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HONEYBEE CORNER Empire State Honey Producers Wins Grant

Green Lifestyle  (tags: New York, honeybees, beekeepers, new beekeepers, The Empire State Honey Producers, federal grant, stop honeybee loss, USDA-NIFA, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Dev. Program )

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The Empire State Honey Producers has just won a three-year $59,000 federal grant to help New York beekeepers and to stop the loss of honeybee colonies in the state.


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Judy C (91)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 6:36 pm

By Dick Johnson
For Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:08 AM EST

The New York State Dept of Agriculture used to fund a program to furnish several beekeeping inspectors whose job was to help beekeepers to diagnose, and treat diseases and to keep their bees healthy.

For the past few years, New York state budgetary restraint has eliminated this important program. It is especially important that beginning beekeepers are provided this assistance, as they require more help to manage their hives.

The Empire State Honey Producers has just won a three-year $59,000 federal grant to help New York beekeepers and to stop the loss of honeybee colonies in the state. The ESHP Assoc will provide matching funds and will work with regional beekeeping groups such as our Catskill Mtn Beekeeping Club to increase the number of new beekeepers. Our club has grown to more than 100 members and has done our part by furnishing annual beginner training programs for 15 years.

Administered by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program this grant will be directed by Pat Bono of Rochester and Peter Borst of Ithaca. Borst has presented programs at our club and we look forward to his next visit to help us with a workshop to attract, encourage and educate new beekeepers. The honeybee has been in the national spotlight following some large scale unexplained losses of numbers. Honeybees are essential for essential to pollinate about $300 million in value of New York state crops such as apples, berries, squash, pumpkins, and grapes. Beginner beekeeping classes are usually scheduled during the month of January, as it requires a few months of preparation to order equipment and bees for a beginner to be ready by early spring.

The next general membership Bee Club meeting will be held Jan. 10, 2012 as Dec.13 will be reserved for the club holiday dinner. Anyone interested in bees or beekeeping information is invited to visit

Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 2:26 am

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:55 am

Kath P (9)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 4:01 am
Excellent news. I hope other local municipalities follow this example.

rosa M (56)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 4:50 am
Great! I hope to go to my local beekeeping group for the first time next week. Im also in Nys.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 5:47 am
Great information. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth P (99)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 5:54 am
Thank you Bees.

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
Great - thanks for sharing
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