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The Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA) will hold their 55th Annual Convention on
Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at the Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge.  A block of rooms will be held for LBA guests at a rate of $99.95/night+tax, double or king. Please make your reservations by calling 225.924.7021. Remember to mention the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to get the special rate.
Read more about your participation.

Please join us for the latest research information from the USDA/ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Lab.  The LBA will host guest speaker Sam Comfort, Anarchy Apiaries, and well known researchers Marla Spivak and Sue Cobey. Beekeeping basics, pest management, queening, and many more topics will be discussed.  There will be something for everyone from the small scale beekeeper to the lifetime beekeeper as well as the commercial beekeeper, so please join us in Baton Rouge.
Read more about the featured speakers.

Don't forget about our honey baked goods and paint your brood box art contest.
Read more about the rules to enter the contests

Pre-registration will be open November 1st through the 15th . You may pre-register here online at the LBA website, by using your credit card or PayPal, or you may mail in the pre-registration form that is located on the website, available November 1st. After the November 15th cut-off date, registration will be available at the door only. Please note changes in the pre-registration and registration pricing.

Please contact Joe Sanroma, ph.318.308.5000, or Jennifer Brown, ph.601.493.3447, for additional information

 Time to shop!

We now have an LBA Lands End e-store. Anyone can access the store by using
the url: Password: LBA Beekeeper
You may purchase any item available in the store with the LBA logo on it.

Mignon Faget's new Bee Ring is now available and has partnered with the Louisiana Beekeeper's Association by donating 10% of sales of this piece to the association!

In 1969 Mignon Faget needed a new accessory to complement her first ready to wear collection. The jewelry that she created launched a career that spans over forty-five years. In 1973 Mignon established an atelier-styled venture with a shop downstairs and a workshop upstairs. This was the beginning of the Mignon Faget retail stores, and of jewelry becoming Mignonís all-consuming interest in the field of design.

Mignon is often inspired by the city in which she was born and raised. She has created collections that explore nature, architecture, textiles, and New Orleans traditions. As a formally trained artist, Mignon's design sense is not dictated by what is trendy. Her designs take collectors on a personal journey that is heavily influenced by her interests. There are four Mignon Faget retail stores and an e-commerce website. The heritage of the brand is evident in our commitment to making handcrafted jewelry that is not just an accessory but a wearable piece of art. All Mignon Faget jewelry is designed and produced in New Orleans.
Please visit their web site, click here.

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 Dr. Robert Danka, New Baton Rouge Research Leader

The USDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Danka as the Research Leader for the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Unit (HBBGPU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read more

Great News!

Attention all Louisiana beekeepers who's annual gross honey sales are below twenty thousand dollars.
There is a Louisiana State law that you need to know about, R.S.40:4.9
Click here to read about it!

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Friday, June 5, 2015 a bill that removes a labeling requirement for unpasteurized or unprocessed honey.
HB 79,
by Representative
Richard "Richie" Burford, exempts beekeepers from section D.(1) (2) (a) (b) of law R.S.40:4.9
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American Bee In order to legally keep honey bees in Louisiana there are few simple requirements. The information here is not to discourage anyone from keeping bees, but rather to encourage you to become a registered beekeeper in Louisiana. It is a simple process and the Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA) encourages and will support anyone who wants to become a registered Louisiana beekeeper! For a brief walk though of the process you can contact any Board Member, or visit the "Local Clubs" page and see if there is club near you. Also, please support those who support the LBA, click here for their advertisement.

1. Check with you local city ordinance before acquiring any honey bees. In just a few areas in the state it is not legal to have bees. If it is not legal in your area get with a friend who lives in an area where it is legal. People do this all the time and still enjoy their bees.

2. You must register your bees with the Department of Agriculture & Forestry. This is not complicated  Click here to view a printable form, fill it out, then mail it to: Horticulture & Quarantine Programs. P.O. Box 91081, Baton Rouge, La 70821-9081


Mosquito Control: It is very important you register each location you will be keeping your bees with your local Mosquito Control District. Click here to locate your local office. Please do not ignore this advice! The LBA is working very close with the Mosquito Control Association to avoid any unnecessary bee kills from the application of insecticides either by truck or by air.

 Save The Honey Bee

Louisiana, Get Yours Today

You Can Help Save The Honey Bee!
The "Save The Honey Bee" License Plate is Now Available for all Louisiana Residents!
To Purchase, just follow the instructions below.

The cost is $25.00 (royalty fee) per year plus all applicable fees that would normally apply to any Louisiana plate. In addition, the first year there is a onetime handling fee of $8.00 and an administration fee of $3.50. Remember, when you purchase this plate it is a two year plate, so the cost will be $50.00. You should get some credit for time left on your old plate, but don't expect to much. Please note that if you are replacing a four year plate you will only get credit for a portion of a two year plate.

The royalty fees will be used solely for financial aid for graduate students working on applied honey bee research projects at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

*****To apply for the license plate financial aid click here for more information.*****

To order your "Save the Honey Bee" license plate, follow the instructions below.

1. DMV/License Plate/SaveTheHoneyBee

2. Type in your existing license plate number then press submit, you will go to a new page.   

3. At the top of this page you will see the different types of plates. Choose "Special Interests" and scroll down through the list to "Save the Honey Bee" click on it. The cost of the plate showing that it is good for two years will pop up.

4. In the lower left side of this page press the link "Ordering Details", you will go to a new page.

5. In the lower left side of this page press the link "Order Form", you will go to a new page.

6. Print the form, fill it out, include your check or money order, a copy of your current registration and proof of insurance. Mail it in.

7. If for some reason you cannot complete the process online, you will see a contact number on their website. Call them and they will walk you through the process