February 18 2018

The 112th Manitoba Beekeeper’s Association has come and gone, the crew put on a great show. Busy for me, accepting a seat on the board.
I also gave a presentation during their Beekeeper Workshop, aimed towards those beekeepers transitioning towards a commercial model. A topic that requires 6 hrs, I briefed into 1/2 hr of bare bone basic strategies which hinge on my success and growth.
Check it out!

February 14 2018

Saturday afternoon February 17, at the Hilton Airport Suits, Winnipeg MB, the MBA has put together a spring and summer management Beekeeping Workshop as part of their annual convention.

Johnathan Hofer, Elie MB
Scott Plante St-Nicolas PQ
Ian Steppler ( 🙂 ) Miami MB

The afternoon workshop is $25, which will buy you a Beekeeping Perspective from hobby right straight through to commercial Beekeeping management.

My presentation is geared from a commercial perspective but more so focusing on a few fundamental management techniques I use which enabled me to transition from a sideline to a commercial Beekeeping operation. I could talk for hours but Because of my time constraint, I’ll focus on three basic points which enables my success. How and why I assessments my hives during spring, my hive split method, and my insight into the importance of nutrition.

Hope to see you all there!

Manitoba convention and AGM information and registration!

February 13 2018

Here is the link to the presentation I did at the Pembina Valley Beekeepers meeting last night. You know, I yap yap yap, but the interesting parts of the presentation was from the conversation spurred from the continual group feedback.

Today Sandy and I spent the morning watching our kids curl. Nice relaxing morning followed by an afternoon of thawing stock waterers. I can accurately tell you the frost line is 5 1/2 feet down. Damn that wind today…

February 10 2018

I was invited to speak on seasonal disease and feeding management at the Pembina Valley Beekeepers meeting on Monday, February 12, 7:00 back door in the Morden library basement. I put a little something together. It’s going to be pretty casual, looking forward to it.

February 7 2018

Sandy and I have been pushing ahead with a major basement renovation project. We made a deal with the kids, purge the toys and we will move in the old family pool table. They called our bluff, cleared the toys out and sent them to MCC. Sandy and I followed through and brought in the pool table…but not before new flooring. That pool table sure forced our renovation commitment. We can’t put flooring down after the table is moved in!! New floor comes with new walls…so right now we are halfway through the painting project.
The room is going to look nice after we are done. It’s going to be a nice change from a basements full of old toys.

February 4 2018

I had a message come in today, with so many others, but laughed out loud when I read this one;

Iam vary pleased to here that you have accepted the nomination to the board of the MBA, and I am sure you will be elected and that you will do an outstanding job.

I, however would be dishonest if I didn’t say that with all your responsibilities this new task may overload you and the blog may suffer.”

Making this type of connection is a lot of fun.  Providing feedback for everyone is beginning to take a lot of time.  The videos are a double edge sword, they answer a lot of what is being asked, so I can simply refer beekeepers to specific videos, but the videos have garnered a lot of attention which compounds the incoming messages in my inboxes.  Lots of fun!

February 2 2018

As a Manitoba Corn, Soybean, Canola producer AND Beekeeper I’m going to submit a Canadian Farmers Grow Communities application to suggest support given to the Manitoba Beekeepers Association (not for profit)

Specifically in regards to helping the Association put together enough funds to build a business plan, the first step needed for the membership , to develop A Tech Transfer Team.

A Tech Transfer Team is desperately needed for the beekeepers in Manitoba. Bee health in our industry is at grave concerns and the beekeepers in Manitoba need an industry led function to help focus on the issues of bee health and bee disease down at bee hive level.

Beekeepers in Manitoba, like beekeepers all over the world, are having trouble translating all the latest research developments down to their Beekeeping operations. A Tech Transfer team would bridge the disconnect and with all the information available help build useful practical applications for beekeepers to help improve our hive management practices.

Anyone else who knows our Beekeeping challenges or anyone else who cares deeply about the state of our Beekeeping industry, consider suggesting the (not for profit) MBA as the Choice for the Canadian Farmers Grow Communities program.

I strongly feel Monsanto has a responsibility towards supporting beekeepers with their efforts of adapting to the new realities of Agricultural farming practice. The Beekeeping industry has been ignored as changing cropping practices greatly effect everything within our hive management. The tremendous success farmers achieve using Monsanto’s products negatively effect our bees, not so much through residue concerns but more so with nutrition. Farmers call them weeds, beekeepers call them food.
I applaud Monsanto’s attention towards these issues and hope we see unrestricted support ahead.

About the Program

January 31 2018

I’m getting feedback in two ways;
-frustration that I’m not keeping my written blog up
-huge encouragement that I’m putting out continual videos

I kinda miss contributing to the blog. I use this place to reflect on the week and month passed to remind me of all that was accomplished. I have a bad habit of not acknowledging of all my accomplishments. So I gotta keep posting here to keep reminding!

These videos are extremely fun and the amount of interaction I’m getting from beekeepers abroad is staggering. I have three guys, from three different countries translating every video for “their” Beekeeping people, LOL! I love it! And I just hope in repayment for using my material, that they again pay the good will forward…I guess translating my videos is paying the good will forward lol

I’ve gotten my MBA presentation prepared and I’m nervous as hell. Practice in front of the camera and listening to myself speak is helping a lot. Besides the MBA convention I have 3 other speaking engagements over the next 2 months. Two small farm related presentations and another “to be announced” farm acceptance presentation.
Accepting to talk at Kelowna was like opening that barn door a crack…and it swung wide open!!!!
It’s fun, it’s helping my social skills tremendously. This is what I needed to help make these next steps, to where I really put my money where my mouth is