Neonicontinoid Update

Joel Dickhut —  October 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Monsanto To Keep Selling Pesticide-Coated Seeds EPA Says Don’t Help Yields ― And May Harm Bees

For those who want to learn how to kick up some mid-winter warmth, this is sure to be an interesting class!


Bob Finck Annual Mead Making Class …

Bob Finck will hold his 5th annual mead class, wine (mead) and cheese party on Thursday, November 13 starting at 7:00 PM. First time and previous attendees are quite welcome. A handout with complete instructions will bee provided. Feel free to bring a “snack”, but not required.

No cost to attend. However, if you must cancel please notify me so I can add from the waiting list. Space is limited.

This has been and will bee a quite FUN evening. Please send me your reservation by email, or call. I will confirm your reservation:

Home – 636-305-8818
Cell – 314-277-1049
Location – 1361 Montevale Court, Fenton, MO 63026 (my home)

The following link also includes a PDF file with the full Memorandum with the conclusions from the EPA analysis. It is dated 10/15/2014. Thinking some of you Beekeepers would find this interesting! Perhaps a precursor to positive results of similar concerns for stewards of the world’s pollinators, like us!

The 2014 ISBA Annual Fall Meeting will be held on November 8, 2014 (a Saturday).


Dr. Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University
Dr. Dale Hill, Archer Daniels Midland
Dr. Robert Jean, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Topics and subject matter include Breeding for Varroa Resistance, Varroa Mite Control, Honey Bee Nutrition and Managing for Native Bees.

Location: Illinois State Dept of Agriculture Building
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL 62794

The doors open at 7:30 AM for check in and for walk in registration. Coffee/tea, donuts and/or sweet rolls will be available in the morning. The meeting will commence at 8:30 AM and adjourn by 4:30 PM. A catered lunch is available for attendees who submit their registration and fee in advance.

The meal options for lunch will be Fried Chicken or Vegetarian Lasagna. The registration form and agenda are available on the ISBA website Downloads page tab.


Hi, all-

Just a reminder:  THERE IS NO MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014!  Our September meeting was last Tuesday, September 23, 2014, which was our annual picnic.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you!

Great Read

Tina McClelland —  September 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

For new Beeks, it should already be time for you to think about what is yet to come. There is never a “stupid” question, so ASK, READ and ASK again. HERE is an excerpt on Winterizing from The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush. This is just one view point; different Beekeepers have different methods, so please seek answers and always try to stay ahead of your hive needs before they arise.

Message from Guy, reminding us of the annual MVBA picnic:

Hi, all!

The Fall Picnic this year will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Bob Mays Park in Quincy, on North 18th Street between Locust and Kochs Lane. This means we will eat as close as possible to 6pm as it gets dark earlier.  Don’t forget our meeting for September will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at our fall picnic. NOTE:  THE PICNIC IS THE SEPTEMBER MEETING-THERE WILL NOT BE A MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30!!!!   Please bring a covered dish, and a dessert if you wish, and your table settings.  Sweet tea and lemon drink will be provided.  This is for the entire family, not just members.  Please, please RSVP to me via email asap with numbers going to attend so I can order enough chicken!! Contact me with any questions!


Hi, all!
Just a reminder that our beekeeping meeting for August is Tuesday,  August 26th at 7:30 pm at the extension office on South 36th street in Quincy. NOTE:  Sue Kivikko, apiary inspector for the Northern Region of Illinois, is going to attend our meeting to speak on CCD and other issues that may go on in the hive.  She will also take any questions regarding honeybee health.  Have your questions ready.  This will be a meeting you will really want to attend.  If you would like to bring a small snack, that is always welcome.  See you there!