Members Gather for 2015 Fall Conference


Beekeepers from across the region recently met in Columbia, Missouri for the Fall Membership Conference of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. More than 200 beekeepers enjoyed two days of beekeeping presentations, food and fun. Shown above is the gathering during a presentation by our main speaker, Michael Bush.

You can read all about the conference in the December issue of the MSBA newsletter.


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 >>>]