Quiet, unassuming, modest and self-deprecating is not how you would imagine describing a titan or elder statesman of an industry but that was Joe Traynor, bee broker, pomologist, apiculturist, bee research philanthropist and dedicated family man. Joe passed away peacefully the morning of August 26, 2023 surrounded by family. His friends, family and the industry mourn their loss.
In California’s dry climate, farmers are often left with a difficult question to answer: are cover crops worth the water? Despite atmospheric rivers, early spring rains and tropical storms causing flooding across the state this year, water conservation remains a top priority for California’s farmers, especially those in more drought-prone parts of the state. With the last two years being some of the driest on record - there is good reason to be water-wise and to plant with care.
Project Apis m. and North Dakota Honey Promotion Fund Award Grant for Tropilaelaps Trainings Together
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 13, 2023-For Immediate Release
Grant Awarded for Tropilaelaps Trainings
Parasitic mites are arguably one of the worst problems for honey bee health. For decades since it was introduced from Asia, beekeepers have fought the Varroa mite. There is another, potentially worse mite in Asia: Tropilaelaps species. This mite is spreading in honey bees but has not yet reached the USA or Canada. Recognizing this alarming risk, Project Apis m. (PAm) spearheaded conversations with beekeepers, bee inspectors, and researchers at an industry meeting in January 2023 and has since been calling for proposals to support training and research on Tropilaelaps. Four projects funded through PAm, using Healthy Hives, National Honey Board, and PAm funds include studies on Tropilaelaps biology, developing various ways to treat and control these mites, and studying the viruses they carry.
Project Apis m. will host its first-ever, Corn-Hole Tournament! Plan to join in the fun! Qualifying Pool Play will run all day on Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th. Championship brackets are scheduled for Friday January 12th. It's free to play with GREAT winning prizes! Let's get together for some fun, show off your bag tossing skills, and win great prizes!