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Utah Beekeepers' Association

As Currently Organized since 1892, but Serving and Representing Utah's Beekeepers Since the Early 1860's



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President's Message

Greetings:

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food held its annual Honey Bee Health Conference on November 30th, 2017 at Weber State University. Video from that conference is available here

We had a great convention in February, 2017 and I would like to thank all who came. Thank you to the speakers for coming to teach us about becoming better beekeepers, and to Jerry Stoddard and the rest of the Board for setting up a great meeting. It takes a lot of work to pull it all together and they all did a great job. I would also like to say a big thank you to Gaylon Yack for all the years of service that he has given to the Association. He has been a big part of the Association, and we will miss his input on the board. We would like to welcome Jared Taylor as our President Elect, and Danielle Downy as a board member and we look forward to working with them. 

I hope that everyone has ordered their packages and queens for the upcoming year. If not, I would advise you to talk to your queen breeder soon, as they usually go fast. Good luck to those who have hives in the almond groves in California. It was wet and muddy getting them put in, and I hope that everyone can get them out without any problems. 

The Board of Directors of the Utah Beekeepers' Association has confirmed that the next Association convention will be on Feb 23rd and 24th, 2018. Stay tuned for details. 

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to serving as the President of the Utah Beekeepers Association. 

Michael Stephenson, President

Association Officers

President Michael Stephenson 2017-2018 435-864-8346
Past President Jerry Stoddard 2015-2016 435-864-3589
President Elect Jared Taylor 2019-2020 435-619-3005
Directors Danny Washburn 2015-2017 435-527-3359
  Bob Newswander 2016-2018 208-852-6933 C
  Danielle Downey 2017-2019  
Treasurer Kathy Jones Appointed 801-589-3960 C
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Secretary Roger Stephenson Appointed 435-864-8362 C
435-864-2204 H
Historian  Al Chubak  Appointed 801-654-9700
Webmaster Blaine Nay Appointed 435-590-7569 C

BYU Researching phages

Researchers in BYU's department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology are researching American Foulbrood (AFB) and specific bacteriophages which can eliminate the bacteria responsible for AFB (Paenibacillus larvae). They constantly need more samples from healthy hives as well as hives known to be infected with AFB so they can continue to isolate and identify phages which are effective in treating AFB in hives. They accept samples by mail or in person, depending on what is easier for beekeepers. They will even cover the costs of shipping samples and will provide shipping labels if needed. Contact the lab for instructions on submitting samples.