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WAS Annual Conference – Boise, Idaho

- August 3, 2018 -


Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018    
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Jacks Urban Meeting Place
1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID, 83702

Plan to join us in Boise this August to meet and mingle with some of the most influential and knowledgeable beekeepers in the country. Expect some fun! We’ll convene the 41st Annual Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference on Friday, August 3, at the brand-new, eclectic, and undeniably unique Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), a venue that truly offers something for everyone.

Jennifer Berry and Randy Oliver will open with updates on current research projects. Dr. Dewey Caron will present on “Varroa, Forage, Pesticides – HBHC Resources for WAS.” The “Two Jerrys of Beekeeping” will tell us about Bayer/Monsanto’s current efforts to improve beekeeping (Jerry Hayes) and provide a personal perspective addressing the role of technology in beekeeping’s past and future (Jerry Bromenshenk). Sarah Red-Laird will lead a Next Gen session under the moniker, “The Future of Beekeeping is Ours!” and also present on “Education Programs, Research Projects, and University Collaboration on the Advancement of Saving Bees.” Melinda Jean Stafford will share insights for increasing success in young apiarists.

On Saturday, August 4, Jennifer and Randy will invite a handful of young beekeepers to join them on the outdoor JUMP patio, complete with pop-up apiary. The entire inspection will be visible to the rest of us through ceiling-to-floor windows as well as heard by way of Jennifer and Randy’s wireless mics. Dr. Jamie Strange will share the state of the art on bumble bee biology and practical aspects of bumble bee culture. Dr. Ramesh Sagili will provide information on honey bee nutrition and an update on his activities with the Bee Informed Partnership. And Ellen Topitzhofer will recount results from years of observations as a member of the Pacific Northwest Tech Transfer Team. Dr. Ron Bitner will present on “Bee-Friendly Farming: Ground Cover for Native Bees.” In the evening, we’ll be able to observe the practical application of his knowledge at Bitner Vineyards, the location of our annual banquet.

We will conclude Sunday morning, August 5, with a panel discussion focusing on various master beekeeper programs available throughout the country. Panelists will describe their respective programs in the context of ability to provide positive community outreach as well as insight into how to develop a successful program.

The WAS Conference is open to all. Come to Boise August 3–5, learn about recent advances in beekeeping, and enjoy the wonderful summer climate in one of America’s most livable cities. For updates, visit:


WAS Up! Boise 2018!