I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and your New Year is off to a great start. This month’s ramblings will be rather brief, as I am currently traveling in Spain and Portugal with the LSU Ag Leadership Program Class XV. As an alumnus of the Ag Leadership Program, I have the opportunity to travel along with the class as they learn about agriculture in Spain and Portugal; you can follow our travels here. Our trip will include a visits and tours of a beef cattle farm, an avocado coop, Europe’s leading wild-caught freshwater crayfish processor, a cork factory, a fish processing farm, and many other farms and facilities. I’m most looking forward to visiting Cortesano Ranch, a cooperative dedicated to the production and marketing of beehive products, which manages approximately 2000 hives, grouped in 40 apiaries located in the Vega, Sierra and Montes of the province of Cádiz. We will also tour the apiaries and honey packing area. I look forward to sharing information on their facilities when I return, so stay tuned! As many of you know, I underwent triple bypass surgery at the end of December so I’m having to rest a bit more frequently that I’d usually do on this trip, but God is good and I am recovering well. Thanks to all who called, texted, and sent messages and prayers during my surgery and recovery.
Thanks also to all who helped make our last convention, which was held in Pineville, Louisiana November 30-December 2, 2017, such a great success. We had a wonderful lineup of educational programs and it was a great opportunity for beekeepers across the state to network and learn. This years’ annual conference will be held in Lake Charles, a first for the LBA – check our website for updated information as soon as it is available.
The LBA is your organization and the Board is here to serve you. If you have suggestions for us to make the organization better or ways to better serve our members, please feel free to contact us. Also, there are several bee clubs scattered throughout the state. Tables listing the LBA board members and the various bee clubs in the state are posted at the LBA website (www.labeekeepers.org). Join your local club and get involved. Help us help our fellow beekeepers be the best stewards of this valuable resource and produce the best honey in the world.
Randy Fair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-318-588-2899