By: John Benham
The 2017 spring meeting of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association was held at the Boyd County Fairgrounds in Ashland, KY on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Over 80 beekeepers and soon to “bee” beekeepers attended.
Our speakers did an excellent job of providing programs that were informative and of benefit to all attending. Gabe Blatt gave two fine presentations concerning spring hive management and making nucs and splits. Gabe always does a fine job. Stephanie Tarwater did her presentation on bee diseases and their identification. If you ever get a chance to see Stephanie do this program, take advantage of it. She has some of the best slides of actual diseased hives and gives a thorough explanation of the disease’s causes and indications. We also had Tammy Horn Potter talk about the Veterinary Feed Directive and how beekeepers are affected by the new law. We are very fortunate in Kentucky to have such a knowledgeable and hardworking state apiarist.
Our President, Rick Sutton, gave a brief explanation of our attempts to secure some type of regulation to certify Kentucky honey as truly being from our wonderful state. We will keep working on this and trying to change the Kentucky Proud definition of processing so Kentucky beekeepers cannot be undersold by cheap imported honey wrongly labeled “Kentucky Proud”.
A special thanks goes out to Mike Crawford and the Northeast Kentucky Beekeepers for their help in setting up the meeting and being such gracious hosts. The catered barbecue lunch was appreciated by all and was very tasty. The meeting facility was as good as it gets.
We had 21 new members sign up at the meeting, bringing our total membership for 2017 to over 400. Thanks to all our supporting associations and members statewide for making the KSBA a success. We will have our fall meeting in Hopkinsville this year and will be posting the information soon. We wish a great season and honey harvest to all!