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Welcome to American Honey Producers Association!
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.
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2021 Byrd Amendment Information
Opportunity for AHPA Members to Receive Dumping and Countervailing Duties Collected on Honey Imports from China and Argentina
In the fall of each year, the federal government distributes to eligible domestic producers the duties the government has assessed and collected on certain imports that are subject to antidumping ("AD") and countervailing duty ("CVD") orders. For purposes relevant to AHPA members, the government will again distribute this fall AD and CVD duties collected during its fiscal year 2021 (i.e., October 2020 through September 2021) on honey from China and Argentina that was imported into the United States between December 2001 and September 2007, the period during which the so-called "Byrd Amendment" was in effect.
We do not yet know how much money will be distributed this year under the China and Argentina Honey Orders. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently stated in its annual “preliminary amounts available” report that it did not collect any duties or related interest under those Orders for the first seven months of FY 2021 (Oct. 2020 - Apr. 2021). Nevertheless, CBP may well collect some small or large amount of duties and interest under the Orders during the last five months of FY 2021 (May – Sept. 2021). If it does, the agency will include those funds in this year’s distribution in November.
Each AHPA member that meets all four of the following requirements is eligible to apply for a "distribution" of the duties collected during FY 2021:
(1) The member was an AHPA member in good standing (including having fully paid its dues) in 2000, when the Petition requesting the AD/CVD honey trade investigations was filed;
(2) The member has fully paid all of its membership dues for each year from 2000 to 2021;
(3) The member has continuously produced and sold raw honey from 2000 to 2021; and
(4) The member is not a member of Sioux Honey Association (“SHA”) or, if it is an SHA member, the member will not receive any part of distributions SHA will receive for FY 2021.
The AHPA will soon submit to the federal government an updated AHPA membership list that will include only those members that meet the first three of these four requirements. Any AHPA member that has not paid its dues through 2021 will not be included on the list the AHPA provides to the government and thus will not be eligible to receive a distribution of the duties collected during FY 2021.
In order to receive a distribution of the collected duties, qualifying AHPA members (i.e., those that meet the four requirements above) must submit to CBP a certification making claims for a distribution under the three AD and CVD trade orders on honey imports from China and Argentina.
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SAVE THE DATE!
American Honey Producers Association
Annual Conference and Trade Show
December 1-4, 2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Registration and more information coming soon!
U.S. Honey Producers Applaud
International Trade Commission’s
Affirmative Preliminary Vote in Raw Honey Trade Case
(June 4, 2021) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) unanimously determined that there is a reasonable indication that unfairly traded imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam are injuring the U.S. industry producing raw honey.
Today’s unanimous decision means that the ITC will continue to investigate the injury inflicted on the U.S. raw honey producers by low-priced imports, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will investigate the extent to which imports from the five countries are being sold below fair value in the U.S. market.
“Today’s affirmative preliminary determination of injury is incredibly important to American beekeepers,” said Alan Luberda of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, counsel to the U.S. raw honey producers. “Dumped imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam have been underselling domestic raw honey by substantial margins for several years, depressing domestic prices and making it difficult for U.S. beekeepers to earn a living. This is a critical step in obtaining much-needed relief for U.S. beekeepers.”
On April 21, 2021, the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and Sioux Honey Association (SHA) filed petitions with the ITC and DOC for relief from dumped imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) also supports the trade cases.
On May 18, 2021, the DOC published a notice initiating the investigations in the Federal Register, with estimated dumping margins of 9.75 to 49.44 percent for Argentina, 83.72 percent for Brazil, 27.02 to 88.48 percent for India, 9.49 to 92.94 percent for Ukraine, and 47.56 to 138.23 percent for Vietnam.
DOC is scheduled to issue preliminary determinations of dumping in mid-November, at which point preliminary duties will go into effect, and importers will be obligated to begin paying cash deposits at the time of importation.
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AHPA-ABF APHIS TALLOW COMMENT
to US DEPARTMENT of AGRICULTURE
Add your comments to the docket: https://www.regulations.gov/document/APHIS-2020-0035-0001
FMCSA is extending its COVID-19 waivers through August 31
Arguably the most important COVID-19 waiver for the agricultural community that has been extended is the waiver from hours-of-service rules. Please note: not all agricultural products qualify for the COVID-waiver.
Even if some agricultural products don’t qualify for the COVID-19 waiver, they probably qualify for the agricultural exemption to hours-of-service rules for the portions of the hauls that are within 150 air-miles of the origin of the shipment. Below is text on which products qualify for the COVID-19 waiver from hours-of-service rules.
Extension through August 31, 2021 of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, such as hour-of-service rules.
The extension of the expanded modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of (1) livestock and livestock feed; (2) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (3) vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19; (4) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and (5) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores. Direct assistance does not include non-emergency transportation of qualifying commodities or routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. To be eligible for the exemption, the transportation must be both (i) of qualifying commodities and (ii) incident to the immediate restoration of those essential supplies.
Honey Now Eligible Under the CFAP 2 Program
AHPA is pleased to announce that USDA included honey in its most recent update to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This is the second round of CFAP - CFAP 2. As you are aware, honey was not previously included as an eligible commodity in the Q1 - Q3 program. That program only applied to commodities that had experienced a 5% price decline and certain marketing disruptions within a narrowly prescribed window of time early in 2020.
Honey is now expressly included as its own subcategory of “specialty crops”.
See here for eligibility list that includes honey https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/commodities
See here for FAQs: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/faq
See here for full program guidelines and instructions: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
AHPA will continue to work on your behalf to make this program workable for eligible honey producers. A special thanks to Senator Hoeven (R-ND) who worked with the AHPA, congressional colleagues and the USDA to ensure that honey producers were included in this round.
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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