Documents

A list of documents of interest to those in the Master Beekeeper Program which have been uploaded by admin staff and instructors. Currently includes PDFs, Word Documents, Text Documents and Power Point Presentations. We hope to include photos and videos in the near future, as the content is available.

Instructions: Enter any word contained in the title or description of the document to search. Sort by Document Title and/or Description. Click on the File name to download the document. Clicking the Document Title link will take you to more detailed information about the document and allow editing of information and/or uploading a revised version of the document.

Category Document Titlesort icon Description File
Resources and Information American Foulbrood Description of American Foulbrood and how to treat by Dr. Dewey Caron
Apprentice Level Documents Apprentice Beekeeper Application The application is used to apply to the Master Beekeeping Program. Also available through the "Helpful Links" menu.
Resources and Information Bee Culture Article; Jan Lohman; Dec 2014 A wonderful article about OMB mentor and committee member, Jan Lohman.
Resources and Information Bee friendly plants for Oregon gardens Special thanks to the Oregon State Beekeepers Association for this list of bee friendly plants for Oregon gardens.
Resources and Information Bee Stings Description of various types of reactions to bee stings.
Resources and Information Biology and control of Varroa destructor by Rosenkranz et al. 2009 An extensive literature review on the biology and control of Varroa mites.
Resources and Information Chemical Composition of Honey A nice article on the chemical composition of honey, written by David Ball of Cleveland State Univesity.
Resources and Information Dry Sugar Feeding A document showing how to dry sugar feed; a winter feeding technique used when the bees' normal honey reserves are dangerously low.
Resources and Information Equipment List for Beginning Beekeepers Prepared by Tom Chester, OMB Instructor and Field Mentor. This list details many options for equipment for the beginning beekeeper.
Resources and Information Good Neighbor Beekeeping Description of policies and suggestions for keeping bees in populated areas.
Resources and Information Hive Feeders A table of various hive feeders and a list of pros and cons for each type.
Local Laws and Regulations Honey labeling requirements and farm direct Oregon labeling requirements for extracted honey, prepared by Judy Scher and Jeff Green from the Oregon Department of Agriculture as of August 2017.
Local Laws and Regulations Honey Processors Exemption Form 2017 Form used to request exemption from licensing for 20 or fewer hives.
Resources and Information How to Measure Moisture Content when Harvesting Honey Article from Mother Earth news that describes how to use a honey refractometer to measure moisture content.
Resources and Information Judging Honey by Dewey Caron Dr. Dewey Caron describes the honey judging process.
Journey Level Documents Judging Honey by Dewey Caron Dr. Dewey Caron describes the honey judging process.
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 1 A simple, fillable form style log.
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 2 Sample record log sheet to record data on individual queens.
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 3 Another example of a hive inspection log.
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 4 Dadant hive inspection sheet: a checklist style log. Many thanks to Dadant for permission to use for our program!
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 5 Mann Lake hive inspection sheet: checklist style log. Many thanks to Mann Lake for permission to use for our program!
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 6 Easy to use fill-able log form. Also available in Word. Email us for the file.
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 7 Easy to use log diagram and checklist
Apprentice Level Documents Log Example 8 Another log inspection example using Hive Tracks.
Resources and Information Master Beekeeper Program Brochure A brochure describing the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and explaining how to get started in the program.
Mentor/Instructor Resources Microwave Bee Fondant Recipe for bee fondant using the microwave (easy!). Fondant is used for emergency bee feed in late winter/early spring.
Resources and Information Microwave Bee Fondant Recipe for bee fondant using the microwave (easy!). Fondant is used for emergency bee feed in late winter/early spring.
Local Laws and Regulations OAR Food Establishment Standards "Oregon Administrative Rules" regarding food establishment standards and standards for retail food service activities. Relevant for honey processing and selling.
Local Laws and Regulations OAR Food Sanitation Rules "Oregon Administrative Rules" governing food sanitation. Keep your honey clean and safe.
Resources and Information ODA Application >5 hives ODA application to register when you have 5 hives or more. For more information, see https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/IPPM/InsectsSpiders/Pages/BeesApiaries.aspx
Local Laws and Regulations ODA Domestic Kitchen Rules Domestic Kitchen Rules from the Oregon Dept of Agriculture. Relevant for honey processing.
Local Laws and Regulations ODA Food Labeling Food Labeling (and honey!) Rules from the Oregon Dept of Agriculture
Local Laws and Regulations ODA Honey Extractor Exemption Application An application to the Oregon Department of Agriculture for exemption from licensing for Honey Extractors with 20 or fewer hives.
Resources and Information ODA Honey Processors Exemption Form <20 hives ODA application for under 20 hives for the exemption for farm direct sales.
Local Laws and Regulations Oregon Dept of Ag Apiary Registration Form Do you have over 5 colonies? Registration is required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. See the link below for more information. https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/IPPM/InsectsSpiders/Pages/BeesApiaries.aspx
Resources and Information Oxalic Acid label Oxalic acid label. Remember the label is the law! Please use this chemical safely.
Journey Level Documents Practical Exam Preparation A detailed description of how to prepare for the Journey lab and field portions of the Practical exam.
Apprentice Level Documents Reading the Apiary: what you can learn from outside the hive A check list of what you can learn when entering the apiary, deciding to open or not; clues from outside the hive and how to prepare to visit the apiary.
Journey Level Documents Sanitary Guidelines for Honey Houses Oregon Dept of Agriculture; Food Safety Division offers guidelines for sanitary honey houses.
Local Laws and Regulations Sanitary Guidelines for Honey Houses Oregon Dept of Agriculture; Food Safety Division offers guidelines for sanitary honey houses.
Resources and Information Sanitary Guidelines for Honey Houses Oregon Dept of Agriculture; Food Safety Division offers guidelines for sanitary honey houses.
Resources and Information Stovetop Bee Fondant Recipe for stovetop bee fondant. Fondant is used for emergency feed in the late winter/early spring.
Mentor/Instructor Resources Stovetop Bee Fondant Recipe for stovetop bee fondant. Fondant is used for emergency feed in the late winter/early spring.
Mentor/Instructor Resources Tools for Varroa Management An excellent guide to managing for varroa. Written by the Honey Bee Health Coalition 2015.
Resources and Information Tools for Varroa Management An excellent guide to managing for varroa. Written by the Honey Bee Health Coalition 2015.
Resources and Information Varroa Mite Control Methods A listing of various Varroa mite control methods as of summer 2015 with the pros and cons of each.
Resources and Information Varroa Mite Control Options A list of Varroa mite control options.
Resources and Information Willamette Valley plant list Suggestions on plants for pollinators in the Willamette Valley.