In 1921, a sharp group of beekeepers put their heads together, drew up the necessary documents, and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association was formed.
In the 97 years since our humble beginning, the OSBA has become a very important and highly respected powerhouse in Oregon’s diverse agricultural community.
We have developed and maintained very strong connections and valuable alliances with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Farm Bureau, and most cropping stakeholders. In addition, we have opened up very valuable lines of communication with dissimilar industries such as Christmas tree, horticulture, and forestry.
Of course, our connections and collaboration with Oregon State University (and there are many) are priceless. The OSU Honey Bee Lab, headed by Dr. Ramesh Sagili, is supported in its many vital and timely research projects.
The OSBA Agricultural Liaison Committee, now headed by Dr. Mike Rodia, enjoys relationships often on a first-name basis with many of Oregon’s legislators and representatives as well as city and municipal staff members throughout our state. The Agricultural Liaison Committee has a batting record most baseball teams would die for!
There are many more activities supported by the OSBA. I cannot list them all here. The OSBA is active, behind the scenes, throughout the year working hard for you!
I want to ask you to think for a minute about all of the beekeepers you know who are not OSBA members. Of the beekeepers you know who are not members, do you think they understand the value and importance of such an association? Could it be that the newer beekeeper has not yet realized the complex problems and issues facing our industry? Do they know who is fighting for them?
Today, I want to ask all OSBA members to set aside a few minutes here and there, throughout the year, for encouraging membership in the OSBA. How are our very valuable newer beekeepers to learn about the OSBA other than through you?
Will you commit a few minutes in your friendly conversation with your fellow beekeepers this year to encourage membership in the OSBA?
Let’s implement an OSBA membership drive in 2018. We have a 100-year anniversary right around the corner. More about that next time . . .
Thank you for your strong support for honey bees, beekeeping, your fellow beekeepers, the OSBA, and our industry! Your efforts do not go unnoticed.