We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd.,Chesapeake, VA 23322. The public is invited to join us for socializing and the meeting. Meeting ScheduleOur mission includes:
VSBA Meeting June 21 & 22, 2013
Friday, June 21
Registration - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dennis Van Engelsdorp: Topic To Be Announced
Dr. Wyatt Mangum: "Colony Usurpation: Out with Your Queen, in with Theirs"
Dennis Van Engelsdorp: Topic To Be Announced
Dr. Troy Anderson: "The Decline of Honey Bees in Virginia: Are Agrochemical Exposures Affecting Colony Health?"
Saturday, June 22
Registration - 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting 8:45am - 5:15pm
Dr. Buddy Marterre: "Bee Stings: Immunology, Allergy, and Treatment"
Keith Tignor: State Apiarist Report
Dr. Buddy Marterre: "Why Treat for Varroa?"
Lunch – on your own
VA Master Beekeeper Program update
Dr. Wyatt Mangum – Top Bar Beekeeping: Financially sustainable
Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia – Meadmaking workshops
Norfolk Beekeepers – Bee Vacuum building workshops
Participating vendors include:
Heywood Honey (Honey-B-Healthy, soaps)
Sustainable Honeybee Program
C & H Books
Frank & Linda Wyatt
SEVENTH in a series of updates about the Eastern Apicultural Society's Annual Conference and Short Course in 2013
Less than two months away!
Pennsylvania beekeepers will welcome you warmly! See you in August!
P.S. If you can't get enuff of that funky BEE stuff, check out the WESTERN APICULTURAL SOCIETY'S MEETING!!
Last Updated (Monday, 17 June 2013 16:11)
The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that the United States Department of Interior and the U.S Department of Agriculture have designated National Pollinator Week on June 17-23, 2013. By proclamation, Governor Bob McDonnell declared June 17-23, 2013 as Pollinator Week in the State of Virginia.
Six years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators' message out to as many people as possible. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!
Last Updated (Monday, 17 June 2013 16:32)
European Union Bans Neonicotinoids
Europe will become the world's first continent to ban widely used neonicitinoid insecticides believed to cause serious harm to bees.
On April 29, 2013, EU Member States did not reach a qualified majority either in favor or against a two-year ban on three neonicotinoids. Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden voted in favor of the ban and Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and the UK voted against the ban. Finland Greece and Lithuania abstained.
The decision then fell to the European Commission which upheld the ban. Tonio Borg, Health and Consumer Commissioner, said: "Although a majority of Member States now supports our proposal, the necessary qualified majority was not reached. The decision now lies with the Commission. Since our proposal is based on a number of risks to bee health identified by the European Food Safety Authority, the Commission will go ahead with its text in the coming weeks." To conclude: "I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over €22 billion annually to European agriculture, are protected."
Effective 1 December 2013, the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam for seed treatment, soil application of granules and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals is prohibited in the 27 EU countries. In addition, the remaining authorized uses are available only to professionals. The exceptions are bee-attractive crops in greenhouses or crops past their flowering stage in fields.
Bayer CropScience, the German manufacturer of clothianidin and imidacloprid, and Swiss-based Syngenta, which produces thiamethoxam, lobbied intensely in opposition to the ban. The companies claim that the restrictions will harm food production. They urged the EC to instead address diseases and habitat loss as the reasons for declining bee health. The European Food Safety Authority backed the ban, citing a study which found that bees face "high acute risks" from dust in planting and residue in the pollen and nectar of several crops.
The 2-year ban is a landmark victory for millions of environmentalists. Andrew Pendleton, head of campaigns for Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland said, "This decision is a significant victory for common sense and our beleaguered bee populations. Restricting the use of these pesticides could be an historic milestone on the road to recovery for these crucial pollinators. Ministers must now help farmers to grow and protect crops, but without relying so heavily on chemicals – especially those linked to bee decline."
Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:34)
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