MVBA Christmas Party

Tina McClelland —  November 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hi, all!

Our club has the Extension Office basement reserved for our annual Christmas party on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and/or your favorite dessert, and your own place settings. This Christmas party is for the entire family. Also, bring any items you wish to donate for our silent auction-does not have to be beekeeping related.

This party will cover the November and December monthly meetings. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Hope to see you there!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


October Minutes

Tina McClelland —  November 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association

The October 28, 2014 meeting was called to order by President Guy Spoonmore at 7:35PM at the Farm Bureau/Illinois Extension Service office in Quincy, IL. There were 28 members and guests present.

There were no corrections or additions to the August minutes. The club picnic was held in September with no formal meeting. Dale reported $907.77 as the Treasury balance after payment of picnic expenses and meeting room rent paid to Guy.

Comments from the picnic were great weather, god food and good company.

Recent activities – Dale had a display at Farm & Home in September as part of 4H/FFA day. Bruce has some new hives that will he will donate for our 4H/FFA mentor program. Tina and Joel will help Diane with the MVBA website – if you have not been to the website lately, please do so. We need good input to dress the website up and bring it up to other club websites.

Guy has purchased T-shirts for the club – they are $15.00 each, and a variety of sizes are available.

The date for the combined November-December meeting have not yet been set. Possible dates are Nov 18, Dec 2nd, or Dec 9. Guy will check on what dates we can get the meeting room. The President and Vice President will bring the ham and turkey, everything else is potluck – bring items for the silent auction.

There was discussion about the use of the club extractor. There is an apparent need for a better understanding of the time allowed for a beekeeper to use the extractor. Guy received a donation of new hives and a 2-frame extractor from a new beekeeper who encountered medical problems and is not able to continue with bees.

Bernie did the evening presentation on winter feeding using Ziploc plastic bags- his recipe is 5 lbs of sugar and 9 oz of water. Dale uses 4 lbs of sugar + 1 lb of bee protein supplement + 9 oz high fructose corn syrup. When you fill the baggie, make sure that you put in a couple of small boards (3/4” x ¾” x 3-4”) to keep the baggie from collapsing on the bees. The baggie is put on top of the frames, so you need a 2” spacer on top of the brood boxes.

Bernie said that there will not be a spring meeting in Missouri.

The Illinois State Beekeepers Assn meeting will be Saturday Nov 8 in Springfield at the
State Fairgrounds Ag Building. Registration starts at 8:00 AM.

Dale is still working on our group hosting the Illinois Queen Initiative spring training – probably late March or early April.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted.
Dale Hill, MVBA Secretary

It’s always nice to find a site with various articles of interests that are worthy of reading or listening to. In searching around for information to pass on, related to wintering bees, I came onto this informative page from the University of Georgia and found not only these short clips; but many more interesting articles related to beekeeping.

Please Enjoy!

Hello everyone-

Just a reminder that our beekeeping meeting for October is Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 pm at the extension office on South 36th street in Quincy. Sorry for the late reminder-has been a crazy week! See you there!


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

Update: this class is now filled and will not be taking anymore reservations!

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!