TBA held its annual meeting and convention November 3-5, 2016, in Belton, Texas.
TBA president Chris Moore gave a quick overview of where the process of updating Chapter 131 of the Texas Agricultural Code stands. He made the following points:
2015 - TBA asked for volunteers to assist in drafting the proposed changes to the existing bee laws. Approximately 60 people at the annual convention responded.
March 2016 - TBA held a meeting at the Texas A&M Bee Lab in College Station to discuss the proposed changes and their impact, and to gather input. Approximately 45 people responded.
March-September 2016 - These 45 respondents reviewed ...
Beekeeping is regulated in the State of Texas through Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 131: Bees and Honey. All beekeepers should read and understand these Texas statutes. Additional regulations may be put in place by county administrators. The County Clerk will provide any additional requirements, if any, to local residents upon request.
Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766) was spear-headed by Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Past President Leesa Hyder (Texas Beekeepers Association Director- Area 4). She saw a need for a Honey Exemption for small-scale/hobby beekeepers. Before Senate Bill 1766, a small-scale honey producer was required to obtain and maintain a Food Manufacturers license in Texas. (more…)
Splits, or "increase" as it is referred to in some parts of the US, are usually performed by beekeepers in the spring. Splits allow us to recover from winter losses and grow our apiaries with new hives. Beekeepers have referred to splits as "nucs" or nucleus hives as they are normally comprised of:
As a management practice, splits are used to reduce the likelihood of colonies issuing a swarm. Beekeepers reduce the colony population by removing frames of capped brood when creating splits, thereby reducing originating colony congestion.
James Ranne of the Concho Valley Beekeepers Association offers his method of performing splits for ...
Swarms are a natural phenomenon in beekeeping that all of us will have an opportunity to manage at some point along our journey. Once members of your community find out that you are a beekeeper, the phone will start ringing throughout the spring as swarms appear.
At the point where honey bees become so congested in their hive, the workers bees will choose several larvae of the proper age, and start feeding them copious amounts of royal jelly. These larva are then nurtured to become queen cells. Swarm cells are normally found at the bottom of the frame along the bottom bar. Workers then begin to reduce food provided to the existing queen ...
Websites often take a long time to plan, design, fill with wonderful content and launch without any issues. Chris Doggett and I have been working diligently with the cooperation of the other TBA Officers and Directors to bring you this new website.
Trusted sources of information related to beekeeping can be difficult to find. Everyone with a computer, digital camera (or video camera), can be an "instant expert" by creating YouTube videos, websites, or posting to on-line forums.
We have become an on-line community and with that comes the ability to transact business on-line. We have added the ability to manage your membership, ...