Apr 12

Take the National Colony Loss Management Survey now!

The National Colony Loss Management Survey is organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).   It is important that beekeepers participate in this survey because it will help track losses and evaluate management practices.    The survey is open from April 1st until April 30th and can be found at  http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2014

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey because last year we found that commercial beekeepers lost 25% of their colonies over the summer, and so we are now starting to monitor and report annual losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 20 minutes, the 2 surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at beeinformed.org

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Apr 10

Honey Pumpkin Pie

Honey Pumpkin Pie
  • 1 9 inch crust, unbaked
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1½ t. ground ginger
  • 1½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • ½ t. allspice
  • ½ t. salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. honey (I used a light honey), slightly warmed so it blends
  • 1 c. heavy cream (accept NO substitutes…you want a creamy yummy pie)
  1. In a large bowl blend together the pumpkin puree, spices and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, honey and cream.
  3. Pour into prepared pie shell. I usually use the Butter Pie Crust Dough from epicurious.com
  4. Bake at 400F for 50-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a cooling rack.



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Apr 03

Easy Honey Caramel Drizzle

Easy Honey Caramel Drizzle
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 stick butter (not margarine)
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  1. Mix together honey, butter and brown sugar in saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a low bubble for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add condensed milk and continue stirring until completely mixed.
  4. Cool slightly and pour into containers.
Warm this slightly before serving over: apple slices, cheesecake, ice cream, poundcake, etc.


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Mar 30

‘Save the Honey Bee’ License plate needs your support!

 For over the past year, the Ohio State Beekeepers Association has been working to DEVELOP a ‘Save the Honey’ license plate FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE OHIO STATE BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES.   This license plate will bring more public awareness about the plight of the honey bee and raise additional funds that OSBA can use to support education and beekeeping research.  House Bill 474 has been proposed to create this license plate by Mike Dovilla (R-BEREA) and DOROTHY Pelanda (R-MARYSVILLE) and OSBA has been given very short notice to testify in front of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee ON TUESDAY (4/1).
However, We Need Your Help!   In addition to our spoken testimony, we can submit letters of support.   We are asking all local associations, companies and individuals to submit letters of support.  You may use the attached sample letter to HELP YOU compose your letter of support.

Due to the very short notice OSBA has received on this, please submit letters by email to or via fax to 614-633-1036 so that we receive them in time for the meeting.  Please have the letters in by midnight on MARCH 31st.




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Mar 26

Chocolate Honey Marshmallows

Chocolate Honey Marshmallows
  • ⅓ c. cocoa powder
  • 3 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 1 c. honey
  • Sprinkling Blend:
  • ½ each confectioner’s sugar and cocoa
  1. Line an 8×8 pan with foil. Spray with a non-stick food spray.
  2. Mix cocoa with ⅓ c. water til dissolved.
  3. Mix gelatin with ½ c. warm water in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir together sugar, honey and ½ c. water in a saucepan and cook til mixed. Increase heat and bring to a low boil for 8 minutes (do not stir)…make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  5. With electric mixer, beat cocoa mixt into gelatin mix. Carefully pour hot honey mix into gelatin mix and slowly increase speed to high. Beat til thick and fluffy.
  6. Pour into pan and smooth out top. Using a sieve, shake sprinkling blend onto top of marshmallows. Cover with plastic wrap and let cool for 8 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, cut into shapes and coat with “blend”


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Mar 19

Dovilla and Pelanda Announce Legislation Supporting Ohio’s Beekeepers


Michael D. Dovilla

7th District



Policy and Legislative Oversight, Chairman


Finance & Appropriations


Higher Education Subcommittee


Military & Veterans Affairs



Ohio General Assembly

House of Representatives



Vern Riffe Center

77 South High Street, 13th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215-6111



T: (614) 466-4895



F: (614) 719-6957





For Immediate Release:                                         Contact: Chris Ventura

March 18, 2014                                                                   (614) 466-4895


Dovilla and Pelanda Announce Legislation Supporting Ohio’s Beekeepers

Legislation Includes Creation of Ohio State Beekeepers Association License Plate


COLUMBUS—State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Dorthy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today announced the introduction of House Bill 474, legislation designed to support Ohio’s beekeepers through the creation of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association license plate fund. 


“Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, and few people recognize the importance of our state’s beekeepers and the vital role honey bees play in crop development,” said Dovilla.  “Cuyahoga County, and greater Cleveland in particular have some of the most active beekeepers and associations in our state who work to educate future beekeepers.”


The license plate fund established in House Bill 474 is designed to assist in promoting beekeeping, providing educational information about beekeeping, and supporting state and local beekeeping programs and research.


“An estimated 30% of the food that North Americans consume is produced from bee-pollinated plant life.  Bees also pollinate the food consumed by cattle, thus making ‘apiculture’ a critical component to our meat and dairy industries,” said Rep. Pelanda.  “However, our American beekeeping industry has been suffering from changing weather patterns and colony collapse disorder.  The beekeeper license plate is a means of recognizing the importance of this industry to our economy, and to our daily sustenance.”


Ohio has almost 4,400 registered beekeepers supervising more than 37,000 colonies across the state.


House Bill 474 awaits its first hearing in the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee. 






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Mar 18

EPA: Beekeepers Must Move Bees

From the Pollinator Stewardship Council:

Last fall the EPA published a new pesticide label originally for the foliar application of four neonicotinoid pesticides.  By December, the EPA stated this new pesticide label language would be “harmonized” across all chemistries.  The label was meant to protect pollinators.

The Pollinator Stewardship Council with the Bee Industry, sought a response from EPA’s Assistant Administrator clarifying our concerns with the new label.  The Pollinator Stewardship Council received an answer from EPA, and Mr. Dave Hackenberg, representing the National Honey Bee Advisory Board, received a different letter from EPA (even though both groups along with AHPA and ABF signed the original letter).  Both reply letters are attached

The Office of Investigations for EPA stated in a letter to the Pollinator Stewardship Council, they will review our concerns and “a determination will be made as to the most appropriate course of action.”   In the response to Mr. Hackenberg,  Assistant Administrator Jones  clarifies that contrary to the December EPA webinar this new label language is for the “four products formulated with the four nitroguanidine neonicotinoid chemicals (clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam) as well as two recently registered as active ingredients: tolfenpyrad and cyantraniliprole.”  These last two pesticides are an addition to the original label adjustments presented August 15, 2013 by EPA for foliar applied neonics only. As to the concerns beekeepers expressed about the five conditions listed on the label past the “do not apply statement:” EPA stated to Mr. Hackenberg, “Both of the foregoing prohibitions, however, are subject to the exception listed in the “unless . . .” clause.”  “. . . application would be legal if one of the five conditions is met . . .”

The bee industry has its answer: any harm that comes to a beekeeper’s managed colonies due to a foliar application of clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, tolfenpyrad, and cyantraniliprole is the responsibility of the beekeeper If bees are damaged or die due to a foliar application of a those products during bloom, and the application was made based on one of the five conditions, the fault of bee deaths lies with the beekeeper.  Beekeepers must move their bees.  No clarification was provided by EPA on what constitutes notifying a beekeeper to move their bees, if a State has a voluntary apiary registry program, or for the loss of a honey crop or crop pollination if bees are to be moved.   The cost of time, labor, and loss of honey crop will be shouldered by the beekeeper. 

The Pollinator Stewardship Council has attached an analysis of the new pesticide label.   While EPA has clarified the “conditions” will supercede the “do not apply” statement, the label still has undefined terms, features an icon that defies culturally accepted warnings, and native pollinators will continue to be harmed and killed.  Again, the EPA now states the new label will only be required for foliar applications of clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and the two new products tolfenpyrad and cyantraniliprole.

The Pollinator Stewardship Council encourages beekeepers to document their costs due to moving bees in relation to this new label language for foliar applications of clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, tolfenpyrad, and cyantraniliprole.  Also, document if and when you are notified to move your bees. 

The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply from the adverse impact of pesticides.  For more information about the Pollinator Stewardship Council visit www.pollinatorstewardship.org .


5 Conditions on the new label:

For food crops and commercially grown ornamentals not under contract for pollination services but are attractive to pollinators:

Do not apply this product while bees are foraging.  Do not apply this product until flowering ins complete and all petals have fallen unless one of the following conditions is met:

  • The application is made to the target site after sunset.
  • The application is made to the target site when temperatures are below 55F
  • The application is made in accordance with a government-initiated public health response
  • The application is made in accordance with an active state-administered apiary registry program where beekeepers are notified no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that the bees can be removed, covered or otherwise protected prior to spraying.
  • The application is made due to an imminent threat of significant crop loss and a documented determination consistent with an IPM plan or predetermined economic threshold is met.  Every effort should be made to notify beekeepers no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that the bees can be removed, covered or otherwise protected prior to spraying.

[Per the EPA’s response, the 5 conditional exceptions apply even when bees are foraging.  No qualification is made as to how beekeepers are notified or what radius from the spraying beekeepers are notified.  Not all exceptions require beekeeper notification.]

Read the entire correspondence with the EPA and see the actual product labels here.


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Mar 15

Bee Informed Partnership offers Colony Monitoring Service

March 12, 2014

We are looking for beekeepers from across the country who manage 10 or more stationary colonies and would be ready to participate in this Real Time Disease Load Monitoring of Nosema and Varroa mite levels over the course of the next 6 months.

We are very happy to inform you that the Bee Informed Partnership is moving forward with another step in our long term goal to reduce honey bee colony losses by officially launching our Real Time Disease Load Monitoring (Tier 4). Please note, this monitoring is limited to the first 100 participants and priority will be given to bee groups and clubs.  If you are part of a local club or beekeeping group, please make them aware of this project and we’d be happy to have the group involved.

Participants in the program will receive the protocol (http://beeinformed.org/tier-4-protocol/) and sampling material needed to collect ½ cup of bees from 8 colonies each month of the active season. After sending the samples to our diagnostic lab at University of Maryland for processing, you will receive a report detailing the Varroa mite and Nosema spores loads in your 8 colonies. Our goal is to send your monthly report to you within 2 to 3 weeks of your shipment date. On top of those monthly reports, a final summary report will be compiled at the end of the season to allow you to compare your results to the rest of the participants. Please click on the link to see the final report from last year’s Pilot project (http://beeinformed.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/FinalReport-on-2014.01.27.pdf).  We believe that knowing the actual loads of disease in your colonies will help you evaluate the need or success of management practices and ultimately contribute to reducing honey bee colony losses.

The cost of this project is valued at $480 per participant for the 6 month period, BUT the Bee Informed Partnership is subsidizing the cost by 50% for this year. So the cost to you will be $240 for 6 months (April-September or May-October) and then $40 a month for each additional month should you want to extend your season’s sampling.  We also need you to be willing to pay for shipping the samples back to our lab, estimated at less than $12 per month.

T4 Real Time Disease Load Monitoring Participation cost     

$240 for 6 months
+ shipping costs
+ $40 for additional months

Your participation will consist of taking samples from the same 8 colonies every month during the active season and complete a monthly questionnaire so we can link management practices to disease and mortality levels. As we gather more longitudinal data, we will be able to compare your results to regional and seasonal levels in your area and across the US. The management survey will aid in the development of models that can help beekeepers make real time treatment decisions and to evaluate the effectiveness of current and emerging control methods. Your participation in this research is confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

To registered participants in the Real Time Disease Load Monitoring (Tier 4), we are also offering a Pollen Trap Collection Pilot Project. The information gathered from this program will provide a record over time of the variety and quantity of floral sources that your honey bees are collecting pollen from. Participants will receive an end of year report of the estimate floral diversity in their area which should be helpful to understand regional pollen flows and dearth.

Interested beekeepers who wish to participate in this pilot study will receive the protocol and collection materials (including a new pollen trap, for which we ask a reimbursement of $20) and should engage their pollen trap on one colony twice a month and send back the samples to the University of Maryland diagnostic lab along their monthly samples. Participation to this pilot project will be limited to 20 participants this year. Bee Informed Partnership is subsidizing the cost fully for this pilot year. We would need you to be willing to pay for shipping the samples back to our lab (together with the samples), estimated at less than $12 per month and reimburse the cost of the new pollen trap ($20).

If you are interested in participating in this longitudinal monitoring sampling, with or without the pollen trap collection project, please email askbeeinformed@gmail.com and include your name, mailing address and how many colonies you have. We will then contact you if you have been selected to participate.

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Feb 07

Honey Fudge

Honey Fudge
A great FAST recipe that works well if you need a “little sweet” for when last minute company comes by…
  • ½ c. butter (not margarine), at room temp
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ c. honey (I used a light honey)
  • ¼ t. vanilla extract
  1. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Process until blended
  4. Scoop into min-muffin tin
  5. Place in fridge for about 2 hours.
These are really rich and a bit on the soft side. I’ve seen other recipes that use coconut oil instead of butter. I tried it….let’s just say they weren’t worth the calories!


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Feb 02

Honey Glazed Chicken

Honey Glazed Chicken
Easy enough for a weekday meal, delcious enough for company. I used a light honey, but a darker honey would be tasty also. You could also substitute basil, tarragon or dill for the rosemary
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add chicken.
  3. Let each side brown (about 4 minutes per side).
  4. Add chopped rosemary and cook for another minute.
  5. Whisk together orange juice, honey and cornstarch.
  6. Add to the skillet.
  7. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes).
  8. Remove from heat and serve over rice, couscous or millet.


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