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NJBA President's Message February - March 2014

While we all worry about our bees surviving the winter, many of our members have been busy working on a wide variety of beekeeping-related items. The beekeeping legislation to extend Right to Farm protection to commercial beekeepers in the state (A4261 and S2990) and to have the state pre-empt municipal regulation of beekeeping (A4262 and S2991) were both released from their respective committees on December 16, 2013 from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and on January 9, 2014 from the Senate Economic Growth Committee. David Frank and I attended the hearings. The Association has been working on moving this legislation forward since last spring. This has included meeting with the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bureau, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, attending the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bills, the Senate Economic Growth Committee hearing, attending the League of Municipalities Conference (Seth Belson, Joe Alvarez, Bill Eisele, Jeff Burd, Angelo and Anna Trapani), working with counsel in the Governor's office and working on having resolutions in support of the legislation adopted at the upcoming Annual State Agricultural Convention (our delegate is Anna Trapani), providing personalized copies of the NJBA Beekeeping calendar to key players. In addition, the NJBA Annual Honey Show entries will be displayed in the State House Annex the first week of February to bring legislators' attention to the extent of beekeeping in the state and enlist their support for the legislation. If the bills did not get posted for voting in the final session of the 215th Legislature, they can be reintroduced immediately upon the convening of the new Legislature and bills that have already gotten out of Committee can be pushed out again en masse.

I hope that many of you prepared entries for the Annual Honey Show chaired by Landi Simone. With our entries displayed in the State House Annex in Trenton this year, we needed as many entries as we could get. Angelo Trapani installed closures on our display cases so entries would be secure and Bill Eisele, Tim Schuler and Gerald Kiyak assisted with the judging on February 3rd. If you didn’t enter this year, take a look at the rules and guidelines and plan the upcoming beekeeping season so that you’ll have entries for next year.

The second annual Association calendar, “A Year in New Jersey Beekeeping” was very well received. Rebecca Wunderlich of the Northwest branch did another outstanding job of collectiWhile we all worry about our bees surviving the winter, many of our members have been busy working on a wide variety of beekeeping-related items. The beekeeping legislation to extend Right to Farm protection to commercial beekeepers in the state (A4261 and S2990) and to have the state pre-empt municipal regulation of beekeeping (A4262 and S2991) were both released from their respective committees on December 16, 2013 from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and on January 9, 2014 from the Senate Economic Growth Committee. David Frank and I attended the hearings. The Association has been working on moving this legislation forward since last spring. This has included meeting with the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bureau, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, attending the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bills, the Senate Economic Growth Committee hearing, attending the League of Municipalities Conference (Seth Belson, Joe Alvarez, Bill Eisele, Jeff Burd, Angelo and Anna Trapani), working with counsel in the Governor's office and working on having resolutions in support of the legislation adopted at the upcoming Annual State Agricultural Convention (our delegate is Anna Trapani), providing personalized copies of the NJBA Beekeeping calendar to key players. In addition, the NJBA Annual Honey Show entries will be displayed in the State House Annex the first week of February to bring legislators' attention to the extent of beekeeping in the state and enlist their support for the legislation. If the bills did not get posted for voting in the final session of the 215th Legislature, they can be reintroduced immediately upon the convening of the new Legislature and bills that have already gotten out of Committee can be pushed out again en masse.

I hope that many of your prepared entries for the Annual Honey Show chaired by Landi Simone. With our entries displayed in the State House Annex in Trenton this year, we needed as many entries as we could get. Angelo Trapani installed closures on our display cases so entries would be secure and Bill Eisele, Tim Schuler and Gerald Kiyak assisted with the judging on February 3rd. If you didn’t enter this year, take a look at the rules and guidelines and plan the upcoming beekeeping season so that you’ll have entries for next year.

The second annual Association calendar, “A Year in New Jersey Beekeeping” was very well-received. Rebecca Wunderlich of the Northwest branch did another outstanding job of collecting photos from members and laying out the design of the calendar. Thirty-six people received free calendars as a result of having their photograph chosen for inclusion. Keep your cameras handy from now until September. We’ll need a new batch of photographs for next year’s calendar.

The committee working on the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant have been making steady progress. Headed by Joe Alvarez of Jersey Cape and Loretta Cheswick of Morris Somerset, members of the committee include Julie Jurusz (who authored the grant), Deb Cowell, Drew Madsen and Steve McAuliffe. A videographer has been contracted with and a nursery is about to be chosen to grow the plants that will be available to hand out to the public at summer fairs that our branches have a presence at. As an ancillary activity to fulfilling the terms of the grant, members of the committee attended the NJ Plant Show in Edison in January to familiarize landscapers with bee-friendly plants.

In 2012, a committee headed by Grant Stiles developed a Honey Queen program for the Association and a budget was approved. I’m very pleased to announce that Joan Morris and Mary Accorsy, both of the Morris Somerset branch, have stepped forward to co-chair this program. If you are interested in assisting them, please contact them at bertuccelli @ optonline.net and Accorsy @ optonline.net.

We had our first election under the new rules approved by the membership at our fall meeting. Everyone should have received a ballot in the mail. Thank you to our Nominating Committee, chaired by Ed Kosenski of the Central branch along with members Bob Hughes, Dennis Rittenhouse, Bonita Pyler and Mary Hooper. Hopefully, more people will consider volunteering for one of the elected positions going forward. We especially need to find someone willing to step up as Treasurer at some point in the near future as our current treasurer, Curtis Crowell, has expressed the desire to step down. If you would like more information on the Treasurer’s position, contact me or Curtis, treasurer@njbeekeepers.org.

Once again, the Sussex, Jersey Cape and Essex branches are running courses for beginning beekeepers in February and March. The April Rutgers course, taught by Tim Schuler and Bob Hughes is full and the May 22-24 class is filling very quickly. Register very soon if you’re interested.

We’ll be sending out the link to respond to our state apiarist’s annual winter loss survey and the procedure for being listed on the website’s swarm page. If you don’t have internet access, keep the printed survey on pages 14 and 15 and mail it to the address on the survey.

Please, if you have not already done so, send in your dues so that you won’t have problems when it’s time to get listed on the swarm page.

Janet A. Katz, NJBA President



The first place winner in the Photography Division of the 2009 Annual Honey Show was this closeup of a worker on an Echinacea flower. (Photo by Susan E. Ellis)





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