By , on March 5th, 2015

Mary Folkema of Fremont, Michigan, Passes

Mary Folkema age 88 years of Fremont and widow of Donald, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The funeral service were held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February.  The Folkemas were well known among Michigan beekeepers.  Donald served as
By , on March 5th, 2015

Pollinator Initiative Project at Michigan State University

We received the following communication from Mike Hansen, State Apiarist for Michigan…

Good Morning, many of you already know Meghan Milbrath through presentations she’s provided at local bee club meetings, through MBA’s Annual meeting at ANR week, through the Northern …

By , on February 15th, 2015

Changes are Coming: New Label for Neonicotinoid Products

Nearly everyone on the planet has now heard about neonicotinoid class pesticides and the impact these may have on the honey bee (and pollinators in general).  Neonicotinoids (neonics for short) are synthetic nicotine (as in the tobacco plant) or nicotine-related …

By , on February 12th, 2015

Additional Microscope Class for 2015 Spring Conference

The Friday microscope class at the 2015 spring conference is full and registration for this class is closed.  Because of continuing demand, an additional microscope class has been added for Saturday, March 14 from 1pm to 3pm.  Course content is …

By , on February 10th, 2015

To feed, or not to feed

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

First published Feb 9, 2015 at

This is the question for us beekeepers. A recent study from Beeinformed group (linked here) says that colonies would actually have higher mortality, if bees …