CSBA Newsletter April 2015
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CSBA Officers
Brad Pankratz
1st Vice President
Dion Ashurst
2nd Vice President
Steve Godlin
Carlen Jupe
Past President
Bill Lewis
Executive Committee
Brent Ashurst
Russell Heitkam
Buzz Landon
Larry Lima
Mike Tolmachoff
ABF Delegates
Bill Lewis
Dion Ashurst
Mike Tolmachoff
New Committee Chairs
African Honey Bee
Brock Ashurst 
Alan Mikolich
Bill Lewis
Bee Times
Meg Ribotto
Public Lands
Mike Harrel
Bryan Ashurst
Patti Johnson
Alan Henninger
Jackie Park-Burris
Troy Bunch
Mike Tolmachoff
Dr. Elina Nino
Roger Everett
Bob Miller
Ladies Auxiliary President
Amanda Wooten
Ladies Auxiliary
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Amanda Wooten

Vice President 

Alissa Wooter
Ila Hohman 

Sandy Tabako 

Ladies Auxiliary Update
The board is busy getting the plans finalized for the CSBA Ladies Luncheon at the 2015 CSBA Convention in Sacramento! We are currently working on a speaker for Thursday's lunch. Plan on attending!  Bee sure to connect with us on Facebook .
Calendar of Events
Heartland Apicultural Society
July 9th - 11th
Albion College, MI

Eastern Apicultural Society
August 10th - 14th
University of Guelph, 
Ontario, Canada

Western Apicultural Society
October 1st - 3rd
Boulder, CO

Bee Culture's "The Four Pillars of Honey Bee Management"
October 24th - 25th
Medina, OH
SABA Beekeeping Class
All classes will be held at the UCD Extension Center, 4145 Branch Center Road (Off Kiefer Road west of Bradshaw Road). Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 23rd Intermediate - Serge Labesque
  • Saturday, June 20th Intermediate - Randy Oliver
Class fees: $45
Course Coordinator: Ron Nies (530) 941-3554 or sabaclassbees@gmail.com
For additional information, contact Ron, or visit the SABA website at www.sacbeekeepers.org.
CSBA 2015 King Bees
King Bees have each given at least $250 in unrestricted funds to CSBA in the current year. This is 
over and above  membership dues, convention registration and any other donations. We would like to recognize our most recent King Bee,  Gregory Fullerton  of Montana. Thank you for your support! 
Delta Bee Club Updates
We ARE a Community!

Three Delta Bee Club beekeepers pooled resources to help a 4th member who lost a very large percentage of his colonies this winter. Upon hearing of the loss, they coordinated a day to shake several hundred colonies worth of bees to refill boxes and keep their fellow beekeeper in business.

If this doesn't make you feel even better about your fellow beekeepers, I don't know what will!
Entombed Pollen

At the April 7th  Delta Bee Club meeting, we heard a report on recent research into entombed pollen. You've probably already heard that this is a problem, but this research not only confirmed that the entombed pollen studied contained a cocktail of IGRs, organophosphate pesticides, and fungicides. It was also reported that the bees will use entombed pollen during periods of severe pollen dearth. Translation - in January, when your colony is at its natural weakest point and trying to start the first brood cycle of the year, the bees will break into the entombed pollen, feed it to the brood, and probably kill that entire cycle!

Bottom line - don't just put your dead-out equipment back on active hives! Check it first for entombed pollen, and remove any you find!  A rule of thumb is that, while honey is routinely capped with wax, pollen should not be capped with anything. If it is, there's something wrong with it and you need to remove it, because as far as we know, the only way the bees will remove it is by using it (disastrously!) during pollen-dearth periods.

Please contact Carlen Jupe so we can publicize any corrections or additions you may have to this information.
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Brad Pankratz
2015 CSBA President
The President's Word
Hello My Fellow Beekeepers! 

April has been a whirlwind month here in California. In my own business, it has been a hectic rush to get our queen breeding campaign up and running and produce as many package bees as possible. I'm sure the workload is the same for all of you around the state. Despite the busy season, CSBA is still finding time to work on industry issues. CSBA members John Miller, Mike Harrel, and Carlen Jupe attended the California Council of Land Trusts Conference in Sacramento. Building relationships and sharing concerns for our industry was the main goal at this conference. Access to these land trusts is a gateway to both better forage for bees and apiary locations. Good job guys! 

Another item on the radar is the recent registration for the use of Oxalic Acid for Varroa mite control. It is already registered for use in some states and hopefully California will soon be added. I was informed that the California Association of Pest Control Applicators (CAPCA) will be having a meeting on the 15th of this month. In attendance will be Gene Brandi who will be meeting with representatives from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the Almond Board of CA. Knowing Gene, I'm sure our organization and industry will be well represented. 

CSBA 2015 convention planning has been going well. Speakers, sponsors and everything in between is 'slowly but surely' coming together and I am anticipating another great convention!  CSBA is working hard for you and our industry. As always, I urge you to be proactive in your businesses and forge ahead to a successful season. 

Best Regards,

Brad Pankratz, CSBA President

 Legislative Committee Update


Emergency Drought Legislation and Regulations


On April 1st, Governor Brown and Leadership from both houses and parties unveiled a new round of emergency drought legislation.  The plan was adopted by both houses and appropriated a little over $1 billion and authorized the Governor to adopt emergency regulations and made statutory changes aimed at accelerating the award and allocation of these funds. The proposal created an office to help disproportionately impacted communities address water challenges. 


The Governor's Executive order required a mandatory 25 percent overall cutback in water use by cities and towns and did not include farms. This order was considered "drastic" and aimed at affecting the Californians who have been resisting the recommendations to conserve water when asked by the Governor back in January 2014, to cut by 20 percent. Unfortunately, the State reservoirs are said to contain about a year's worth of water and there is very little snowfall to replenish the overwhelming need the state has for water. The state government will also produce billboards, radio messages, and signs to aid in spreading the word about conserving water.  


In recent weeks, the entire agricultural industry in California and its dependence on water has been under attack in the news, and in particular the focus on almonds and their dependency on a whole gallon of water per nut.  In the midst of this negative attention, there is some good news...it is highlighting the significant role the almond industry plays in California's global economy, which is entirely dependent on commercial beekeeping!  For additional information on the state's measures to address the drought visit this website.


Public Land Access


Our advocates at Platinum Advisors are diligently working with the staff at the Department of Fish and Wildlife to address the technical implementation of AB 2185 (Eggman).  AB 2158 was the legislation passed and signed into law by Governor Brown last fall, to encourage beekeeping on wildlife lands the department manages when developing or amending wildlife land-use plans. AB 1259 (Levine) has recently been introduced, at our lobbyist's request, to clarify the law and ensure that due to the unique nature of beekeeping. The department may authorize the temporary placement bee hives on public lands through written agreements, however, these agreements are not to be subjected to competitive bidding. 


It is our hope that this technical issue can be resolved through the administrative process, but this legislation may be ultimately necessary to ensure certainty and more foraging opportunities on public lands for our industry in the future.  Assembly Member Marc Levine is the Chair of Natural Resources Committee, and the bill will be heard on Tuesday, April 28th.


Submitted by Jackie-Park Burris, CSBA Legislative Committee Chair and Holly Fraumeni, Platinum Advisors

April Mesquite Bloom     
                                             Photo courtesy of Meg Ribotto 2015

Project Apis m. Update



The results of Project Apis m.'s call for proposals for Varroa mite research are in - we received over a dozen proposals requesting more than $525,000. Original funding available for the top-ranked studies included a $100,000 grant from Co-Bank and American Ag Credit. Knowing several innovating and worthwhile studies were being submitted, we asked bee brokers to match the Co-Bank/AgCredit funding. Lyle Johnston came through with a check for $60,000 for PAm and an offer to help acquire the remaining funds to meet that match. We hope to hear from several more bee brokers soon, because the research studies suggested will bring us closer to managing our #1 pest!


PAm has been active in the Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC), holding a spot on the Steering Committee to help guide strategic priorities. The HBHC has been useful in expanding the bee industry's networking capabilities to other industries interested in bee health (agribusiness, soy, canola, Canadian contacts, etc). PAm has received several leads from the HBHC allowing us to promote our Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership and increase available pollinator habitat in the Midwest. Gene Brandi will represent PAm at the next HBHC meeting in Raleigh, NC, the end of this month.


At the request of Senators Gillibrand, Boxer and Feinstein, the Government Accountability Office requested Project Apis m.' s input on USDA and EPA efforts in promoting bee health. PAm stressed that federal agencies should: 1) solve the Varroa mite problem, 2) continue work on the importance of good nutrition, 3) conduct a thorough evaluation of the lethal and sublethal impacts of pesticides, tank mixes and adjuvants on all life stages of the honey bee, 4) conduct better training programs among crop pest advisors on the impact of pesticides on honey bees, 5) resolve the neo-nicotinoid controversy, and 6) promote cost-effective honey bee-attractive seed mixes on government and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands.


In honor of the 45th Earth Day this April, we are promoting a '$45 for Forage' program. For $45 you can buy an acre of soil-building nutritious forage to help bees and Mother Earth! See our website at www.ProjectApism.org for more information. Email us at ProjectApis@gmail.com if you are interested in any of the above topics or want to know more about our honey bee forage programs.   

Melinda Nelson Obituary

We are sad to relay the news that Ladies Auxiliary Past-President Melinda Nelson passed away from cancer on March 10, 2015.  Our beloved Melinda grew up in Downey, California. She was a skilled water-ski racer and swimmer. Melinda was a dental hygienist for over 35 years but found her true purpose in her garden. Melinda has the gift of hospitality which was shown by the love and service to her family and community. She was wholehearted and purposeful in all that she did. We rejoice in her time here on earth and her freedom in heaven.  The Nelson Family appreciates all the love and support you have all provided through this time.  Proverbs 16:24  Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Jeremy O. Pendell Obituary

My husband, Jim Murgatroyd, and I are sad to say we tragically lost our son-in-law, Jeremy Pendell, on March 7, 2015. He had been ill with pneumonia for a week and suffered a blood clot to the lung.
He was 29 years old. He leaves behind his stay-at-home wife Robyn, his 4 year old son, Landon, and his 2 year old daughter, Anzley.
Jeremy was a selfless person. He loved everyone he met and was loved by everyone who had the privilege to know him.  Above all, Jeremy loved his wife and kids. He was the sole provider for his family. Jeremy wanted the very best for his kids. He worked hard so that Robyn could be a stay-at-home mom and care for their kids, rather than having to put them in daycare. Even as a teenager, Jeremy wanted nothing more than a wife and kids-a family of his own. They were his pride and joy and everything he did was with them in mind.  Jeremy and Robyn had just moved down to San Jose a year ago for a welding job with PG & E. If you wish to send to condolences to the Pendell's (Frank & Sheri) the address is:
2040 Fouts Spring Road, Stonyford, CA 95979.
Randall (Randy) Johnson Obituary

Long time American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) member and Past ABF President, Randy Johnson, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Nampa, Idaho on February 2, 2015 with his wife Betty at his side. Randy and Betty were married for 66 wonderful, adventurous years.

Randy served as ABF President from January 1987 - January 1989. During his time with the ABF, he was instrumental in the formation in the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees and remained very active in ABF for many years. Randy played a major role in the establishment of the National Honey Board in the mid-1980's, served two terms as Producer Member Region I and served as Chairman of the NHB 1995-96. In his later years, he traveled to the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and Turkey to advise beekeepers on methods of modern beekeeping. These and his many other contributions to the ABF, and the entire beekeeping industry, have certainly left a very positive, long lasting legacy and are very much appreciated.

Randy will be greatly missed for his hearty laughter, engaging smile, hearty hugs, his love of jokes, and his constant interest in people and what they were doing.  Memorials can be sent to Oregon State University Master Beekeepers Program or to the Nampa Rotary the Randy Johnson Memorial.

Jack Jenson Obituary

Jack Jensen, long time Los Banos beekeeper passed away on March 10, 2015 at the age of 82.   Jack served on the CSBA Board for many years, was CSBA President in 1972, and was honored as California Beekeeper of the Year in 1975.  He was also a member of Valley Honey Co-op and served as President of the co-op as well.

Jack began his beekeeping career working for Art Harrison in the late 1950's. He purchased some of the Harrison bee hives in 1965 in order to start his own business which he operated for over 30 years.  Jack provided employment opportunities and mentoring for many who ended up establishing their own beekeeping businesses, including Bob and Gene Brandi, Wayne Harrison, Ron Pereira, Emilio Rodriquez, and his grandson Will Areias.

Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Claire, son Mark, daughters Kirsten Areias and her husband Dennis, and Carol Yates and her husband Russel, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.