CSBA Newsletter August 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
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
Annual membership dues for CSBA Ladies Auxiliary and convention luncheon tickets can be found on the Events page. Scroll down to find the Ladies Auxiliary Section. We are busy putting the final touches on our Thursday, November 19th luncheon! We are also  selling raffle tickets for pottery as well as T-shirts and posters. Needed are VOLUNTEERS who can help with the booth for an hour or two during the convention. Please let us know via email.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

- Submitted by Amanda Wooten
Membership Update
The CSBA Board Meeting, held in Modesto in May, approved leaving the CSBA Membership structure and dues 'as is'. Membership automatically includes you in the $10,000 Bee Theft Rewards Program, Bee Times enews and a Paid Membership Directory.

- Submitted by Mike Tolmachoff
Research Update
Interim progress reports from current research projects are being collected to present at the CSBA Board meeting in September. RFPs for the next research cycle will begin soon. Replies will be directed to Dr. Elina Nino, Research Liason.

- Submitted by Alan Henninger
Awards Update
Nomination forms for the CSBA annual awards are available. Each year, individuals are recognized for their contributions to CSBA and beekeeping. They are due by Oct. 15th.  Refer questions to Awards Committee Chairman Alan Mikolich at 909-261-6710 or email  amikolich@yahoo.com

- Submitted by Alan Mikolich
Conversations with a Beekeeper Webinar Series Register Today!
Bee educated! Join the ABF for a free, public 3-part series about the basics of beekeeping and honey bees. Sessions are 90 minutes and allow you to interact with expert beekeeepers and ABF members. Dates: Aug. 26th, 8 pm ET, Sept. 23rd, 9 pm ET and Nov. 11th, 10 pm ET. Register!
Dr. Eric Mussen: Study Results Are In
Dr. Eric Mussen provided CSBA the link to the Journal of Economic Entomology and a 
study done by  Maryann T. Frazier, Chris A. Mullin, Jim L. Frazier, Sara A. Ashcraft, Tim W. Leslie, Eric C. Mussen, and Frank A. Drummond. Dr. Mussen says, "It provides the reader an idea of how many pesticides honey bees can get into in an ag setting. It also demonstrates that a narrow focus, simply on those who are who renting colonies that become damaged or killed, is not much of any protection because the foragers get into toxic chemicals all over the place, not just on a single field or orchard."
Catch The Buzz
Registration is Filling Up!
October  24 & 25th
Medina, OH

The Four Pillars of Honey Bee Management. Click on the pic!
H oney Bee Health Coalition 
Guide to Control Varroa 

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Download This Application!
Need help finding least-toxic pesticide products to manage household and garden pests? Quickly search for hazard-ranked pesticide products on your iPhone and iPad with the Pest Smart mobile app - a free, new user-friendly tool for LEED professionals, IPM managers, and anyone with an interest in finding information about pesticide products.
Opening Gala for the State Fair
The opening Gala for the CA State Fair was a hit!  CSBA provided 600  2oz honey bears as favors. Pretty sweet of CSBA!
The Washington Post
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For Sale
2500+ hive N. Mn. Apiary honey house, supers & house on 10 acres. trucks & bobcats   Contact here.
California Almond Pollination Service, Inc. is seeking seasonal Full-Time and Part-Time help managing over 7,000 hives in the Stanislaus Co. area beginning Sept 2015 - July 2016. This is an excellent learning opportunity.  Commercial experience is not necessary, however basic beekeeping and the desire to learn is required. Duties include feeding, grading of hives, testing and treating for V. mites and T. mites, Nosema, Foulbrood, general hive maintenance, operating forklifts, placing hives in orchards, queen breeding, splitting hives, collecting data for Bee Informed Partnership and much more. Starting pay is $13.00 per hour for basic beekeeping skills. Salaries for beekeepers with more advanced skills are based on individual experience. Contact Steve House at (209) 202-8915.
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Brad Pankratz
2015 CSBA President
The President's Word
Hello My Fellow Beekeepers! 

California has been hot and dry this summer and definitely challenging to keep bees in good health. I'm sure most of you are concentrating on feeding  pollen substitute, syrup, and treating for mites. Hopefully, these inputs will  translate into healthy bees going into the fall and winter months. 

CSBA is gearing up for the convention this fall in Sacramento. Make sure to register early to receive your reduced room rate. The 'Events' webpage has all the info you need!

CSBA has been formulating a comment letter to the recent EPA rulings. It affects certain pesticides that growers are able to spray while bees are present for pollination. Many of our members, including myself, are concerned that these policies will negatively affect our businesses. Our growers, that we pollinate crops for, are our partners. We need to be considerate of the fact that they should be able to spray their crops when needed. On the other hand, growers need to be considerate of the welfare of the bees that are pollinating their crops. This problem can be solved by detailed communication between the grower and the beekeeper. This fall, I will be attending meetings at some of our affiliated bee clubs in the state to address this and other topics of concern. 

Lastly, CSBA will be having a booth at the California Council of Land Trusts ' All Aboard' event in Sacramento - see bottom of the newsletter. This event, and others, are important to attend so that our industry is well represented. Here at CSBA, we are working hard to protect the interests of the bee industry. As always, I urge you to be proactive in your businesses and forge ahead to a successful season.

Brad Pankratz, CSBA President
CSBA Legislative Committee Update

The opening Gala for the State Fair was a hit! Our legislative advocates at Platinum Advisors continue to work diligently to pass AB 1259 (Levine), aimed at allowing beekeepers to gain access to public lands in a timely fashion. Platinum has been working with the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and General Services, in an effort to make the bill as technically viable as possible, but neither agency has the authority to take a formal position on the bill at this time. Additional language was included in the bill recently to further articulate the unique regional and seasonal nature of our businesses and the critical need for foraging lands for beekeeping, which demonstrates that it is in the "public interest" to authorize nonexclusive uses of these lands without competitive bidding. The bill remains in Senate Appropriations and is expected to move to the Senate Floor for a final vote before Labor Day. If successful, the bill will move to the Governor's office for signature before the end of October. Stay tuned...

On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum calling on Federal agencies to increase and coordinate their efforts to improve bee health by developing an integrated strategy. In July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the deadline for public comments on the Pollinator Protection Proposal. As proposed, these rules have the potential to be very harmful to our businesses. Many members of the CSBA have weighed-in on the proposed regulatory changes through public comments and the formal rule-making process. Unfortunately, if these new rules are implemented in their proposed form, we could see tremendous loss of pollination, since farmers will have to reassess their existing use of honey bees to pollinate. In theory, the regulations seem positive and aimed at protecting the honey bees, but a regulation banning pesticides while fields are blooming, will have an opposite effect. Your CSBA Board is currently working on a letter to EPA voicing our concerns with this proposal. While we are appreciative that EPA is addressing the pollinator health issue, they have not taken under consideration a lot of the concerns we, as commercial beekeepers and farmers, have with conducting business. They also have still not addressed our concerns with the tank mixing of fungicides and insect growth regulators with this proposal.

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I addressed the EPA's proposal with the office of Congressman Doug LaMalfa. The CSBA Board of Directors will continue to oppose any new regulations that would create an additional burden on beekeepers, partners and farmers who will hesitate to use honey bees to pollinate their crops in the future if these new rules are adopted.     
- Submitted by Jackie Park-Burris
California State Beekeepers Association Convention
November 17-19, 2015 

We're heading to the state capitol for the annual CSBA Convention! The Events page has all the current info you need until pre-Convention Information Packets are mailed in late August/early September. The website has  payment fields for Hilton Hotel ReservationsLadies Auxiliary Dues & LuncheonCSBA  Membership Dues, Conference Registration and Exhibitor Instructions.  Our field trip will be to  the  Mann Lake Ltd. Woodland Facility. There is a link on the Events page that will take you to the sign-up form. To reserve a space, just fill out and either mail in or call the office. Bus(es) will depart the Hilton on Monday afternoon, Nov. 16th, approximately 1 pm and return in time for the President's Reception Dinner in the  evening - which Mann Lake is also hosting! Both are free to registered convention attendees and a great way to start the event!
The E.L. Nino Bee Lab!
We are very excited to be hosting our inaugural
 'Planning Ahead for Your First Hives' short course at the 
Honey Bee Research Facility - UC Davis. 
September 13th and 20th
Register for this class, and future beekeeping courses, by clicking on the logo or email Bernardo Nino. Also, stay update-to-date with the
 UC Davis Apiculture Newsletter!
Almond Board Media Training
CSBA took advantage of an Almond Board program that trains people in 'how and when' to respond to media inquiries. The training took place in Los Angeles, Visalia, Modesto, and Chico. The seminar was a good 101-level 2-hour intro to what reporters are looking for, how they try to handle interviewees and how we can get our message across; it included trial-run interviews for some participants after the "classroom" training. All who attended the Modesto training were very favorably impressed. I also got a rave review on it from a Visalia participant who suggested that we need follow-up sessions with more trial-run interviews.
                                                      - Submitted by Carlen Jupe

PAm Update
Project Apis m.'s Varroa research is underway, with six very good proposals that reflect innovative and practical control measures that would be implementable within a reasonable timeframe. We've committed $180,000 toward the proposals, within just $165,000 on-hand, but feel confident folks will step forward and help us close the gap between committed and actual funding. NO 30-year U.S. anniversary party for Varroa - that's our goal!

Billy Synk is hard as work as PAm's newest employee gearing up on the forage projects. His first week, he traveled to North Dakota to see firsthand the importance of Midwest forage crops for bee health and attended the Minnesota Honey Producers Meeting. Currently has called all enrollees in the 2014 'Seeds for Bees' project and is soliciting new participants with the additional funding we have received from generous corporate donors who find this project fits nicely within their corporate sustainability programs. Have your almond grower contact billy@projectapism.org about obtaining seeds for soil-building, bee-attractive plants that provide prolonged, diverse, natural nutrition for your bees from January through April.

Billy Synk (in the clean white bee suit) 
with John Miller's  crew in North Dakota

We have just completed the three-year, $344,000 Specialty Crop Block Grant on identifying bee-attractive drought-tolerant plants. The project was a success and has received statewide and national attention. Look for a searchable online database of Honey Plants in California to be available in the next few weeks. Coming up for PAm this Fall is participation in Costco's investment in bee research in Canada, the WAS meeting in Colorado, state bee meetings in Montana, Idaho and California, and an expanded Pollination Pavilion at the Almond Board meeting. Of course, the CSBA meeting in Sacramento will be a highlight!
Can Sherlock Holmes Solve the  Case of the 
Missing Honey Bees?
In the summer movie, ' Mr. Holmes', honey bees play a role alongside the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. The year is 1947 and the 93-year-old Holmes, played by Ian McKellen, retires from sleuthing to settle down at his seaside cottage and care for his honey bees. In his employ is his housekeeper, played by Laura Linney, and her young son, Roger, played by Milo Parker. Charmed by both the honey bees and Holmes, the young boy is soon drawn into the aging man's quest to solve a final mystery - and into the apiary yard as well!   McKellen, who is 76, wasn't quite comfortable sharing the screen with honey bees but found himself handling frames with only a bee veil for protection. "I'm a huge fan of bees now, I know quite a lot about them, I've seen them at close quarters," boasts McKellen, who no longer fears them. "You just have to keep out of their way, they're not interested. They don't want to go around stinging you, it's only if they feel threatened that they'll do that." Well said and a honey bee convert! A smart script, beautiful scenery and great actors make for a movie worth the fare.    
                                                        - Submitted by Meg Ribotto
All Aboard! - California Council of Land Trusts

Join the CA Council of Land Trusts for a premiere event to celebrate California's rich agricultural history and its role as a food producer to the nation and the world! CSBA is a sponsor and will be at this event in addition to special guest, Karen Ross, Secretary, CDFA.  October 9th, 6:00 pm at the historic Railroad Museum in Old Sac.  Click here for tickets and more information!