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contestWestern Illinois Beekeepers has decided to design t-shirts for the association.  To make in fun for everyone we have also decided to make a contest out of it.

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6 things you might not know about bees

Many of us, when we think about bees, probably think about their stings, how they pollinate flowers, and how bumblebees seem too fat to be able to fly. But there are a few unusual tidbits about our buzzing friends that you may not know about.

Continue reading: 6 things you might not know about bees | Fox News

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Honey Lemonade

lemonadeIngredients:

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups water

Directions:

  • Mix all together in a blender.
  • Let chill and then enjoy.

source: Recipe of the Week: Honey Lemonade, by T.C

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Loss Benefits Available to Beekeepers; Don’t Miss the Sign-up Deadlines

deadline-1This was mentioned at the July meeting.  Here are the details.

There is potential assistance available to you under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) authorized under the Agricultural Assistance Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) for eligible honey bee losses that occurred from October1, 2011, to present.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized $20 million each fiscal year for ELAP to provide emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honey bees and farm-raised fish. ELAP covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. More specifically, for honey bee losses, ELAP provides assistance for the loss of honey bee colonies in excess of normal mortality. Also, the program covers damage to honey bee hives and honey bee feed that was purchased or produced for eligible honey bees, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honey bees until such time that additional feed becomes available.

ELAP sign-up began at local FSA service centers on April 15, 2014, for eligible honey bee losses suffered during 2012, 2013 and 2014 program years (losses occurring on or after October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2014). If you have suffered 2012, 2013 or 2014 honey bee losses, you must submit an application for payment and a notice of loss to the local FSA office that maintains your farm records; however, if the local FSA office that maintains your farm records is not in close proximity to the physical location where the honey bee loss occurs, you may submit a notice of loss to the local FSA office in the county where the loss occurs.

The ELAP signup deadline for 2012 and 2013 program year losses ends August 1, 2014. For 2014 program year (losses occurring on or after October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014), sign-up ends November 1, 2014. Please contact you local FSA office for types of records needed and to schedule an appointment. FSA will use data furnished by you to determine eligibility for program benefits. Furnishing the data is voluntary; however, without all required data, program benefits will not be approved or provided.

For an Fact Sheet overview of the 2014 Farm Bill USDA ELAP program and beekeeper eligibility, you can access the FSA website: http://fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/elap_livestk_fact_sht.pdf

 

source: http://www.americanbeejournal.com

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The July 2014 Meeting is Tuesday

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.

Items on the agenda:

  • Open forum
  • Upcoming Picnic (7/19)
  • T-Shirt contest

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time:
07/15 at 7pm

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2nd Annual Picnic

Picnic2nd Annual Picnic is upon us!

Date & Time: July 19th at 2pm

Location: Charles & Cordelia Kaylegian’s Home (the same place it was last year)

Their home is a little over 4 miles straight east of Alexis.

Please bring a dish to pass, your own table wares, and lawn chairs if you have them. This will be potluck style.

Please call Cordie or Contact Us if you need directions.

 

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The June 2014 Meeting is Tonight!

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tonight.

Items on the agenda:

  • Open forum

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time:
06/17 at 7pm

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Bee Maintenance Video

Here is a video of one of our members checking out his bees.  Enjoy and have a good weekend!

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May 2014 Meeting Reminder

meeting_roomIt is that time again. Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is Tuesday.
Please note the **NEW** different location – The old location. If you do not know where this is please contact us.

Items on the agenda:

  • Spring hive management.
  • Preparation for the nectar flow.

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time:
05/20 at 7pm

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