Mar 19

Dovilla and Pelanda Announce Legislation Supporting Ohio’s Beekeepers

 

Michael D. Dovilla

7th District

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Policy and Legislative Oversight, Chairman

 

Finance & Appropriations

 

Higher Education Subcommittee

 

Military & Veterans Affairs

 

 

Ohio General Assembly

House of Representatives

Columbus

 

Vern Riffe Center

77 South High Street, 13th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215-6111

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T: (614) 466-4895

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F: (614) 719-6957

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Rep07@ohiohouse.gov

 

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…
Ingredients
  • ½ c. butter (not margarine), at room temp
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ c. honey (I used a light honey)
  • ¼ t. vanilla extract
Instructions
  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.
Notes
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!

honey_fudge

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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
Ingredients
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
Instructions
  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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Jan 29

Honey-ed Bacon Pork Tenderloin

Honey-ed Bacon Pork Tenderloin
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 2 pounds)
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 12 pineapple rounds (or chunks)
  • ⅓ c. honey (I used a dark wildflower honey, a buckwheat honey or other flavorful honey would be delicious)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray
  3. Put tenderloin in roasting pan. Wrap bacon around the tenderloin.
  4. Overlap the pieces and tuck them under the pork.
  5. Drizzle honey over the pork.
  6. Scatter pineapple around the pork.
  7. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 150.
  8. Let stand a few minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve with honey glazed carrots and a side salad.

 

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Jan 23

Package Bees for Sale – Lima, Cincinnati and Tipp City, Ohio

These packages are fresh from Gardner’s Apiaries in Georgia.  They get picked up and are transported overnight for delivery the next day.  

The packages are Garner’s #3, which include an Italian queen, for the 2014 price of $90.  
Extra queens may be purchased for $23 each.

See www.olddrone.net for more details and order forms.

 

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Jan 21

Apple Honey Raisin Muffins

Apple Honey Raisin Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. sugar (white or brown)
  • ¾ c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1½ c. flour
  • 1 c. whole-wheat flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 2 apples — finely chopped
  • ¾ c. raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Line muffin pans (makes about 1½ dozen muffins).
  3. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar and oil.
  5. Whisk in the eggs, then honey and vanilla.
  6. Fold in apples and nuts.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until muffins are done.
  8. Let cool 5 minutes and then remove from muffin tin.
  9. Enjoy with a glass of apple cider or honey-sweetened tea.

apple_honey_muffins

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Jan 21

Simpson’s Bee Supply – 2014 Package Bee Prices

www.simpsonsbeesupply.com

Accepting requests for Package Bee orders scheduled for the 3 rd. week of April 2014 weather pending in California.

Call or E-Mail

 California Packages     CALL for quantity pricing

2 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $85.00 10+ $ 83.00

 3 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $105.00 10+ $103.00

4 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $120.00 10+ $118.00

 Queen Cages do not have candy, 4 days after installing replace cork with a miniature marshmallow

We recycle California package cages returned in original condition.

Payment Confirms Order

 

California Queens are not Marked or Clipped    

Italian or Carniolan Queens $26.00 each, Postage & insured is $9.00 per envelope up to 10 Queens

For packages mailed & insured add $45.00 postage per package, April

Payment Confirms Order

 

***Package Bee Notice *** Terms - Request Italian or Carniolan Queens, by placing your order you agree to accept which ever queen that comes in the package, no exceptions or adjustments.

***Notice*** The above Terms also apply to the amount of bees that are in the package.

***Warning we will not commit Postal Fraud, it is the responsibility your postmaster to file a claim for your loss. We do not witness the loss and cannot file a claim for your loss.

***Warning Request 2 lb., 3 lb. or 4 lb. package bees, by placing your order you agree to accept which ever size package we are able to get with adjusted price, no exceptions or complaints.

We had this happen once in 30 years.

 

    We will notify you upon arrival by email if you wish or by phone and if you have voicemail we will leave a message.

If you want to be notified in some other way please give instructions when you place your order.

 

ALWAYS CALL BEFORE COMING TO PICK UP YOUR PACKAGES
NEVER ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE ARRIVED !!!
 

 

We are a full service bee supply business and provide service after the package bee sale.

 

www.simpsonsbeesupply.com

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Jan 21

BEEpothecary – Health ~ Powered by Bees

Specializing in Health Supplements and Skin Care, Hair Care, and Shaving Products containing the AMAZING Propolis, along with honey, beeswax, and pollen. 

Blog Site  – hiveandhoneybeepothecary.wordpress.com
Online Market - https://squareup.com/market/hive-and-honey-beepothecary
contact – beepothecary@gmail.com,   614-450-2339

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