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Michigan Beekeepers Association – Annual Spring Conference

- March 11, 2016 -


Mar 11, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016    
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Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center - Michigan State University
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824

Friday 03/11/2016 – 03/12/2016
The Michigan Beekeepers Association will hold their Annual Spring Conference on March 11th-12th, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. The Michigan Beekeepers Association is the oldest continually operating honey bee organization in the country, starting in 1865. Our missions are to promote the honey bees to the general public, to help one another in maintaining healthy honey bees, and to encourage more research on honey bees.

Our keynote speaker will be Gary Reuter Scientist, a.k.a. Gary-of-all-trades. A long time hobby beekeeper and trained in technology education, Gary began working with Marla when she moved to Minnesota in 1993. Without his hard work, the program would not be what it is today. He maintains the research colonies, helps train and work with students in the field, designs and builds specialty equipment and speaks to beekeeping, student and civic groups. He plans the Extension short courses and together with Marla teaches beginning as well as experienced beekeepers. His humorous style of teaching helps the classes stay interested and enthusiastic about a sometimes challenging subject. He is a past president of both Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and director of the American Beekeeping Federation, and remains active in these groups. He still finds time to manage his own colonies, while learning to blacksmith, maintaining an orchard, and helping his wife raise sheep.
MBA will host Jean-Francois Faloppa, culinary educator at the Macomb Culinary Institute in Clinton Township, MI. Jean-Francois is a fabulous cook and will provide a cooking demo including honey in the recipes. He will focus on recipes where honey will stay ?raw? as to keep all its natural properties and that are easy to duplicate at home. Recipes and samples will be handed out to the participants
Breakout sessions will include a track with beginner classes, a microscope class by Zachary Huang, Phd, and a variety of topics by our own excellent state speakers like Meghan Milbrath, PhD, MPH as well as contributions by other MSU researchers. We will also have children’s activities and approximately 35 vendor tables with beekeeping supplies and bee related gifts.
Cost to attend the conference is $30 for one day and $50 for both. Volunteers are welcome. Register at The rooms at the Kellogg Center are held until Feb 4th for $102/night, use code 1603MIBEEE when reserving yours. See you there!