From the President

August 20, 2019

Lyle Johnston on the phone while unloading hives
Lyle Johnston

Just a quick update for CPBA Members on the October 19th Fall meeting in Longmont, Colorado. As you know the CPBA Board of Directors voted not to continue the Summer CPBA meeting as June is always a hard time for Commercial beekeepers to get away. June is one of the busiest months of the year in beekeeping! Beekeepers who make a living from bees should be spending most of their time in the field at that time securing you have done all you can to make a great honey crop and keeping healthy bees! 

The CPBA is full steam ahead and has secured another lineup up of great speakers for our October 19th meeting. The fall meeting will remain at the Meeting Place at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Longmont. This is the same location as last year. Price for the meeting including lunch is $60 this year. If you are planning on staying overnight you can book rooms at a $109.00 rate. To get that price you must have booked by September 18th. I will work with the Marriott on extending the cut off price into early October if possible. 

CPBA has secured Tim Lawrence and Brandon Hopkins from Washington State University along with Bill Collins of Fort Lewis College in Durango. CPBA will have Colorado Department of Agriculture along with several other speakers. Bill Collins will explain work he has done on propolis and its chemical properties and how this connects to new American Foulbrood and Varroa treatments from propolis. Tim Lawrence is the Keynote Speaker and a great guy who has actually been keeping bees for decades so he has a wealth of information to share with us. He will also speak on the most recent work he has done.  Brandon Hopkins has been working on the indoor hive wintering project. He has been advising beekeepers on using this system. Indoor hive wintering is the biggest craze in USA beekeeping right now! Beekeepers who have mastered indoor wintering have been doing this for several years and for some reason they have kept their winter loss between 4% to 8%. I personally feel that within the next 10 years 75% of the bees in the USA will be wintered indoors!  

Remember to be proactive and remove your honey crop early so you can apply your mite treatments before it’s to late. About a week before the honey flow starts to slow down jump on removing the crop ASAP.  Start applying treatments as early as last week of August or sooner if high mite loads exist. Research has proven if you have a high mite load going into the fall you can increase survival chance of hives by 30% if you treat 2 weeks sooner.  Boulder County and much of the Front Range still remains one of the highest levels of mites in the USA. It is not pesticides doing damage, it is the lack of knowledge on how to control the number one problem in beekeeping which is mites! I would encourage any new beekeeper that is just beginning in beekeeping to attend one of the CPBA’s meetings. The CPBA Board of Directors has hundreds of years of information going back as many as 4 generations in beekeeping. If you have hard questions about beekeeping just ask any of the CPBA Board of Directors and they will help you. There is no other Colorado beekeeping club that is even close to having that much background in beekeeping! If you want to learn Best Management Practices along with practical beekeeping the CPBA Fall Meeting is the meeting you should go to. It does not matter if you have 1 hive or 5,000.  You are going to learn something that will improve your beekeeping skills! Just ask yourself the question do I want to go to another Bee Club where the leaders are all crying about their bees dying from pesticides and bad management or do you want to go to the CPBA where beekeepers are thriving and keeping bees at a high level?

Lyle Johnston 

CPBA President

June 16, 2019

I met Pat Bowlen and his brother John 30 years ago.  They are great guys!  I was just reminded of how long we’ve been selling honey to the Broncos when I saw this note to my wife and me from Pat.  Pretty cool getting to sit behind the Broncos bench at all those championship games!



November 29, 2018

The CPBA had an outstanding 2018 Fall Meeting.  We would like to give a huge thanks to Jon Entine, Jerry Bromenshenk and all the other speakers.  The CPBA and some of our board members have already donated over $1000.00 to Jon Entine’s Genetic Literacy Project (GLP).  If you would like to support Jon’s work please consider a donation to the GLP.  Also, consider taking one of Jerry’s Master Beekeeper classes at UMT.

Another big thanks should go to Bob Todd and Jack Moore.  Bob helped out a ton at the CPBA Fall Meeting, plus he volunteered for the beekeeper seat on the CDA PAC.  The seat has now been filled by Kristina Williams who is also a long time CPBA member.  Best of luck, Kristina!  Jack Moore, president of the Western Colorado Beekeepers Association, should be the CPBA MVP this year.  He has donated his time, money, wisdom and much needed technical expertise (Matt especially thanks him).  Thank you, Jack!

Lyle Johnston


September 20, 2018

The CPBA would like to honor Jack Thomas who recently passed.  His contributions to the bee industry were legendary and his company was the most innovative supplier to ever exist to this date.

-Lyle Johnston

August 8, 2018

Beekeeping has never been better in my long career! The bee population will continue to grow each year as long as the almond acreage keeps increasing. If almonds ever go into the tank then beekeeping will most certainly go with it. Honey production can’t sustain beekeeping anymore financially so it just shows how the almond pollination is connected to beekeeping survival. The population explosion of bees nationwide and in Colorado is directly connected to this almond acreage increase.

This population explosion of bees is quite different than what is being portrayed in the news and even by some bee club’s leaders.  They are pushing that bee problems are all pesticides when its not! I have traveled to many Colorado bee club’s meetings this year and I have been very happy to see beekeepers are not biting into this fake news. I am finding that even though they have been given bad information on beekeeping, they are actually more in line with the thoughts of the CPBA and this real news article.

-Lyle Johnston