FLORIDA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
OF MANAGERS MEETING
Latner’s Home, High Springs, FL.
convened at 10:08 a.m. by Laurence Cutts.
and Joann Latner (Central)
Gentry (Palm Beach)
and Vernon Gwaltney (Tupelo)
Howe, Florida Farm Bureau
Glenn Hall (University of Florida)
of associations not sending representatives to the Board of Managers
meeting: These include Tri-County,
South Florida, Tampa Bay, Hernando, Northeast Florida, Polk. Hernando and Northeast Florida are inactive
associations at the present time. The
Central Florida Association (Jimmy Gibson, President) is reducing its
activities and will be a “social organization” in the future. In the process of cutting back
participation, it has donated $2,000 to the Florida State Beekeepers
Association’s research fund.
Bert Kelley was not present due to the death of his mother. Motion by Doc Bullard seconded by Norman
Freeman and passed that the Association donate a copy of The Hive and The Honey
Bee (dontated by Jerry Latner) to the Lakeland Public Library in memory of
Bert’s mother, who lived in Lakeland.
Elmore Herman will deliver the book to the library.
minutes of the January 16, 2004 Board of Managers were read. A correction was made that Bill Merritt had
donated twenty (20) hives, not 16 as reported, to the Conrad Cramer Memorial
Apiary. Elmore Herman reported he had
received a check from Cramer Apiaries mentioned in the previous minutes on the
colonies they are running for the Association.
Malcolm Sanford reported on the activities of the Executive Secretary. A July issue of the newsletter with ads will be out shortly. The current membership status is as follows: (134 active regular (have paid dues for 2004); 195 Life, 311 inactive (not current in paying dues), 2 complimentary, 24 advertisers)
of the inactive members. The 311 are to
be purged from the mailing list since they have had several warnings in most
recent newsletters to renew as dictated by the bylaws. The Executive Secretary has been asked to
develop some local lists and send them out to local associations to prevail on
those who have been members to renew.
Possibilities for doing this included e-mail and possible posting on the
web site. A recurring issue is the
status of the “life membership” category and a way to recognize life members
while at the same time encouraging them to also support the Association on a
monetary basis. Discussion tabled, but
to be ongoing. The webmaster and
executive secretary continue to have problems identifying contact persons for
the local associations. The membership
is asked to consult the web site to see who may not be listed and communicate
of membership brochure and/or packet to be made available at outlets like
Dadants in High Springs for prospective members. This would be something more substantial than the current
membership form that appears on the web site.
A major issue is what messages would appeal to prospective members. Education is a big one; many beginners have
questions. A problem is identifying a
reliable contact person who might represent the association (potentially a
will be an effort to make a special mailing in cooperation with the Division of
Plant Industry that will also be a way to attract members. Jerry Hayes was not present at the meeting,
being at the Heartland Beekeepers Assocation in Lebanon, TN.
Fair Discussion: President Cutts will
not be able to spend the entire 11 days during next year’s state fair in Tampa
(February 10-21, 2005) and he is asking for volunteers to help with the bee
beard exhibit. He will be nominating a
committee to oversee this activity. In
addition, although not present at the meeting, it was relayed that the
coordinator/chairman of past years and the 2005 event, Bert Kelley, is also
asking for folks to step forward and take some of his duties. The last two years have been phenomenal
successes, which included the bee beard exhibit, increased honey sales, and an
interactive display, which won a prize in its category. The good news is that there have been new
people volunteering to help and the number appears to be growing. Those interested in helping out at the Fair
in Tampa early next year should contact Laurence Cutts, Bert Kelley or Elmore
of the 2004 Convention in Chipley, FL:
The annual meeting will take place November 11-13, 2004 in Chipley at
the Ag Center. This is later than is
traditional due to scheduling of the Ag Center; several persons have expressed
to Laurence that they prefer this later time.
The registration fee will remain about $35, the banquet about $20,
prices comparable to last year’s event in Tampa. Several motels in the area have rooms in the $40 dollar
range. The meeting will feature a
“beekeepers’ yard sale,” which will take place before the fish fry on Thursday
night (11 Nov.). The regular meeting
convenes with presentations on Friday morning, with a Friday night banquet and
Saturday business meeting. The details
will be developed shortly; stay tuned.
Laurence Cutts, his family and the Tupelo association are cooperating on
local arrangements. Anyone interested
in helping out, please contact Laurence.
recurring awards are an important part of the convention. These are the Beekeeper of the Year Award,
Woman of the Year Award, and Researcher of the Year Award. It is not too early to send in your
nominations for these awards to Laurence Cutts. Laurence and Elmore Herman will investigate the situation
surrounding continuing the Pioneer Award.
There was also discussion about instituting an award for some younger
folks as a way of encouraging more people to become beekeepers. Any ideas along this line should be
forwarded to Laurence.
of Transportation Issues: Laurence
suggested that a Dept. of Transportation presentation at the state convention
would be of increasing interest. It
seems the rules are constantly changing and beekeepers are getting caught up in
these. Carolee said this was occurring
in other agricultural industries as well.
She said she had a contact that would be a possibility for the
convention. Others noted that many of
rules seemed capricious and that often one branch of the DOT was not aware of
what another was doing. Laurence and
Carolee to work on this. Any connections
others have with DOT should be communicated to Laurence.
the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association:
An outgrowth of several members attending the Florida Farm Bureau’s
Vegetable Advisory Committee was an invitation to join Florida’s Fruit and
Vegetable Association. This would
enable more contact between beekeepers and growers; both have common problems
and challenges, specifically ensuring pollination of crops. Motion by Norman Freeman, seconded by Elmore
Herman that the Association join—membership fee is $250/yr--passed. Elmore Herman indicated an interest in attending
the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association’s next annual meeting September
26-28 in Naples. Any others who have an
interest should contact him.
in St. Augustine in 2005: Ray Zerba,
County Extension Director in Green Cove Springs, FL has invited the Association
to plan it’s 2005 convention in St. Augustine, FL. This appears to be an exciting opportunity and meshes well with
other discussions concerning an association being developed in the northeast
coastal region. There is a meeting of
interested folks on this subject 12 July 2004 in Green Cove Springs.
Cutts and Malcolm Sanford attended this meeting and from it will come an
organizational meeting on 8 August at the Clay County Ag. Center in Green Cove
addition, there is discussion that perhaps the Association should consider
regionalizing some of the beekeeping activities in the southeast. The Southern States Federation is defunct,
but a similar association might be developed.
There are some good regional examples around the country including the
Eastern Apicultural Society, Western Apicultural Society and the new Heartland
Apicultural Society. The states of
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama would seem to be
candidates for this kind of effort.
Officers and others in the Association will be talking up this concept
as they attend meetings across the southeast in the next year. Those interested in working on this concept
and attending other beekeeping meetings in the region (GA, SC, NC, AL) are
asked to keep Laurence informed of their activities.
In-service Training for Extension Agents:
Ray Zerba, Clay County Extension Agent) and Chief Inspector Jerry Hayes
have proposed to the University of Florida (IFAS) administration to support a
one-day in service training for extension agents on honey bees and
beekeeping. The IFAS administration
would support through per diem and mileage agents coming to Gainesville for
this training. The proposed date is
Tuesday, December 7, 2004. This will
take place at the Division of Plant Industry Headquarters, 1911 SW 34th
St., Gainesville, FL. The object is to
educate extension agents about the bee industry and provide them with some
basic information they could deliver from their county offices. Many beekeepers have complained that county
extension personnel know little about honey bees and don’t seem informed on
important issues in the beekeeping industry.
therefore, is a perfect opportunity for beekeepers around the state to contact
their county extension offices and ask them to consider supporting this event
by sending one of their employees. The
state of Florida has 67 counties, divided into five IFAS districts. Each county
has its own Cooperative Extension Service office. Click on a name in the list <http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/cesmap.htm>
to locate the county on the map, or double-click on name or map to get
directions to the selected county office. For further
information have your county office or agent contact either Jerry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
352-372-3505 x 114 or Ray <email@example.com>,
Glenn Hall at the University of Florida (IFAS) reported on his project: “Selecting honey bees that suppress
reproduction of Varroa and mapping the genes (QTL-Quantitative Trait Loci)
involved.” Dr. Hall believes that the
SMR (suppressed mite reproduction) is considered one of the best traits to
cultivate in bee populations. For more
information on this see <http://beeculture.com/beeculture/digital/2001/column38.htm>. This tolerance would allow bees to survive
with limited and in some cases without chemical treatment. This means that use of pesticides for
control could be minimized if not eliminated in bee management. It is now known that chemical control
measures used by beekeepers are becoming ineffective and also appear to be
damaging colonies in subtle ways.
problem is that bees selected for just SMR (or any one trait for that matter)
often have undesirable qualities expressed, including over defensiveness and/or
poor production in certain areas.
Mapping the genes involved in SMR would facilitate their being
incorporated into stock that already shows increased productivity and/or lower
Dr. Hall’s three-year grant from the USDA’s beneficial insects program, although resulting in some interesting outcomes, was not refunded during the last cycle and so ends in August 2004. One problem is that data to support the application has yet to be collected because of several setbacks in finding suitable bees and erratic beekeeping conditions. He is still collecting the data, but this requires the assistance of his especially trained help. Besides USDA funding, Dr. Hall will be looking at some other sources that would be suitable, such asT-Star (Tropical and Subtropical Research) <http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/caribbean_basin.htm>, part of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBAG), which includes the Universities of Florida., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
He will be asking the assistance of the Entomology Nematology Department’s Chair and Dean for IFAS Research for a one-year continuation of funding for his already-trained employees and asks the Association’s help by contacting Dr. John L. Capinera, Chair of the Entomology and Nematology Department <firstname.lastname@example.org> 352-392-1901 and Dr. Richard Jones <email@example.com>, ph 352-392-1784, current interrum dean. Laurence will write a letter from the Association and Carolee from the Farm Bureau as part of that effort. Any others interested in supporting this effort, are asked to contact Dr. Hall, P.O. Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-ph 352-392-1801 x 149. In addition, Dr. Hall is asking for those who might have bees to sell during slack times to contact him as he has an increasing need for large numbers of queenless workers for this research. His phone is 352-392-1901 x 149 and e-mail is <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Dr. John L. Capinera
Chair, Department of Entomology and Nematology
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611
Dear Dr. Capinera:
The Florida State Beekeepers Association appreciates the support you and your colleagues in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have provided the apiary industry over the last two decades. The assistance of both Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford’s (now retired Apiculture Extension Specialist) educational efforts, and Dr. H. Glenn Hall’s research concerning Africanized honey bees from your faculty have been invaluable.
Dr. H. Glenn Hall has produced some encouraging results in his three-year USDA-funded project to map the genes responsible for the SMR (Suppressed Mite Reproduction) trait in honey bees. This trait is considered the best alternative to develop lines of honey bees that are tolerant to beekeeping’s greatest pest, the introduced parasitic mite Varroa destructor, enabling colonies to survive and be productive without chemical treatment.
Unfortunately, Dr. Hall’s request to continue funding for this project was not approved in the latest round. Data collection, however, is continuing with favorable results such that in the next competition round Dr. Hall’s project should be looked much more favorably. He will also be pursuing funding from other areas, including the T-Resarch Initiative of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBAG). In the meantime, he is asking for a one-year continuance of funding for his trained help to collect the necessary data and not to lose the continuity of the project should he have to lay off his assistants.
Florida State Beekeepers Association considers Dr. Hall’s work in this area vital
to the industry’s long-term survival.
As such it has provided him with in excess of $20,000 in funding over
the last two years, which has all but eliminated the Association’s research
budget. The Association hopes that you
will agree about the importance of this project and will support Dr.Hall’s
request to retain his trained help until the next funding cycle.
L. Jones, Dean for Research, Box 110200, Gainesville, FL 32611-0200.
on screened bottom boards: Although
generally used for Varroa control, experience now shows that screened bottom
boards are also valuable for controlling the small hive beetle (Aethina
tumida). Two reasons for this: 1)
increased light through the open bottom sends the beetles scurrying upward into
the darkness and 2) young larvae that fall from the brood pass through the
screen and cannot reenter the hive and are too young to complete their
development in the soil.
about the Youth (4H)/Apiculture position in the Department of Entomology and
Nematology. Sources including Dr.
Capinera and IFAS lobbyist Tallahassee, Dr. Martha Roberts, retired from the
Division of Plant Industry indicate that the position has been approved and the
process to fill it will commence soon.
Those at the Board of Managers were hopeful that whomever is hired would
be able to be introduced at the state meeting in Chipley. Letters to IFAS from both Laurence and
Richard Gaskalla appear to have has a positive influence on this
situation. Dr. Roberts can be contacted
at email@example.com, ph
of Jerry Hayes query concerning deregulating Varroa control in Florida. Laurence will discuss this with Jerry on his
return. There are reasons pro and con
with respect to this issue. Right now
the details are not clear.
of the proposal by Neil Cosentino of Florida Air and Surface Transportation
(FAST), 708 S. Davis Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606, ph 813-784-4669, e-mail <BayWorld@earthlink.net> to have a
bee motif put on an ultra light airplane for publicity purposes. This will be advertised to the membership in
an upcoming newsletter.
adjourned: 2:20 p.m.