Bill helping,” says a White House aide.

Kim Flottum, the editor of the industry publication Bee Culture, said that the new beekeeping arrangement should work just fine. “They work close together,” he tells Secrets. Brandts agrees. “We’re like in a partnership,” he says. Brandts, 55, worked at the White House for 28 years, starting during the Reagan years, and is a 35-year federal employee.

Spring and summer are the most intensive time to tend bees during which the hives expand after winter and begin making babies and honey. Read more:

The White House bees – did you see the video of their first harvest in 2010?