A Regional Gamma Irradiation Program for PA Beekeepers
The LVBA recommends that you irradiate any old equipment that you have found or bought to be sure it's not infected with American Foulbrood spores (which can lay dormant for 70 years or more). This service is organized by Mark Antunes and usually takes place in mid-March. The LVBA may consolidate equipment from members and send it all down together. Cost is typically about $7-8 per deep hive box (much cheaper than burning the equipment and starting over).
If you plan to irradiate old, used beekeeping equipment, please check with the LVBA leadership on a possible trip or contact Mark Antunes directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 215-257-7121 (home) or 484-955-0768 (cell).
Please see document HERE to learn all of the details about Gamma Irradiation, preparation of equipment and costs.
Pennsylvania has 3 new Master Beekeepers!
Our new Master Beekeepers are:
Frank Licata; Monroe County, Warren Graham; Chester Cnty., Andrew Jones; Huntingdon Cnty.
Congratulations to all of you!
First Beehives from Biblical Israel discovered!
Archaeologists find remains of Honey Bees from 3,000 years ago!
Read the complete story here
Is Honey Kosher?
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Honey Labeling Regulations,
Info & Tips
Are you thinking of selling your honey? Do you have a label? Does it have all of the information that is requred? You can find the information you need to know about labeling Honey HERE
Also see our REGISTRATIONS page.
Why are the Honey Bees Disappearing?
This 60 Minutes production is a few years old but not too old to watch again. To view Part 1 of the 60 minutes video on YouTube click HERE continue to view Part 2 HERE
If you are a grower of Bee pollinated Crops
If you are a grower of Bee pollinated crops and rent Honey Bees for their service PLEASE click HERE to read "Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides" published by: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State.