Defining honey: Feds thinking about, possibly, stepping in


Most of us — beekeepers and the folks who know them — know where our honey comes from. But lots of people do not. And there is a lot of bogus honey out there, particularly what is used industrially (rather than sold in stores). The problem of bogus honey has been around for a while. In 2006Continue reading “Defining honey: Feds thinking about, possibly, stepping in”

Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills


The Pollinator Stewardship Council has sent along (via Kim Flottum) this appeal for beekeepers who have experienced bee kills to report them: Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled  89,000 colonies in fiveContinue reading “Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills”

Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago


Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago, and bees seem to need a lot more “babysitting.” Beekeeping expert and author Jim Tew made that point at the beginning of his second presentation to the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (Read our article published just after his presentation.) BelowContinue reading “Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago”

Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting


Jim Tew told Blount County beekeepers that the environment for bees is a complicated one, and not every plant a bee visits is good for it — and some plants can be downright dangerous. “So much of this (the environment for bees) is so complicated, that it’s a wonder that bees can do anything at all,”Continue reading “Beekeeping expert Tew talks about bees and their environment at August BCBA meeting”

Jim Tew, well-known expert on beekeeping, to speak at August meeting  


A nationally known bee expert will headline the August meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. Jim Tew, currently the beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, will be the main speaker at the meeting, which will be on Monday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blount County Library. Jim has been aroundContinue reading “Jim Tew, well-known expert on beekeeping, to speak at August meeting  “