Agenda of the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium

Saturday February 3, 2018

Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center

Main Program Location
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration Auditorium
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Instructions
Dr. James E. Tew, Beekeeping Specialist, ACES, Moderator
David Ellis, President, Alabama Beekeepers' Association
Lonnie Funderburg, Beginner Beekeeper Program Coordinator
Auditorium
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Honey Bee Genetic Resources for Selective Breeding and Stock Improvement
Dr. Walter S. Sheppard, Entomology Dept. Chair, Washington State University
Auditorium
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Bee Immunity Law - Protecting West Virginia Beekeepers
Judge Dan O'Hanlon, One of Huntington, WV's "Most Colorful & Talented Citizens"
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Vendor Break
Visit Vendors in the Exhibition Hall
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Small Hive Beetle: Biology, Management and Potential Solutions
Audrey B. Sheridan, Extension/Research Associate, Mississippi State University
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Happenings at the Auburn University Bee Lab
Dr. Geoff Williams, Asst. Professor, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Candle Making
Phillip Garrison, 3rd Generation Beekeeper, Cullman County Beekeepers Assoc.
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Talk With Alabama Apiary Inspectors
Randy Hamman, Chief Inspector, Wes Caudle, and John Mynard
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH
provided for those who pre-register by Alabama Beekeepers Association
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Making Nucs: Sustainability in the Bee Yard
Stephen Repasky, EAS Master Beekeeper, Author, Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Protecting Pollinators Using Flowering Plants
Dani Carroll, ACES Regional Extension Agent, Calhoun County
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. How to Judge Show Quality Honey Using the Welsh Method
Lynne Kelton, Univ. of GA/Young Harris Bee Inst., Certified Welsh Honey Judge
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Alabama Beekeepers Association, Board of Directors Meeting
David Ellis, President, Alabama Beekeepers Association
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. pproaches to Honey Bee Health: Mushrooms, Metabolic Gases and Management
Dr. Walter S. Sheppard, Entomology Dept. Chair, Washington State University
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. A Closer Look at Honey Bee Foraging Behavior
Audrey B. Sheridan, Extension/Research Associate, Mississippi State University
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Profitability in Alabama Beekeeping
Kevin Burkett, ACES Regional Agent, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Brittany Goodrich, Asst. Professor and Extension Economist, Auburn University
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Cell Punch Method of Queen Production
Wil Montgomery, Alabama Beekeepers' Assn., Georgia Master Beekeeper
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Raising Queens and Saving the World
Judge Dan O'Hanlon, One of Huntington, WV's "most colorful & talented citizens"
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Oxalic Acid: The New Tool in Varroa Management
Stephen Repasky, EAS Master Beekeeper, Author, Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Essential Oils
Angie LeMay, T&A Bee Farm
4:10 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Evaluations, and Remaining Door Prizes Auditorium


The Beginner Beekeeper Program will run concurrently with the main program schedule. All of these instructors are experienced beekeepers who have helped many new beekeepers develop the skills they need to start keeping bees.

Lonnie Funderburg, Program Coordinator

Beginner Beekeeper Program Location
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
After picking up their registration materials, Beginner Beekeepers should look for signs directing them to their meeting rooms.
Auditorium
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Instructions
Dr. James E. Tew, Beekeeping Specialist, ACES, Moderator
David Ellis, President, Alabama Beekeepers' Association
Lonnie Funderburg, Beginner Beekeeper Program Coordinator
Auditorium
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Getting Started Decisions
John Hurst, member Board of Directors of the Alabama Beekeepers Association, Georgia Master Beekeeper
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Basic Equipment and Woodenware Decisions
Damon Wallace, Past President of the Alabama Beekeepers Association, Georgia Master Beekeeper
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Vendor Break
Visit Vendors in the Exhibition Hall
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Assembling Woodenware Decisions
Rebekah Hargraves, President, Baldwin County Beekeepers
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH
provided for those who pre-register by Alabama Beekeepers
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Life Cycle of the Honey Bee - Basic Biology Decisions
Danielle Dowell, Past President of the Jefferson County Beekeepers Association
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Sick and Infested Bees Decisions
Dr. Michael Steinkampf, Georgia Master Craftsman Beekeeper
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Wrong Decisions That Beekeepers Need Not Repeat
Lionel Evans, Past President of the Limestone County Beekeepers and Past Director of the Alabama Beekeepers Association
4:10 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Evaluations, and Remaining Door Prizes Auditorium