The 6th annual fall meeting of the Illinois Queen initiative will be held Saturday October 17, 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Evergreen FS facility at 402 Hershey Road in Bloomington, IL.
This year?s speakers are Dr. Greg Hunt from Purdue University talking about the mite biter bee he has developed and Dr. Dale Hill speaking on the special nutrition needs of the honey bee queen.
Cost is $30 for paid members; $45 for non-members. Make check payable to the IQI and send reservations to treasurer, Carolyn Gerberding 1 Vernon Dr. Rochester, IL. 62563. Non-members may register and join at the same time for $55.
This annual meeting will close out our 6 th year as an organization of volunteers dedicated to educating Illinois beekeepers on how to rear local queens. Four successful queen rearing classes were hosted by the IQI throughout the state with 52 more beekeepers educated on queen rearing. Our Summer Open House at a mating yard was a success in spite of the frequent rains. We have begun to introduce mite biter queens into the apiaries of IQI members.
Annual dues of $25 are payable at the annual meeting for the following year. Dues are used to maintain the website, print educational materials, pay for presenters? costs, and assist with expenses for IQI queen rearing classes. Paid members get discounts to classes and future meetings.