River Region Beekeeping Club Workshop

Don’t miss the upcoming River Region Beekeeping Club Workshop being held on July 13 from 7 – 9:00 PM (doors open at 6 PM).

Location: AG Center, 1301 N Florida – Covington, LA (part of fair grounds green building)

Don’t open or work hives in July and August? Learn why you should not do late summer or fall splits.

Questions? Call (985) 635-1440 or (504) 853-3525 or visit www.riverregionclubofbeekeepers.weebly.com


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2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow

Celebrate the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Discover the many facets of the ABF with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.

  • Hear from experts, trendsetters & influencers.
  • Learn best practices.
  • Shop a tradeshow full of the latest beekeeping innovations.
  • Showcase your skills in the 2018 Honey Show.
  • Have next-generation fun at the Kids and Bees program.
  • Network with 900+ fellow beekeepers

Read more here.

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4th Annual Basic Beekeepers School

The SW LA Beekeepers Association and the LSU AgCenter will present its annual Beginning Beekeepers Class on Monday, July 10th, 6-9 PM, Sheriff’s Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder, LA.  The cost is $25, and the school will meet on Mondays in July and August. Topics include: bee biology, equipment, bee acquisition, hive management, hive pests and diseases, hive products, and preferred honey plants. A self-study option is available for beekeepers that have a year or two of experience.

For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may obtain regular “beemail” updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Save the Date: 21st Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 21st Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd, Baton Rouge LA 70820. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with presentations and activities scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Field Day will include a series of talks in the morning from members of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the USDA-ARS staff about Louisiana beekeeping and research being conducted at USDA lab. The afternoon features break-out sessions for beginners and more experienced beekeepers. The beginning beekeeper course is directed to those who have little to no beekeeping experience. Topics will include basic bee biology as well as necessary beekeeping equipment and management techniques. A question and answer session precedes a practical demonstration in honey bee colonies. The intermediate beekeeping course is focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include making splits, swarm catching, monitoring techniques and treatment options for Varroa mites and small hive beetle, followed by a final field session examining open colonies. This session will address the major problems in colony health and include discussion and guidance on the primary pests and pathogens affecting honey bee colonies. There will be also be a 2-hour focused workshop on selective breeding followed by a final session on queen rearing techniques.

A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above.  Children 11 and under must stay with their parents at all times. Pre-registration will open August 15, 2017. You may pre-register (and submit payment) at labeekeepers.org/field-day with the option to pay by credit card or PayPal. A printable pre-registration form will be located at labeekeepers.org/field-day that may be mailed to Beth Derr, 210 Meadowlark Dr, Jefferson, TX 75657 and must be postmarked by October 11th. Pre-registration will close October 11th. All other registration will be collected at the door for the increased fee of $40 per person.

For additional information please visit labeekeepers.org or contact Dr. Frank Rinkevich (225) 276-3998 or frank.rinkevich@ars.usda.gov, Sandra Hineman (225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805). For questions regarding online registration, Jennifer Brown (601-493-3447).

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USDA grants for pollinator health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced seven grants totaling $6.8 million for research and extension projects to sustain healthy populations of pollinators, which are crucial to the nation’s food security and environmental health. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The grants include $934,489 to Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read the full release here.

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Mosquito control

It is very important you register each location you will be keeping your bees with your local Mosquito Control District. Click here to locate your local office. Please do not ignore this advice! The LBA is working very close with the Mosquito Control Association to avoid any unnecessary bee kills from the application of insecticides either by truck or by air.

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Legislative update

Attention all Louisiana beekeepers who’s annual gross honey sales are below twenty thousand dollars.
There is a Louisiana State law that you need to know about, R.S.40:4.9 Click here to read about it!

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Friday, June 5, 2015 a bill that removes a labeling requirement for unpasteurized or unprocessed honey.  HB 79, by Representative Richard “Richie” Burford, exempts beekeepers from section D.(1) (2) (a) (b) of law R.S.40:4.9 Click here


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New Baton Rouge research leader

The USDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Danka as the Research Leader for the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Unit (HBBGPU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana effective immediately.

Dr. Danka is a Research Entomologist who first came to the HBBGPU as a graduate student in 1983 after having earn B.S. degrees in Biology and Entomology and a M.S. degree in Entomology from Pennsylvania State University. He joined the permanent staff of the laboratory in 1987 after completing his Ph.D. in Entomology at Louisiana State University.

The majority of Dr. Danka’s research has been in three areas: crop pollination by honey bees; the biology and management of Africanized honey bees; and genetic resistance of honey bees to biological hazards.

His recent efforts have focused on ways to strengthen the application of ARS’ scientific discoveries in the area of honey bees that have resistance to Varroa mites; these mites are the primary health threat to honey bees worldwide.

Dr. Danka has served as Acting Research Leader of the HBBGPU since the retirement of Dr. Thomas Rinderer on January 3, 2016. Please join the LBA in congratulating Dr. Danka on his appointment as Research Leader of HBBGPL.

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Time to shop!

You can now show your support for the Louisiana Beekeepers with high-quality Land’s End clothing embroidered with the LBA logo! We have an LBA Lands End e-store that anyone can access by visiting https://business.landsend.com/store/lba Password: LBA Beekeeper. You may purchase any item available in the store with the LBA logo on it.

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Mignon Faget Bee Ring

Mignon Faget’s new Bee Ring is now available and the designer has partnered with the Louisiana Beekeeper’s Association by donating 10% of sales of this piece to the association!

Mignon is often inspired by the city in which she was born and raised. She has created collections that explore nature, architecture, textiles, and New Orleans traditions. As a formally trained artist, Mignon’s design sense is not dictated by what is trendy. Her designs take collectors on a personal journey that is heavily influenced by her interests. There are four Mignon Faget retail stores and an e-commerce website. The heritage of the brand is evident in our commitment to making handcrafted jewelry that is not just an accessory but a wearable piece of art. All Mignon Faget jewelry is designed and produced in New Orleans.

Please visit their web site, click here.

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