CSBA NewsletterAugust 2014
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CSBA Officers
William Lewis
Lake View Terrace
1st Vice President
Brad Pankratz
2nd Vice President
Dion Ashurst 
El Centro
Carlen Jupe
Past President
John Miller
Executive Committee
Brent Ashurst
Steve Godlin
Russell Heitkam
Buzz Landon
Larry Lima
Dos Palos
ABF Delegates
Mike Harrel
Orin Johnson
Bob Miller
New Committee Chairs
Nominating: John Miller
Public Lands: Mike Harrel
Publicity: Amy Cripps 
Costa Mesa
Research: Alan Henninger
San Jose
Ladies Auxiliary


Melinda Nelson
Vice President 

Amanda Wooten
Ila Hohman

 Nora Slater
Sandy Tabako 

Secretary / Treasury Committee Update
Anyone planning to attend the CSBA Board Meeting September 4, 2014 at the Hilton Arden West Sacramento Hotel, and wish to be included in the catered lunch, must RSVP to Carlen Jupe ASAP.


Renew your CSBA Membership Today!

It is time to renew your CSBA membership for the 2014-2015 membership year! In the Pre-Convention Information Packets there is a Membership Brochure that contains the membership sign-up form. This form, or the CSBA website is the only way to renew your membership!  Early renewals are greatly appreciated!

Fall and Winter Beekeeper Events

British Columbia Honey Producers Association Annual Conference

more info here


14th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign International Conference (NAPPC)

more info here


The Russians Are Coming: Migratory Beekeeping, Almond Pollination & Honey Production

 more info here

Oregon State Beekeepers Association Conference

more info here


Colorado State Beekeepers Winter Meeting

 more info here


2014 California State Beekeepers Association- 125th Annual Convention

more info here


Idaho Honey Association Meeting


more info here

The Almond Board Conference

 more info here


North America Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow (ABF)

more info here

American Honey Producers Convention and Tradeshow (AHPA)

more info here

Cancellation of Registration of Tactic

The EPA has issued the cancellation notice for Tactic, an agricultural formulation of amitraz widely used by commercial beekeepers to control varroa. Legally, no more production or import into the U.S is allowed effective August 6, 2014 and only existing stocks may be sold, distributed or used. Illegal smuggling from Mexico or Australia may continue, but quantity should be squeezed and illegal use may be heavily penalized.

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Bill Lewis, CSBA President
The President's Word
Fellow Beekeepers,

For those of you who have not already set aside the week of Nov. 17-21, 2014 to attend the CSBA Annual Convention, please do so today! This year's 125th Annual Convention will be hosted by the Hyatt in Valencia, CA just north of Los Angeles with easy access to the I-5 freeway and very close to the Magic Mountain Theme Park and more for those familiar with the area. Please see the full-page ad at the bottom of this issue!

We are expecting a large turn-out of attendees from all over CA and around the country. There should be plenty of interest to both those making their living keeping bees as well as a large contingent of urban beekeepers, especially from the over 1,000 members of bee associations in Los Angeles and vicinity. I encourage all attendees to spend the extra dollars to stay at the Hyatt. Avoid the hassle of the morning commute; share a room to get the cost down. I am interested in booking as many rooms as possible since our group earns 1 complimentary room for every 50 rooms booked. These complimentary rooms are used to house some of our speakers, which saves the CSBA the cost of these rooms. We are bringing in many speakers that will need these rooms so please book your room today! Convention information is being added daily to the CSBA website so check back often to get the latest updates on the program. There will be links to most of our speaker biographies.


Our September 4th CSBA board meeting is fast approaching. I encourage any CSBA member to attend these board meetings and get involved in supporting your organization. The CSBA Board of Directors is a core group of individuals that give up time out of their busy daily schedules to make the decisions that will better the beekeeping industry in CA. New blood is always welcome and encouraged. It is most important to share the burden in advancing the interests of CA beekeepers and beyond.


Work is being done to make almond orchards a safer place for bees. Your Board of Directors is working hard to communicate with almond growers and Pest Control Advisors (PCA's) to mitigate bee health problems that occurred last season during almond pollination and to avoid the same problems this coming pollination season. There will be a panel at the CSBA convention with representatives from the almond Industry, PCA's, and beekeepers affected by bee kills last year in almonds. The goal - finding a safer path for bees in almond pollination in 2015.


There are important meetings to attend to. Your CSBA President is planning to attend a follow-up meeting to the high level meeting held in Washington D.C. last March that resulted in a memorandum from President Obama in support of Honey Bee Health and Forage support systems. This USDA Forage and Nutrition Summit will also be in Washington D.C. in October. I believe Day 1 of the summit is open to the public. Day 2 will focus on working groups and will be limited to invited participants. This meeting will be followed by the 14th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Conference. I expect a number of attendees at both these meetings will be in attendance at our CSBA Convention in November. I hope to get those attendees to regurgitate information gleaned from these meetings.


I have heard news of good honey harvests in the Dakotas and the Mid-West. I hope this translates to lots of $ being spent on auction items at the CSBA Convention in support of raising $ for bee research.


Bill Lewis, CSBA President
Awards Committee Update

Dear CSBA Members and Affiliated Clubs,

The California State Beekeepers Association presents awards to some of its members at the annual convention held each year in November. The members of the awards committee would like your help in selecting those persons who are deserving of special recognition at this time. Please look over these attached guidelines and application forms and submit your choices for these awards. It is through your participation in this selection process that the greatest numbers of candidates are given careful consideration! Please return these applications to me by October 15, 2014. Thank you for you help in this most important tradition for our organization

Alan Mikolich, Awards Chairperson
Legislature Committee Update

Access to Public Lands. AB 2185 (Eggman), is authored by Chairman of the Assembly Food and Agriculture Committee, Susan Eggman. AB 2185 directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to consider permitting apiculture on department wildlife areas where it is suitable with the management goals and objectives for those areas. 

Since Assembly Member Doug La Malfa introduced AB 2777 in 2008, the CSBA has continued to communicate the need for additional land for bee forage to the state policy makers year-after-year. AB 2185's success can be attributed to that constant message and the teamwork of CSBA to collaborate with state agencies and seek long-term solutions to the issue. Currently, commercial beekeepers are allowed to use some federal lands, including National Forests lands, for temporary foraging. Additionally, DFW has allowed beekeepers on its lands in some limited cases. DFW does not currently have an actual policy on allowing beekeeping, commercial or otherwise, on their lands but has handled requests by beekeepers on a case-by-case-basis. This bill would declare it the policy of the state that DFW and the Department of Transportation shall encourage apiculture on the lands that those departments respectfully manage. Specifically, if either department is developing or amending land use plans, it must maximize the coexistence and minimize the conflict between apiculture and other public lands uses, values and public safety; establish an efficient, effective and uniform system for the management and administration of apiculture on the public lands and ensure that the state receives an appropriate financial return from the use of the public resources.

It is fantastic that Chairwoman Eggman has made this "public lands issue" a top priority. Having Chairwoman Eggman leading this effort, has been amazing and the catalyst that we needed to move our crusade for access to public lands forward! She is not just a concerned Agricultural Committee Chair, Eggman comes from a family of beekeepers and is wholeheartedly dedicated to our cause.

AB 2185 passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee in June (5-0) and passed out of Senate Appropriations on the 14th of August. Platinum Advisors testified on behalf of the CSBA and California Farm Bureau was also there in support. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate before the legislative session adjourns on August 30th. 

Farmers Markets- Bee Products. AB 1871 (Dickenson), revising provisions related to certified farmers markets, is expected to pass off the Senate Floor by the end of August as well. CSBA's lobbyists at Platinum Advisors negotiated language into the bill's definition of "agricultural products", which clarifies which bee products are permitted for sale. Language: (a) "Agricultural product" means a fresh or processed product produced in California, including fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, dairy, shell, eggs, honey, pollen, unprocessed bee wax, propolis, royal jelly, flowers, grains, nursery stock, livestock meats, poultry meats, rabbit meats, and fish, including shellfish that is produced under controlled conditions in waters located in California.

Depredation Permits. After two years of negotiations between CSBA leadership and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) regarding the on-going conflicts with black bears causing damage to nuc yards, DFW finally clarified and streamlined their depredation permit policies. They formally created a "trial seasonal" which directs DFW staff to respond to requests for depredation permit when notified that damage to nuc yards has occurred. It also clarifies that they consider "bees to be livestock." This is a tremendous victory for several beekeepers and nuc yards in Northern California that have been terrorized by starving bears. For more information regarding this policy or pending legislation, please contact Jackie Park-Burris.

Holly Fraumeni, Platinum Advisors
Jackie Park-Burris, Legislature Committee Chairperson
Project Apis m. Update

July was busy for PAm as Christi Heintz and Meg Ribotto met with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to give performance reports on two grants - BMP's for beekeepers and growers and building forage resources for honey bees. Both CDFA grant managers gave PAm an A+ on what we have accomplished to date!


This month we travel to Seattle to provide Costco with an update on the WSU Germplasm Repository, BIP Tech Transfer Teams and the PAm-Costco Scholar - 3 areas that PAm nurtured and in the case of the scholar, initiated with funding from Costco.


The PAm-Costco scholar is Laura Brutscher, a microbiology PhD student at the  Flenniken Bee Lab at Montanta State University. You may remember Dr. Michelle Flenniken. PAm sponsored her research in honey bees and she went on to dedicate her career to Apis mellifera. Now her student, Laura, is a bee researcher and is investigating how honey bees respond to interactions with pathogens i.e., viruses, bacteria, microsporidia and mites.


We are also helping to fund 2 other students, Kaira Wagoner (Olav Rueppell's lab at the University of NC-Greensboro) and Renata Borba (Marla Spivak's lab at the University of Minnesota).


You have to sit back and become awestruck by how PAm builds honey bee scientists!

Meg Ribotto, PAm Outreach and Pollination Programs

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