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Eastern Missouri Beekeepers 13th Annual Beekeeping Workshops and Banquet

- February 7, 2020 -


Feb 07, 2020 - Feb 08, 2020    
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Maritz Theater
1400 South Highway Dr., Fenton, MO, 63099

Honey Bee Education Specialists and Researchers to Present Courses for Experienced and Beginner Beekeepers

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) will offer a full day of professional beekeeping instruction and honey bee health research presentations for beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. Registrants are encouraged to attend the Annual EMBA St. Louis Beekeepers Mardi Gras Banquet the evening before the workshop on Friday, February 7, at Maritz.

Leading beekeeping educators, scientists and authors from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, Bee Culture and Michigan State University will be among the visiting faculty leading the workshops.

Faculty will include Jennifer A. Berry, Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager, University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, Kim Flottum, author and Senior Editor of Bee Culture magazine, members of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab including Gary Reuter, science manager and beekeeping instructor, Becky Masterman, PhD., Bee Lab Team Leader, Bridget Mendel Lee, Bee Squad Instructor, and Ana Heck, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology.

The Experienced Beekeepers course will be tailored towards hobbyist, sideliner, and commercial beekeepers, and will place special emphasis on hive management and improving honey bee health.

The Beginner Beekeeping course is intended for novice beekeepers and persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start keeping bees in 2020.

Tuition for the workshop is $85 per person if registered by January 19, 2019.

Tuition is $95 per person for those registering on or after January 20.

Banquet registration costs $30. Banquet registration closes February 2nd.

Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included with the workshop. Registration packets will include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

The Friday evening banquet features New Orleans style food and music, a cash bar, door prizes, including nucs, queens and beekeeping equipment, and a keynote speaker. The cost of the banquet is in addition to the workshop. For more information, visit

Equipment vendors include representatives of Dadant & Sons, Isabees, and others.

EMBA supports beekeepers with a broad program of cooperative procurement and educational events throughout the year. Members may obtain complete beginner’s equipment kits, nucleus bee colonies, and queens for delivery in the spring. The Club also sponsors open hive instructional workshops and guided colony health monitoring, during the season, at the Club’s teaching apiary in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Registration is available online at

More information is available by email to or calling 314-669-1828.