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Reporting a Insecticide Bee Kill

If you suspect an insecticde bee kill promptly contact:

Paul Cappy, Apiculturist
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Plant Industry
10 Airline Drive
Albany, Y 12235
N-4501 or 1-518-457-2087

Bee Informed Partnership

The Bee Informed Partnership


Take The Survey…Be Part Of The Solution This Year.

Fill ‘er Up, Please!      

Eric Mussen,    Extension Apiculturist.

      To glean information on better beekeeping management and techniques, do you tend to sidestep formal conference presentations in favor of informal meetings at a local coffee shop? That’s what national surveys indicate. Not to worry. We now have the country’s largest beekeeping coffee shop that can bring the experiences of thousands of beekeepers to you.

 And it’s free. You don’t have to buy the coffee or wait for a refill or tip the waiters.

 It’s the online “Bee Informed Partnership.” You can go to and see up-to-date summaries of all the data that the nation’s beekeepers – more than 5,000 so far – have submitted to the site. Thus, you can access information on what worked and what didn’t from thousands of beekeepers in the national coffee shop, not just your handful of friends in the local area.

 The Bee Informed Partnership is well into its third year.  There is just about enough data to begin to break down the survey responses into specific sub-segments such as: regions of the country, size of operation, participants in crop pollination, etc.  However, in order to make the findings valuable for commercial operators, more commercial beekeepers need to submit data.

 Participation in the program is free and totally anonymous (covered by federal and state laws).  When you decide to participate, you will be presented with two electronic survey forms to complete.  One is on “winter” losses (but this covers the entire year) and the other is on management practices and how effective you found them to be.  The expectation is that the surveys will be submitted quarterly.  The good news is that each new survey form arrives pre-loaded with your last data.  You change only what is different from the last time and submit it.

 The new survey season begins March 29 and remains open until April 15.  By then, participants will know a lot about their wintering success or lack thereof.  I strongly suggest that you take the time to become involved in this program.  Besides data summaries, there are graphics of the data (which I prefer to tables any day).  Additionally, some of us are allowed to comment when we think that the results could be a bit misleading, based on small sample sizes or specific biases in the respondent group.

 The national coffee shop is open. Your fellow beekeepers await your presence and your experiences and views.  Please “bee” there at .



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The State Fair will soon be upon us.  Hans Junga is organizing the efforts with an assist from Rob Sorrensen and a plethora of volunteers.  Many have already contacted Hans, but more help is needed.  Hans can be contacted by phone at 315-482-6438 or by email at
The opportunity to sell honey at the fair is available to all ESHPA members.  ESHPA will pay 4.00/lb for honey; the requirements are:
1.    NY honey only
2.    1 million dollars in liability insurance
3.    Producers only
4.    Members of ESHPA only.
Product that can be sold at the fair include honey packed in either glass or plastic, creamed honey, candles and soap, lip balm, hand creams, polishes and creams.
Also keep in mind the honey competition at the fair.  Catagories, rules, and entry forms are available at the NY State Fair web page (  Hover on the “COMPETITIONS” tab and click “HOW TO ENTER”.  Then under Find A Competition choose “Agriculture – Farm Products” from the Category drop down, enter “Commercial Conventional and Organic Fruit, Vegetables, Maple & Honey” from the Subcategory drop down and click SEARCH.  "Division F" (pages 10 and 11) contains 9 different classes for the honey show entries..  Deadline for forms and fees is July 23rd.  If the online instructions are too daunting, Hans will have information at the picnic.

Entries can be dropped off in the office at the Horticulture Building the week before the fair starts, or, preferably, at the honey display the day before the fair, Wednesday, August 22nd.  The judging will take place on Thursday morning, August 23rd.  The honey ompetition will be judged by Dr. Nicolas Calderone.

Finally, Danielle Dale, the 2012 American Honey Princess, will be sponsored by ESHPA at the NYS Fair, August 27-30.  She will speak to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to agriculture and how honeybee pollination gives our world diversity.  Many thanks go out to the Girl Scouts ( for providing housing and transportation for Danielle.  This is also a great promotional opportunity for honey sales at the ESHPA booth.



Loss of Apiculturalist Position at Cornell


 Loss of Apiculturalist Position at Cornell

Rumors are circulating that  Dr. Nicholas Calderone is retiring from Cornell. 

This is not a rumor!! 

It is true he will be departing this position and the Entomology department is debating how limited money for 2 new hirings should be partitioned.  It is disheartening that there is a push by our land grant university not to replace this valuable agricultural position at a time when our industry is still in the clutches of CCD and a time when we have so many newby beekeepers joining our ranks.

This position is the last (Apicultural) University Research & Extension position in the Northeast and Cornell has had a professor of apiculture for nearly 100 years.  New York  State had an estimated 45,000 hives in 2012 and was rated at number ten in honey production in the US (NASS, March 2012).  Pollination services adds an estimated $300,000,000 value to a 4.4 billion dollar agriculture income in New York.    To maintain a strong industry we need an educational program for new beekeepers, scientifically sound principles provided by extension program to address honey bee health problems and we need a basic research program to provide answers to honeybee disease, pollination ecology and genomic studies that may reveal solutions to future problems.

This position has produced a rich reputation through published research, training of students and post graduates and public service to apicultural  throughout New York and the entire USA.  This has been an important resource to the beekeeping industry, backyard beekeepers and to agriculture of New York.  Beekeepers, farmers and the New York economy need this position to help  maintain the numbers and health of honeybee colonies to continue providing the valuable resource of pollination for New York agriculture.  The entomology department, and Cornell University receives a benefit by maintaining this position because of the impact that basic and applied research and extension generates in this discipline and imparts on the lives and economy of New York.

Should you and/or your local bee association choose to write a letter in support of the continuation of this position at Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies you should send a stamped addressed letter, (not email)  to both the department chair and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences soon!

Dr. Jeffery Scott
Department Chair
Cornell University
Department of Entomology
Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Dr. Kathryn J. Boor
CALS Dean's Office 260 Roberts Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-590

Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order

There are some significant new developments to report:


  1. The American Honey Producers Association informed me that the Dept. of Commerce has made a preliminary ruling to impose antidumping duties on honey/rice syrup blends.  This had been a major loophole that had contributed to the 2-tiered market.  Please see the Federal Register:


  1. There are reports of large recalls and cancellations of contracts.  These are a result directly or indirectly of the government’s success to stop and curtail circumvention in any of its myriad forms.


  1. The march to monopoly may in fact be morphing into a march to bankruptcy.


  1. I have been advised that there is a new TV documentary being prepared with 6 segments on food, including honey.  I am going to be interviewed for this segment.  I hope to be able to convey the sense that the industry is returning to a level playing field, and in that context, the positive story of honey can be retold with more vigor and confidence.




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