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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

Dear Beekeeping Friends,

As the new President of the Utah Beekeepers Association I am excited to give thanks to those past Presidents that have served this Association before me. I only have a small glimpse at the time and effort they have dedicated to make and grow our group of friends. 

For those who don't know me I was born and raised in Santa Clara, Utah. My father started beekeeping at the age of 14 and served as a board member and President of the Utah Beekeepers Association several times. In his wisdom he felt that keeping me busy would keep me out of trouble. 

As a young boy my dad would take me to the bees almost on a daily basis to help out. One of my first memories was walking the bee yard with my He-man sword looking for swarms. I found my first swarm along the side of a large rock cliff. My dad set up a hive to capture the swarm but had no way of getting the bees off the rock face into the box. I proudly pulled my sword out, like He-man did, and handed it to my dad. The swarm was captured and given to me for my first hive. 

The years went by and my father gave me different responsibilities to learn and help out with the family business. Some of the jobs were not as enjoyable as others, but I am sure there were lessons learned even at a young age. 

In 2002 I married my wife, Mandy. We moved across town and I thought it was great that I no longer "had" to do bees. After a few months I began to be bored with my extra time after work. I bought my own hives, partnered with my father and have not been bored since. 

Being the new President for 2019-2020, I have asked our Webmaster to add a new page to our web site. We would like to ask anyone to submit any photos they have to our Utah Beekeepers Association web page. I would ask that the photos submitted be your own and not photos taken from the internet. I hope this will be a fun way to see beekeeping from around the state and help build friendships with each other. Instructions for submitting photos are on the photos page.

Thank you and happy beekeeping,
Jared Taylor

Association Officers

PresidentJared Taylor2019-2020435-619-3005
Past PresidentMichael Stephenson2017-2018435-864-8346
President ElectBrian Stephenson2021-2022 
DirectorsDoug Hawkes2018-2020801-599-9801
 Martin James2019-2021435-760-0805
 Jim Retallick2019-2022801-721-0354
SecretaryMandy TaylorAppointed 
TreasurerDoug HawkesAppointed801-599-9801
Historian Al Chubak Appointed801-654-9700
WebmasterBlaine NayAppointed435-590-7569

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. BYU's research has culminated in a commercially-available feed supplement to control AFB . It is now available to beekeepers at www.BroodSafe.com.

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