Note: The date, location and other program details have changed due to COVID concerns.
The Louisiana State Beekeepers Association and the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Lab oratory will hold the 25th Annual Field Day on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The event will be held at the Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane S, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, ph.#225.765.2437. (Ticket price also will include access to viewing Museum exhibits.)
The Field Day will include a series of talks in the morning from members of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the USDA staff about Louisiana beekeeping and research being conducted at USDA lab. The afternoon features break-out sessions for beekeepers of all ranges of experience. The beginning beekeeper course is directed to those who have little to no beekeeping experience. A question and answer session precedes a practical demonstration in honey bee colonies.
The intermediate beekeeping course is focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include detecting signs of parasites and pathogens, performing swarm captures and cut-outs, followed by a final field session examining open colonies. This session will address the major problems in colony health and include discussion and guidance on the primary pests and pathogens affecting honey bee colonies.
There will be a workshop for advanced beekeepers that focuses on principles of selective breeding followed by a final session on queen rearing techniques.
A nonrefundable Pre-registration fee of $35 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children 11 and under must stay with their parents at all times. Registration includes a catered lunch. Registration will open October 1. You may pre-register and submit payment at labeekeepers.org. All other walk-up registration will be collected at the door for the increased fee of $40 per person.
Registration will be limited to 150 attendees to ensure Covid spacing if necessary. Mask requirements will be according to State guidelines.