Beekeeping is like any other activity in that you never stop learning. It doesn’t matter whether you are brand new or have been doing it for decades, there is always something new that you can learn. It is one of the things I love about beekeeping. In a few weeks, beekeepers from Kentucky and surrounding states will converge on Bowling Green, KY to share their knowledge and learn from each other.
July 14-16, 2016, the Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) will have their annual conference, which is at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY this year. The two and a half day conference will be packed with activities and sessions for people of all experience levels. The sessions are taught by experts in their fields and include the latest scientific research.
Each day there will be a beginner’s tract that will run all day and is designed specifically for people who have little to no beekeeping experience. If you are thinking about getting into beekeeping then this is an excellent opportunity to get hands-on training. It is also a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers who can help you as you get started. If you have a little more experience, then this is a great opportunity to refine your skills.
More advanced beekeepers can enjoy sessions on queen genetics, pollinators, marketing honey, top bar hives, mite management, and many other topics. Teachers and educators can also get into the fun. There will be an entire strand focused on teaching about bees and beekeeping.
I’ll be presenting a session on plants that honey bees use and managing a seedling swap. The seedling swap will allow beekeepers to exchange plants that are good for honey bees. Before bringing a plant for the seedling swap, please inspect it to make sure there are no signs of disease or pests.
If you are a beekeeper or thinking about becoming a beekeeper, I highly recommend you consider attending the HAS conference. Attend the sessions that interest you and talk to the speakers and other attendees. The information that you absorb will be invaluable in your beekeeping adventures.
Visit the HAS website for more information about the conference including the complete schedule and list of vendors. Early bird registration was recently extended to July 8, so you have a few more days to register at a discounted price.