Texas Honey Bee Education Association

Texas Honey Bee Education Association

Chair: Roger Farr
Vice-Chair: Chris Doggett
Secretary: Leesa Hyder

February 15, 2018

Re: Assistance to beekeepers on the Texas Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey and related events in 2017

Dear Texas beekeeper,

The devastating weather events in Texas during 2017 along the Texas Gulf Coast brought significant loss and hardship on beekeeping and beekeepers in Texas. Our organization would like bring some relief to these beekeepers who lost hives due to the 2017 weather events in Texas in at least one of the affected counties listed by FEMA, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton (“affected beekeepers”).

The Texas Honey Bee Education Association (THBEA) is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible, donor-supported organization focused on education and research to assist Texas beekeepers and aid disaster relief efforts. In 2017, THBEA applied for and received a grant of $7000 from Bayer U.S. to assist with beekeeper relief in the affected Texas Gulf Coast region.

THBEA would like to distribute the funds in a way that we believe will have a direct and immediate impact for some of the affected beekeepers and will support Texas nucleus hive suppliers. We are choosing to do this by partnering with nucleus hive suppliers who are voluntarily offering nucleus hives at discounted prices to affected beekeepers (“designated suppliers”).

THBEA is encouraging affected beekeepers to apply for a grant from THBEA of $25 per nucleus hive purchased from a designated supplier, with a two hive maximum. Awarded beekeepers will receive an Award Letter with the grant terms and a list of designated suppliers who have agreed to participate in this relief effort. Designated suppliers will provide awarded beekeepers up to two nucleus hives consisting of three frames of brood plus two frames of resources in a five-frame deep nucleus box with a laying queen for $125 per hive picked up by the awarded beekeeper at the supplier’s point of sale. The awarded beekeepers will pay $100 and give the Award Letter to the supplier. The supplier will collect the Award Letters from other awarded beekeepers and send them to THBEA for their reimbursement.

The application period for affected beekeepers is from February 15 to March 15, 2018, with the Award Letter sent out shortly thereafter. If more applications are received than can be funded, a lottery of all properly completed applications will determine the award winners. Awarded beekeepers will have until May 31, 2018, to purchase their nucleus hives under this program and to receive the $25 per hive credit for up to two hives. While THBEA cannot assist all affected beekeepers with this $7000 grant, we believe supplying discounted price nucleus hives will have a significant positive impact on Texas beekeepers.

The grant application form is below (or directly at this URL https://goo.gl/forms/zqvtR0P02211WWE22): Please remember the application window will close 11:59 PM CST on March 15, 2018 and that all applications must be completed on-line.

If you are not an affected beekeeper, please forward this information to someone who is. The THBEA grant is open to all Texas affected beekeepers and not just those affiliated with the Texas Beekeepers Association.

Best regards,

Roger Farr, THBEA Board Member and Chair