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GGLBA 2020 FIELD DAY AND CLUB MEETING JUNE 13th Starting at 12:00 noon until 3-4 pm


We will be having a bee meeting / field day on Saturday June 13th starting at noon and running until 3 to 4 pm at the Mercer County Sportsmen’s Club on 703 across from the old Carter lumber. The club will provide lunch starting at noon (hot dogs, chips, maybe cookies & bottled water). The meal and social time will be from noon to 1 pm. The club meeting will begin at 1 pm and run until around 1:30 pm. Then we will have a couple of demonstrations from club members followed by hive inspections, mite checks, how to make a split and getting ready for honey. Members will need to bring a chair, bee protection and sign a waiver. Having the meeting outdoors members can social distance as they feel comfortable. We will have someone assigned to serve members cafeteria style to avoid unnecessary touching of food.

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Unfortunately due to concerns of COVID-19 and the safety of our members and community the MAY GGLBA meeting will be cancelled. Hopefully our meeting in JUNE can happen as scheduled.


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Our next meeting will be held

Tuesday March 10th. 2020 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join us at the Saint Mary’s Community Library.

Members and public are welcome!

It is our privilege and honor to host special speaker Tony Reckeweg, a commercial beekeeper with 500+ hives. Tony will be speaking on what it’s like to be a commercial migratory beekeeper.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


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The first and possibly annual December silent auction was very well attended! A special thank you to all who attended and donated the wonderful items featured in the auction. The club bee yard will benefit greatly with funds generated at the auction.


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Greater Grand Lake Beginning Beekeepers Class



February 8, 2020
Richardson-Bretz Building
Mercer County Civic Foundation
119 W Fulton St, Celina, OH 45822 
Topics include everything the first year beekeeper needs to know about keeping and caring for honeybees, selecting and assembling equipment, basic honeybee biology, nutrition, pest and disease control…
Time: 8AM – 5PM
Cost: $50 and is limited to 35 students
          (Includes the book “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping”
          $25 for spouse or guest (does not include the book)
The following information is about GGLBA’s Advances Beekeeping Class for 2020
Designed for beekeepers with two or more years of beekeeping experience.
March 28, 2020
Richardson-Bretz Building
Mercer County Civic Foundation
119 W Fulton St, Celina, OH 45822 
Text Book:  “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping”
                    by Dewey M. Caron

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July and August notice of no normal 2nd Tuesday evening meetings


The 2019 GGLBA Annual Field Day and Potluck lunch Saturday July 13th Mercer County Sportsman Association.


Several members will be presenting at the Auglaize County Fair in the 4H building on Tuesday July 30th at 6pm. Please feel welcome to attend the event.

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The 2019 GGLBA Annual Field Day and Potluck lunch Saturday July 13th Mercer County Sportsman Association


The 2019 GGLBA Annual Field Day and Potluck lunch event has been scheduled and announced.

Saturday July 13th the club will host this spectacular hands on and in the field event at the Mercer County Sportsman Association located at 7052 State Rte. 703, Celina, Ohio 45822

Rain date to be Sunday July 14th

The field day event will commence around 1:30pm. Please bring your PPE or Beekeepers jacket or veil as this will be a hands on in the bees experience. The event should wrap up around 5pm or so.

Topics of discussion and demonstration will be at stations each lasting 20 to 30 minutes each. Stations are as follows: Smoker Lighting contest, Hive Inspection, Mite Count Check, Splits, Top Bar Hive and Equipment.

All attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch starting around 4:30pm. Table service will be provided by the club.  Please don’t forget to bring your smoker and fuel to compete in the Smoker Lighting Contest!

Also as a reminder this event will be with and in the vicinity of REAL LIVE BEES and as such please bring your PPE as in veils, bee suits, gloves or whatever you personally choose to wear that is appropriate for this event.

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EPA Blocks a Dozen Products Containing Pesticides Thought Harmful to Bees

EPA Blocks a Dozen Products
Containing Pesticides Thought
Harmful to Bees

By Dino Grandoni

Washington Post

May 22, 2019

A volunteer checks honeybee hives for queen activity as part of a collaboration
between the Cincinnati Zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co., in Mason, Ohio.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing pesticides known to be toxic to a linchpin of the U.S. food system — the honeybee.

The agency announced Monday it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement.

For years, beekeepers and wildlife conversationalists alike have voiced concern that the widespread use of neonics, as the chemicals are commonly called, is imperiling wild and domesticated bees crucial to pollinating commercial fruit, nut and vegetable crops. 

The Trump administration’s action was welcome news to some environmentalists. “Certainly we have a ways to go,” said George Kimbrell, legal director at the nonprofit advocacy group Center for Food Safety, whose lawsuit prompted the EPA’s action. “But it’s an important first step in acknowledging the harm they cause.”

The EPA has pulled other neonics from market before, agency spokesman John Konkus said in an email. But close observers of the agency say such actions are rare.

“For the EPA to pull a previously registered pesticide is a pretty major step,” said Mark Winston, a professor of apiculture and social insects at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. “It’s not something they do very often.”

The decision follows five years of litigation in which the beekeepers and environmentalists pressed the agency to mount a response to the use of neonics as regulators in Europe and Canada have taken steps toward banning the chemicals.

Finally, at the end of 2018, three agribusinesses — Bayer, Syngenta and Valent — agreed to let the EPA pull from shelves the 12 pesticide products used by growers ranging from large-scale agricultural businesses to home gardeners. The legal settlement also compels the EPA to analyze the impacts of the entire neonic class on endangered species.

Two of the pesticide makers, Bayer and Valent, say their products are tested and safe to use, noting that the environmentalists and beekeepers won their case on the technical grounds that the EPA did not follow the right steps under the Endangered Species Act when registering their products.

“Neonicotinoids are rigorously tested before going to market to ensure they can be used safely and effectively,” said Steve Tatum, a spokesman for Valent, which makes four of the delisted products.

Bayer noted its two products targeted by the EPA action are not sold in the United States. But spokesman Darren Wallis added: “Growers rely on these critical pest-management tools because of their performance against destructive pests, as well as their favorable human and environmental safety profile.”

Concern over neonics has grown since 2006, when beekeepers first started witnessing the sudden and mysterious collapse of honeybee hives across the nation.

Researchers have shown the compounds to be harmful to bees in laboratory tests. But they have had less luck pinning down the pesticides’ effects on beekeepers’ colonies when they go about their work pollinating apple orchards and other farms.

In his second term Barack Obama, who had earlier approved installing a beehive on the South Lawn of the White House, launched an initiative to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators.

But Rebecca Riley, legal director of the nature program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that the agency has failed often in the past to adequately consider the potential impact of its pesticide approvals on endangered animals — something every federal agency is supposed to do.

“EPA for years has been ignoring this requirement of the law,” she said.

That has led to a number of lawsuits, such as one the NRDC filed in 2017, asking a federal court to vacate the registrations of nearly 100 products that contain one of several insecticides that are harmful to various bees, butterflies, birds and insects. That case remains unresolved, even as the separate Center for Food Safety case led EPA to pull some pesticides from the market.

“This is a win for both the rule of law and also for bees, birds and other wildlife impacted by these pesticides,” Riley said of the latest case. “But the reality is there are hundreds of pesticide products on the market. So, this is important … but it does not get rid of the danger.”

Brady Dennis contributed to this report.


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Washington State Beekeepers Now Protected from Civil Liability

Washington State Beekeepers Now Protected from Civil Liability

Gov. Inslee signs House Bill No. 1133, May 7, 2019. Relating to limiting liability for registered apiarists. Primary Sponsor: Strom Peterson


May 7, 2019, Olympia, WA: Today Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill which grants liability protection to beekeepers. House Bill 1133 passed the House by a vote of 96-0 and passed the Senate by a vote of 47-1.

The new law grants protection from civil liability to beekeepers who register with the state Department of Agriculture as beekeepers and who abide by all city, town, or county ordinances regarding beekeeping. These rules usually relate to the placement of hives or how many hives can be hosted per square foot or per acre. A beekeeper would not be protected if it is determined that the beekeeper acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct. 

The idea for the bill came from a Puget Sound beekeeper who suggested beekeepers should have some liability protection under law. The Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) legislative team researched the topic and found Virginia and West Virginia have laws limiting beekeeper liability, but their laws require observing a large list of rules written by their state departments of agriculture. “We felt Washington beekeeping is so diverse, from folks who have one hive in their backyard to those who operate commercially with thousands, that no single set of rules could properly regulate all the beekeepers” said Tim Hiatt, WASBA legislative chair. “So we pushed for and achieved a law that says beekeeping, on the face of it, is protected from liability, under certain reasonable circumstances.”

Beekeeping is protected in agricultural areas under the state’s right-to-farm law (RCW 7.48.305) only as far as such activities are “reasonable” and not a “nuisance” or to cause “substantial adverse effect” on the public. The standard for beekeepers under the new law is that their beekeeping may not constitute “gross negligence or willful misconduct.” The new law will appear in RCW 15.60.

“This success represents two years of grassroots efforts from the beekeepers of Washington state,” said Hiatt. “They are to be congratulated for their advocacy on behalf of bees and beekeepers. And they can now rest assured from the threat of lawsuits.” The law, as signed by the Governor, can be found at

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