Notes from Dewey – August 2023

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program New virus discovered in honey bees A metagenomic analysis of the virome of honey bees identified a novel positive-strand RNA virus. The virus was named Apis mellifera solinvivirus 1. It’s closest relative is in fire ants. The virus was initially sequenced … Read more

Practical beekeeping funding award

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is offering four awards of $500 each to a beekeeper with a practical beekeeping idea that is relevant to other beekeepers. New this year, they are looking to fund an individual or a team that needs funding as part of a master beekeeping program. Novel ideas are to be especially … Read more

Chuck Hudgins and his beekeeping at the Washington State Penitentiary

Below is a letter from Chris McGill of the Washington State Penitentiary Sustainable Practices Lab. He is writing to describe the work that Oregon Master Beekeeper Journey student, instructor, and mentor Chuck Hudgins has been doing at their facility. Chuck travels from Milton Freewater to Hermiston to assist with Jan Lohman’s Eastern Oregon Apprentice class, … Read more