Missouri State Beekeepers Association’s spring conference will be held March 2-3, 2018 at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Registration for the conference is $60 including Saturday’s lunch. Cory Stevens queen-rearing session is an additional $35 per person. Registration is available online at www.mostatebeekeepers.org.
MSBA is a 501©4 non-profit focused on assisting Missouri beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and consumers for over a century. The volunteer organization holds two conferences a year at locations around the state to make it easier for beekeepers to attend the sessions.
Among the speakers appearing at the 2018 spring conference:
Dr. James Tew, Auburn University Cooperative Extension System beekeeping specialist. He will discuss swarm management; the frustrating truth about modern queen management; why beeswax is unappreciated and foulbrood diseases.
Alexandria Payne is in the second year of her PhD program at Dr. Juliana Rangel’s Honey Bee Lab, Texas A&M Entomology Department, focusing on transmission of honeybee viruses. She will discuss transmission routes of honeybee viruses and what happens when a honey bee gets sick.
Cory Stevens is certified as an Eastern Apicultural Society master beekeeper and has a Bloomfield, Mo. honeybee breeding operation focused on selecting for mite and disease resistant traits. He will have a 3-hour class on queen-rearing including handouts on queen rearing, one queen cell fame, 20 push-in plastic cell cups and grafting tool.
Charlotte Ekker Wiggins is an advanced master gardener and beekeeper currently serving on University of Missouri’s Master Pollinator Steward working group. She will discuss honeybee friendly nectar plants.
Bill Allinder is a Kansas City Culinary Center’s Professional Culinary Arts Program graduate and instructor. Bill has converted several acres of his Paradise, Mo. farm into pollinator habitat that includes honeybees. He will discuss cooking with honey.
Ray Shadow’s full time job is a systems analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also a Columbia College adjunct professor. He will discuss how to build and maintain a club website for “little or no money” including general computer security, blogging, You Tube and Facebook sites.
If you have any conference questions, please email Bruce Snavely, conference chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.