The Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers' Association (SEMBA) in cooperation with the Schoolcraft College Beekeepers' Club will hold its 74th Annual Beekeeping Conference on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University and is a professor emeritus from the University of Delaware. He is currently on staff at Oregon State University where he is helping develop a state Master Beekeeping Program. He has authored many books including the textbook "Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping." His first talk will be titled, "What is behind the high honeybee colony losses" and the second, "What should I see when inspecting the spring colony?"

Concurrent sessions during the day-long program are designed for all beekeepers; novice, experienced, and those seeking an understanding of the honeybee. In addition, complimentary attendee door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

There will be several workshops including a variety of practical beekeeping management practices taught by experienced beekeepers including "Top Bar Hives," "Queen Rearing" and "Apitherapy." A specific tract of workshops will be offered for beginners that will explore Selecting Equipment and Beekeeping Essentials. Individuals will have an opportunity to enroll in one of two series of "hands-on" beekeeping courses to be held at Tollgate, a Michigan State University demonstration farm in Novi, MI. Class begins in early spring on through the summer of 2012. Check the posting at www.sembabees.org/education for the complete conference agenda and bee class syllabus when available.

A complete assortment of beekeeping books, manuals and related topics will be on display and available for purchase. Suppliers will be offering the latest in apitherapy information, beekeeping crafts and beekeeping equipment. As a bonus, select suppliers will be accepting prepaid orders for delivery at the conference. Go to our website for their listings.

Registration for the educational event is $5.00 for SEMBA members and $10.00 for non-members. Children under 18 accompanied by a registered member are free. Membership information is available at www.sembabees.org. A potluck lunch is held at noon, with coffee and tea provided. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

For further information, please contact Richard Mendel at brescue@att.net


Printable conference agenda in PDF format here

Workshop descriptions in PDF format here



SPECIAL FEATURES OF CONFERENCE

DOOR PRIZES
All bee-conference attendees will receive a door-prize ticket when they register.

BEE HIVE & PACKAGE BEE RAFFLE
A complete hive, donated by Dadant & Sons of Albion, Michigan and a 3 lb. package of bees donated by Shawn Shubel of Nectar Sweet Apiaries, will be raffled. Raffle tickets at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 may be purchased at the beekeeping conference.

POTLUCK-LUNCH INFORMATION
A potluck lunch is held at noon. To participate, bring a food item serving six to eight persons and serving utensils labeled with your name. Also, bring your own table service including plates, silverware and cups. SEMBA provides tea and coffee. Note: No electrical outlets are available for food-heating appliances such as crock pot casseroles, etc.

BEEKEEPING SALES, DISPLAYS AND CRAFTS
If you have displays or crafts that you wish to display or sell, we encourage you to bring them. Please call Keith Lazar 248-626-2483 to reserve table space. (There is no table charge for SEMBA members.)

APITHERAPY WORKSHOP
Conducted by well-known Michigan apitherapists, this special two-hour seminar will feature bee-venom therapy and health benefits of other products produced by the honey bee.

LIST OF VENDORS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE
To save shipping charges and to be assured that a vendor has what you want, it is advisable to place your order with the vendor before attending the conference.

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