News, Links & Downloads

  • Read the Fall news:   November 2014 Secretary’s Notes
  • October’s banquet meeting featured guest speaker Jeremy Barnes, past President of the York County Beekeepers’ Association and an advocate of sustainable beekeeping, he writes a monthly column for the Pennsylvania Beekeepers’ newsletter, copies of which can be found at honeybeewhisperer.simplesite.com/
  • September’s meeting featured Erin Forbes, Master Beekeeper with over 100 hives in Maine ; grant recipient of Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants in 2010 and 2012   http://www.nesare.org/Dig-Deeper/Pictures-Stories-and-Video/Video-vault/Winter-hardy-bees.  If you were fortunate enough to attend, you know what a great presentation she gave.  If you missed her, or if you wanted the notes of her presentation, she has offered them to RIBA members.   Due to intellectual rights, she has requested they not be posted on this website, but they are available upon request by email to loridobson@yahoo.com
  • Catch up with the Secretary’s summer notes: 2014. Summer Secretary Notes
  • Gary Casabona,  State Biologist with the Rhode Island USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, was guest speaker for the August meeting.  He followed up with these links:

The entire book “Managing Alternative Pollinators” can be downloaded for free here: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Alternative-Pollinators

The NRCS/Xerces Technote for New England is here; note that the recommended plant species lists begin on page 25:    http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_010204.pd

  • Our May 4th meeting featured a guest from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Ingrid Frantantuono, CED.  The presentation included information about the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)   ELAP Honeybee Fact Sheet April 2014 .   Ingrid sent a link to the RI Farm Service Agency’s Home page (USDA).   Their latest Newsletter is always available on their home page, and there are some interesting articles there:   http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=ri&area=home&subject=landing&topic=landing   If you have questions, you may call Ingrid at 401-828-3120 option 2