On Saturday, March 13, 2021 the Missouri State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) will be hosting a webinar for the 2021 Spring Conference. This webinar is free to all members of the MSBA, but membership in the MSBA Facebook group does not constitute membership in the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
The plan as of right now is to send all MSBA members an email a few days before the webinar with their unique login information. The access login information is unique to each members email address and can only be used by one device and should not be shared with others. Members who access the webinar via any other means will be required to pay membership dues again, so please utilize the link that is sent to you. If your membership is not current you will not get a link.
Kim was the Editor of Bee Culture Magazine for 33+ years. He started a second magazine called Beekeeping Your First Three Years about 6 years ago for the huge flush of new beekeepers answering the call of helping the bees. He’s written 5 books, ranging from beginner to advanced, on topics such as producing varietal honey to actually how to do honey tasting with Marina Marchese. His last is In Business With Bees. He is past President of The Connecticut State Beekeepers Association, The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, and has served as Director, and Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Apiculture Society.
Liz is originally from Wisconsin, where she began beekeeping in high school and working part-time for a nation-wide beekeeping supply store. Liz went to Ripon College, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Biology and English in 2014. She finished her Ph.D in 2019 at Texas A&M University after working in Dr. Juliana Rangel’s laboratory, where her Ph.D studies centered around the effects of miticide exposure on honey bee queen health. Liz is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she works on honey bee health and disease ecology in Steve Pernal’s laboratory in Beaverlodge, Alberta.
Tina keeps bees in top bar, Langstroth, and long Langstroth hives. She learned beekeeping from wonderful mentors, “old guys”, as well as through mentoring as founder of the Four Corners Beekeepers Assoc. She is vice president of the Colorado State Beekeepers Assoc. and is currently working to produce the Master Beekeeper Program for the state of Colorado. She writes for the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture magazines (along with some bee journals from abroad) from her farm in SW Colorado, and speaks about bees everywhere she gets the chance.
Kim Flottum Presentations
Make Your Bees Pay Their Way: This is a talk on making bees pay their way, which is marketing for beekeepers.
Honey House Fundamentals: This talk covers planning and building a honey house, the equipment you need and will have to put in it, using that equipment, problems and solutions, and post-harvest use of the equipment, and the space in the honey house. It is a very thorough look at what ends up being probably the most important space a honey producer has, second only to the choice of bee yard.
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Walsh Presentations
IPM: History, Myths, and Practices: This is a talk for all levels of beekeepers that discusses integrated pest management in beekeeping. We clear up various misconceptions about IPM by talking about what it actually is (describing the IPM pyramid with examples, talking about creative solutions to pest infestations, and when it is appropriate to break out the pesticides).
Honey bee Queen Health is impacted by their rearing environment: This is a talk where she’s shares about her dissertation research, so she shares the results of her PhD work. She found that queens reared in miticide-laden environments had lower egg laying rates and different pheromones (in addition to other results, some which were expected and some which weren’t).
Tina Sebestyen Presentations
All About the Queen: Ever wonder why the queen lays eggs in supersedure cells when she knows it will cause her demise? Why do some colonies go to laying workers so quickly? Why are some queens fat, and some thin? It matters, and she explores why, and how to get better developed queens. She will talk about when to replace a queen, and how to do it without loss, and so much more.
Fat Winter Bees: We’ve all heard about fat winter bees. In this talk she will explore what makes them different from short-lived summer bees. She’ll talk about how we can influence the timing and numbers of fat winter bees, and how to keep them healthy.