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Beekeepers are working together to provide assistance for those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.
The Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA) is organizing assistance to help beekeepers affected by Hurricane Michael. The FSBA has created a dedicated emergency hotline for beekeepers affected by the storm. The number is 985-664-9606. Jennifer Holmes, FSBA President, manages the hotline. It is vital that the FSBA know which beekeepers are affected, where the affected apiaries are, how many colonies they represent, and what resources are needed as they organize assistance. Please call the hotline to communicate this information to the FSBA.
If you are a beekeeper affected by the storm, limited beekeeping supplies will soon be available at distribution centers in the counties that are affected. The following individuals will serve as points of contact for all distributions:
- Tony Hogg [Cell: 904-545-1072] [Home: 850-997-3974]
- Elmore Herman [Cell: 850-557-3409]
Please contact Tony or Elmore with any questions related to the distribution of needed supplies.
Supplies may include, but are not limited to:
- Sugar syrup
- Dry sugar
- Dry pollen substitutes
- Small hive beetle/Varroa treatments
- Gas cans
- Oil (for saws)
- Leather work gloves
Some beekeepers may be available to provide physical assistance for apiary management. They may also have heavy equipment and other machinery to assist in apiary cleanup efforts. Please contact the FSBA hotline (985-664-9606) to see what human resources are available.
The Fall Class schedule has come to an end. We will have more classes available in the Spring. Dates have not been set.
New Bee Lab Opening!
As most of you are aware, D&J Apiary has been extremely active in the fundraising efforts for the new bee lab at the University of Florida. Headed up by Dr Jamie Ellis, Gahan Endowed Associate Professor of Entomology at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory is a series of three buildings. This facility will enable Dr Ellis and his team to perform the critical research necessary for the Beekeeping Industry, and also educate, and train Beekeepers. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro there will be tremendous opportunity for you to learn and benefit from this state of the art facility. The new Bee Lab will also host the 2018 Bee College taking place October 12th-13th.
One of the main reasons we’re excited about the new bee lab is because Dr Humberto Freire Boncristiani has just accepted a position as the Honeybee Husbandry Researcher working with Dr Ellis. Humberto is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has studied Molecular and Cell Biology at USP Ribeirão Preto and has also worked as a Research Associate at The Beltsville Bee Lab, The University of Maryland, and UNC Greensboro in North Carolina. We have worked with Humberto on a few research projects and have learned that he has an incredible passion for bees and beekeeping and we can’t wait to see what new and exciting discoveries he will uncover. Here is a link to his YouTube channel with several videos about his work and passion. Inside the hive TV
VFD Process Simplified!
Now is a good time to apply the antibiotics used for preventing American Foul Brood (AFB). On January 1st 2017 the FDA guidelines for Antibiotics used in animals changed. The thought is that trace amounts of the antibiotics are being passed along to humans when the animals, or their bi-products, are consumed. Therefore, the FDA feels that if the “over use” of the antibiotics in animals is halted, the drugs will have a better chance of maintaining their effectiveness in humans. As a result, it is now required to have a prescription or feed directive to purchase the antibiotics for your bees.
How do I get my VFD
The University of Florida Veterinary Feed Directive system is online and active. Simply fill out the form, and choose which medication you want to use. If you are purchasing from us, the only product we are currently able to supply is Oxytetracycline ( Terra-Pro ). You will need to choose the drop down box for Oxytetracycline- dusting using powdered sugar mix. Feel free to call us with any questions.
Here is theLink https://www.honeybeevfd.com
Mite Check Tutorial
While you are in your hive applying antibiotics, it is a great time to check your mite levels and treat for mites if neccessary
During a honey flow, the population of your hives can increase substantially. Along with this can come a substantial increase in your mite population which can quickly rival your bee population if it goes unchecked. Therefore, we recommend doing an alcohol wash after harvesting your honey. This requires killing a sample of approximately 300 bees, however this is better than losing an entire hive to mite damage.
Below is a link to a video that explains the process. This particular video is from New Jersey but it gives an accurate explanation of the entire process. Video credit: Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association