The beginning of 2014 was kicked off with an Arctic Blast like none other seen in the US for decades. This was also preceeded by 2 fairly mild winters that had some beekeepers here in Illinois wondering if cold winters were going to be a problem for beekeepers in the future. One less ‘problem’ would be some much needed relief to the long growing list of bee problems being seen now such as varroa mites, small hive beetles, Africanized bees, and colony collapse disorder. Thankfully President Obama enacted some help for those beekeepers that sell honey and had heavy losses due to the harsh weather.