Healthy Bees

EPA Memo to James R. Comer, Commissioner, from Lois Rossi, Director, December 10, 2012

December 26, 2012 | Healthy Bees

The Environmental Protection Agency hereby grants a specific exemption under the provisions of section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as amended, to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for the use of amitraz strips (Apivar®) to control the Varroa mite, (Varroa Read more >

How Much Land to Feed One Bee Colony?

December 26, 2012 | Healthy Bees

by Ol' Drone Conventional wisdom suggests that to nourish one colony of honeybees it takes one acre of blossoming trees, shrubs, or flowers to thrive. No one really knows for sure, and of course, there are so many variables that no generalization can be assumed. It may be one acre in some regions but Read more >

Natural Beekeeping

December 26, 2012 | Healthy Bees

by Lady Spirit Moon There seems to be two definitions of Natural Beekeeping:  The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) program requesting beekeepers be certified by having their hives inspected annually by 2 other beekeepers. The program is called natural because beekeepers use “organic” products in the Read more >

Mite Collection Request

November 30, 2012 | Healthy Bees

Courtesy of Catch The Buzz Hi all treatment-free beekeepers. How about helping me collect data on the actual mite levels in your hives over the course of the year? Here’s the simple protocol: Alcohol wash is most accurate. Can do with only a level 1/3 cup of bees, which is slightly over 200 bees. Follow Read more >