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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association established in 1873.

LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

 


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 

COME JOIN US AT THE LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH!

The LACBA will not have a meeting or Beekeeping Class 101 in September. From August 31 - September 23, 2018 LACBA members will be dedicating our time volunteering at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. Come join us. We have a live observation hive and our experienced beekeepers will be sharing their knowledge, experience, and adventures of beekeeping.

Next LACBA Meeting: Monday, October 1, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Committee Meeting: 6:30PM.   
Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS REQUIRED!

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

THE LATEST BUZZ:  

Saturday
Jul282012

Prepare to File for FY 2012 Byrd Amendment Offsets – Deadline July 31, 2012

 On June 1, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice of intent to distribute assessed antidumping or countervailing duties, also known as continued dumping and subsidy offsets, for fiscal year 2012 pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (the Byrd Amendment). The notice provides the case name and number of each antidumping and countervailing duty order or finding for which funds may become available for distribution, as well as a list of affected domestic producers that may be eligible to receive a distribution. [read more]

(The above is brought to us by Carlen Jupe, CSBA Sec/Treas)

Friday
Jul272012

NY Senator Gillibrand Asks Feds to Speed Review of Pesticides

(The Associated Press - July 27, 2012)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking federal regulators to speed up their review of pesticides that could be harming honeybees.

A mysterious honeybee problem called colony collapse disorder has decimated honey bee populations in recent years.

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (NEE'-oh-nick-oh-tin-oyds) that could be toxic to honeybees.

The EPA is expected to complete its review in 2018. But Gillibrand is asking the agency to complete the review by the end of next year because of the vital importance of the pollinating insects to agriculture. 

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/AP3df7ea7dbd1743cfa8349a6d1b420a0b.html

(Press Release from NY Senator Gillibrand July 26, 2012):

With Colony Collapse Disorder Threatening NY Crops, Gillibrand Calls for Expedited Review of Harmful Pesticides to Protect Honey Bee Health

Honey Bees And Other Insect Pollinators Provide The Agriculture Industry With an Estimated $15 Billion Annually

Washington D.C. – With Colony Collapse Disorder decreasing the U.S. bee population by 30 percent since 2006, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called to expedite the review of pesticides that could be inadvertently decimating honey bee populations. Honey bees are vital to the health of agricultural industries in New York as one in three bites of food is reliant on honey bee pollination. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not expected to complete their review until 2018. Senator Gillibrand urged a quicker timeframe, asking that it be completed by the end of next year. 

“Our agriculture industry is vital to the upstate New York’s economy,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Our farmers need honey bees to pollinate our crops and produce. However, certain pesticides may be unintentionally killing off the honey bee population. By expediting this review, we can help save our honey bee population and grow our agricultural economies.”

The EPA is currently reviewing neonicotinoids, a class of pesticide that could be toxic to honey bees and other pollinators in high or chronic doses. Research has shown that neonicotinoids can cause disruptions in mobility, navigation, feeding, foraging, memory, learning and overall hive activity, all functions that are vital to the survival of the honey bee. This would have the potential to negatively impact almond, bluberry, pumpkin, apple and cherry crops; crops that are crucial to the economy of New York farmers. New York State has already begun to discontinue use of neonicotinoids. After reviewing the pesticides, the EPA would make any warranted regulatory changes to better protect the nation’s honey bees from harmful pesticides. 

In her letter to EPA Administrator Shelia Jackson, Senator Gillibrand wrote, “Protecting honey bees and other pollinators is vital to American agriculture. In fact, one in three bites of food is reliant on honey bee pollination, and threats to pollinators concern the entire food system and could drive up the cost of food in this country. Highlighting the economic importance of pollinators, a recent study by Cornell University found that insect pollination results in a value of more than $15 billion annually.”

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Friday
Jul272012

EPA Sidesteps Chance to Protect Bees 

 Pesticide Action Network - July 19, 2012

All too often, the rules of pesticide regulation are cumbersome and make for slow change. But EPA had an opportunity to take swift, decisive action to protect bees — and they let it pass. 

Today, the agency announced it is denying the request by beekeepers to declare Bayer's pesticide, clothianidin, an "imminent hazard" to bees and will not be suspending the chemical's use. Read more »

 

Thursday
Jul262012

People Around The World Are Taking A Stand

(Pesticide Action Network Update July 26, 2012)

Momentum is building. People in communities around the world are standing up to the “Big 6” pesticide/biotech corporations to expose their aggressive, bottom-line driven push of hazardous pesticides into our food and farming systems.

It's time to stop the treadmill» PAN supporters around the world are joining forces with PAN Europe to call on BASF, Bayer and Syngenta — three of the largest pesticide corporations in the world — to stop producing and selling highly hazardous pesticides. Now. Sign on today to PAN’s challenge to the CEOs of these powerful European corporations.

Together with their U.S. counterparts — including Monsanto — these giant corporations hold historically unprecedented power over the world’s agriculture. Their influence allows them to keep dangerous chemicals on the market long after science has shown them to be highly hazardous. 

Pesticides are in our air, our water, on our food — and are wreaking havoc in our bodies. They harm the livelihood and health of farmers around the world, and poison communities from Malaysia to Ecuador, from Senegal to Alaska.

Enough is enough» With your help, we’re building global momentum for food and farming that sustains and nourishes communities, instead of lining the pockets of the Big 6. Please sign onto PAN's challenge today.

Thank you for adding your voice.

Thursday
Jul262012

Pesticides Hit Bumblebee Reproduction

By Charlotte Dormer (Plante Earth Online - June 12, 2012)

Exposure to pesticides can harm bumblebee reproduction, research has shown. Scientists think the pesticides cut feeding rates, leading to fewer offspring being produced.

Scientists already knew that neonicotinoid pesticides, which affect insects' nervous systems, can alter bee behaviour, putting these vital pollinators, already threatened by habitat loss and disease, further at risk.

This new piece of research shows that bumblebees with diets contaminated with levels of neonicotinoid pesticide typically found in the environment produce up to a third fewer offspring.

The scientists looked at other ways that neonicotinoids could have affected reproduction. They found the pesticides do not damage the development of ovaries or delay egg-laying, except at really high doses. But they noticed that the more pesticide a bumblebee ingested, the less pollen and syrup it ate. So exposed bees...

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