West Georgia Beekeepers Association
Meeting date 3/26/18 * Mentoring @ 6:30 * Meeting @ 7:00
... This months speaker will be Bobby Torbush ...
Bobby started keeping bees in 2007. Three years later he was voted Beekeeper of the Year by the Coweta Beekeepers Association (CBA). He served as president of CBA from 2011 - 2013. While serving as president he earned his Journeyman certificate in Georgia. By May 2015 he was a Georgia Master Beekeeper. He currently serves the CBA as Education Coordinator and runs their Introduction to Beekeeping Class.
Although a local hobbyist beekeeper, he has enjoyed visiting bee yards all over the world - comparing beekeeping practices with those in the Southeast United States. Of course that also includes sampling honey from many countries!
We are Entering - SWARM SEASON
... Beekeepers who can assist with swarm removal if needed ...
Russ King :: 678-614-8627
John McDaniel :: 404-441-5229
Marilyn Parker :: 770-949-6640
Mary Cahill Roberts :: 404-388-3424 (20 mile radius from Six Flags)
Al Rodriguez :: 770-557-5777
Prevent wax moths on your drawn frames
How To Report Pesticide Kills
In order to get the legislation's attention, bee kills must be reported. If you find your bees dead in a huge pile in front of your hive, you have a bee kill. You can and should report your bee kills to both state and national agencies.
In Georgia, bee kills should be reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture: Nancy Hall 404-656-7371. Her email is email@example.com.
On a federal level, report to the EPA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to learn more about reporting bee kills, check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition Quick Guide to Reporting a Bee Kill Incident.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council can be of great help in reporting bee kill incidences.
Treating Varroa with Oxalic Acid
Oxalic acid is approved for treating Varroa mites by the dribble method or the vaporization method by the EPA and the state of Georgia. The glycerin shop towel method of delivery is not yet approved by the EPA or the State of Georgia.
Randy Oliver ("The scientific beekeeper") is pursuing the development and EPA approval for the "Shop towel / Glycerin" method of delivery of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites on honeybees. Jennifer Berry (head of the UGA beelab) is researching this application method of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites.
This information is presented for your information only and West Georgia Beekeepers Association does not condone the use of oxalic acid in a manner that is not legally approved by the EPA and the State of Georgia.
Master Beekeeper Program
Alabama Master Beekeeper Program
Certified Master Beekeepers: Mary Cahill Roberts (2013)
Marilynn Parker, Jerry Miller (2014)
Dan Scales (2018)
Certified Journeyman Beekeepers: Jan Sprayberry (2016)
John McDaniel (2017)
Mark Dean (2018)
Certified Apprentice Beekeepers: Betty Cosgrove, Earl Cosgrove (2016)
Cresent Beckwith, Broderick Peters
Lynda Shaw, Alex Szecsey (2017)
Doug Hutwagner (2018)
Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
Certified Beekeeper: John Foran (2016)
Licensed Welsh Honey Judge
Sr. Honey Judge: Mary Cahill Roberts (2017)
Intern: Marilyn Parker (2018)