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Ag Day at the Capital

Ag Day at the Capital

As a beekeeper and as part of my responsibilities as President of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, I attended Ag Day at the Capital this past week in Madison.  The event is sponsored by the Farm Bureau and is designed to give agriculture a day to voice concerns to legislators. The started off with a general assembly where we heard from agricultural lobbyists regarding issues in the industry.  After lunch, Governor Tony Evers spoke to the group. The assembly ended with a panel discussion of six State Senators.  It was a good example of how these elected officials are trying...  Read more

The American Beekeeping Federation Annual Conference

The American Beekeeping Federation Annual Conference

Every year in early January, the American Beekeeping Federation holds its annual conference.  The ABF is the national organization representing beekeepers and honey packers of all sizes from hobbyist to commercial. This year the conference was in Schaumburg, Illinois. The conference runs Tuesday through Saturday and includes speakers, workshops, social events and culminates in the Saturday night banquet. The keynote presentations include the best speakers in the industry.  This year those speakers included Dr Samual Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey shook up the beekeeping world by proving that our biggest challenge, the Varroa mite, feeds primarily of honey bee fat body tissue and...  Read more

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Beekeeper of the Year

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Beekeeper of the Year

I was honored to be chosen the Wisconsin Honey Producers 2019 Beekeeper of the Year. I think the world of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and all the people that contribute so much time to make it successful. I am also thankful for all the people who have contributed to its success over so many years.   Here is a reprint from the WHPA's month publication, The Badger Bee On November 2, 2019 Kent Pegorsch was honored as WHPA’s 2019 Beekeeper of the Year at the annual Fall Convention in Fond du Lac, WI. Kent is the current WHPA President and also serves as a Director for the American Beekeeping Federation....  Read more

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Annual Convention

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Annual Convention

The annual convention of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association is held the first weekend in November every year.  This meeting is one of the highlights of my beekeeping year.  At the convention, I get to catch up with old friends, make new ones and listen to some of the best beekeepers in the United States speak.   Read more

The Sustainability of our Honeybees - Part Three

The Sustainability of our Honeybees - Part Three

Honeybee colonies die.  They die in the spring.  They die in the summer.  They die in the fall and they especially die in the winter in Wisconsin. Where do we get bees from the replace losses?  We can spilt strong hives in the spring and summer.  Splitting is creating two hives from one and adding a queen to make two complete colonies.  We can buy nucs.  Nucs are small hives that can be purchased from other beekeepers.  We can buy packages.  This blog will focus on packages.  What is a package?  A package is two or three pounds of worker...  Read more