2017 Summer Speakers

2017 Summer Speakers

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David Hackenberg is an American commercial beekeeper who began keeping bees as a FFA project in 1962 at Mifflinburg Area High School in Pennsylvania.  He started Hackenberg Apiaries, which he runs with his son David. Hackenberg Apiaries moves bees for pollination throughout the United States.

Mr. Hackenberg has been featured in two documentaries about Colony Collapse Disorder, Vanishing of the Bees and Colony: the Endangered World of Bees and has represented the beekeeping industry in front of congress on issues concerning pesticides.

Mr. Hackenberg received the Presidents award from the American Beekeeping Federation in 2008 for bringing the plight of the honey bee to light in the world.

Mr. Hackenberg will share with us what he has seen in bees from the commercial standpoint and how we can as Backyard/Sideliners apply some of the lessons he has learned along the way.

Thursday 7pm Banguet & Topic:  Why Our Bees Are Dying… And the Politics of It! with David Hackenberg

Friday, July 21st

Main Session – Why Feed Bees…Protein Etc.- David Hackenberg 4:15-5:00

Jennifer Berry For the past 17 years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on improving honey bee health, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control.

More recently, Jennifer has undertaken several ambitious campaigns to educate people from all walks of life. She’s volunteered in Central and South America to teach women and young teens the art of beekeeping in order to enhance their ability for better employment and hopefully improve their quality of life. Jennifer has also been instrumental in launching the Georgia Beekeeping Prison Program by certifying inmates through the University of Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. In little over a year, 5 prisons have been added to the fold and are now teaching beekeeping behind bars. Three classes have already been certified, with many more to come. Plus, the prison program is striving to become as self-sustaining as possible, with each prison responsible for supplying something to the mix: queens, bees and/or woodenware. And finally she has been dutifully educating the public about the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to encourage their populations.

Jennifer is a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine and occasionally for other publications across the pond. She travels extensively to speak to local, state, national and international students, groups and beekeeping associations. On weekends and evenings, Jennifer operates Honey Pond Farm, a honey bee venture which strives on rearing healthy bees and selecting queens for varroa tolerance, brood production, gentleness, and longevity. Several times a year she sells nucleus colonies and teaches how to rear superior queens at her farm in Georgia.

Thursday July 20th 

Main Session – Keeping Bees Alive Part 1 –  Jennifer Berry- University of Georgia 11:30-12:30

Breakout Session A – Jennifer Berry “All About Oxcalic Acid” 4:05-5:00pm

Friday, July 21st

Main Session – Keeping Bees Alive Part 2- Jennifer Berry 11:05- 12:00

Dr. Leo Sharashkin is founder of HorizontalHive.com and editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile, a comprehensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly (UK), and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and Earth-friendly living. He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Natural Resources from Indiana University. Author of world-renowned research in sustainable agriculture, he lives with his wife and four children on a forest homestead in the Ozarks in southern Missouri where they raise bees in a variety of low-maintenance, easy-to-build horizontal hives.

 

 

Thursday, July 20th 

Natural Beekeeping Practices That Work – Dr. Leo Sharashkin  3:15- 4:00

Breakout Session B – Horizontal Hives – Dr. Leo Sharashkin 5pm-6pm

Friday, July 21st

Main Session – Selling Honey For $20 Per Pound – Dr. Leo Sharashkin 1:15-2:10

 

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda

Dr. Tsuruda has been the SC Apiculture Specialist since 2014. Her studies in honey bees began in California, where she worked on foraging behavior and genetics. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University and studied behavioral resistance to Varroa mites and genomic imprinting. Jennifer maintains Clemson University’s hives for Extension and Research and serves the professional community as past preside

nt of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists, former chair of the STEP committee of the Entomological Society of America, and vice chair of the Heartland Apicultural Society.

Thursday, July 20th

Main Session – Be Responsible For Your Bees – Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda – Clemson University 10:30-11:30

Friday, July 21st

Main Session – Varroa Biology – Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda 3:00- 4:00

 

Phyllis Styles – Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.

Thursday, July 20th 

Break out Session B – Making the World Safe for Honeybees – Phyllis Stiles

Additional Speakers:

  • Shane Gebauer – Brushy Mountain
  • Scott Derrick – Blythewood Bee Company
  • Chris Werner – Migratory Beekeepers Indian Summer Farms
  • Buddy May – Mentoring & Queen Rearing
  • Frank Licata – Soap Making
  • Richard Guess & Lisa Riente – Mindful Beekeeping

Wednesday July 19th

Vendor Set Up 8am – 5pm
Conference Set Up 8am – 5pm
Registration Open 1:00-5:00
Stuff Gift bags 3pm – 5pm
SCBA Presidents Meeting 4:00
VIP Reception 6pm – 8pm

VIP Appreciation Reception 6:00 – 8:00
We appreciate all those that are committed to serving SCBA, all businesses that serve our members and all businesses that sponsor our conferences. Complimentary Heavy Hors d’oeuvres.

Reception is for Sponsors, Vendors, Executive Committee, SCBA Presidents & Speakers    Must RSVP

See Below for Scheduled presentations and Topics

South Carolina State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2017
Thursday July 20th

Registration 8:00- 10:00

Shopping with Vendors 8:00 – 12:00
Submit Honey Show Entries 8:00-12:00
Photography Show Entries 8:00-12:00

Opening Comments & Welcome 10:00-10:30

Varroa Biology –  Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda – Clemson University 10:30-11:30
Keeping Bees Alive Part 1 –  Jennifer Berry- University of Georgia 11:30-12:30

Lunch: 12:30-1:30

Honeybee Nutrition – Chris Werner- Indian Summer Farm 1:30-2:15
Beekeeping Isn’t Easy – Shane Gebauer- Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 2:15- 3:00

3:00-3:15 SCBA Announcements

Natural Beekeeping Practices That Work – Dr. Leo Sharashkin  3:15- 4:00

4:05-5:00 Break Out A – Choose a Session

Queen Rearing Methods Grafting & Non-Grafting – Buddy May
“All about Oxcalic Acid” – Jennifer Berry
Mindful Beekeeping – Richard Guess & Lisa Riente
Soap, Lotions and Lip Balm – Frank Licata
How To prepare Honey And Beeswax For Show Competition – Steve Genta
Master Beekeeping Practical exam – David Arnal

5:05-6:00 Break Out Session B – Choose a Session

Horizontal Hives – Dr. Leo Sharashkin
Insane Beekeeping -Scott Derrick
Making the World Safe for Honeybees – Phyllis Stiles
FREE SEMINAR – OPEN TO PUBLIC- Wes Bommer 5:00-6:00
Master Beekeepers Journeymen Certification – Review- David Arnal 5:05 – 6:00
Master Beekeepers Certification – Test – David Arnal 6:00 – 7:00

Banquet & Keynote Speaker – David Hackenberg 7:00

Banquet Style Seating with Meal Is $35 (must pay at pre-registration) and Theater Style Seating is Free

Topic:  Why Our Bees Are Dying… And the Politics of It! with David Hackenberg

 

South Carolina State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2017
Friday July 21st

Complimentary Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00

Assorted Muffins, Bagels, Honey, Fruit, Coffee & Water

Honey & Beeswax Entries will be accepted 8-12

SCBA Business Meeting 8am-12 noon

President- Steve McNeely
Treasurer Report- Marie Arnal
Secretary Report -Cynthia Robinson
Research Grant Update – Dwight Porter
Youth Education Update – Jeff Blackwell
Master Beekeepers Program Update -David Arnal
Nomination Committee- Bill Butts
EAS Report – Buddy May
President Elect Kerry Owen

Legislative Update 9:30- 9:45

Commissioner of Agriculture – Mr. Hugh Weathers

Awards Ceremony

Certified Level Certificates
Junior Beekeeper Of The Year
Beekeeper Of The Year
Master Craftsman Certification Presentation

General Session Resumes:

Hands on Beekeeping From A-Z -Buddy May 10:30-11:05
Keeping Bees Alive Part 2- Jennifer Berry 11:05- 12:00

12:00-1:00 LUNCH on Your Own Welcome Back!

President Of Farm Bureau – Harry L. Ott Jr. 1:00-1:15
Selling Honey For $20 Per Pound – Dr. Leo Sharashkin 1:15-2:10
The Indian Summer Farm Story – Chris Werner 2:10-3:00
Be Responsible For Your Bees – Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda 3:00- 4:00
Honey Show & Photography Show Results 4:00 – 4:15
Why Feed Bees…Protein Etc.- David Hackenberg 4:15-5:00
Final Door Prizes.. THE END!