Featured Beekeeper of the Month
This month’s featured beekeeper is Duane
Dufoe. He and his wife, Mitzi, live in Grinnell, Iowa. Duane’s
business name is GDB Honey. Gary Starkey, Duane Dufoe and Brian
Starkey teamed up in this venture. This was their first year.
It seems Phil Ebert and Margaret Hala were teaching a class at
Iowa Valley in Marshalltown and Duane has always been interested
in keeping bees so this was a good chance to learn. Duane told
his friend Gary about the class and the two of them started out.
They decided to buy their bees from Curtis Barnhardt. In the course
of deciding how many hives to have, Gary’s son Brian said
he was interested in a hive and that’s how the three started.
Mitzi even helped them extract. The first year they produced 9
gallons of honey from 4 hives. They learned they should have fed
the bees as soon as they got home. This year they are thinking
abut expanding the operation to 15 to 20 colonies. Duane said
they used the honey as gifts to family and friends at Christmas
time, but next year his mother will sell honey at the flea markets
she is involved with.
Duane has attended the field day at Boone and
the winter meeting in Marshalltown. He is thinking about working
at the State Fair. Learning how to better control mites and splitting
hives are next on his agenda. In addition to all the steps in
setting up a hive and taking care of it Duane says he has learned
what the honeybee bump dance means and writes, “Some days
bees have a mind of their own.”
Keep on learning and thanks for your story Duane.
Submitted by Ron Wehr
NHB Provides Additional
$100,000 in Funds for
Research on Colony Collapse Disorder
March 28, 2007
Firestone, Colo. – The National Honey
Board (NHB) has approved $100,000 in additional funding for research
on the phenomena recently termed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD),
bringing NHB’s total funding to date for CCD research to
The funding has been awarded to a CCD Working
Group composed of university faculty researchers, state regulatory
officials, cooperative extension educators and industry representatives.
In January, NHB approved an emergency funding request for $13,000
for the group. In addition, NHB approved $45,000 for a CCD research
project as part of its 2007 production research funding.
In late 2006, some beekeepers began reporting
large losses in honey bee colonies. Although bee experts have
identified several possible causes, a prevailing theory has yet
The CCD group and Bee Alert Technology are asking
beekeepers’ assistance in reporting instances of honey bee
CCD. Beekeepers can assist with this effort by participating in
the National Bee Loss Survey at www.beesurvey.com
For more information about CCD and the CCD Work
Group, visit http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/index.html
NHB conducts research, advertising and promotion
programs to help maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets
for honey. These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent
per pound on domestic and imported honey.