CSBA News Update for your reading enjoyment. Happy reading! From Joy Pendell, CSBA Media Director
Disclaimer: Inclusion of items in this email does not imply CSBA endorsement unless such endorsement is specifically stated.
Recent Hive Theft
On 1/16/17, 482 hives were stolen from a bee yard in Sutter County. All the equipment (including pallets) is brand new and has no brand numbers. The hives are double-deep 8 framers with grey cedar lids on 4-way pallets. Pallets are an odd size: 28.5 x 46". The queens are mostly Carniolan (so the bees are dark), there are inside feeders (half on top, half on bottom), the supers have tongue and groove cedar lids and hand holds that are slotted (not part of the manufactured box). The supers are Dadant brand with Dadant hand holds on the inside of the long side of the super. Please contact the CSBA with any tips. Please visit the CSBA Facebook page to see pictures of similar hives. Here is a news article in the Denver Post about the theft.
Hive Theft PREVENTION
In addition to other measures, please consider putting tracking devices in some of your beehives. If we catch thieves in the act, we can prosecute them and get them off the streets. There are many devices on the market that offer different features. One such product is Spot Trace. Please research different products and send the CSBA feedback on your results!
Nice to Read
Project Apis m. – Award Winner!
The CA Department of Pesticide Regulation has awarded Project Apis m. with its 2016 Integrated Pest Management Achievement Award. Congratulations!
“Many California groups, both private and public, are developing and using new ways to manage pests. These new approaches help reduce or avoid the risks associated with using some traditional chemical pesticides. Through the Integrated Pest Management Achievement Awards, the Department of Pesticide Regulation seeks to (1) encourage development and implementation of economically sound, reduced-risk pest management programs; and (2) recognize groups that provide integrated pest management leadership, education and outreach, or innovation.”
2017 Bee Safe
The Kern County Farm Bureau will be hosting an open forum for farmers, beekeepers, applicators and PCAs on Wednesday Jan 25th at 8am at the Kern County Agricultural Pavilion at 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield CA. Contact Jeff Rasmussen with questions or to reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-978-8076.