|A two-day conference and an additional day of workshops designed to “connect-the-dots” between research, extension and application. This meeting is for extension agents, natural resource professionals, land managers, educators, as well as pollinator enthusiasts who want to develop or enhance the pollinator programming in their area. Conference talks will be mixed with discussion sessions, allowing participants to network and identify local knowledge and education gaps.
In short, this will NOT be a conference to learn about the state of pollinator health, best practices, or new research. This will be a conference to highlight and connect agencies that have successful programs working in pollinator health. We want to understand what has been working across the state, and connect local organizations together in order to strengthen and understand the efforts in our own regions.
Early registration ends January 12.
As you have probably heard, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is now closed for business and so Ruhl Bee Supply is closing its doors during the transition.
The original goal in merging with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm was to create better support for our Northwest beekeepers than either of us could provide alone. We are painfully aware that this did not happen. In fact, our local support got worse. It has been difficult to watch as the core values that Ruhl Bee has long held became subsumed under other priorities.
We plan to change all this as we re-emerge, unfettered, with a renewed focus on something we always understood: the unique needs of Northwest beekeepers. Thank you for being patient during this transition.
Note: In addition to the transition that John speaks to here, for those who may be interested in knowing about Ruhl Bee Supply in earlier times, some information about Bill Ruhl can be found here.
The Fall Conference provides an opportunity meet and learn from some of the top researchers in the US and Canada—as well as continue the conversations we began last year and engage in new ones. This fine, quickly moving year of 2018 is no different! Join us in welcoming scientists and others involved with bees from near and far at the Salem Convention Center in October. We’ll gather Friday evening, October 26, in preparation for two full days of talking bees and beekeeping. Does it get any better . . .?
As seen in the Agenda, we’ll start with Michelle Flenniken with honey bee health and pathogens and then take a look at the work of Apis m. regarding the industry and Varroa-resistant bees with Danielle Downey, (C) honey bee queens and American foulbrood with James Tew, and (D) current efforts of the USDA with Anna Childers. We’ll gain the latest on (E) Varroa management with Jennifer Berry, (F) American foulbrood and bee breeding with Steve Pernal, and (G) honey bee reproduction and behavioral resistance to Varroa with Krispn Given. And we’ll learn what’s happening here at home with (H) updates on the research and extension activities of the OSU Honey Bee Lab with Ramesh Sagili as well as contributions of others in the region.
Updates to the Conference Agenda and Presenter Bios, Abstracts, and additional conference news are at: http://osba2018.orsba.org. Once there, you are also able to register online. For registration by mail, you may download the Registration Form. Please note that rates increase after October 16, which is also the deadline for registering by mail. Additional conference events include opportunities to learn directly about the work of the OSU Honey Bee Lab, attend Bee School and other breakout sessions, explore the Exhibitors Area, and participate in the Silent and Benefit Auctions. Additional activities include a pre-conference Commercial Beekeeper Workshop and Honey Show, described in paragraphs that follow.
COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPER WORKSHOP
A successful commercial beekeeper does not just know how to keep good bees. Commercial beekeepers must also maintain an efficient business: make good financial decisions, manage employees, establish and maintain relationships with growers, comply with safety regulations in all aspects of their work, and more. Most educational events for beekeepers focus on presentations of the latest research in honey bees. There are few opportunities for commercial beekeepers to increase knowledge on less exciting, yet vital information on running a safe, successful business. Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association have teamed up to offer a series of workshops especially for commercial beekeepers. Past topics included best business practices, workplace safety, Food Safety Modernization Act, even forklift safety. Our next Commercial Beekeeper Workshop will be just before the OSBA conference, on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Salem Convention Center. Details and registration information: Commercial Beekeeper Workshop.
FALL CONFERENCE HONEY SHOW
Come prepared to enter products of the hive in this year’s Honey Show! Honey Steward Susan Rauchfuss will accept entries at the Honey Show Booth in the Willamette Foyer no sooner than 8:00 am and no later than 9:45 am on Saturday. Honey Judge Marjie Ehry will begin judging at 10 am. Categories and criteria are provided at: http://osba2018.orsba.org/honey-show/
Due to hurricane induced weather on the East Coast of the U.S., The Mite-A-Thon will extend through Saturday, September 22nd!
For those that have not yet participated, you now have until next Saturday 9/22 to input your data at www.mitecheck.com.
The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, and the viruses it vectors are a significant driver of honey bee colony mortality. Yet, indicators suggest that many beekeepers are not monitoring honey bee colony Varroa infestations and therefore not able to connect infestation to colony loss.
Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one-week window. Objectives are:
(1) To raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods.
(2) To make management strategies available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner-developed information and outreach materials.
All beekeepers in North America are encouraged to participate, thereby creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
DATE: The week of September 8, 2018, with a practice test during summer 2018.
COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online and at your local bee supply store.
DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.
TO DO: Determine your preferred method of testing for mites and commit to a day for testing, either individually or through beekeeping organizations, and upload your Varroa monitoring data to: www.mitecheck.com.
QUESTIONS: e-mail email@example.com or phone 415.362.1137.
SPONSORS: Sponsorships are being solicited to underwrite costs and grants, as necessary.
Honey Bee Health Coalition: honeybeehealthcoalition.org
University of Minnesota Bee Lab: www.beelab.umn.edu
Bee Informed Partnership: beeinformed.org
Project Apis m.: www.projectapism.org
USDA APHIS Varroa Mite Detection and Sampling
OSBA STATE FAIR BEEKEEPER BOOTH
Beekeepers and their love of honey bees capture the true spirit of Oregon.
One of the favorite stops for generations at the Oregon State Fair is the Oregon State Beekeepers booth. The beautiful honey, creative displays, and fun kid activities, combined with the live bee exhibit, is an intriguing show-stopper on its own, but the informative hosts of the booth really keep the crowd interested. We need You!
You can help! We have 11 days of Fair to keep busy beekeepers even busier. No worries . . . it will be worth it!
There are two shifts a day, with three people needed per shift. This way, there can always be 1–2 people available in the booth, even if someone goes for a break (or a walk around the displays!). The shifts are 10 am–4 pm and 4 pm–10 pm. There is seating.
Volunteers receive a parking pass and free entry to the fair. We will get the passes into the mail to you ASAP, once the schedule is confirmed. We would like to see your local group take an entire shift, which makes it all the more fun.
We also need observation hives! If you can bring a hive in for 3–4 days, we will rotate with other beekeepers to be as considerate of the bees as possible.
This year, competition honey and other entries will be displayed within the booth, so fair-goers won’t have to search out products from the hive elsewhere on the fairgrounds.
There’s a cooking contest on Agriculture Day (August 30), and they’ve added a special category, Honey Salad Dressing—so get your entries in soon! Also, at 3 pm, the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s Marjorie Ehry will give a presentation on the Explore Oregon Showcase (stage) in Columbia Hall.
Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime, bringing the love of honey bees to more people.
To volunteer, please contact Bonnie King at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marjorie Ehry at email@example.com.
See you at the Fair!
The State Fair HONEY & PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE Competition
Dates to Keep in Mind:
OREGON STATE FAIR (August 24–September 3, 2018)
Today: Online Entry is OPEN NOW!
Thursday, August 16, 6 pm: Online Entry Deadline
Friday, August 17, noon–6 pm: Deliver Entries
Saturday, August 18, 10 am–3 pm: Deliver Entries
Thursday, August 30, 3:30 pm: Sweet as Honey Cooking Contest Delivery
Tuesday, September 4, noon–7 pm: Pick up entries
Wednesday, September 5, 10 am–2 pm: Pick up entries
Show us what you’ve got! This is your once-a-year opportunity to reveal to the world what you’ve been up to. Your honey bees are working every day to get their products into the Oregon State Fair, so make their dreams come true and ENTER the 2018 competition!
The 2018 Oregon State Fair Competitors Handbook includes the complete rules, division descriptions, and entry information for the “Honey and the Hive” competition (See: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf). It also gives you a heads up as to what the judges are looking for with a scorecard sample.
Before you get started, here are some things you should know:
• All exhibits must have been produced under the direct management of the Exhibitor and produced from the apiary of the Exhibitor between September 2017 and August 2018.
• Honey must be purely produced by bees with no additives and be true to the entry category.
• Junior exhibitors (17 and under) are encouraged, and will be judged against other junior entries.
• Exhibitors are limited to one entry per class and a maximum of 10 entries per person.
• Entries will be judged according to The Oregon State Beekeepers Association Standards or Welsh Honey Judging methods.
• Decision of Judges is final.
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded according to merit. The judges reserve the right to not award ribbons if standards are not met. Rosette ribbon(s) for Best of Division or Show may be awarded.
• Entries must be submitted and picked up according to entry schedule. The Fair is not responsible for any entries not picked up by 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
So, what should you enter?
Here is the list of categories for you to peruse. There are two levels for Honey Entries: Youth (17 years of age and younger) and Adult (Oregon Beekeeper). Youth may choose to compete with the adults.
240 – Youth (Ages 17 years and younger)
• Artistic Beeswax, molded or dipped (1 pound minimum)*
• Beeswax, any other
• Honey, Extracted (any variety) – 3 one pound, uniformly filled, Queenline or otherwise one pound or one pint glass/plastic jars
241 – Beekeeping Photo (Entries must be an 8″ x 10″ mounted photograph in a BLACK FRAME)
• Fair theme: “Where Fun Shines!”
• Bees and their Keepers
• Bees/Bee Colonies at work
242 – Beeswax
• Artistic Beeswax, molded or dipped (1 pound minimum)*
*Artistic Beeswax can be several shades of beeswax, i.e., brood or capping wax. Artificial enhancements accepted but should not overpower the beeswax.
• Beeswax Block – 1 block (1 pound minimum)
• Beeswax Candles, dipped – 2 dipped candles, 100 percent beeswax
• Beeswax Candles, molded- 2 molded candles, 100 percent beeswax
243 – Honey, Extracted (any variety)
Extracted Honey – 3 one pound, uniformly filled, Queenline or otherwise one pound or one pint glass/plastic jars
244 – Honey, Other (any variety)
• Chunk Honey Jar – 3 one pint or one pound jars
• Comb Honey section – 3 square or round sections comb honey
• Creamed – 3 one pint or one pound jars
• Cut Comb – 3 uniformly cut comb pieces (minimum 12 ounces each)
• Extracting Frame with Capped Honey Comb – one frame (any size)
Thursday, August 30, 4:00 pm (Drop off at 3:30 pm)
Create a Salad Dressing using Honey. Must have honey as an ingredient.
Recipe must be attached to your salad dressing bottle
Limited to 15 contestants – Enter Early!
HONEY & PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE COMPETITION:
Ready, Set, WIN! To enter the Competition:
1. Go to the 2018 Handbook and read the complete rules, division descriptions, and entry information. The Handbook also includes Scorecard Samples, for additional information. (View at: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf)
2. Next, go to http://oregon.fairmanager.com.
3. Click “Register” (or “Sign In” for return visits).
4. After completing the online registration, be sure to print and bring a copy of your detailed online entry receipt with your entries when you bring them to the Fair.
We are excited about your entries. Beekeeping in Oregon is more than just a fad, it’s a way of life, and it’s important to demonstrate the depth of this industry to all that come our way.
Thank you, and Good Luck! See you at the Fair!
The Oregon State Fair is just around the corner! That’s right, summer has not even started and we’re planning our booth, which means we’re really excited. The theme of the 2018 Oregon State Fair is “Where Fun Shines,” which the bees should love! The OSBA will have an impressive booth at the Fair as is our long-standing tradition, bringing honey bees into the spotlight for generations of Oregonians.
The 2018 fair runs August 24–September 3. You can be a part of the Oregon State Fair experience by helping out with our booth! This is a great opportunity to promote the importance of beekeeping and pollinator health to the general public, and it’s a lot of fun.
We hope to have members from all of our Oregon chapters hosting the booth at some point throughout the 11 days of the fair.
Signup for 6-hour shifts is now available. There will be three people per shift, so there is plenty of coverage for breaks. We need people of all levels of experience to interact with the public every day.
Volunteers get a free pass to the fair for the day, free parking, and the opportunity to share the love of honey bees to thousands of people.
We will also need observation hives to display on a rotational basis. If you know the ins and outs of observation hives, you can be part of a critical role to manage that important component of the exhibit.
If you have construction or exhibit experience, we could use your assistance to set up our exhibit in the 10 x 40-foot booth on Thursday, August 23, and tear down the booth on Tuesday, September 4.
Enter the Competition
Show your stuff ! Bring your honey and products from the hive. Competition is broken into divisions for youth and adults, though young folks can also choose to compete with the adults. The fair rules will be available soon. For more info, go to: https://oregonstatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Honey_Products-of-the-Hive-v0514.pdf.
Oregon is “Where Fun Shines,” especially if you’re a honey bee! This is going to be a great fair. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, please contact booth coordinator Bonnie King at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marjorie Ehry at email@example.com. See you at the fair!
In 2021 the Oregon State Beekeepers Association will reach its 100-year anniversary. In the course of those 100 short years, Oregon beekeepers have enjoyed a strong voice speaking for pollinator protection, beekeepers, and the beekeeping industry. Our agricultural stakeholders growing pollinated crops have come to rely on the OSBA for support and collaboration on critical issues as they arise.
So, what have beekeepers been doing? They have been working very, very hard across the board. Oregon’s regional associations, as they have formed along the way, have spent a tremendous amount of effort, resources, and time supporting beekeeping and beekeepers in their regions. Many of Oregon’s very successful beekeepers received their basic training by attending a bee school in their region many years ago. Before they knew where all of the years went, they found themselves presenting a topic at their own local bee school.
No matter where you fit into Oregon’s beekeeping landscape, if you’re serious about bees, you have been working hard, and the OSBA has been working hard for you.
Don’t you think it is time to celebrate all of our accomplishments and achievements in Oregon? Although 2021 seems like a log way off, as things go, it will be upon us before we know it. What would you envision for the OSBA 100-Year Anniversary Fall Conference 2021?
Let me share with you a few of my thoughts for the event, if I may.
I envision us holding the 100-year anniversary conference in a gigantic convention center such as the Salem Convention Center, capable of containing several hundred attendees. Leading up to the conference, we take out advertising in the national bee journals, Mother Earth News, and any and all other print and digital media outlets.
Along with interesting sidetracks, how about some contests and competitions for prizes?
How about if every regional association in Oregon has a booth to reach out to attendees throughout the state?
How much money could we raise with a dunk tank on the first evening? I want to volunteer to be the first one on the hot seat in the tank. I’ll raise so much money for Ramesh, he won’t know what to do with it all!
The 2021 100-year anniversary is right around the corner. It is time to begin the planning stage of this wonderful landmark conference. Please think about it and send your thoughts and wishes to our awesome OSBA secretary.
Meanwhile, work safe, be well, and have a great spring!
As we move into this new year of promise, may it be exceptional for the bees and their keepers as well as all who care for them in planting and teaching and learning.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Fall Conference the success that it was. None of it would have happened without the contributions of conference planners, presenters, honey judges, advertisers, vendors, auctioneers, all who donated/all who bid on items in both the silent and the banquet auctions, all who did registration and who kept the projector in operation throughout—as well as the efforts of so many others. Your work is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Many Bee Schools and Bee Days are now being planned for 2018. Check out listings at orsba.org and on regional association websites for dates, times, and updates.
In looking forward to spring, the Swarm Call List is now open for 2018. All past location entries have been deleted in order to ensure interest during the 2018 season. Log in at orsba.org to sign up for up to 12 locations. If you are not yet registered on the website and have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work it out. Please note that this is a benefit of current membership in the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. Similar to the past couple of years, names are randomized rather than listed in alphabetical order. If your situation should change at some time during the year, please also make sure to change your availability for this service to the public.
The 2017 Fall Conference of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association is scheduled for October 27–29, to be held once again at the beautiful Oregon Garden in Silverton. Information about the agenda, presenters and their work, and registration is now available on the Conference website. Information is being added as updates become available.
To register online, go to Registration. For registration by mail, please download and complete the Conference Registration Form 2017 and send with a check or money order made payable to OSBA to the address listed on the form. The deadline for preregistration is October 17. Although registration will be available on site, late fees apply after October 17. Early registration does more than help participants avoid the late fees; it also helps conference planners. Please register as early as possible!
The OSBA will have a booth at the Oregon State Fair this year. The fair runs from August 25 through September 4. This is a great opportunity to promote the importance of beekeeping and pollinator health to the general public, and we could use your help. Ideally, we will have members from our Oregon chapters hosting the booth each day. Signup for four-hour shifts is now available. In addition, we will have a honey show with Judge Marjorie Ehry. Consider entering your honey or other products of the hive! The theme this year is The Colors of Fun.
We will also need observation hives to display on a rotational basis. If you have construction or exhibit experience, we could use your assistance to set up our exhibit in the 10-foot by 40-foot booth on August 24, and tear down the exhibit on September 5. We need people of all levels of experience to interact with the public on fair days. And if you know the ins and outs of observation hives, you can be part of a critical role to manage that important component of the exhibit. Volunteers get a free pass to the fair for the day, free parking, and the opportunity to promote bees and beekeeping to the public.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Yvonne Shaw at email@example.com.