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  • new Utah Bee Spill: Millions Of Insects Escape From Overturned Tractor-Trailer: October 24, 2011, Deseret News, By Pat Reavy. A semi overturned Sunday, October 23, 2011, on I-95 in St. George Utah. Twenty local beekeepers were called in to help round up the approximate 25 million bees.
  • newBeauty Behind the Bees: A Visit to Gooserock Farm: October 3, 2011, by Kymberlee Fajardo, Bromography Blog. Blogger details her visit to Essex County Beekeepers Society member Landi Simone's Gooserock Farm with pictures of extracting and hive opening.
  • new Dan Rather Reports: September, 2011. The EPA cover-up of the damage done by neonicotinoid pesticides, with an appearance and commentary by NJBA member Bill Coniglio.
  • newNJ State Apiarist tests bees for mites. August 18, 2011, philly.com, video by Ginny Smith.
  • White House honey analyzed. May 26, 2011, mother nature network, by Michael d'Estries. Texas A&M test reveals pollen from dogwood, cherry, crepe-myrtle, elm, magnolia trees, honeysuckle and even poison ivy.
  • Beekeepers helping New Jersey's honey bee colonies rebound, May 23, 2011, by Lee Procida, Press of Atlantic City. Coverage of the NJBA Spring 2011 meeting in Cape May Court House.
  • Beekeeping is all the buzz in North Jersey, May 17, 2011, by Jim Beckerman, The Record. Northeast branch president Frank Mortimer is featured in this very nice video and article on his beekeeping endeavors in Bergen County.
  • Invasive pests plague area beehives, May 16, 2011, by Kim Mulford, Courier-Post. The impact the varroa mite is having on the area's honeybee population, why it matters and what local beekeepers are doing to curb the effects. NJBA President Seth Belson and his Cherry Hill colonies are featured in this short video and article.
  • State apiarist says new crop of beekeepers helping to revive colony numbers, May 15, 2011, by Aaron Morrison, Asbury Park Press. The number of bee colonies in NJ dropped to 9,000 in 2006 but has rebounded to 13,000 by 2010. The increase is largely due to the number of beekeeping classes offered by state universities and farms, according to State Apiarist Tim Schuler. Short video featuring a class given by Brian Rowe at Alstede's Farm in Chester.
  • It's 'Home Sweet Home' for NJ Honey Princess and her Bridgewater family , April 20, 2011, by Frank Coelho, The Messenger-Gazette. A nice article highlighting the activities of Morris-Somerset President Mark Muller's daughter, Rebeccar, an NJBA honey princess.
  • Honeybees 'entomb' hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists, April 4, 2011, guardian.co.uk, by Fiona Harvey. Bees appear to be attempting to protect their colony from contamination by sealing up cells of tainted pollen.
  • What's The Buzz? Local Beekeeper Offers Tips for Allergy Sufferers, March 22, 2011, WyckoffPatch, by Jennifer Broverman. NJBA member Richard Schluger, 2nd Vice President of the Northeast branch, touts the benefits of local honey for allergy sufferers.
  • Pheromone Increases Foraging Honey Bees, Leads to Heal Their Hives, February 11, 2011, Oregon State University. The application of a naturally occuring pheromone to test colonies increases colony growth resulting in stronger hives overall, according to study by scientists at Oregon State University and Texas A&M. The study was published in PLoS ONE and can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Jersey City to Encourage Beekeeping, January 23, 2011, The Star Ledger by Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal. The Jersey City City Council plans on introducing an ordinance to encourage residents to keep bees and loosen restrictions for residents who want to own chickens in support of urban agriculture.
  • The Mystery of the Red Bees of Red Hook, November 29, 2010, The New York Times, by Susan Dominus. Bees foraged at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company, Inc. and produced vibrant red honey that tasted metallic then overly sweet, much to the chagrin of beekeeper and slow-food advocate Cerise Mayo. Another Red Hook beekeeper, David Selig, was disapointed in the honey, but said this about the returning foragers: "When the sun is a bit down, they glow red in the evenings,” he said. “They were slightly fluorescent. And it was beautiful.”
  • What a scientist didn't tell the New York Times about his study on bee death, October 8, 2010, Fortune, by Katherine Eban, contributor. Article that questions the validity of research done by 18 researchers from the University of Montana, Texas Tech University, Towson University, the US Army, et. al., due to one of the researchers, Jerry Bromenshenk, having received a grant from Bayer to study bee pollination after he stepped back from an agreement to testify against Bayer as an expert witness for a class-action suit beekeepers brought against the company.
  • Iridovirus and Microsporidian Linked to Honey Bee Colony Decline, PLoS One, October 7, 2010. (Bromenshenk JJ, Henderson CB, Wick CH, Stanford MF, Zulich AW, et al. 2010 Iridovirus and Microsporidian Linked to Honey Bee Colony Decline. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13181. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013181)
  • Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery, New York Times, October 6, 2010, by Kirk Johnson. Military scientists and entomologists implicate a fungus, Nosema Ceranae, in concert with a virus, as being primary factors in Colony Collapse Disorder.
  • Backyard Beekeepers help honeybees from mysterious die-off, August, 2010, Star Ledger, by Nyier Abdou. NJBA members Daniel Stobie, Linda Falcone and Christine Volinsky are features in this three minute 25 second video on backyard beekeepers in New Jersey.
  • Bees in Meadowlands July 9, 2010, The Record, by James M. O'Neill. The Meadowlands is home to 78 species of bees including two native to Europe and North Africa never before seen in North America.
  • Bee expert, chemical rep clash over pesticides, January 16, 2010, The Daily Item by Diane Petryk. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania commercial beekeeper, Dave Hackenberg, predicted that honey bees will die in greater numbers this year than ever before and court fights over the chemicals some believe are killing the honey bees will continue to be a cat-and-mouse game. Hackenburg spoke to about 750 beekeepers at the North American Beekeeping Conference held in Orlando, FL, last week. Bayer CropScience intends to appeal the federal ban on the sale spirotetramat, a systemic pesticide, on procedural grounds.
  • Procedural issues lead to ban of Bayer pesticide, January 1, 2010, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by Rick Wills. A federal judge, Manhattan U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, has banned the sale of Bayer CropScience pesticide that some commercial beekeepers say is potentially harmful to honey bees. The sale of spirotetramat, known by the trade names Movento and Ultor was made illegal as of January 15, 2010. Bayer has 60 days from the date of the decision to file an appeal.
  • Borough bee ban finally overturned, October 15, 2009, Town Journal, Allendale, NJ, by Matt Jackson. Almost three years after Allendale banned beekeeping. New Jersey Beekeepers Association member and Allendale resident Dianne DiBlasi with some help from Team B.E.E.S., succeeded in getting the ban overturned. Kudos to DiBlasi for educating Allendale officials and residents on the importance of the NJ state insect! Click here for a second article. If you're encountering a problem with keeping bees in your NJ town, please contact our state bee inspector, Tim Schuler, tim.schuler@ag.state.nj, for assistance.
  • Guttation Drops Killing Honey Bees: Vincenzo Girolami, et. al., "Guttation Toxicity of Seedling From Coated Seeds, Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 102, Number 5, October, 2009. Guttation is a natural plant process where xylem fluid in a plant is excreted at the edge of the plants' leaves. In corn seedlings grown from seeds coated with neonicotinoids (systemic pesticides that are taken up by plants and expressed in nectar and pollen), the concentration of neonicotinoids in the guttation drops was found to be near those of the active ingredients in field sprays, or higher. Bees drinking these guttation drops died within minutes.

  • the edible shore, September 25, 2009, SandPaper, by Bill Barlow. On page 24 of this edition (click on the content icon in the link and you can then click directly on page 24) there is an article in their Edible New Jersey series featuring Jersey Cape (JCBA) branch member Bill Eisele and his main helper, grandson Luke, with pictures of them uncapping and extracting this year's crop. There's an additional picture on page 7 which shows the cutout by JCBA from a press box at a local high school, which Eisele hopes to turn into an observation hive by replacing the side in a deep super with plexiglass.
  • Advanced Beekeeping Course Offered for the First Time. June 11, 2009. Department of Agriculture. Upper Deerfield, NJ. New Jersey beekeepers recently attended a beyond-the-basics course given by NJ State Apiarist Tim Schuler and Bob Hughes, a sideliner beekeeper and former president of the NJBA. According to Schuler, the hope is to develop beekeepers in the state who will advance beyond hobbyist level to the sideliner level to provide pollination services for NJ farmers while making it financially viable for the beekeepers.
  • Catching a Swarm of Honeybees! With My Dad May 19, 2009. The daughter of NJBA member James Coppola (Essex County branch) recently filmed him hiving a swarm and uploaded it to You Tube.
  • Let's Hear It for the Bees , April 28, 2009, The New York Times, The Wild Side by Olivia Judson, Guest Column by Leon Kreitzman. An interesting article on the circadian rhythms of honey bees
  • Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees April, 2009. Scientific American by Diana Cox-Foster and Dennis vanEngelsdorp. "The mysterious ailment called colony collapse disorder has wiped out large numbers of the bees that pollinate a third of our crops. The causes turn out to be surprisingly complex, but solutions are emerging"
  • The Buzz on Honey March 10, 2009. Landi Simone, member of Essex County Beekeepers Society and owner of Gooserock Farm, speaks on BlogTalkRadio's radio WD with Woman's Day editor and aspiring beekeeper Annemaire Conte about beekeeping, honey, it's uses and how honey is produced.
  • Co-op bans eight pesticides after worldwide beehive collapse January 28, 2009. The British supermarket, Co-op, has banned the use of pesticides in the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, which includes imidacloprid, implicated in the death of honey bees world wide. Co-op has over 70,000 acres under cultivation in England and Scotland, making it the largest farmer in Britain.
  • What Would we Do Without Bees? January 16, 2009. NJBA member Diane DiBlasi, adviser to six Allendale High School students and their Team B.E.E.S. (Bergen Environmental Effort to Save Bees) is attempting to get the Borough of Allendale to modify an ordinance that currently prevents honey bees in Allendale so their hive doesn't have to be in a neighboring town. DiBlasi and her students, with the help of NJ Apiarist Tim Schuler, will address the Allendale council again on February 2, 2009.
  • Where have all the Bees Gone? October 15, 2008. NJBA member Joseph Lelinho of Hilltop Honey, provided guidance to Rand (the environmental magnet school in the Montclair (Essex County), NJ school district) on the proposal for their project "People and Pollinators: A Partnership to Protect". Environmental Studies subject leader Susan Bartol was awarded a grant by PSE&G to fund the project.
  • The buzz about honeybees,by Jennifer Kohlhepp, Staff Writer, Examiner. Our own Angelo Trapani, a member of the Central Jersey branch and editor of our state newsletter, is featured in this article which was published in July, 2008. A very nice piece on Angelo and Anna Trapani and their sideliner operation, Trapper's Honey.
  • The Honey Bee Puzzle IPM experts look for ways to keep colonies helathy. The Northeastern IPM Center in a brief article July 2008 states that a correlation has been found by Pennsylvania State University's Nancy Ostiguy between viral infection and queen replacement.
  • Emergency Symposium on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Genetic Analyses Reveal New Insights, and Questions, December 13, 2007, thedailygreen.com, by Kim Flottum. Three hundred attended the symposium at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Entomology Society of America in San Diego, CA.
  • "Silence of the Bees" Sunday, October 28, 2007, PBS 8 PM EST, (Channel 13 in the NY metrolpolitan area) an in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honey bee. Click here, for more information.
  • As bees go missing, a $9.3B crisis lurks Fortune Magazine, by David Stipp, August 28, 2007. The mysterious disappearance of millions of bees is fueling fears of an agricultural disaster.
  • Stung by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, August 6, 2007. A good overview of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) by a writer who started caring for a hive as a result of her research. States that a scientific article by Columbia University's Dr. Ian Lipkin has been submitted for publication, and as a result of his research, a single pathogen is implicated as the cause of CCD.
  • Boxer's push to protect honeybees They are essential to state crops but are disappearing. San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2007, by Edward Espstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau.
  • Bees Vanish, and Scientists Race for Reasons New York Times, April 24, 2007, by Alexei Barrionuevo. Researchers say definitive answers for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) could be months away.
  • Senator Clinton Calls on USDA to Respond to Widespread Concerns Over Nationwdie Honeybee Decline All American Patriots.com, Friday, April 20, 2007. Source: Senator Hilary Clinton.
  • The mysterious deaths of the honeybees CNN, Amy Sahba, March 29, 2007. Honeybee colony collapse drives price of honey higher and threatens fruit and vegetable production.
  • CCD FAQ and Tentative Recommendations The Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC), March 8-9, 2007. A regional effort to address the pest management crisis facing the beekeeping industry in the mid-atlantic region, MAAREC has published CCD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and Tentative Recommendations for Hives Experiencing CCD on their website.
  • State insect at risk The New Jersey Farmer, March 1, 2007, by Tamara Scully. A discussion of the current state of honey bees in New Jersey with New Jersey Beekeepers Association President Beatrice Tassot and Master Beekeeper Landi Simone of Gooserock Farm.
  • Tassot's honey-do list causes a nice buzz The New Jersey Farmer, March 1, 2007, by Tamara Scully. An overview of beekeeping in New Jersey by the new president of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, Beatrice Tassot of Tassot Apiaries.
  • Honey Bee Die-off Alarms Beekeepers Discovery News, February 5, 2007. Somethings is wiping out honey bees across North America and a team of researchers is rushing to find out what it is.
  • Colony Collapse Disorder Podcast January 28, 2007, Podcasts at Penn State. Hear from Senior Extension Agent and Honey Bee Specialist, Maryann Frazier. Find out why the dieoff attributed to Colony Collapse Disorder is getting the attention of experts, and learn about the characteristics and extent of the collapse.
  • Bee Losses Puzzle Experts The Ledger, Lakeland, Florida, December 22, 2006. Beekeepers in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere reporting large hive losses starting in August. Researchers attempting to determine the cause.
  • The Buzz on Bees Time and CNN, October 29, 2006 by Jeffrey Kluger, Kristina Dell. A short article on the importance of honey bees with statistics on the food they are responsible for through pollination. Good despite the fact that the first sentence of the article makes the incorrect statement that honey bees aren't given much thought "unless they're terrorizing us at a picnic..." If you are bothered by stinging insects while on a picnic, they are probably not honey bees, they are most likely yellow jackets attracted by anything sweet. While honey bees might be visiting the clover blossoms nearby they won't sting you unless you step on them with bare feet. However, a yellow jacket will enter your soda can and sting you when you go to take sip.
  • NJBA Decal -Bee Culture, August 2005, Page 54: New Jersey's Response To The Effect Of Urbanization On Beekeeping by Cynthia Ann Werts. Don't subscribe to Bee Culture? Use the form on the last page of your NJBA state newsletter to subscribe at a discount, or click here.
  • Urban Beekeepers WNYC. A slide show of photos of beekeepers in New York City. The radio station aired a piece on urban beekeepers on Saturday morning, July 30, 2005 (820 AM radio or 92.9 FM radio). The piece, by Kate Hinds, ends with the sounds of bees buzzing--Morris County Beekeepers Association member Janet Katz' bees.
  • Experts Remove Bees, 450 Pounds of Honey From Home Local 2 News, Houston, Texas, June 24, 2005
  • Waggle dance leads bees to nectar BBC World News, May 11, 2005
  • A Parasite Devastates Bees, and Farmers are Worried The New York Times, May 2, 2005
  • A buzzkill for farmers nationwide NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, April 27, 2005
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