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October 2012

Oct 5

Michigan Beekeepers' Association (MBA) Fall Meeting

Friday 10/5/2012 - 10/6/2012
The Michigan Beekeepers' Association (MBA) will hold their annual Fall Meeting on October 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint Township, MI 48507. In addition to break out classroom sessions on a number of topics of interest to all beekeepers, they will be hosting guest speaker Dann Purvis, of Purvis Bees (formerly Purvis Brothers). Dann has a lifetime of beekeeping experience, both small scale and commercial queen production, to share with our membership.
On Saturday afternoon, an election will be held for the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer and even numbered District Representatives. Nominations will be accepted from now until the election.
Fees for both days are $20 for MBA members and $10 for spouses. Non-members are $40, and spouses are $10. Single day fees are $10 for MBA members and $20 for non-members.
More information can be found on the MBA website at including pre-registration and absentee ballot information. Or call MBA Treasurer, Steve Tilmann at (517) 543-5525. Hotel and room information can be found at

Oct 5


Friday 10/5/2012 - 10/7/2012
CMACC 2012 SAVE THE DATE OCT. 5 -7, 2012 AMERICAN APITHERAPY SOCIETY, INC. presents the 17th ANNUAL CMACC (Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course and Conference) GOVERNOR HOTEL, PORTLAND, OREGON. See website for Registration and details about the program, faculty and hotel.

Oct 6


Mark October 6, Saturday, for the 3rd annual meeting of the IQI at the U. of Illinois Extension Center, 1412 S. Locust Street, Pontiac, IL. Our speakers are Dan O?Hanlon and John Timmons. Dan is president of the West Virginia Queen Producers (WVQP; The WVQP provides members training to raise queens adapted to West Virginia's climate, especially winter conditions. Dan teaches the cell punch method of queen rearing, which holds great promise for those who are ?graftingly challenged.? He will speak on both these topics at the IQI meeting.

John Timmons is the founding president of the Three Rivers Beekeepers (TRB). He has a business centered on website development and marketing, topics that are of increasing interest to those selling honey as well as queens and bees. This year the TRB began a Nuc and Queen Initiative, which focuses on meeting demand for nucs/packages with locally adapted and produced nuclei ( This idea is one well worth state and local associations examining for there own members. John will speak on both these topics.

Registration begins at 8:30, the meeting begins at 9:00. Admission is free to IQI members, including those who join at the meeting (membership is $25); lunch is $10. Cost to non-members is $15 plus $10 for lunch. To register contact Carolyn Gerberding at; for additional information on the meeting and the IQI go to

Oct 6

Advanced Beekeeping Class - Minnesota

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Beekeeping Class
October 6, 2012 from 9am - 4:30pm

Join JoAnna and Andrew, owners of Honeymoon Honey, for an advanced bee keeping class October 6th from 9am to 4:30pm at Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester, MN. Together Andrew and JoAnna have 25 years of beekeeping experience. In addition to keeping bees, JoAnna was the district and state Honey Queen for Wisconsin in the 1990?s. Currently she and Andrew have 30 hives. This course has a review of the information provided in the Beginners course (next beginner course offered February 23). The advanced course is for anyone who has kept bees in the past or taken the beginner beekeeping, class. We will cover wintering colonies and making divides in spring; disease identification, treatment and recovery with integrated pest management for disease and mite control without chemicals. Do to the significant developments and changes in our environment over the last decade planting for honeybees will also be covered.

Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd. NE Rochester, MN 55906

Beekeeping for Beginners
Feb. 23, 2013 from 9am - 4:30pm

Beekeeping is exciting and growing in popularity. You have to know what to look for and be on top of subtle changes which could signal hive management actions the beekeeper should take. While beekeeping itself can be hard work, the rewards are definitely worth the time. Not only do you get honey, but your bees pollinate local plants and better the environment as a whole!

This class, specifically for beginners, will cover introduction to bees and beekeeping, equipment, disease and pest management, planting for honeybees, yearly management and how to produce a honey crop. Participants will be given information on where to buy bees and equipment. An advanced bee keeping class will be offered in the fall. Participants should pack a lunch.

Pre-registration required.

Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd. NE Rochester, MN 55906

We also teach beginner beekeeping classes at Hunt Hill Nature Center in Wisconsin,

Bee Kissed By Our Balms,
Bee Healed By Our Creams,
And Bee Infused By Nature's Sweetest Gift,
Honeymoon Honey!

Andrew and JoAnna
Honeymoon Honey
5814 Baron Lane NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: 507-993-8069

Oct 12

Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Friday 10/12/2012 - 10/13/2012
Arkansas Beekeepers Association will hold thier annual meeting on Oct. 12-13, 2012 at Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR. Check out web site for speakers and schedule.

Oct 12

Central Washington Beekeepers Assoc. - Vanishing of the Bees

Friday 10/12/2012 - 10/13/2012
The Central Washington Beekeepers Assoc is hosting a showing of Vanishing of the Bees the weekend of October 12th and 13th at the Capital Theater in Yakima WA. On Saturday the 13th we will be hosting a VIP conference where we will be joined by:

Mary Ann Fraiser
Dennis vonEnglesdorp
Dave Hackenburg
David Mendes
Stephen Sheppard

and via SKYPE from the United Kingdom, scheduled is Dr. Delaplane (tentative as of 6/26/12 This will be the largest showing and fundraiser that the Vanishing producer has ever had.

If you would like more information, please contact us at

Oct 18

Montana State Beekeepers Association 2012 Annual Meeting

Thursday 10/18/2012 - 10/19/2012
The Montana State Beekeepers Association 2012 annual meeting will be held Oct 18-19 at the:
Best Western Plus
GranTree Inn
1325 N 7th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715

For more information please contact Craig Rodenberg at (406)653-1488 or

Oct 19

Kansas Honey Producers Fall Meeting

Friday 10/19/2012 - 10/20/2012
Our fall meeting is scheduled to be at:

Guesthouse Inn
2700 W. 18th Ave.
Emporia, Ks.

Call 620-341-9199 for reservations and mention KHPA room block by Oct. 5, 2012 for the special room rate.

Betsy Betros, guest speaker Native Pollinators & Their Plants Food Contest- Anything Apples & Honey Discussions include- Presentations from Betsy Betros; raising queens, developing new products, gift baskets, labels & brochures, mead, pollen & propolis collecting, soaps and others.

Oct 20

16th Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 16th Annual Field Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $25.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. You must pre-register by Oct. 1, 2012. You may register on-line at and pay through PayPal or credit card or you may mail your registration form that is located on the web site and your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. If you do not pre-register by October 1, 2012, the cost will be $30.00 per person at the door.

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Jambalaya (Chicken, Pork, & Sausage), Red Beans and Ham over White Rice, Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Mixed Emotions Pudding and Coke Products.

The Field Day will include activities for beginners, intermediate and more experienced beekeepers. The highlight this year will be a new intermediate beekeeping course with a variety of workshops focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level! There will be variety of workshops geared to more experienced beekeepers, i.e., queen rearing, breeding and selection, etc. There also will be workshops showcasing the USDA laboratory's research.

For additional information please contact Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman (225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805)

Oct 30

Connecticut -

October 30, Nancy Rupert NC Dept of Ag on Honey Bee Nutrition

Meetings are at 7:30 PM in the Norfield Congregational Church in the Community Room on Norfield Road in Weston, Connecticut. At 6:30 PM there is a NewBees meeting for beginning beekeepers and WannaBees youth group meeting.

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more. All events are free and open to the public. Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Speaker Schedule:
November 27, Heather Mattilla on Behavioral organization of foraging effort in colonies

Weekend Workshops:
Bee School March 5,12,19,26
Hands on Hive set up Sunday March 25