March 2 – 3, 2018
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Dr. James E. Tew is the Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior – specifically pollination behavior. He contributes monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping. He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques. Dr Tew will give the following presentations:
1. Winning and losing at swarm control and management
Swarming is one of the bees’ primary behaviors. In natural conditions, it is critical to this species survival. Yet, a lost swarm is lost resources to the beekeeper. This presentation discusses swarm management and accepting the occasional swarm loss.
2. The frustrating truth about modern queen management
Queens have become increasingly expensive. Yet many advisors still recommend routinely requeening functional colonies. Queen management recommendations are evolving, but some frustrations still remain. This presentation discusses changing attitudes toward queens and queen replacement.
3. Beeswax is underappreciated – Why?
There would be no honey bees without honeycombs. Beekeepers view comb production and subsequent comb processing as a common hive behavior. A lot is happening on and within the colony’s skeletal structure. Beeswax is elegantly designed and perfectly suited for colony needs but not always fully respected for the total contribution that wax makes. This lecture discusses some of the characteristics and multiple uses for beeswax that are not commonly reviewed.
4. The Foulbroods – still out there killing bees
Predaceous mites, viruses and Small Hive Beetles are the current glamor pests – and they should be. But all the other pests and diseases are still here. The foulbroods and other old and established colony diseases get little fanfare now. This presentation reviews and compares the two primary foulbroods and discusses the few management schemes that are currently available to beekeepers.
Alexandria Payne was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor’s degree double majoring in Bioenvironmental Sciences and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. She currently works in Dr. Juliana Rangel’s Honey Bee Lab as an undergraduate researcher and later joined her lab as a National Science Foundation Research Scholar following her graduation in May 2016. She is currently in the second year of her PhD program and is studying the transmission of honey bee viruses between honey bees and different species of ants. She gives introductory level and well as in-depth presentations focusing on honey bee pathogens and disease. In 2017 Alex Payne received an award for Best Student Paper from the American Association of Professional Apiculturists for her talk at the organization’s annual American Bee Research Conference in Galveston TX. Ms. Payne will give the following presentations:
1. Who got me sick? Transmission routes of honey bee viruses
This looks at different honey bee viruses and the different modes of transmission that can introduce viruses to hives.
2. What happens when a bee gets sick?
This deals with the changes in physiology, nutritional needs, reaction to other stressors, etc. that bees undergo once they get sick.
Friday morning March 2 Preconference speaker
“A Review of Queen Rearing” 8:00 – 11:00
Cory Stevens is a beekeeper that resides in rural Bloomfield, MO with his wife Jaime, and two children Jade Olivia and Camden. He is likely best known in the beekeeping community for his breeding operation which is focused on selecting for mite and disease resistant traits. Cory has served on the Missouri State Beekeepers executive board as the Southeast director. He was certified as an EAS Master Beekeeper in August of 2013 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In July 2014 Cory was trained by Sue Cobey in the practice of instrumental insemination of honeybee queens on Whidbey Island, Washington. He currently owns and operates Stevens Bee Company which sells nucleus colonies and queens, and will soon offer instrumentally inseminated breeder queens.
Cory’s class will include Handouts on Queen Rearing, one Queen Cell Frame, 20 Push-in plastic cell cups, and a grafting tool.
Breakout Presentations Friday afternoon & Saturday
Charlotte has been gardening since she was 2 years old if you count planting coffee beans in her mother’s favorite Peruvian orchid. The daughter of a US diplomat, Charlotte grew up in South America and has traveled the world with award-winning public affairs careers in the US Navy and Forest Service. Charlotte is currently on a University of Missouri working group developing a certified master pollinator steward program, the first formal master pollinator steward program in the US.
Charlotte has a master’s degree in management from Webster University and is a University of Missouri advanced master gardener. She currently serves as Missouri State Beekeepers Association east central director.
She lives in Rolla on a one-acre certified wildlife garden and monarch way station, and is a contributing writer to Missouri Gardener magazine and several Missouri newspapers. Charlotte will give the following presentation:
“Honeybee-Friendly Nectar Plants”
Missouri is in USDA planting hardiness zones 5-7; walk through the seasons and identify plants that excel in those hardiness zones and what gardening practices contribute to a “honeybee-friendly” garden.
Bill Allinder is a beekeeper and pollinator habitat conservationist. He is also an enthusiastic foodie and wine collector. Bill is a graduate of the Kansas City Culinary Center’s Professional Culinary Arts Program, Series I and II. He also teaches honey cooking classes at the Culinary Center and he is an ANSI-CFP certified Food Protection Manager.
Bill operates East of Paradise Honey Farm northeast of Paradise, Missouri. He has converted several acres on his property to pollinator habitat. Bill’s conservation habitats are planted with a carefully researched, selected and locally-sourced mix of certified native Missouri tall-grass prairie wildflowers designed to produce blooms from early spring through late autumn. Bill and his wife were the 2001 Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District Conservationists of the Year, and their pollinator habitat is certified as Monarch Watch Waystation number 15019. Bill currently serves Missouri Beekeepers Association Vice-President. Bill will give the following break-out class presentation:
“Cooking With Honey: An Introduction”