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Some Background About Honey and Honeybees
by Eugene Makovec, MSBA Newsletter Editor
- Honey has been consumed by humans for centuries with no health concerns.
- Honey is not a “processed” or “manufactured” food. It is a natural product, harvested directly from beehives and packaged in its pure form with no added ingredients.
- Bacteria cannot live in honey.
- Its low pH and dense sugar content retard bacterial growth.
- Honey produces hydrogen peroxide as it breaks down, which also kills microorganisms.
- Honey is even used as a wound dressing for cuts and burns, as it is antiseptic and promotes healing.
- Honeybees are under increasing stress in recent years from parasitic mites, disease, habitat loss and other factors. With average winter losses of around 25 percent, the annual cost of replacing those colonies has contributed to high turnover among beekeepers. [Click here to view entire article >>>]
Interest in Queen Rearing on the Rise Across the State
by Bruce Snavely, Southwestern Regional Director
In the past few years we have witnessed not only a substantial growing interest in becoming beekeepers throughout the state of Missouri, but also a higher interest in education and practice regarding raising Queens. This desire of many Missouri beekeepers to raise their own queens stems from several factors such as honey production, winter survivability, wanting a better hygienic bee to counter mites and pest like the Small Hive Beetle, and to create a more efficient business practice of sustainability. Many Missouri beekeepers want to supply local stock instead of bees with unwelcomed genetics and to be in greater control of their breeding stock. [Click here to view entire article >>>]
Members Gather for 2014 Fall Conference
Beekeepers from across the region recently met in Jefferson City for the Fall Membership Conference of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. More than 185 beekeepers enjoyed two days of beekeeping presentations, food and fun. The vendor hall and MSBA “Beehive Cafe” were a frequent stop as beekeepers traveled between presentations. Shown above are Cory Stevens along with a couple of unidentified attendees conversing with Dr. Leo Sharashkin at his booth in the vendor hall.
You can read all about the conference in the upcoming issue of the MSBA newsletter.
(Photo courtesy of Eugene Makovec)