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. 

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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. 


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! 

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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

CSBA News Update: December 2, 2016

California State Beekeepers Association   From Joy Pendell, CSBA Media Director  December 2, 2016

CSBA News Update for your reading enjoyment. Happy reading! 

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WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping

WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping

WAS – November WAS Journal 

Catch The Buzz – Honey Wars: Crime And Killings In New Zealand’s Booming Manuka Industry

ABC - Honey Bee Health Depends On Almond Grower, Beekeeper Communication

Agriculture.Com - The Hunt For A New Secretary Of Ag

Catch The Buzz – Mustard Farmers Join Forces To Protect British Honey Bees

Catch The Buzz – The Bee Informed Partnership Kicks Off A Fund Raising Program To Help The Bees. You Can Help!

Phys.Org - Why Brexit Could Be Bad News For Bees 

Catch The Buzz – Veterinarians’ Loans Repaid For Working In Rural Communities

The Kim & Jim Show – Webinar, Dec 8th: “What’s New For 2017”

Student Science - Sweet: Is Honey The Key To The Next-Generation Of Antimicrobials?

Catch The Buzz – Feds Hit Brakes On Loans To Big Farms. Do The Environmental Evaluation Before You Ask For A Loan.

Catch The Buzz – U.S. Organic Farmland Reached 4.1 Million Acres In 2016, A New Record

Catch The Buzz – Court Fails To Protect Bees And Beekeepers. Pesticide-Coated Seeds Remain Unregulated By EPA As Pollinator Populations Plummet.

Catch The Buzz – Protecting Bees From Pesticides Just Got Easier With The Release By Oregon State University Of A Smartphone App

Catch The Buzz – Seedless Fruit Varieties Seen As Food Security Boost 

Catch The Buzz – Bees Use A Variety Of Senses And Memory Of Previous Experiences When Deciding Where To Forage For Pollen, Research Suggests.

ABF – November E-Buzz 

ABC - Almond Conference, Sacramento, CA Dec 6-8th 

“Bee Audacious” Conference, San Raphael, CA Dec 14th

California Honey Festival – Woodland, CA, May 6th, 2017

UC Davis – Honey & Pollination Center Newsletter 

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow Agenda 

USDA - National Honeybee Disease Survey in Southern CA

Request For Honeydew

“Folks, the fungi that grow on the honeydew of scale insects are called Sooty moulds. I was looking for CA producer of honeydew honey that I could try to grow my fungi on. Can you help?” Please contact Martin MacKenzie at mmackenzie@fs.fed.us or 209-288-6348 

Request To Visit An Apiary

“I'm a student from Richardson Middle School. I am part of a team that participates in FIRST Lego League and we are doing a project about Colony Collapse Disorder. We were wondering if we could come visit your bee farm to learn about bees.” Please contact Cindy at beeintelligent1@gmail.com.

Request for TV show

“Hi CA BeeKeepers!! This might be a random message to receive but I'm a casting producer for a new CBS show called Candy Crush it's an upcoming competition game show based off the popular mobile game. We're looking for dynamic, diverse duos and would love to have at least a duo of Beekeepers represented on the show! I'd personally love to invite you and your team to apply for this fun opportunity!!! It's going to be a one-of-a kind experience to win a HUGE CASH PRIZE. 

More info on the show: 

NOW CASTING NATIONWIDE: Teams of 2 for CBS’ New Live Action Game Show: CANDY CRUSH! Win a big cash prize!

It’s time for you and a partner to test you CANDY CRUSH skills on our revolutionary interactive stage. We want outgoing CANDY CRUSH fans of all levels who want to compete in our CANDY CRUSH ARENA to win a big cash prize!

To apply, please email amanda@Kasstinginc.com ASAP with: - Names - Phone numbers - Emails - Photos - Ages (open to all ages, 18+) - City/States - Occupations 

* You must be a legal US Resident and 18+ to be considered. Please let me know if you or anyone there is interested and I'd be happy to walk you through the audition process. Thank you!”

CSBA News Update: October 17, 2016

California State Beekeepers Association   From Joy Pendell, CSBA Media Director   October 17, 2016

CSBA News Update for your reading enjoyment. Happy reading! 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of items in this email does not imply CSBA endorsement unless such endorsement is specifically stated.

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Hive Theft Alert – See pictures

The theft season has begun early this year! Olivarez Honey Bees discovered 8 beehives missing on 10/12/16 from a bee yard west of Corning, CA. The hives were on bottom boards, which were loose on pallets. The hives, bottom boards and pallets were all taken. Because the hives were loose on pallets, it is possible (and even likely) that everything was moved by hand. The hives are 8-frame double deeps, white, and branded 42-51. 


Olivarez Honey Bees also suffered the theft of queen banks in April of this year. At least 150 queens were taken. There was a report of someone trying to sell OHB queens for cash outside of the Mann Lake bee supply store in Woodland, CA shortly thereafter.

Ray Olivarez is personally offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for either the theft of the hives or the theft of the queen banks. This is in addition to the up to $10,000 reward the CSBA offers. Please contact the CSBA at castatebeekeepers@hotmail.com to report any information.

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WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping 

WAS – News From the World Of Beekeeping 

Catch The Buzz – Almond Industry Slams Land Use Study For Inaccuracies  

Capital Press - Researchers Test Almonds In Idaho  

Catch The Buzz – Healthy Snack Market Growing During ‘War On Sugar’  

ABF - 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow Agenda

Beekeeping Survey

A group of Slovenian Students is seeking information to assist in their research. Please participate!

 New York Times – Bee-2-B

Catch The Buzz – White House Kitchen Garden Will Continue With Funding Provided By Burpee Seed Co. To National Park Foundation

Scientific American - A Plan to Defend against the War on Science  

UC Davis – World Of Honey Tasting Series

UC Davis – Honey and Pollination Center October Newsletter

   YouTube – Morning Bees