CSBA News Update: January 31, 2017

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. 

Should Read 

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 jrasmussen@kerncfb.com or 661-978-8076

Catch The Buzz – …And The Crooks!!! 

WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping 

Catch The Buzz – Help Bees By Restoring Natural Landscapes, Roadside Planting, Green Belts, Green Roofs And Urban Gardening Initiatives. 

Catch The Buzz – Honey – Good To Eat, Good For Your Skin…Just Plain Good For You 

Catch The Buzz – Honey Hunters In Barbados Have A Problem With Marijuana Growers. 

Catch The Buzz – Organosilicone Adjuvant, Sylgard 309, Increases The Susceptibility Of Honey Bee Larvae To Black Queen Cell Virus

The Fresno Bee - Valley Farmers Aim To Provide Bees With Appetizers, Dessert To Go With Main Meal 

Catch The Buzz – Beekeeping Education Specialists To Present Courses For Beginners And Experienced Beekeepers 

Catch The Buzz – The Added Sugar Controversy Shouldn’t Be A Controversy At All. Sugar Isn’t Added To Honey. Period. 

The Oregonian - These Winter-Blooming Plants Give Bees A Boost 

Catch The Buzz – North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Call For Research Proposals Related To Honey Bee Health

The Kim & Jim Show Webinar - 3*2*1 - Packages!!!, Jan 26th, 9-10am PST 

UC Davis – Honey & Pollination Center, January Newsletter 

Kelly Beekeeping – January Newsletter