2020 Events
Tuesday
Jan 21
2020

Meeting *
  • Rodeo booth planning
Wednesday
Feb 5
2020

Bottling Party
    9am-1pm

    Members, come help bottle the honey that we will sell at our Stock Show/Rodeo booth

    Youngblood Honey
    3300 FM 1582
    Pearsall, TX 78061   (Map)

    Contacts: Don Fraser/Kevin Mitchell

    (Use Google or Mapquest for Directions; GPS in your car may get you lost)
 
Feb  (TBD)
2020

SA Stock Show/Rodeo Booth Setup
    Our booth is in the HEB Little Buckaroo Farms tent in the Family Fair area (Rodeo Map)

    Contact Rick Fink for more details

Feb 6-23
2020

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo  (link)
    Come meet us at our booth in the HEB Little Buckaroo Farms tent in the Family Fair area (Rodeo Map)

    See live bees inside a hive, talk with a beekeeper, buy Texas honey and other bee related products.

    Members:
    Booth signup at CareCalendar.
    Contact membership@alamobees.org for logon information.

    Notarized release form required for each person working booth.
Tuesday
Mar 17
2020

Meeting*   CANCELLED
Saturday
May
2020

Field Day has been CANCELLED for 2020
    Status will be updated as information is made available.
Tuesday
July 21
2020

Online Meeting *
  • Urban Beekeeping - Rick Fink
Online meeting via Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to AABA members via e-mail a few days before the meeting.
Tuesday
Sep 15
2020

Online Meeting *
  • Honeybee Microbiome: Awareness-Education-Challenge-Change - Don Fraser
Online meeting via Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to AABA members via e-mail a few days before the meeting.

Fall
2020

Texas Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting
Tuesday
Nov 17
2020

Online Meeting *
  • AABA Officer Election
Online meeting via Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to AABA members via e-mail a few days before the meeting.


* Bi-monthly meetings are usually held
on the
3rd Tuesday
of the
ODD numbered months
(Jan-March-May-July-Sept-Nov)
from
7-9 PM

Until further notice, all meetings will be conducted online via Zoom.






Beekeeping Scholarship Applicants

Download the application

Please make inquiries to the AABA President at the email address listed below.



Key AABA Contacts for 2020
President Rick Fink
Vice-President Don Fraser
Treasurer Richard Trevino
Membership Richard Trevino
Secretary Susan Swenson
Honey Queen Program Catherine Hardy
Past President Ed Priest



Honey Exemption - TX Senate Bill 1766
source: http://texasbeekeepers.org/honey-exemption

Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766) was spear-headed by Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Past President Leesa Hyder (Texas Beekeepers Association Director- Area 4). She saw a need for a Honey Exemption for small-scale/hobby beekeepers. Before Senate Bill 1766, a small-scale honey producer was required to obtain and maintain a Food Manufacturers license in Texas.

Effective September 1st 2015 if you produce less than 2500 pounds of honey; sell or distribute the honey or honeycomb that you produce either personally or with the help of a family member; and are located in Texas you fall under the Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766). This apiary must be owned and managed by the beekeeper and the honey must be "pure honey" as defined by Section 131.001, Agriculture Code. (Raw and not blended with any other product or otherwise adulterated).

The Texas Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766) also requires that you sell directly to the consumer at your home, farmer's market, a municipal county or non-profit fair, festival or event. Under the Texas Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766) labeling requirements have been clearly defined. You must include:

Honey bottle lid labels that contain the verbiage required in this bill are available on the TBA Website. If you elect to bottle your honey in a "Health Department approved" kitchen or facility out-side your home, doing so WILL NOT fall under Honey Exemption Senate Bill 1766! You MUST obtain a food manufactures license even if you produce less than 2500 pounds. This bill only applies to those who package it themselves at their own home.