WCOBA is pleased to present a special event for our May meeting. Please join us at 6:30 PM on May 22, 2014 in Urbana, OH for our first Honey Bee Health Fair. Barbara Bloetscher, Ohio state apiarist, will return to WCOBA for an interactive discussion on the major health issues impacting Ohio bees and beekeepers starting at 6:30 pm. During the Health Fair we'll cover a variety of topcs focused on specific bee diseases, pests, and health issues. Some of areas of discussion will include:
Author, entomologist and beekeeper Dr. Larry Connor to present WCOBA program
Dr. Larry Connor, author of Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee Sex Essentials, Increase Essentials, Bee-sentials and frequent contributor to the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture, is returning to WCOBA territory. Dr. Connor will present in Urbana, OH on May 14, 2014 to area beekeepers. Connor will discuss the fundamentals of Sustainable Beekeeping, covering a variety of topics to make your beekeeping operation more resilient in today's challenging circumstances.
Renowned author, entomologist and beekeeper Dr. Larry Connor brings his "Introduction to the Doolittle Method of Queen Rearing course to Ohio.
March 18, 2014; COLUMBUS — State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Dorthy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today announced the introduction of House Bill 474, legislation designed to support Ohio’s beekeepers through the creation of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association license plate fund.
WCOBA has officially scheduled two beginning beekeeping courses for the 2014 Winter / Spring season. Join us on March 15, 2014 or March 29, 2014 in Urbana, OH for a full day course on the basics of beekeeping.
Due to strong interest our March 15, 2014 course is FULL. We still have seats available for our March 29, 2014 course. Register early before this one fill up!
A group of passionate and dedicated queen producers, researchers and beekeepers gathered in Cookeville, TN on July 12, 2013 to form the Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative. The HHBBC will be an independent organization to function as a link connecting the work of the various state, club and university level queen breeding initiatives in the heartland states. Representatives from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky connected during the 2013 HAS conference to form the regional cooperative.
On May 10th & 11th WCOBA kick-started the Great Nuc & Queen project with an Introduction to the Doolittle Method of Queen Rearing. Twenty four WCOBA members attended this queen rearing course led by respected author and entomologist Dr. Larry Connor. Connor led students through two days of instruction covering the queen rearing process, queen & drone management, hands on practice at grafting day old larva, and setting up queen cell starters and finishers.
Note to our first year beekeepers:
For those that have attended our classes and meetings and are in the process of moving forward with your first colonies this year, remember to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Honey bees are regulated in part under the state agriculture codes. State and local inspectors will routinely inspect colonies for general condition and to check for diseases and other issues. Registration is quick and inexpensive.
A “Nuc” (short for Nucleus Colony) is a fully functional miniature size bee colony. Nucs are used for many purposes in beekeeping. They are growing in popularity for use as a small starter colony for the beginning beekeeper. Nucs may range from 3 frames to 10 frames in size but are most commonly 5 frames when purposed as a starter colony.