ABOUT US and WELCOME, Florida State Beekeepers Association

WELCOME and ABOUT US

The Florida State Beekeepers Association has a distinguished history. Its mission is dedicated to keeping Florida apiculture strong and healthy in the new millennium. The Association is the major lobbying force for the state's beekeeping industry and works with the University of Florida's Institute of Food, Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Florida Farm Bureau and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry's Apiary Inspection program, through which all honey bee colonies in Florida are required to be registered by law.

The Association also provides an exhibit each year at Florida's State Fair in Tampa.

This website complements the Association's other activities, which are governed through a constitution and bylaws, and include a quarterly newsletter and electronic discussion list, periodic meetings by the governing body, the Board of Managers, and the membership as a whole, which meets in convention once a year to help set policy and approve a budget.

The lifeblood of the Association has traditionally been its affiliation and ultimate governance by local associations, each appointing a delegate

to represent it in deliberations at the state level. The Associations also recruit members. There are three kinds of membership: 1) dues-paying yearly (valid November 1 through October 31) for $15 and 2) lifetime through donating to the Conrad Cramer Memorial Apiary, which provides additional financial resources for Association activities, and 3) Extra Milers, contributing the equivalent or more of an additional life membership.

Members (see "member benefits") receive the quarterly paper newsletter, The Florida Beekeeper and are subscribed to the Official newsletter or "ezine" that provides important updates on Florida's beekeeping activities. Membership privileges include a discount to the two major U.S. beekeeping journals, Bee Culture and American Bee Journal.. Simply mention you are a member when subscribing.

We hope you enjoy this website. Please contact any of the officers or representatives with suggestions on how it and the Florida State Beekeepers Association might serve you better. Malcolm T. Sanford, Executive Secretary.


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