In this Issue:
  • Highlights from the UF/IFAS Panhandle Bee College
  • Featured Video: Marketing and Educational Tools for Beekeepers
  • Panhandle Beekeeping Activities Ramping Up for the New Season
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Summer Temperatures Shorten Gestation Length of Early Fall-calving Cows
  • Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers
  • Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners
  • National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income
  • Beekeeping

    Highlights from the UF/IFAS Panhandle Bee College

    During Calhoun County Florida’s spring break, 160 beekeepers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and as far away as Iowa, gathered at the Blountstown High School for the 25th Annual UF/IFAS Bee College!  Participants at this event learned from local, state, national, and international experts about the latest research and management tools for beekeeping.  This event had …

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    Featured Video: Marketing and Educational Tools for Beekeepers

    Boost your honey marketing campaign with some educational tools developed by the University of Florida Extension Service.  Beekeepers who sell honey direct to consumers have some helpful tools that can be used to help market locally produced honey.  This week’s featured video, “Where does honey come from?” was produced several years ago by …

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    Panhandle Beekeeping Activities Ramping Up for the New Season

    With Tupelo season approaching in the next couple of months, February and March is a great time for closer observation and management of honey bee hives.  For overall management during late winter – early spring, it’s important to continue feeding colonies, especially if the colony is light or weak.  Strong colonies tend to expand during …

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    Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

    Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center

    Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those needed to enhance pasture for grazing livestock. Diversification of pasture species, management …

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    Summer Temperatures Shorten Gestation Length of Early Fall-calving Cows

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Each year in August, it is time for an important reminder.  Fall-calving season is here.  In fact, the start of the fall calving season often begins before some producers expect it.  The target date for the beginning of fall calving very often is September 1.  …

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    Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part

    Overview

    On January 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.  This policy outlines EPA’s label statements designed to mitigate acute risks to bees from pesticides.  The recent UF/IFAS publication, Pesticide Labeling: Protection of Pollinators, provides an in-depth look at …

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    Crop Insurance for Beekeepers

    Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. On July 27th,  U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for the producers’ honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock.

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    Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers

    January and February are pivotal months for area beekeepers. Although our warm climate is great for beekeeping, there are a few things to keep in mind while managing bee colonies this time of year.

    For general management, it’s important to feed colonies in January and February, especially if the colony seems light. It’s also a …

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    Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners

    Judy Biss, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County Office, Jace Ford, Calhoun County Mosquito Control, Jeff Pippin, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary Inspection

    By now you have probably heard about Zika Virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  As a beekeeper, you may be concerned about the safety of your bees during pesticide …

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    National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income

    It has been a tough year for beekeepers.  Two recent national reports revealed that beekeepers suffered the triple whammy of colony loss, reduced honey production, and lower prices, all of which ultimately reduced income over this past production year.

    The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), and the …

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