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ISSUE DATE: 01/13/2014

Honeybees much more than a hobby for one family

By Kylene Scott

Sharon Rowan jokes she married her husband, Jim, for his honeybees. But what started out as a hobby for Jim at the age of 10 has turned into something for the couple to do during retirement. The Rowans own and operate their honey shop in Norwich, Kan.

“He had several hives when we got married,” she said. “We just gradually through the years increased our number of hives and at one time we were up to 200 hives, and then in the late 80s the mites came through and wiped us out and we had to start all over again. At that point we built back up to 100.”

With the number of hives they keep, there has to be an outlet for all the honey the bees produce. Sharon began to look for different ways to use the honey, and started cooking with the honey and making different products with it.

“After we had built up to like 200 hives, obviously that’s more honey that we can use as a family,” she said. “About 2003 we opened the shop, and we’ve gradually just increased our products.”

Besides the bottled honey, the honey barbecue sauce and the honey horseradish mustard are big sellers. She also makes jam, jellies, pickles, fudge and snack mixes among other items.

“Everything in the shop has honey and or beeswax in it,” she said. “The soaps have honey and beeswax.”


NEWS

ARS scientists develop improved method to estimate calories
Coping with stress
Experts: Challenges, opportunities ahead for Texas agriculture
Farm bill planned for January, maybe
FSA offers Farm Storage Facility Loans
Kansas Red Cross blood drives announced
Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make lifesaving New Year's resolution
Rural economy expanding at a healthy pace
USDA makes permanent meat and grain serving flexibility in National School Lunch Program
USDA scientists explore use of invasive trees to develop jet fuel
USDA to provide additional support to food banks, soup kitchens, and food pantries

CROPS

4 receive Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Ag awards
AgrAbility program helps ag workers with disabilities
Appeals court limits power of Kansas 'water czar'
Apply now to see results of soybean checkoff investment
CDA adopts industrial hemp rule
Cold snap hurts western Colorado's wine-grape crop
Crop production wealth begins with soil health
Deering leaves CSU Extension post
Dry bean growers surveyed about great northern bean production
Farmers and ranchers assume leadership roles
Field day slated Jan. 30 in Belleville
Grain Millers Inc. tour looks at meeting demand for organic food
Grant writing seminar offered in Arkansas City
Heuermann panel to focus on future of U.S. leadership in agriculture
High Plains No-Till Conference set Feb. 4-5
Honeybees much more than a hobby for family
Jonathan and Melanie Pierce win Excellence in Agriculture Award
Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference set Jan. 23-24 in Salina
Kansas NRCS announces national EQIP initiatives for 2014
Kansas Rural Center launches 'From Tunnel to Table' project
Kansas Voices writing contest to mark 25th year
Kansas Young Professionals Summit set April 3 in Salina
KDA creates guidelines to help Kansas farms, ranches and agribusinesses
K-State Research and Extension to host horticulture, ag events
Learn the tricks to subsurface drainage systems at hands-on workshop
Mary Fischer elected to Missouri Farm Bureau board
MGGA elects officers and sets policy direction for 2014
MU hosts cover crop and soils program Feb. 12
NDA offers private pesticide applicator training
New strawberry species found in Oregon
NRDC, Berkeley Food Institute to host 2014 Growing Green Awards
NSB seeks soybean farmers interested in United Soybean Board nominations
Oklahoma ranchers, farmers optimistic about 2014
Potato webcast covers weed resistance management
Researchers study the value of water in Southern Ogallala Region
River Valley Extension to host cover crop meeting in Hanover
Schedule soil sampling
Subzero cold, little snow threatens winter wheat
Sunflower pathology working group formed
U.S. soy exports break value record in 2013
Webinar to cover USDA's new cover crop termination policy
Workshops to cover estate planning for farms and small businesses
Young Texas trio brings technology to the farm

LIVESTOCK

American Lamb Board accepting applications for sponsorship program
APHIS launches new website for scrapie flock certification
Cattle EPD/Genetics School set for Jan. 23
Chuck Massengill looks back on year as MCA president
Clean management review for beef board
Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference offers diverse learning opportunities
Distance education available for swine producers
Driftless Region Beef Conference set for Jan. 30 to 31 in Dubuque
Environmental factors, beta-agonists affect cattle feed intake
Feedyard Leadership Program wraps up at KLA Convention
GIPSA lamb report released
Groups oppose congressional intervention in COOL
High Plains Dairy Conference set for March 5-6 in Lubbock
Jersey association announces Junior All American winners
Kansas Meat Goat Association to host annual meeting Jan. 18
KBC assists with Arizona pasture-to-plate tour
Lamb industry hopeful for future opportunities
Laura Field named Nebraska Cattlemen director of legislative affairs
Livestock Handling Competition winners announced
Missouri cattlemen hear updates on issues facing their industry
Missouri family honored for historic herd
Missouri project to turn hog waste into energy
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation announces availability of youth scholarships
New KLF scholarship program funded by waterer sales
Performance of OPSU bulls tested at 84 days
Preventing, managing hypothermia in newborn calves
Ranchers hit hard by drought consider rebuilding
Reward offered in case involving trailer stolen from KLA member
Rewarming cold-stressed newborn calves
Roosevelt County 4-H livestock judging team places 5th at national competition
Senate Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Sheep industry offers priorities to APHIS
South Dakota ranchers say cattle OK with feed, shelter
SowBridge and PorkBridge program registrations now open
Stitzleins inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame
Studies support maternal efficiency of Gelbvieh and Balancer females
Visiting social media team feeds consumer opinions in South Korea
West Central Iowa Beef Forum offers variety of topics

EDITOR

Even-numbered year
Propagandists target cereal maker
Weather a challenge for farmers and ranchers in 2013

COLUMNS

A look ahead at the top issues for 2014
Animal ownership is at risk
Cattle outlook promising in 2014
Companies collaborate on precision data
Companies to partner on sustainable yield project
Company offers seed treatment plan for soybean cyst nematode
Firm releases agricultural risk software
General Mills is ridin' for the brand
In other agribusiness news…

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales summary
Dodge City livestock auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Grain market close
Grains slightly lower
Hay trade slow in most areas
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Light to moderate demand
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Salina feeder cattle auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

Jim Gerrish to speak at Coffee Shop Meeting Jan. 30

FAMILY

A fresh slate
Cold temperatures affect trees
Cold weather affects turf and trees
Food expiration date confusion causing up to 90% of Americans to waste food
Healthy breakfast: A 'plus' for kids' math performance, study shows
Meditation
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame to honor inductees
New Year's resolution: Eat more kale
Online lessons available to household well owners to protect water quality
QUWF establishes focal conservation approach
Weldon has tremendous curb appeal
Winter weeds in the lawn

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