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The American Honey Producers Association is an organization dedicated to promoting the common interest and general welfare of the American Honey Producer. This website serves to inform the public and other fellow beekeepers with current industry news, membership information, convention schedules, and contact information. Please check back with us often for up-to-date information and new developments regarding the beekeeping industry and other political events.
State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce
The U.S. State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications submitted by farm workers in Mexico after hearing concerns that the restrictions would lead to a farm worker shortage in the U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.
The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
“We applaud the administration for recognizing the contributions H-2A and H-2B workers make on farms across this country to ensure Americans have access to healthy, affordable food. Acknowledging the critical role of immigrant farm laborers by expanding the number eligible for visas protects the public health while ensuring families continue to have access to a stable food source.
“America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to feeding America’s families during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Workers in the H-2A program represent 20% of the country’s farm workforce, so their contributions are necessary as we enter a critical time in the planting season.”
Important Announcement on H2 Visas
Last Updated: March 26, 2020
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.
The H-2 program is essential to the economy and food security of the United States and is a national security priority. Therefore, we intend to continue processing H-2 cases as much as possible, as permitted by post resources and local government restrictions. Secretary Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers to expand the categories of H-2 visa applicants whose applications can be adjudicated without an in-person interview. Consular officers can, if they so choose, now waive the visa interview requirement for first-time and returning H-2 applicants who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility. This expansion also increases the period in which returning workers may qualify for an interview waiver. Applicants whose previous visas expired in the last 48 months, and who did not require a waiver of ineligibility the last time they applied, do not need to be interviewed in-person if they are applying for the same visa classification as their previous visa. We anticipate the vast majority of otherwise qualified H-2 applicants will now be adjudicated without an interview.
Consular resources and local government restrictions vary widely, and each consular section is continuously reviewing its capacity to adjudicate visa applications during this worldwide pandemic. We encourage applicants to consult with the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate in order to confirm the level of services currently offered. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
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Q: How many people will this apply to?
It is too early to provide an estimate as to how many individuals maybenefit from this change inpolicy.
Q: How long will this be in effect?
This is a action due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures will end no later than December 31,2020.
Q: What will happen to people with security issues/people who need a waiver?
In light of the current drawdown in services and the inability to interviewthese applicants in person, cases with associated derogatory information will be suspended and refused under INA 221(g) until the resumption of visa interviews.
Employers seeking workers should anticipate that applicants with visa ineligibilities will not be issued even if they were previously issued after an in- person interview or granted awaiver.
Petitioners and employers are encouraged to closely vet workers to ensurethey are likely to be issued without a need for aninterview.
Q: What if the original visa holder is no longer available to work?
In some instances, U.S. employers may substitute a worker with anindividual who may ultimately qualify for an H-2visa.
To substitute a worker who has not been admitted into the United States, the petitioning employer must provide written notification to the consularsection.
This notification must name both the worker who was originally issued thevisa (or named on the petition) and the worker who will be replacing him orher.
Consulates in Mexico that regularly process H-2 visas will notify its petitioners and agents of the new procedures to implement thesechanges.
Q: Why are you doing this?
The H-2 program is essential to the economy and food security of theUnited States and is a national securitypriority.
Although in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, the Departmenthas advised that H-2 applications are “mission critical” and should continue to be processed to the extent permitted by post resources and local government restrictions.
The health and safety of mission staff and applicants is ofutmost
importance. Each Embassy and Consulate worldwide will continue to monitor the situation and adjust visa services to ensure public safety and adhere to local health advisories to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
Q: Which Embassy does the most H-2A processing?
H-2A visas are processed at many embassies and consulates around theworld.
Mission Mexico issued 88.2 percent of all H-2A visas and 74.1 percent of all2B visas in FY2019.
Each embassy or consulate’s capacity to process H-2A visas will depend on the circumstances at that embassy or consulate, and applicants should visit the embassy website to determine the operating status of that embassy or consulate.
Saving the honey American beekeepers make
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APIMONDIA STATEMENT ON
The just released Apimondia Statement on the Adulteration of Honey is a powerful, comprehensive and scientifically informed Statement on the nature of honey and the modern modes of honey adulteration. Honey which is adulterated has flooded the international market, and led to the collapse of prices and the de- incentivization of the global community of beekeepers, including many American Beekeepers. The Statement details those multiple modern modes of adulteration which have resulted in the dire plight of beekeepers producing authentic honey. It is an historic document.
Dr. Jeff Pettis, the new President of Apimondia and long term faithful friend of American Beekeepers supports the importance of this work and the release of the document, which has been authored by an unusually powerful group of experts from five continents. The authors are guardians of the authenticity and purity of honey and the health and vigor of both bees and beekeepers.
Defending past practices is counterproductive as the international honey industry must transform weaknesses into strengths!
The global beekeeping community needs enhanced cooperation to guide essential transformations with the goal of good beekeeping practices throughout the world. Such positive transformations benefit all producers and consumers of honey, a product with an ancient tradition described in the Statement.
In fighting the adulteration of honey the Apimondia Statement provides a comprehensive rather than a narrow, a strong rather than a weak, and a relevant rather than an archaic , perspective upon the scrounge of adulteration which threatens the survival of honest beekeepers and all the agricultural and ecological interests beekeepers serve.
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ELAP - HONEYBEE ASSISTANCE
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program Overview
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP covers losses that are not covered under other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
ELAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Eligible honeybees include bees housed in a managed hive and used for honey production, pollination or honeybee breeding. Eligible honeybees do not include wild, feral honeybees, leaf cutter bees or other bee species that are not used for producing honey, pollinating or breeding honeybees.
Losses of colonies must be in excess of normal mortality. ELAP covers damage to hives and feed that was purchased or produced, including additional feed purchased above normal quantities to sustain honeybees until such time that additional feed becomes available.
The colony, hive and feed losses must be:
Due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition; and
Incurred by an eligible honeybee producer in the county where the eligible adverse weather or loss condition occurred.
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Best Management Practices for Bee Health
A Guide for Beekeepers
Every beekeeper should seek to have hives that are healthy and productive. Today, the many threats to honey bee health — including parasites, pests, disease, pesticides, and inadequate nutrition — make achieving this goal a major challenge. Successful beekeeping means closely monitoring bee health and taking proactive steps to protect them.
Over the years, a wide range of public and private organizations have developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the honey bee industry. Important work has been done by state governments, crop and grower organizations, universities (particularly extension services), state beekeeping organizations and other stakeholders. This guide collects BMPs from many sources into one document to make it easy for beekeepers to find practical information that they can use. Experts from within and outside the Honey Bee Health Coalition, including entomologists, small-scale and commercial beekeepers, apiary inspectors and commercial bee suppliers, have reviewed the BMPs in this guide to make sure that they are accurate and consistent with the latest research findings.
Whether you are just starting out as a beekeeper or have years of experience, you’ll find that this guide offers valuable BMPs on many topics, including:
Apiary and hive set up and maintenance
Treatment of parasites and bee diseases
Queen health, bee breeding and stock selection
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