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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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CRITICAL BEEKEEPER ACTION ALERT

 

What’s Happening: APHIS plans to release 2 non-native pests (a moth & a beetle from China) to eventually eradicate the Tallow tree from the USA. Tallow has been in the USA since the 1700s and is an important source of nectar and pollen for up to a million beehives. This will negatively impact all scales of beekeepers nationwide. 

 

Why it Matters: Releasing a beetle from China & a moth (with the potential to jump hosts) to control the most bee friendly tree in the USA is the last thing our honeybees need right now. Tallow provides irreplaceable forage for spring build up in the south, tens of millions of pounds of honey, and accounts for up to 90% of all honey produced in some states. The loss of the tallow crop could permanently impact all scales of beekeepers nationwide as queen, nuc & package producers suffer the loss of critical forage. Operations will go out of business, and nationwide supply will be disrupted. The scale & threat of this impact cannot be overstated.  

 

What You Can Do: This is the last chance we have to stand up against this reckless attempt. Join with thousands of fellow beekeepers, almost every southern State Beekeeping Association, and both major National Beekeepers Associations to comment against the loss of one of the most critical sources of clean forage for bees. Comment as a concerned beekeeper, business owner, beekeeping club, or someone who opposes the intentional release of more insect pests from China. 

 

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*This deadline has been extended to April 23.*

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Steven Coy, Executive Board Member of American Honey Producers Association returns to the podcast. This time, he discusses the USDA-APHIS call for comments on the elimination of the Chinese Tallow Tree and the impact the elimination of this tree could have on honey producers from Texas to Florida.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of the podcast recording, the published comment period ended on Feb. 22. It has been extended to April 23. You have another 60 days to comment, but please do if the issue is critical to you.

Featured  2020 Virtual Conference Speaker

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Dr. Samuel Ramsey
Research Fellow for the
USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

Fight the Mite Thailand Edition: Understanding the Mysterious Tropilaelaps Mite

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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”.

 

 

Applications for the program will be accepted starting Monday September 21 through December 11.

 

USDA will be hosting a webinar on the new program Thursday September 24th at 3pm EDT.  

 

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
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.
 
Eligible Losses
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:

  • Safety

  • Apiary and hive set up and maintenance

  • Pesticide exposure

  • Treatment of parasites and bee diseases

  • Queen health, bee breeding and stock selection

  • Bee nutrition

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Cassie Cox
Executive Secretary
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Mendon, UT 84325
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