After a successful inaugural 2015 OSBA 4-H Partnership program, the Ohio State Beekeepers Association has renewed and refreshed the program for the 2016 beekeeping and 4-H season. For 2016, the OSBA will selectively sponsor five 4-H members across Ohio by providing the basic woodenware and toolkits to establish 2 complete hives. By partnering OSBA, Extension more »
The Ohio State Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce the 4-H Partnership Program for 2015! We realize that success of a new beekeeper is not reliant on the work of the student and money alone but by the effort of the partnership. Thus the 4-H Partnership Program encourages participation of the guardian, 4H adviser, local more »
Ohio bee keepers are trying to restore the honey bee population around the state. WNKU’s Steve Hirschberg asked Terry Lieberman Smith, with the Ohio State Bee Keepers Association, why the number of bees has been dwindling. She says nobody has a definitive answer; but there are contributing reasons. Listen to the entire interview on WNKU!
This past winter’s polar vortex did a number on agriculture. Crops and trees suffered damage. Hit hard were bees, which were already struggling with other problems. Some Ohio beekeepers lost nearly all of their stock, and the loss reaches far beyond the bee hive. The United States has seen a shrinking bee population for years. more »
State officials are investigating a possible pesticide kill at Honey Run Farms in Pickaway county, Ohio. Lifetime OSBA member Isacc Barns discovered hundreds of foragers dieing in front of his hives shortly after corn was planted in an adjacent field. Barns believe seed treatments containing neonicotinoids, which have been banned in Europe, may be to more »
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 more »