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The Tennessee Beekeepers Association fall conference will be Friday Oct. 10 and Saturday Oct. 11, 2014 in Cookeville, Tenn.
Other speakers include Harris Overholt and Kent Williams of Kentucky; Tennesseans: State Apiarist Mike Studer, Dr. John Skinner, Dr. Clarence Collison, Charlie Parton, Jim Garrison, Barry Richards, Sheila Ray, Jeff Dayton, Judy O’dell, Sue Dickhaus, and Wanda Coleman.
The Honey Show Director will be Jan Stephenson, Secretary/Treasurer of Cherokee Beekeepers. As you harvest honey and wax, remember to prepare entries for the George DeBusk Honey Show. Also keep your eyes open for opportunities to take photos for the photography competition.
More information about the conference can be found at http://www.tnbeekeepers.org/2014-tba-conference/. Key words:
University of Tennessee State Apiculturist John Skinner has recently been part of a research project to find out more about the pollination of cranberries and other berries in the eastern United States. Below is his report, which was originally published in The Hive Tool, the newsletter of the Tennessee Beekeepers Association.
The Amazing Cranberry –Bogs, Bees and Berries
By John Skinner, Professor and UT Extension Bee Specialist
Recently I returned from a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Michael Wilson and I videotaped and photographed blooming cranberry bogs and the people that make this successful. This is a continuation of the cooperative project that started last year with low bush blueberry in Maine.
Our Maine cooperator, Dr. Frank Drummond participated in the TBA convention last year. I returned from this trip in awe of such a unique crop, its rich American history, the balance of maintaining a bog environment and the challenges getting this crop pollinated.
Dr. Anne Averill, Entomologist from the University of Massachusetts and her technician and great organizer sister Marty escorted us from bog to bog. We interviewed growers, industry representatives, cranberry association people, and scientists studying all aspects of cranberry production and pollination.
Cranberry is a plant that grows native from the Carolinas to the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Cape Cod is the birthplace of the industry. The plant requires acidic peat soils, coarse sand, a constant water supply and a long frost free season. The area around Plymouth is ideal for this crop. In the 1880s the Cape Cod Cranberry Association was formed.
The Tennessee Beekeepers Association newsletter, The Hive Tool, showed up the other day with, as usual, a wealth of information about beekeeping in the state. We’ll be passing some of it on to you over the next week or two. Here are some parts of some of the regional reports: Read the rest of this entry »
The Tennessee Beekeepers Association is once again administering the Hive Grant program for new beekeepers, offered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Here are the details from The Hive Tool, the TBA newsletter:
Eligibility requirements for individuals to receive the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant:
- be completely new to beekeeping
- be a resident of Tennessee
- complete a beginning beekeeping course
- commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2012
- accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
- purchase bees
- purchase additional equipment as needed
- become a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for two years
- become a member of Tennessee Beekeepers Association for two years
- complete the Registration of Tennessee Apiaries form in accordance with the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995. This form may be completed on line or copied for mailing. Go to http://state.tn.us/agriculture/regulatory/apiary.html for regulations and forms.
- work with an association member mentor for two years for the first two years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local association to help defray set up cost. Commencing the third year, all the honey is the beekeepers.
- if one decides not to complete the two year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution
The beginner kit will include:
Screened bottom board, Complete Hive Body (10 frame), Wired beeswax foundation, Inner cover, Entrance feeder, Telescoping cover, Round veil with plastic helmet, Gloves, Hive Tool, Smoker, and beginner’s book or How to Keep and Sell Honey.