1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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/
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Open Positions – help manage your association

    Elections are coming, consider being a candidate. A KEY position on the executive committee remains VACANT.  We are searching for candidates with several years of bee keeping experience to fill the position of: Vice President: Supports the President during his term and learns the job responsibilities of the presidency so that there is a smooth transition at the next election for President. Term limits require the transition to President at the end of the second consecutive term.  If there are other candidates for President an election is held.  If you want to help direct the future of NCBA as VP, and possibly as President, contact the EC and we will schedule a special election.  The full job description is available in the NCBA by-laws on our website. ALSO Two VERY IMPORTANT COORDINATOR positions are OPEN and the EC is looking for candidates with a minimum of THREE years beekeeping experience. EVENT COORDINATOR: Interacts with area organizations and schedules NCBA participation in OUTREACH events promoting beekeeping like the Larimer County Fair, Earth Day and Pollinator Week, to name a few.  REQUIRES a significant time commitment at the beginning of the year to schedule upcoming events and additional time to maintain contact with the event managers until the event is over. PRESENTATION COORDINATOR:  Interacts with area schools and civic groups to arrange for NCBA members to give EDUCATIONAL beekeeping related presentations throughout the fiscal year .  Not as time consuming as events, but requests increase toward the end of the school calendar. The Event and Presentation coordinators...
  11. Proposed amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws – October Meeting

    Notifications Required Prior to the October Meeting The EC is required to notify membership a minimum of 120 days prior to October elections when proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws will be on the ballot. > Notice of Intent to Amend NCBA’s Constitution, Article 5, Section III, Terms of Office Currently: “All Executive Committee members shall serve for terms of one year. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer may not serve for more than two consecutive terms.” Background: The Vice President is essentially a ‘President-in-training’ and he/she will ascend to the presidency if there are no other candidates running for President. The NCBA has NOT had a VP to date in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, ending 9-30-15 and no volunteers have expressed interest in taking the job. The NCBA, to remain viable, must have volunteers willing to fill key management roles on the EC, but without candidates there will be no officers in subsequent years to run the association when term limits are applied. The current revision of the Constitution does not address the issue of no willing candidates PROPOSED amendment to Article 5, Section III, Terms of Office: ADD the following paragraph “IF any officer, currently serving, becomes term limited and ineligible for the next election AND IF there are no candidates willing to stand for election as President, Vice President, Secretary and/or Treasurer AND IF those currently serving are willing to continue in their present position, the term limit restriction shall be waived for ONE additional...
  12. 2015 NCBA annual beehive tour

    The annual inspection tour was ag freat sucess again. 28 people gathered in Fort Collins and Loveland. There were questions and answers for the volunteer facilitators. CSBA President Beth Conrey and Boulder Valley Beekeepers President Miles McGaughee   A special shout out to the people on the tour for the refreshments provided.   GROUP PHOTO is of the Loveland Tour   Audry and Chris Tosi Ted Johnson Tiffany DeFose Mark & Fatima Brown Bon & Jim Philpot Noah Richter Nic Newby Camilla Keistensen Jane Everett Kate and Rich Aiello Nancy Jones Bob Boggio Dave Primer Ed Bende  
  13. Plans, Labels and Seeds Available

    Additional Bee Rescue Seed Packets (as distributed with bee packages) are available – $2 ea, 3/$5. We also have product labels as required by the Colorado Cottage Industry Act – $4 / 100, $30/1000. Plans are now available for making: Solar Wax Extractor; Round Section Comb Honey Frames; Observation Hive Simplified Pollen Trap. Contact Nancy Jones at outreach@nocobees.org or 970-290-0818.

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 equipment and 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 beekeeping equipment and 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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