VFD Rule and Implementation – What we know to-date

VFD Rule and Implementation – What we know to-date Written by DATCP staff Liz Meils, State Apiarist, and Heather Bartley, Feed Program Specialist As of January 1, 2017 the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Rule is now in effect.  This means that in order to...

Wisconsin Honeybee Pest Management Options 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has issued the Honey Bee Pest Management Options 2017 Guidelines.  Click here for a PDF of the document. Please share these guidelines with your beekeeping...

Tell the FDA honey does not have “Added Sugars”

American Honey Producers Association NEEDS YOUR HELP – Tell the FDA honey does not have “Added Sugars” As you are likely aware by now, the FDA released a rule last year changing nutrition guidance on packaged products, including honey.  They have...
Gordon Waller Retires; DATCP Seeks New Apiary Inspector

Gordon Waller Retires; DATCP Seeks New Apiary Inspector

After 22 seasons, Gordon Waller is retiring from his position as an inspector with the apiary program at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  Gordon spent his summers visiting beekeepers around NW Wisconsin checking hives for...

NRCS Announces EQIP Signup for 2017 Funding, Apply by March 3, 2017

Providing Conservation Practices to Improve Soil Health and Protect Natural Resources Madison, Wis. – January 17, 2017 − Farmers will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Maggie Rhodes, USDA−Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)...

Beekeepers develop HoneyBEE app for fun and learning

Dr. Meghan Milbrath, an extension and outreach specialist at Michigan State University, and Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist, have designed a new app for the development of beekeeping skills through the management of virtual honey bee colonies. The name is...
Wisconsin Honey Queen Kimberly Kester named American Honey Queen

Wisconsin Honey Queen Kimberly Kester named American Honey Queen

Our Wisconsin Honey Queen, Kimberly Kester, was named American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation’s annual convention Saturday night. Along with Kimberly, Tabitha Mansker, from the state of Texas, was named American Honey Princess. The Wisconsin Honey...

Kids and Bees Expo

Every year as part of the WHPA annual convention, member organize the Kids & Bees Expo The Expo offers the opportunity for kids to learn more about bees and honey. Kids attending have the opportunity to experience the following: See an observation hive with live...

USDA Plans Investment in Midwest for Honey Bee Conservation Work

Madison, Wis. – September 2, 2015 – USDA again plans to provide funding for technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production. The pilot is being renewed in...