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Fall Conference Meeting 2015
November 20 - 22, 2015
First 50 Registrants Receive Full Frame Box From
South Florida Bee
Contact Us About Convention
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort welcomes
attendees of the Florida State Beekeepers Association 2015
Annual Meeting and has provided special conference rates
for your stay:
The standard $20 resort fee has been
waived for FSBA conference attendees, so your room rate
includes complimentary self-parking, unlimited Internet
access, unlimited use of health and fitness center, resort
beach access and in-room coffee service. To receive these
special conference rates, you must
reserve your room by October 19,
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Special Gift for the first
50 to Register
FSBA thanks South
Florida Bee Supplies for their donation of 50 ten-frame,
deep hives (box, 10 frames, screened bottom board, and
telescoping top). Each of the first 50 people who
register for this convention will receive one of these
unassembled, bundled hives.
The Bee Workshop
"Honeybee Health & Best Management
Intensive Learning Session
August 30, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
"FREE to the Public" ~
"Register by August 26, 2015"
FAMU Research and Extension
4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy FL
The exciting learning session is for
seasoned beekeepers, urban beekeepers and farmers interested
in examining agro ecology strategies that work to build
healthy soil, healthy food, invigorate honeybee health and
establish sustainable bee keeping practices.
or Down Flyer and Detailed Information
USDA National Honey Report -
FLORIDA: The 2015 summer weather was generally hot with
variable amounts of precipitation being reported in areas
around the state. Temperatures of 95 degrees or higher on some
days kept bees from flying and gathering. Precipitation varied
greatly with some areas too
dry and others having rainfall on almost a daily basis. The wetter
areas were reporting some problems withsmall hive beetles while
reports of poor mite control were scattered around the state. Bee
health overall was still considered to be fairly good. Gallberry was
finishing by the end of the first week of June, while palmetto was
winding down by the middle of the month. Many beekeepers were
reporting around one half of a normal crop of honey from each.
Chinese Tallow, mostly in Northern Florida, was also reported by
many to be only about one half of normal. Sable palm, which can last
into late August in some years, and wildflowers were the remaining
main sources of nectar and pollen for the bees. Too much rain caused
the Tupelo honey crop to be an almost total loss with most
beekeepers reporting zero honey production. A few 640 pound drums of
Tupelo honey were reportedly sold for as much as $8.00 per pound.
Tupelo honey production was also light in 2014. Sixty per cent or
more of Florida hives were estimated to be in Northern states
producing honey or pollinating crops. Light supplies and good demand
supported prices at historically high levels. Gallberry and palmetto
honey were reported to be $2.30 per pound or higher with orange
blossom extra light amber sales reported to be in the $2.75-2.80
The entire report can be found here:
Build the Bee Lab
are excerpts from an article on this subject at Context
Bee Lab Brochure |
Context Florida Article
Per Tom Nolan (President of the
Florida State Beekeepers Association): Funding for
the bee lab will be taken up as soon as June 9, 2015. We
need as many people as possible to call and email Monday
(June 15, 2015) morning. When calling, you will most
likely go straight into voice mail, leave a message, you
don’t need for anyone to return your call.
Rep. Doug Broxson, 850-717-5003,
Rep. Neil Combee, 850-717-5039,
Rep. Debbie Mayfield, 850-717-5054,
Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, 850-717-5034,
Rep. Ray Pilon, 850-717-5072,
"The research center is needed to determine why so many
beekeepers are losing colonies...We have some very serious
problems." said Tom Nolan, the association’s president and
a part-time beekeeper from Bradenton..
Nolan told the
Senate Committee on Agriculture, “Beekeepers are losing
about 30 percent of their colonies every year,” Nolan
said. “I’ll ask you if you can think of an industry that
can survive starting 30 percent in the hole every
the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context
Ask that the House match the Senate appropriate of $3.6
million. Tell them it is line number 101 for the
Conference Committee of the Senate General Government and
House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations.
The Senate offer is $3,644,269 the House offer is $0.
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