1. Package & Nuc Customers Read This!

    I’ve sent out a news update on 4/8 and on 4/10 to ALL customers, members and non-members. If you didn’t receive that email, then I have an error on my side. Please let me know! Don Studinski; 303-248-6677 or dstudin@yahoo.com
  2. Honeybee Packages & Nucs

    To order, go here and read the directions:  http://nocobees.org/beeorder/   Packages Sold Out …. Nucs Sold Out   So far, 181 people have ordered —————————————— 350 packages sold of 350 … Estimated delivery date Saturday 4/29/2017   +++++++++++++++ 55 Nucs sold of 55 … Estimated delivery date Saturday 5/6/2017
  3. Swarm Procedures and Etiquette

    February 16, 2017 – Speaker: Dave Primer; Topic: Swarm Procedures and Etiquette; NCBA speaker: Ken Nichols. Location: Kerst barn** **Kerst Barn Large metal building at this address: 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR35 and CR37) Greeley, CO 80631 This is directly East of Windsor about 14 miles from the I25 exit. Look for tan and brown buildings on the North side of the street. We are going to have a reflective sign with a yellow flashing light to get your attention at the driveway entrance.
  4. 2017 Bee Orders Are In Progress

    As of 2/8/2017 at 9PM, we have sold 100 of our packages and 11 of our nucs. That leaves 250 packages available and 44 nucs available. To get the $10 member savings, you MUST renew or acquire a new membership separately.  This process includes the liability waiver.  You can do this using paypal.  Start the membership process here: http://nocobees.org/become-a-member/ To order bees, go here: http://nocobees.org/beeorder/  
  5. Order 2017 Bees Now!

    http://nocobees.org/beeorder/ for ordering instructions.   Membership renewal is a separate process. Go to http://nocobees.org/become-a-member/ to do that. Be sure to include your waiver.
  6. 2017 early Bee Package Update

    Details will be included in the February NCBA newsletter. I’ll also make an announcement Thursdaynight at our NCBA meeting.In an effort to get the word out ASAP, I’m making this known here and now.This is informational only at this point.  We have not yet set up the website for taking orders.  That will come soon.Orders will be taken on a first come first served basis until we are sold out.  There has never been a year that we did not sell out. Member prices for 2017:Package $125 Italian or Carniolan; —————–      up from $123 in 2016 Nuc $185 Italian or Carniolan; ———————–      up from $168 in 2016 Non-members, add $10 per.  Better yet, become a member and enjoy member pricing
  7. NCBA club hive

    Carl and Josie Alm of Eaton, Colorado, have contributed a hive with living bees along with some extra woodenware and some beekeeper suits and gloves.  Don picked up the equipment and brought it to our new club meeting location (above) where these bees can live as our first club hive. We need two club members to volunteer to take “ownership” of these bees to help get them through winter and be ready to be our “teaching” bees come spring.  If you could do this, then please contact Don at 303-248-6677 right away.  The  bees need to be tested, potentially treated, potentially fed right now.  We need an assessment.
  8. Scholarship Fund established!

    A NCBA member, who wishes to remain anonymous, will contribute $50 each month intended as an educational scholarship fund. This money will be tracked separately and will make our annual Beginning Beekeepers Class available to students who would otherwise be unable to afford the class.
  9. Links of interest

    Pesticides, Honeybees and Political Influence .Nominations being taken for the National Honey Board National Honey Board announces new online catalog BIP Sentinel Apiary Program—WAS was supposed to be subsidizing some of these. Anyone want to follow up for the money? Honeybee head-butts say more than we thought I have a student looking for an internship position with a Front Range beekeeper. Contact me if you can assist. 970-213-3099 US Government Accountability Office Report on Bee Health Honey Bee Hive Collapse Mystery Rooted in Hive Size
  10. Colorado Department of Public health and Environment Registration

    The annual Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference (RMFSC) is just around the corner with pre-conference workshops on the 23rd of May and the full conference on the 24th and 25th. If you have not been to RMFS before, it is a great learning and networking opportunity for industry, academia and regulators. The conference committee works hard to bring speakers and subject matter experts with various backgrounds and views to provide information on current issues, problems and developments. This year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) State Manufactured Food Program is lucky enough to speak as part of a pre-conference workshop with Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) where both groups will be covering the Fundamentals of Food Product Successes and Good Manufacturing Practices 101. Please visit the RMFS Conference website for more details about the conference agenda. Register for the pre-conference workshop here!
  11. Volunteer Recognition – Beginning Beekeeper Class

    Thank you to: Geri and Gene Wolf These folks have been providing your refreshments at NCBA meetings and at the Beginning Beekeepers Class. They have been dedicated volunteers for 2 years. They are very reliable and always meet our needs or find someone who will. They haul around the refreshments to and from our meetings and coordinate the shopping.  They have also been featured in the Greeley Tribune about their beekeeping activities. Please take a moment to let them know that you really appreciate their efforts. Also, a big thank you goes out to all those contributing to the Beginning Beekeepers Class of 2016: Instructors: Kristal Dominico Dave Primer Josh Vaisman Greta Olsen Bill Bennet Bob Boggio Tracy Bellehumeur Volunteers: Merry Popa Nancy Jones Don Studinski Cathy Weber Linda Vap Deb Evangelista Gene and Geri Wolf Ed Bender Ronda Koski Annette and Garth Silvernale Pete Linde Govert Koetsier
  12. 2016 Bee package order

    New supplier Prairie Wind Bee Supply, Cheyenne, WY; getting bees from Noble Apiaries in Dixon, CA. Italian and Carniolans selected for mite and disease resistance as well as production. Transported in air-conditioned van and trailer. NCBA is ordering 270 packages and 30 nucs. Member price is $123 / package and $168 / nuc. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you wish to order bees, please send in your check to Bob, the treasurer, now. Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association c/o Bob Boggio, NCBA Treasurer 3905 Glade Rd Loveland, CO 80538 The paypal alternative will be available soon on our website. As an alternative for nucs, we are trying to pull together an order of Russian bee nucs from Coy apiaries in Wiggins, MS. If there is enough Russian nucs sold, we will go pick them up in person. The estimated price will be in the $170 / nuc neighborhood. We don’t have an exact price yet, but this will be the ballpark. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you are interested in having a nuc of Russian bees and queen, then please contact Don Studinski at 303-248-6677 right away. for more information and order forms to place your order. please visit: http://nocobees.org/beeorder/
  13. New Website

    Hello! and welcome to the new website for the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association. I hope you enjoy the new look and the new additions. The site is more interactive and community oriented. We host our own social media area now with the use of the forum and groups areas of the site. I will be creating a page with some FAQ’s for the new site and how it works. Please forward your questions to me and I’ll add them to the FAQ page for future reference to others. webmaster@nocobees.org Please visit often and share your insights within our community.  Thank You Tim
  14. Open Class honey competition – Larimer County Fair

    Caitlin Jacobsen at the  CSU Larimer County  Extension Office asked that I send you this message pertaining to the honey competition at the 2015 Larimer County Fair. The 2015 Larimer County fair will be hosting an open-class honey competition on July 29. Businesses and members of the community are invited to enter their honey creations to compete for a fair ribbon! Several classes including:  Comb Honey, Chunk Honey, Liquid Honey – Light, Liquid Honey – Dark, and Creamed Honey. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. This year, we are hosting a wine and liqueur competition as well. As a new addition this year, we have added Mead as an entry class. Please reference the attached flyer for more information. Join in the FUN … Plan to exhibit your honey and/or mead at this year’s Larimer County Fair! The entry form is available at http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/LARIMER/fair/extensionfair.shtml. NO FEE to enter IF completed entry form is received by July 13. A late entrance fee of $5 per entry will be charged for entries received after July 13. No entries will be accepted after July 28. Honey judging will be at 1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin at the CSU Larimer County Extension Office at (970) 498-6008.

About NCBA – Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is an organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.  We exist to provide a forum for education in beekeeping both to our members and to the general public, and for exchange of ideas and experiences.  We also enjoy some ability to provide savings in bees by purchasing as a group.  We are affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.  We meet once a month with the above objectives in mind.  Each meeting strives to discuss one or two subjects of interest in beekeeping.  Whenever possible we will discuss beekeeping and hive maintenance activities appropriate for the next month.  We also like to provide time for members to discuss beekeeping among themselves.  Once a year, usually around January, we conduct a multi-session beginning beekeeping class.  On completion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to join the association, to order bees, and we offer you a mentor to help you get off to a good start.  If you have any interest in keeping bees, we encourage you to join us. We believe joining a beekeeping association such as ours is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to start beekeeping. By joining now you will receive our news letter as well as notification of upcoming classes and meetings.  Dues are modest and affiliates members with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. See the pages about future and past meetings for examples of meeting content..


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