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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 

 

Next LACBA Meeting: Monday, November 5, 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:  

Thursday
Apr262012

Survey to Protect Pollinators - Take It!  

Pesticide Program Dialog Committee Needs Your Help. Beekeeper Survey for Pesticide-Related Bee Kills. (Posted 4/26/12) (From CSBA Sec/Tres, Carlen Jupe)

Time is of the essence, as it would be good to generate as much data as possible before the PPDC meeting on May 3, 2012, although survey results will be accepted through the end of May.

Background

The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is asking for your help in protecting pollinators from pesticides by providing some information about your experience with pesticide effects on your bees. They are members of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Program Dialog Committee, an advisory committee that provides input to EPA staff and decision-makers.

The PPDC Pollinator Protection Workgroup (which the committee is a part of) has been tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of the pesticide label in controlling pesticide damage to pollinators and suggesting improvements in label language to protect bees. As part of this effort, the workgroup is interested in finding out if there are crops or locations that you know to be particularly problematic for acute poisonings (an acute poisoning is one that happens quickly and is usually a result of exposure to a high dose of a pesticide, where the word pesticide includes not only insecticides, but also fungicides and herbicides). A few questions will also be asked about longer-term hive dwindling and hive loss, and the workgroup will be looking for any correlations between your observations and the types of crops your bees have foraged on. Your help in gathering this information is greatly appreciated.

The information you provide is anonymous and will be grouped with other beekeepers’ data, so you will not specifically be identified. If you would like a copy of the survey results, there is a box at the end of the survey to enter your e-mail address. This information will be removed prior to submission of the data to U.S. EPA.

Click here to take the survey. Please forward this link along to your beekeeping friends and/or colleagues in the industry. Input from urban and hobby beekeepers is welcomed, as well.

The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC), originally established in 1995, was renewed in October 2009 for two more years under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This Committee provides a forum for a diverse group of stakeholders to provide feedback to the pesticide program on various pesticide regulatory, policy and program implementation issues. Topics of discussion at past meetings have included the following: inerts disclosure, registration review, spray drift, non-animal testing, antimicrobial pesticides, endangered species, reduced risk pesticides, labeling, minor uses, ecological standards, fees for service, experimental use permits, environmental marketing claims, outreach to the public, and several implementation issues emanating from the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.

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

Monday
Apr232012

National Honey Board: Honey is Made from Nectar, Not Pollen 

By Bruce Boynton (Food Safety News) 4/23/12

Opinion

In the last several months various stories have resulted in misunderstanding and confusion about honey and honey filtration, leading some readers to believe that any honey without pollen is not real honey.

This is not true. Honey without pollen is still honey nutritionally and in flavor, and that is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture identifies it as such.  This misunderstanding has also led to several class action lawsuits regarding purchases of honey without pollen.

The truth is that honey is made by honey bees from nectar of flowers and plants, not pollen.  Pollen grains may end up in the exposed honey in the hive through any number of incidental or accidental ways, but it is not used by honey bees to make honey. 

Consumers have varying opinions about their choice of honey type, flavor and origin.  There are many different kinds of honey available in the U.S. market, such as honey in the comb, liquid honey that is considered "raw", creamed honey, as well as organic honey.   The majority of honey sold at retail in the U.S. every year, and preferred by most consumers, is the clear, golden liquid honey that has been strained or filtered to remove undesirable particles that make honey cloudy.  All honey crystallizes eventually; suspended particles (including pollen) and fine air bubbles in honey contribute to faster crystallization.  Filtering pollen and other particles out helps delay crystallization, allowing the honey to remain liquid for a much longer period than honey that has not been fil tered.

According to the United States Standards, honey can be filtered to remove fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles and other materials found suspended in the honey1.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gives higher grades for honey that has good clarity.  Importantly, honey that has been filtered to meet USDA's grading standards may not have pollen, but it is still honey.

News stories have reported on illegal activities such as circumvention of tariffs on imported honey, and there are claims that some dishonest foreign suppliers may be "ultrafiltering" their honey to clean it up or remove the small amounts of pollen grains, often used as a marker to identify the country of origin. Ultrafiltering is not the same as filtering honey. Somewhere during the telling and retelling of these news stories, the term "ultrafiltered" became misused and confused with more traditional filtration methods used in the U.S. honey industry to produce clear, golden honey.
Read more: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/04/national-honey-board-honey-is-made-from-nectar-not-pollen/ 

http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2012.04.23.16.41.archive.html

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

Monday
Apr232012

There’s More To The Highly Filtered Honey Story

The following is from Vaughn M. Bryant, Professor and Director, Palynology Laboratory Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University in response to the BUZZ sent out yesterday from Food Safety News regarding honey and pollen. He sees The Rest Of The Story when it comes to the honey filter question. There’s less than we imagined, and he offers the following….

I look at about 150 honey samples a year for importers, exporters, and local beekeepers.  What is said in the Food Safety News Release you put out yesterday in your BUZZ notice is true. 

However, what is also true is that once the pollen is removed, and all honey does have pollen unless it is a pure honeydew, it is not possible to determine either the nectar source or the geographical origin of the honey.  There have been some attempts to do this by using the isotopic signatures of honey, but thus far this has not proven effective or reliable.

Once honey is filtered, and we suspect the illegal Chinese honey that is still entering the US market is being highly filtered (but not Ultrafiltered), then it can no longer be traced to its geographical origin.  Also, when any highly filtered honey is mixed with honey from another region, such as the local honey in a SE Asian country, then the only pollen that will appear in the honey is the pollen from the SE Asian country.  However, by examining the pollen concentration values of those honey samples we can still determine that they are a blend of both filtered and unfiltered honey, but cannot determine the origin of the filtered portion.

Yes, the USDA does encourage honey to be highly filtered so it will appear crystal clear of any impurities, but that is the problem.  Once any honey is highly filtered we can no longer determine where it comes from….whether from domestic sources or from foreign or illegal sources. (Consumers, be careful what you wish for. Ed.). 

Another problem is that the majority of honey I have examined, which is currently being sold in supermarkets nationwide, contains no pollen.  Jars of honey I have examined claim to be sage or thyme honey, orange blossom or tupelo honey, buckwheat or sourwood honey, and yet with no pollen present in those jars we cannot be certain of the true nectar contents. As such anyone can remove all the pollen and then call clover or rapeseed honey anything they might want to call it.  With no pollen as proof, clover honey could be labeled orange blossom, sourwood, tupelo, or sage honey because there are no USDA or FDA rules that demand truth-in labeling in terms of the type of honey that is sold in the USA. 

In my many years of experience I have found that locally-produced honey is usually full of pollen and is most often authentic in terms of what it claims to be.

Vaughn M. Bryant
Professor and Director, Palynology Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University 

 http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2012.04.23.16.41.archive.html

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

Sunday
Apr222012

Citrus Pest Spreads to Jurupa Valley

JURUPA VALLEY - The Asian citrus psyllid has spread to Riverside County, and state agricultural officials said today they will start spraying small doses of insecticide to try to halt the spread of the insect and the devastating citrus tree disease that it spreads.

State Department of Food and Agriculture officials say emergency action is needed to protect California's $2 billion per year citrus industry from enormous impact should the tree-killing pest spread"citrus greening disease" to commercial groves and backyard trees. Read more: http://thevillagenews.com/story/63340/

Friday
Apr202012

1st Annual California Honey Harvest Festival in Ventura County

Festival dates: June 9 & 10, 2012 - Saturday & Sunday  10:00 am - Dusk

Calling all Beekeepers and Honey Lovers - Come and enjoy the 1st Honey Harvest Festival in Ventura County California. A fun-filled lerning experience. This will be an educational and tasty experience for all ages. Fun for the whole family. We welcome you to visit www.fwry.com where you may book a train ride and witness Beekeeping Demonstrations by California Beekeepers along the train route. All vendors welcome to join this event Vendor Application Form. More information available by contacting Julie at 805-524-2546. Visit us on the web at www.bennetthoney.com and click on our Video Tour for more information.