- New FDA Veterinary Feed Directive restricts use of antibiotics in beehives, starting in January 2017. Read more about this new FDA ruling here.
- 2017-2018 USDA National Honey Bee Health Survey (NHBS). Participating beekeepers receive a thorough inspection of 8 colonies in their apiary, including pest, disease and virus testing – all free of charge! This is a great value for participants and contributes to bee health across Hawai`i and the whole country! This year’s surveys for Hawaii are being managed by UH Manoa. If you have 8 or more colonies and would like to participate, please contact Scott Nikaido at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see FAQS page below for more detailed information about the NHBS.
- Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) is continuing its Apiary Days program to provide basic beekeeping info to new and experienced beekeepers alike.
If you plan on going, please be at Komohana Ag complex on Komohana St. in Hilo by 10:00 a.m. Wear long pants, long sleeves (relatively thick jacket if possible), enclosed shoes and a hat with a brim, if you have one. Also, please bring tough gloves that extend up past the wrist.
Check their website for the next date. Questions? Contact Erick Belcher, 935-3939.