Register for the 81st Annual SEMBA Beekeeping Conference

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In partnership with Wayne County Community College District
Ted Scott Campus - Belleville, MI

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We provide a FREE lunch to the first 400 attendees. Please select what you would like. We will do our best to get you your choice.

PROGRAM DETAILS

SEMBA is trying to go green! Please bring a water bottle to fill, we will have no plastic water bottles
All cups used are compostable
Free Lunch is limited to the first 400 people who register. Other lunch options are limited

7:30 - 8:00 am Registration/coffee/movie, vendors
8:00 - 8:10 Introductions, announcements
8:10-9:10 Keynote Speaker

KENT WILLIAMS, master bee keeper

KEYNOTE: A Year in the life of a Beekeeper
What Beekeepers can expect throughout each season; how to manage around the usual problems of each season.

9:10 - 9:25 break, coffee, vendors (15 Minutes!)

Concurrent Session 1 9:25 am to 10:25 am

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#1 JAMIE WALTERS

Absolute “Bee” Basics: Even before buying “Beekeeping for Dummies” what you need to consider in becoming a beekeeper. Time, money and resources that each beekeeper must have to keep good, healthy colonies.

#2 KEITH LAZAR

Basic Langstroth Equipment: Explains the basic equipment needed using Langstroth 10 frame and 8 frame equipment. Tools and Items needed for basic beekeeping.

#3 Dr. MEGHAN MILBRATH

Swarm biology and swarm control: It is so disheartening to lose your bees to the trees after getting them through a hard winter. Many beekeepers are intimidated by the process of swarm management, and many lose swarms because they wait too long to practice management. We’ll cover the early signs that indicate that a swarm will occur - so beekeepers can take action well before queen cells are formed, and we’ll discuss various strategies for managing colonies to prevent the loss of your bees from swarming.

#4 EARL R. HOFFMAn, Master beekeeper

The small hive beetle challenge, what are they and how do I deal with them ? We shall explore small hive beetles ; (Aethina tumida), where did they come from, what damage do they do ? and last, we shall describe both good and bad control methods to suppress this beekeeping pest.

#5 MI. FOLK SCHOOL - JULIA GOLD

Making herbal infusions for your beeswax products: Wellness is not just about what we put into our bodies, it is also about what we put onto our bodies.  While many people today already avoid skincare products with synthetic ingredients, there is a growing crowd of people who have given up searching the ingredient labels in stores and have decided to make their own high-quality healing skin care products.  In this course we will focus on a handful of healing herbs that can be easily found or grown in your own garden.  You will learn the sometimes-tricky art of how to infuse oils with herbs and how to blend these oils with beeswax to create healing salves and creams. 

You can think of this session as part one of a two-part course.  In the first hour-long session at the SEMBA conference we will briefly touch on the history of herbalism, a little botany and the procedure for how to infuse oils in order to create creams and salves. 

If you would like to continue your learning, you may also like to register for the second hands-on part of this course at the Michigan Folk School where you will have the chance to create your very own tin of healing salve and jar of herbal facial cream. You may sign up and pay for the class at the SEMBA Treasurer station by the auditorium. Classes are limited to 12 for SEMBA Members only. Registration dates will be available for March 24, the fee for the class is $40.00 cash or $41.00 credit card- pay by SEMBA at the Treasurer station.

As classes fill up, more dates will be added currently proposed March 31th or April 14. There will be an electronic refund charge of $2.00, if you decide not to take the class after paying.

#6 RICH WIESKE  

Pollen and Propolis, the other gold from the hive: An old European saying, “if you have your own bee hive, you have your own medicine chest” a useful look at how to collect and prepare pollen and propolis for your own personal use or family and friends.

#7 CHEF JIM FORD

Honey Inspired Cooking Demonstration: Cooking/Baking with Honey, I will be making a Honey Garlic Shrimp with Grilled Pineapple appetizer and for dessert a Brown Butter, Honey and Lemon Thyme Cake. This Class will have a $5.00/5.25 supplies fee for the food sampling provided. Payable when you pick up your nametag, either pay Cash - $5.00 correct change please or with credit card $5.25

END OF CONCURRENT SESSION 1


10:25 - 10:40 Break, Vendors, Coffee - 15 Minutes!


Concurrent Session 2 10:40am to 11:40 am

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#8 MIKE CONNOR, ISA Certified arborist

TREES FOR BEES:

There is always some new facet to learn about the plants that are vital to keep our honey bees and other pollinators alive. 

 Being an Arborist and a nursery grower, as well as a beekeeper for more than 50 years has provided me with a unique understanding of  trees, plants, and bees. Trees are the single largest source of pollen and nectar for pollinators throughout most of the U.S.  Bees need trees for Spring build-up, for population growth, and for a honey crop. Trees are often overlooked as nectar sources, so I am passionate about spreading the word to other beekeepers.

#9 kent williams, master beekeeper

 Honey Bee Anatomy The specialized make-up of the honey bee; the sensory organs as compared to humans; how the unique anatomy of the honeybee allows for survival.

#10 MICHAEL SAUTTER

Queen Rearing Basics: We will explore some of the common methods of queen rearing used by both hobby and commercial beekeepers, with a focus on basic practices used to successfully raise quality queens.

#11 EARL R. HOFFMAn, Master Beekeeper

Good bacteria, yeast and enzymes, and microbials we can use  to suppress honeybee pathogens and disease:  We shall investigate what microbials are. Where do they come from? How does the honeybee use them and what are their effects on pathogens and disease? Vitellogenin (VG), what is it and why is it important? Last, we shall discuss possible solutions to suppress honeybee challenges using probiotics.

#12 MI. FOLK SCHOOL - JULIA GOLD

Making herbal infusions for your beeswax products: Wellness is not just about what we put into our bodies, it is also about what we put onto our bodies.  While many people today already avoid skincare products with synthetic ingredients, there is a growing crowd of people who have given up searching the ingredient labels in stores and have decided to make their own high-quality healing skin care products.  In this course we will focus on a handful of healing herbs that can be easily found or grown in your own garden.  You will learn the sometimes-tricky art of how to infuse oils with herbs and how to blend these oils with beeswax to create healing salves and creams. 

You can think of this session as part one of a two-part course.  In the first hour-long session at the SEMBA conference we will briefly touch on the history of herbalism, a little botany and the procedure for how to infuse oils in order to create creams and salves. 

If you would like to continue your learning, you may also like to register for the second hands-on part of this course at the Michigan Folk School where you will have the chance to create your very own tin of healing salve and jar of herbal facial cream. You may sign up and pay for the class at the SEMBA Treasurer station by the auditorium. Classes are limited to 12 for SEMBA Members only. Registration dates will be available for March 24, the fee for the class is $40.00 cash or $41.00 credit card- pay by SEMBA at the Treasurer station.

As classes fill up, more dates will be added currently proposed March 31th or April 14. There will be an electronic refund charge of $2.00, if you decide not to take the class after paying.

#13 RICH MORRIS

What are you missing? Advances in Hive Monitoring: BroodMinder has been collecting hive data for several years and thousands of hives. We will explore what we have learned and how to use this information in conjunction with the HCC (Healthy Hive checklist).

#14 CHEF JIM FORD

Honey Inspired Cooking Demonstration: Cooking/Baking with Honey, I will be making a Honey Garlic Shrimp with Grilled Pineapple appetizer and for dessert a Brown Butter, Honey and Lemon Thyme Cake. This Class will have a $5.00/5.25 supplies fee for the food sampling provided. Payable when you pick up your nametag, either pay Cash - $5.00 correct change please or with credit card $5.25

END OF CONCURRENT SESSION 2


11:40 to 1:00 Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00

KENT WILLIAMS

KEYNOTE: Races of Honey Bees
Description of various breeds of honey bees and the corresponding characteristics for each breed; the pros and cons of
each breed, hybrid, and sub-breed.

2:00 - 2:10 Raffle Winners

2:10 -2:30 Last call for vendors take stuff to car, coffee (20 minutes)

Concurrent Session 3 2:30pm to 3:30 pm

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#15 ANNe MARIE FAUVEL

Bee Informed Partnerhip: Do you want to do your part to improve colony health? Get to know what we do at the Bee Informed Partnership and participate in one of our programs. BIP has incredibly useful tools and resources available to the public, an enormous database your can search to find answers to your questions, sampling services and citizen scientist projects. Be Informed, Be Involved, advance national honey bee research and become a better beekeepers in the process.

#16 MIKE HANSeN, MI Apiary Inspector, MDARD

Commit to inspections, Keep good records: This presentation will address the importance of keeping hive records and what to look for when doing inspections. Identifying and managing apiary pests such as varroa mite and American foulbrood effectively.  

#17 JAMIE WALTERS

One Queen at a Time: Queen rearing with few resources, using queen castles and nucs while using queen cells, OTS, Miller, and swarmed hive. No cell builders, grafting, starters, and tearing down a colony to rear queens.

#18 dr. MEGHAN MILBRATH

Varroa biology and management: Many beekeepers are overwhelmed by all of the options for varroa control. Treatments range from good useful tools, to harsh chemicals, to useless gimmicks. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option, and help guide beekeepers to make a plan to keep this pest under control. *** This talk can be 1 -3 hours, and can be combined with identifying how a colony is lost to varroa, varroa biology, and varroa monitoring.

#19 RICH MORRIS

What are you missing? Advances in Hive Monitoring: BroodMinder has been collecting hive data for several years and thousands of hives. We will explore what we have learned and how to use this information in conjunction with the HCC (Healthy Hive checklist).

#20 EILEEN DICKINSON

Getting Started with Biodynamic Beekeeping:   Basic principles and practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping will be introduced and discussed, along with practical ways to implement these.

#21 LAUREN BLOOM / MATT RICHIE

Modern Mead in the Mitten:

We will discuss mead through three different lenses:

  • The definition of mead and a brief overview of the industry.

  • Our meadery, what differentiates session style mead from traditional styles of mead, and our commitment to working with Michigan producers.

  • Finally mead fermentation- why mead is categorized as wine, differences from beer fermentation, nutrient deficiencies, temperatures and filtration, etc.

END OF THE CONFERENCE!

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