Queen Elizabeth’s Bees Had to Be Informed of Her Death in Accordance With Tradition

Even the royal bees are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In a new report from The Daily Mail, royal beekeeper John Chapple revealed that he was required to inform the royal hive at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House of Queen Elizabeth’s passing in accordance with a tradition that dates back centuries. “I’m at the hives now and it is traditional when someone dies that you go to the hives and say a little prayer and put a black ribbon on the hive,” Chapple said.

In addition to informing them of the Queen’s death, the official beekeeper also alerted the bees of their new master, King Charles III.

Chapple explained the process to the publication, saying, “You knock on each hive and say, ‘The mistress is dead, but don’t you go. Your master will be a good master to you.’”

According to The Daily Mail, this tradition stems from a superstition that if the bees are not informed of the change in monarch, then they might stop producing honey, or even die. Chapple, who has been the royal beekeeper for 15 years, was clearly not going to be the one to let this custom fade away. “I was the Queen’s beekeeper and hopefully now I’ll get the job of being the King’s beekeeper,” he added.

In the past, it’s been revealed that the palace has enough bees to provide the family with a year’s supply of honey. On World Bee Day in 2020, the official royal family Instagram shared a post that explained, “Buckingham Palace is home to four Italian honey bee (Apis mellifera ligustica) hives. The bees live on an island in the Palace gardens and forage on a wealth of nectar plants, both native and exotic.”

It added, “During the season, the bees produce enough honey for the palace to be self-sufficient, with over 200 jars produced [in 2019]. The honey is used by Palace chefs throughout the year at Garden Parties and receptions, where it is served in honey madeleines, as a filling for chocolate truffles and in honey and cream sponge.”

Let’s hope the bees understood Chapple’s message loud and clear.


AHPA App and Honey Labeling

As AHPA continues to work on behalf of all beekeepers, one of our initiatives is advocating with the FDA in Washington D.C. to update honey labeling guidelines.  As part of this effort, we need your help to collect pictures of honey labels from around the United States.  Our goal is primarily to find honey that is mislabeled according to current FDA guidelines.  Secondarily, we need examples of any labels which misrepresent country of origin or are purposefully confusing to consumers so that we can advocate for positive changes and updates.

Search the App Store or Google Play for “AHPA app”.  We need to collect as many pictures from honey on the store shelf as possible.  Please take a few minutes to help collect this data.

Raw Honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

May 11, 2022
News Release 22-058
Inv. No. 731-TA-1560-1562 and 731-TA-1564 (Final)
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819

Raw Honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam.

The Commission made a negative critical circumstances finding with regard to imports of this product from Argentina. The Commission made an affirmative critical circumstances finding with regard to imports of this product from Vietnam.

The Commission’s public report Raw Honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1560-1562 and 731-TA-1564 (Final), USITC Publication 5327, May 2022) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by June 20, 2022; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436

Raw Honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, and Vietnam
Investigation Nos.: 731-TA-1560-1562, 1564 (Final)

Product Description:  Honey is a sweet, viscous fluid produced from the nectar of plants and flowers which is collected by honeybees, transformed, and combined with substances of their own, and stored and left in honeycombs to mature and ripen. Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling and skimming, or straining.

Status of Proceedings:

  1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping duty investigations.
  2. Petitioners:  American Honey Producers Association (“AHPA”), Bruce, South Dakota; and Sioux Honey Association (“SHA”), Sioux City, Iowa.
  3. USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
  4. USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
  5. USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
  6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

  1. Number of U.S. producers:  approximately 30,000 to 60,000.
  2. Location of producers’ plants: North Dakota, South Dakota, California, Texas, Montana, Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan
  3. Production and related workers:  1,360.
  4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $302 million.
  5. Apparent U.S. consumption:  $690 million.
  6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  42.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2020:

  1. Subject imports:  $296 million.
  2. Nonsubject imports:  $93 million.
  3. Leading import sources:  Argentina, Brazil, India, Vietnam.


What does this mean for beekeepers?

The decision will be transmitted to the Commerce Department, which will issue antidumping duty orders shortly. In addition, the Commission reached an affirmative critical circumstances determination against Vietnam. This means that U.S. Customs will collect antidumping duties on entries going back an additional 90 days prior to the preliminary antidumping duty determination—from August 28, 2020, forward. This is an important additional finding, and one that the Commission rarely makes.

These results should continue to ensure that the American honey producer gets the fair prices they deserve.

We truly appreciate all of the donations that we have received to cover legal fees.

The good fight isn’t over yet, however, and we still need your support.

To donate to the Antidumping Fund, please contact
Cassie Cox: cassie@ahpanet.com

Or donate on our secure website: https://www.ahpanet.com/donations-1

Honey Industry Votes to Continue the Research and Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced that U.S. honey first handlers and importers have approved continuing the National Honey Board research and promotion program.

In the referendum, 73.8% of first handlers and importers voting, who represented 85.5% of the volume of honey or honey products voting in the referendum, were in favor of continuing the program. Over 50% of the first handlers and importers voting and over 50% of the volume voting in the referendum were required for the program to continue.

To be eligible to participate in the referendum, first handlers and importers had to handle or import at least 250,000 pounds of honey or honey products during the representative period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021, and be subject to assessments under the program.

The Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order, which has been administered by the National Honey Board since 2008, requires USDA to conduct a referendum every seven years to determine whether the industry is in favor of continuing the program. For the program to continue, first handlers and importers had to approve the program by a majority of handlers and importers voting in the referendum, who also represent a majority of the volume represented in the referendum.

The honey research and promotion program is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. The program was developed to administer an effective and coordinated program of generic promotion, consumer information and related research designed to drive consumption of honey and honey products in the U.S.

For more information about the National Honey Board, visit the National Honey Board AMS webpage page or visit their website at honey.com.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.


Need a Food Handlers Certification??

Food Handler’s Course – need your Food Handler’s Certification for your honey sales in Texas? Texas A&M AgriLife is offering a virtual course, November 3, 2022, 6-8pm, for $20. This certification is good for 2 years!

This class is geared for those who want or need that certification to sell Honey in Texas (with the new rules/laws by DSHS). Honey producers are NOT REQUIRED to have a this certification, but anyone selling honey/honey products under Cottage Food laws IS required to have this. DSHS encourages everyone (even beekeepers) to go through the course, but beekeepers are not required to do so. Please pre-register at Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions this is also where you will receive information for the course!

Please mail $20 payment to:

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Attn: Angie Gutierrez
3355 Cherry Ridge Suite 212
San Antonio, TX 78230

Questions? Contact Angie at 210-631-0400 | aogutierrez@ag.tamu.edu

The Honey Bee Health Coalition unveiled the 8th Edition of the Tools for Varroa Management Guide

Keystone, Colo., August 22, 2022 — The Honey Bee Health Coalition unveiled the 8th Edition of the Tools for Varroa Management Guide today. The guide provides information on the latest tools and options for beekeepers in the USA and Canada to keep bees healthy and manage varroa mites, which spread disease within and among honey bee colonies.

The full guide is offered free of charge at the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Website: https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/resources/varroa-management/

Aggies Working To Protect One Of Nature’s Most Critical Species, The Honey Bee

Want to get your hands on some of the 50 gallons of Texas A&M Aggie Honey?

Dr. Juliana Rangel is an associate professor of apiculture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Entomology. In addition to teaching students about honey bees and beekeeping, she runs Texas A&M’s Honey Bee Lab.

There, researchers like Rangel are studying the factors that affect honey bee health. And there are many – pesticides, landscape changes, poor nutrition and sick queens, to start. They’re also looking into a mite that weakens the bees and transmits associated viruses. Varroa mites are the number one problem faced by honey bees today, Rangel said.

Rangel and her students investigate these issues at the laboratory located at Texas A&M’s RELLIS Campus. In addition to the research projects run by graduate students, the Janice and John G. Thomas Honey Bee Facility is also the site of honey harvesting and extraction each year.

Read more: https://today.tamu.edu/2022/08/20/aggies-working-to-protect-one-of-natures-most-critical-species-the-honey-bee/

6th Annual “Art of Queen Rearing” Workshop held at Texas A&M

Registration is now open for the 6th annual “Art of Queen Rearing” workshop, to be held at the Janice and John G. Thomas Honey Bee Facility on Saturday, 21 May, and Sunday 22 May 2022.

Head Instructor: Dr. Juliana Rangel
Invited guests: Sue Cobey, Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda (University of Tennessee), Melanie Kirby (Zia Queens, NM), Megan Mahoney (Commercial Queen Producer in Texas), and members of the Rangel Bee Lab

Registration will close on Friday, 12 May 2022 and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis for PAID registrants. This two-day workshop is organized and delivered by the Rangel Honey Bee Lab staff, as well as special guest speakers, who will be sharing their expertise on queen rearing. As in past years, Sue Cobey will be attending the event, so there will be a demonstration on instrumental insemination of queens. Registration is $200 per person for the two-day event. Payment includes refreshments on both days, lunch on Saturday, a binder with notes, and queen rearing supplies!! Space is limited to 50 people.

We have created an online registration form for the queen rearing workshop. Please send a copy of the filled out form along with your payment to register. Unfortunately, due to TAMU rules, we cannot accept electronic or credit card payments, so you will have to fill out the form and send it via snail mail.

TBA Youth Ambassador Program

Know a youth age 13-18 interested in bees and beekeeping?

The Texas Beekeepers Association now has a Youth Ambassador Program! Teens will receive training in bees and beekeeping in order to engage with their community and support a bee themed project of their choice. At the completion of the program, Ambassadors will receive a $500 scholarship.

Applications are due June 11, 2022. Apply at: https://forms.gle/TppCHWLd9hYmenkDA

The Bee Informed Partnership Annual Loss & Management Survey is now LIVE!


It’s time again to rally and support the beekeeping community! We are formally requesting the help of every beekeeper: you, your neighbors, your bee club and all the beekeepers you know.

The survey is open and accepting responses from April 1st to April 30th 2022. Please take a moment to submit your response to help us continue to inform about impacts to honey bee colony health.

Visit beeinformed.org/take-survey to join in the effort, learn more, and take the survey!

We rely on word of mouth to reach as many beekeepers as possible. Please share this survey announcement far and wide with your beekeeping friends and local club members!