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Thirsty Bees

One of our honeybees takes a sip from the bee waterer
The honeybee's mirror, and
a place to sip water on a hot day


18th Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

Contact: Margaret Prell
Phone: 985.863.3641
18th 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 18th Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The
event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. 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.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A
nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above.
Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times. 

You must pre-register by October 1, 2014. 
You may register on-line at and pay through PayPal or credit
card or you may mail your registration form that is located on the web site and
your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716,
Brusly, LA 70719. If you do not pre-register by October 1, 2014, the cost will be $35.00 per

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that
includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, and
Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and
Coke Products.
The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as
workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin
with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a
few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants,
maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an
active colony. The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and it will be offered
again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience
that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs
throughout a season, pest management, honey processing, and swarm catching. There will be a
variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced
beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey
plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee
Lab’s research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced
groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a
variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while
gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.
For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman
(225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).


A Little Bee Humor

Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they use "honey combs"


So very excited to be moderating a panel on Pollinators tommorrow at the International Farm to Table Symposium!

Yahoo! Good Yahoo News for bees and other pollinators!

" The move follows a regional wildlife chief’s decision on July 9 to ban neonics  in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands by 2016. The nationwide ban, however, goes further as it also prohibits the use of genetically modified seeds to grow crops to feed wildlife. A FWS spokesperson declined to comment on why the agency was banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in wildlife refuges. But in his memo, Kurth cited existing agency policy. “We do not use genetically modified organisms in refuge management unless we determine their use is essential to accomplishing refuge purpose(s),” he wrote. “We have demonstrated our ability to successfully accomplish refuge purposes over the past two years without using genetically modified crops, therefore it is no longer to say their use is essential to meet wildlife management objectives.” GMOs have not been linked directly to the bee die-off. But the dominance of GMO crops has led to the widespread use of pesticides like neonicotinoids and industrial farming practices that biologists believe are harming other pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly . Neonicotinoids account for 40 percent of the global pesticide market and are used to treat most corn and soybean crops in the U.S. “We are gratified that the Fish and Wildlife Service has finally concluded that industrial agriculture, with GE crops and powerful pesticides, is both bad for wildlife and inappropriate on refuge lands,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said in a statement. "

Buckwheat + Beehives = delicious honey in the making

Side view of the hives - now at six, in our apiary;
Hope, Faith, Love, Grace, Charity & Patience
Buckwheat sprouts in my garden

Why Buckwheat? the nectar produces a darker and more complex honey than citrus.
 and evidently, it is good for you; 
The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications."

Fellow Beekeeper Kevin Mixon Installing a hive at SOFAB!