Empire State Honey Producers Association, Inc

Empire State Honey Producers Association, Inc ESHPA (ESHPA.org) is the New York statewide beekeeping organization. ESHPA has been representing the needs of NYS beekeepers and their bees since 1867.

It is the official New York State beekeepers association. ESHPA is a not for profit NY corporation open to anyone interested in beekeeping. It is piloted by a volunteer board of directors elected by the membership.

Mission: The purposes for which ESHPA has been organized are as follows: To promote and protect the interests of New York State beekeepers, and to form an association for mutual benefit of New York State honey producers; to promote and assist in efforts to preserve and protect the honey bee; to assist New York State honey producers in promoting, marketing and publicizing honey and hive products and educate the public to the value of honeybee pollination; to aid in presenting a uniform point of view on concerns of New York State honey producers to state and federal agencies and the general public.

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Something for the ladies! Registration ends tomorrow. Check it out for this 2 day online event
10/16/2020

Something for the ladies! Registration ends tomorrow. Check it out for this 2 day online event

Speakers will provide you with insightful “lessons learned” from real-world experience. Learn how farmer/beekeeper, Samantha Winship created a successful urban farm in North Carolina. To learn more about this presenter and this national conference go to https://leadforpollinators.org/index.php/becoming-21st-century-leaders/

To learn about the Mother’s Finest Family Urban Farms visit https://www.facebook.com/mothersfinestfamilyfarm/ and https://www.mothersfinesturbanfarms.com/

ESHPA is very sad to announce the passing of Art Gerber.  A very good NY beekeeper and a quality mentor for many NY beek...
09/10/2020

ESHPA is very sad to announce the passing of Art Gerber. A very good NY beekeeper and a quality mentor for many NY beekeepers. May he rest peacefully.

Empire State Honey Producers Association, Inc's cover photo
09/05/2020

Empire State Honey Producers Association, Inc's cover photo

Hungry Bear Farms
05/15/2020

Hungry Bear Farms

From NYS Apiculturist Today:

I’m sure by now, many of you are aware of the recent article about the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia). I’m reaching out to provide you with a little more information on AGH and the NYS Department of Agriculture’s (AGR) response.

There were two single specimens found near Blaine, Washington in the December of 2019. No colony was found.

Only one V. mandarinia colony was found and killed in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, BC., September 2019.

One additional V. mandarinia was photographed in White Rock BC on October 2019, but not collected. White Rock is about 6 miles from Blaine, Washington. All three areas are within 60 miles of each other.

Blaine, Washington is the site of a large trucking port with many import/export warehouses and freight services.

There have been no sightings of AGH in New York but we continue to field calls and I have been working with AGR’s Invasive Species Coordinator, Thomas Allgaier to identify as many of the insects submitted. Those that we cannot positively identify, we send to Cornell University’s entomologist, Jason Dombroskie.

We are currently working with the USDA to secure traps to monitor for this pest. Our Apiary Inspectors and Horticultural Inspectors are aware of the AGH and remain vigilant.

I’m attaching this fact sheet that can provide you and your members with a little more information about the Asian Giant Hornet. For anyone who believes they have sighted the AGH, they may submit photos to: [email protected] We will respond promptly.

05/06/2020
PA State Beekeepers Association

PA State Beekeepers Association

A word about these “murder hornets”.... first of all theyvare actually called Giant Asian Hornets and they are NOT in Pennsylvania. They have found TWO single individuals in Washington State back in 2019 and a nest thy was destroyed in British Columbia in 2018.

Is there a concern- yes as there should be with any invasive species (German yellow jackets are very common in the area now- no scare tactics seen with them!)- but nothing that anyone should worry about at this time. It’s a bunch of hype using the word “murder” and saying it kills 50 people per year. LAST year 50 people were killed.... less in previous years (41 in 2013). They won’t call it by its proper name for various reasons so sensationalism and scare tactics are used to gain attention and clicks on social media links and this Asian Hornet is now being inappropriately called a “murder hornet”.

Yes we are aware of the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies but there are ways to minimize the impact and they are easily controlled around our honey bees. This is all fear mongering. They can be a threat but nothing more than what honey bees are already experiencing. It’s another variable we have to watch out for. We can utilize various measures to protect our bees should they arrive here in Pennsylvania.

PA has been monitoring for these invasive species for several years so we are being very proactive in trying to stay ahead of this invasive insect.

~Stephen Repasky, President- PA State Beekeepers Association.

The new ABF ad campaign promoting US produced honey.   Remember, know where your honey comes from.  🇺🇸
05/01/2020

The new ABF ad campaign promoting US produced honey. Remember, know where your honey comes from. 🇺🇸

03/12/2020
2020 Greater New York Bee Conference

2020 Greater New York Bee Conference

The Greater New York Bee Conference is cancelled.

To all Registered Participants, Vendors, Speakers, Volunteers and potential participants of GYNBC 2020 . Due the present circumstances of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel the GNYBC 2020 on March 21, 2020 at FLCC. Since we have over 350 participants we feel it is in all of our best interest to cancel at this time. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our beekeeping community. Many of our speakers, vendors and volunteers are unable to attend due the concern over the rapidly evolving situation. With FLCC being a SUNY Campus we have no choice in the matter, because meeting on campus is not an option for this year. Please be patient with us as refunds will be forthcoming in the next 5 -7 business days. Due to the large volume of refunds please refrain from contacting us unless you don’t see your refund in the next 2 weeks. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Yours in beekeeping,
The Planning Committee of GNYBC 2020

Congratulations to Dan Winter, the gentleman on the left, the new vice president of the American Bee Federation.
01/14/2020

Congratulations to Dan Winter, the gentleman on the left, the new vice president of the American Bee Federation.

Congratulations to Mark Fiegl on his ABF honey show entry’s at the annual ABF convention and trade show in Schaumburg Il...
01/13/2020

Congratulations to Mark Fiegl on his ABF honey show entry’s at the annual ABF convention and trade show in Schaumburg Il. (Chicago). 6 of his superb entry’s got 1st place including Best Of Show .

We would like to thank all our speakers, especially Dr. Dewey Caron and John Miller. ESHPA was able to raise $3300 for p...
11/11/2019

We would like to thank all our speakers, especially Dr. Dewey Caron and John Miller. ESHPA was able to raise $3300 for project Apis M. Thank you all who donated. From left to right, ESHPA 1vp Ben Carpenter, Dr. Dewey Caron, John Miller, ESHPA President Dan Winter.

It’s not too late to join us at the annual fall meeting in Syracuse.  Fun with plenty of knowledgeable talks.
11/08/2019

It’s not too late to join us at the annual fall meeting in Syracuse. Fun with plenty of knowledgeable talks.

11/01/2019

Last weekend to Register for our Fall Conference which starts 11/8/19. www.eshpa.org

10/29/2019

John Miller brings us another interesting topic on Saturday 11/9. The Future, inventing it. Register at: www.eshpa.org

10/28/2019

Reducing stresses on bees, is the talk topic Scott McArt from Cornell will be discussing on Saturday 11/9 of our fall meeting. Join us by registering on www.eshpa.org

10/27/2019

Saturday Morning talk on 11/9 of our fall meeting will have a topic of "necropsy" by Dr. Dewey Caron.

10/26/2019

Ever wonder about probiotics for your bees? A representative from StrongMicrobials will be talking Friday afternoon on 11/8 of our fall meeting. register at www.eshpa.org

10/25/2019

John Miller has an interesting talk Friday afternoon 11/8 of our fall meeting. "The #2 and Other Small Matters" Dont miss it! Sign up at www.eshpa.org

10/24/2019

Dr Dewey Caron will be covering Worker Honey Bee Forgaging, Biology and Behavior on Friday 11/8th at our fall meeting. Register today www.eshpa.org

10/23/2019

John Miller will be speaking on Restoring beekeeping sustainability on Friday of our Fall meeting. Don't Miss It! Register at www.eshpa.org

10/22/2019

Ever Wonder whats in your wax? Come to our fall meeting to learn from Emma Mullen from Cornell as she covers the topic in her presentation. Register today to attend. www.eshpa.org

Congratulations to Gina of Liverpool. ! She won the raffle for the gallon of raw honey.
09/02/2019

Congratulations to Gina of Liverpool. ! She won the raffle for the gallon of raw honey.

09/02/2019

Sorry for any confusion. Some honey show exhibitors were told they could get their entries today, unfortunately, not before 10 PM. Fair rules are; the exhibit's cannot be dismantled until the fair is over. Please spread the word so we don't have disgruntled exhibitors.. Thank you all for your entries, we had folks stopping to check them out throughout the Fair.

Rockin' the T..! Come get yours while we still have them in stock.
09/01/2019

Rockin' the T..! Come get yours while we still have them in stock.

Start em early. Come meet our next generation honey bees.
09/01/2019

Start em early. Come meet our next generation honey bees.

It's now a challenge... no veil..!
08/31/2019

It's now a challenge... no veil..!

Cutie Bee of the day...
08/31/2019

Cutie Bee of the day...

Honey Roll Call .!   Samples available, come try them all..
08/29/2019

Honey Roll Call .! Samples available, come try them all..

We couldn't make it one day without all our volunteers!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
08/29/2019

We couldn't make it one day without all our volunteers! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Volunteers make it all possible.. ❤🐝❤🐝
08/26/2019

Volunteers make it all possible.. ❤🐝❤🐝

Look Ma!  No veil.... !
08/24/2019

Look Ma! No veil.... !

Got honey? #honey
08/24/2019

Got honey? #honey

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46527 County Route 1
Alexandria Bay, NY
13607

General information

Regular membership meetings are held twice a year. The Summer Picnic will be held the last Saturday in July (unless announced otherwise) at a site to be determined at the preceding Winter Meeting. A meeting of the Board of Directors will be held. A business meeting will be held at which nominations for Officers and Directors will be made (to be voted on at the Winter Meeting). Winter Meeting: The Winter Meeting will be held in November or December at a location to be determined by the Board of Directors. A two-day meeting with an extensive array of speakers as well as a banquet is the norm. An Annual Business Meeting will be held at this time to elect Officers and Directors as well as transact other business of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer will make a financial report for the previous year available to the membership at this time.

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ESHPA open to all beekeepers in NYS, from the hobbyist with one hive, to the commercial migratory beekeeper with thousands. This is made clear in the preamble of the bylaws:

ESHPA was originally founded in 1870 as the “New York State Bee-Keepers Association”, with dues of $1 (considered too high by many potential members). Ladies interested in beekeeping could join with just a signature.

Today ESHPA is a 501(c) (5) Federal Tax exempt corporation with a governing board elected by the general membership. Full bylaws are available at ESHPA.org . Regional “North-Eastern” “Southern” “Western” and “Long Island” directors are elected to three-year terms. Officers are elected to two year terms.

The majority of ESHPA members have less than 50 hives according to a voluntary online survey conducted in 2012. Yet at our summer picnic in 2018, we asked those in attendance how many hives they have, the total was over 50,000!

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