80th Annual Meeting
7:30 AM07:30

80th Annual Meeting


Come On! Get in on the buzz about beekeeping!

Free Admission 

The vendor area will be open from 7:30 am to 2:40 pm! Vendors from many beekeeping companies will bee on site selling equipment, books and unique gifts and information.

Silent Auction! 

Walk-in Registration is accepted (no box lunch provided) Registration is highly encouraged. Online registration link below. 

The conference is set up to provide a wide variety of topics focused from beginners to advanced beekeeper through a choice of keynote topics and 12 concurrent sessions

  • 7:30 am -8:00 am D104- Main Auditorium - Movies! Bee Venom Therapy, Love, and Venom

  • 8:00 am - 8:10 am Welcome! Announcements, explanation of concurrent sessions, lunch and the silent auction.

  • 8:10 am - 9:40 am Keynote Jim Tew. Healthy Colonies: a review of some non-pathogenic conditions that can cause bee colonies to fail to thrive

  • 9:55 am - 10:45 am 1st Concurrent Session below

More more details on the sessions click here 

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  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm Keynote Speaker Jim Tew on Foulbrood - Still Here, Still Persistent. European and American Foulbrood overview of controls, and eradication procedures

  • Lunch - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker Jim Tew on Wintering Stress in the Bees Nest: behavioral activities that allow tropically oriented bees to survive abnormally low temperatures. 

  • 2:05 pm - 2:15 pm  D104 Main Auditorium, - Silent Auction Results 

  • 2:15 pm 2:40 pm Pay for silent auction items, final call for Vendors, take your items to the car

  • 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm 2nd Concurrent Session below


To register for the conference - lunch included, please sign up here. We are highly encouraging participants to sign up. You did not need to be a member to attend. Admission is free. 

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Bus trip to Canada to Ferguson Apiaries

Trip to Canada

SEMBA is organizing a trip to Canada to visit Ferguson Apiaries in Hensall, Ontario. The Ferguson family is the biggest buckfast queen producer in North America. The trip will take place Saturday, May 26th.

  • We will meet at Schoolcraft College in Livonia at 7:00am and depart at 7:30am
  • Proceed to  Seven Ponds in Almont to pick up a group of people there
  • Proceed to Pilot Travel Center on M-69 in Smiths Creek to pick up the beekeepers from Pine River Club

Then its off to the Canadian Border!  We plan to arrive at Ferguson Apiaries around 11:00-11:30am. The Ferguson family will provide a sandwich for us. We will be returning back home at 2:30-3:00pm.

The cost of transportation and food is $40.00. Each person attending will need to have a passport or Enhanced Drivers License that will allow you into Canada.   

Total number of spaces  is limited to 55 people! 


Bus trip to Canada
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