Packaged Bee Updated – We have a date!

Message from Ron: Hardeman’s has called with a firm pick up date of Friday May 22.  Delivery date will be Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24, depending on how early we can leave there on Friday.  We will send an email.  Delivery will be at Dexter Farm Equipment in … Continue reading

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2015 Membership and Packaged Bee Order Forms

A new years is upon us and with that membership dues and packaged bee orders.  Please fill these out and either mail in to the address on the form or bring them to the January 20th meeting.  Packaged bee orders must be received by March 31, 2015. 2015 Membership Form … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

This 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 … Continue reading

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Logo / T-Shirt Design Contest

Western 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. Here are the details:

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Western Illinois Beekeepers Association 2014 Package Bee Orders

*** UPDATE:  WE ARE SOLD OUT OF BEES *** Many beekeepers start new colonies by purchasing “package bees”. Click here for :2014 Western Illinois Beekeepers Association Package Bee Order Form Typically, a package consists of either 2, 3 or 4lbs. of live bees and one mated queen. One of the … Continue reading

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Driftwatch.org – Protect Your Hives

If you have bees and do not know what driftwatch.org is you need to know. DriftWatch™ is a tool for identifying specialty crop sites to further enhance communications that promote awareness and stewardship activities between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators in Illinois. Managers and owners of commercial specialty … Continue reading

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EPA sued over bees

Beekeepers are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its approval of a chemical they say kills honey producers. The pesticide sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic” to bees and other insects, the groups say, and could be contributing to broader declines of bee populations around the world. “This case is really … Continue reading

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