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20th Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge
On line pre-registration ends September 30th. midnight
After that, all walk-ins welcomed ($40.00) pay at the door.

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 20th Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times. You must pre-register (and submit payment) by September 30, 2016. You may register here on line (see below) and pay through PayPal or credit card or you may print out a mail-in registration form (click here) and mail it to David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. Make your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association. Must be post marked no later than September 30th. Registration fees increase to $40.00 per person on October 1, 2016.

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great catered lunch that includes boneless chicken in gravy, white rice, snap beans and potatoes, a medley of tomatoes, baby lima beans, okra and corn with sausage, and garden salad with choice of 4 dressings, fresh baked honey wheat rolls, banana pudding and coke products.

The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants, maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an active colony. The intermediate beekeeping course will be offered again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include making splits, preparing colonies for winter, bee breeds, followed by a final “field” session examining open colonies. This session will address the major problems in colony health and include discussion and guidance on the primary pests and pathogens affecting honey bee colonies. There will also be a 2 hour focused workshop on queen rearing for those (typically the more advanced beekeepers) not attending the intermediate courses, followed by a final session on breeding basics. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee Lab’s research and beekeeper experiences.

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For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois 225-767-9299, Sandra Hineman 225-767-9280 or Joe Sanroma 318-346-2805. For questions regarding online registration, please contact David Ferguson 225-726-1664 or Robert Taylor 985-969-4647.

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!

Great News!
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
Click here

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 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