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Illinois – Queen Rearing Workshop

- June 23, 2018 -


Jun 23, 2018    
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


University of Illinois Extension Office
402 Ava Rd, Murphysboro, IL, 62966

Registration at 8:30am.

This is a one-day queen-rearing workshop designed to provide information and hands on instruction for rearing quality queens. Included is instruction on selecting queen genetics as well identifying desired traits in bees and how to breed for them. Grafting, and non-grafting methods of queen rearing will be covered as well as the use of Cloake Boards and Starter Hives for raising queen cells.

Each participant will take home a grafting tool, cell bar, queen cups, class handouts, and a copy of “Queen Rearing Essentials” Second Edition by Larry Connor.  Participants should have a minimum of two years of beekeeping experience and should be conversant with queen rearing concepts and terms such as found in Laidlaw and Paige’s “Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding”

Instructors are Joann & Pamela Rizkallah of Egyptian Queen Breeders.

Cost: $91 non-members, $61 for IQI members . Registration fee includes lunch. Online registration taken at
Register by mailing a check payable to the Illinois Queen Initiative to:

Tim Lindley, IQI Treasurer
1222 Airport Ave., Greenville, IL   62246

Direct registration questions and questions about the courses should be directed to Joann at EMAIL or PHONE 618-967-1069.  A week before the course additional driving instructions and dietary options will be provided.  Annual dues are $25 and are optional. Paid members get discounts to classes and future meetings.

Questions regarding the class should be directed to Joann at

*** This is an IQI approved workshop for qualifying as an IQI Producer. ***