2017 Summer Conference

 Summer Conference 2017
presented by Bee Well Honey Farm

Beekeeper Conference

2017 Summer Beekeeper Conference

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South Carolina State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2017
July 19-21 at The Florence Civic Center
3300 West Radio Drive Florence SC 29501

Hosting Sponsor : Bee Well Honey Farm
Major Sponsor: Gardner Spell Bee
Major Sponsor: Mann Lake Ltd
Co-Sponsor:  LD Consulting, Inc
Speaker Sponsor: Johnson’s Bee and Supplies
Speaker Sponsor: Dadant
Speaker Sponsor: Brushy Mountain
Bag Sponsor: Farm Bureau Insurance

SCBA Member Cost:  $45 Individual   $75 Family Non-member

Non Member Cost: $65 Individual    $100 family

Walk- in Cost:
$65 Individual $100 Family

Hotels: Courtyard Suites, Spring Hill Suites, Fairfield Inn all $119

KEYNOTE Speakers:  

  • David Hackenberg Sr.
  • Jennifer Berry – University of Georgia
  • Dr. Leo Shararshkin – Horizontal Hive
  • Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda – Clemson Extension
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Additional Speakers:

  • Phyllis Stiles – Bee City USA
  • 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 Farm Bureau 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

 South Carolina State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2017

Thursday July 20th

Doors Open 7am for SCBA Staff and Vendors only

Registration 8:00- 12:00

Check in & Registration for Attendees 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 10:00-12:30

Welcome by Steve McNeely & Kerry Owen
Be Responsible For Your Bees –  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 Oxalic 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 (no one will be permitted to go thru banquet line without a meal ticket)

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

Banquet Menu

Choice of Entrees

Beef Tips with Mushrooms
Herb Roasted Chicken***
Apricot-Dijon Pork Loin***

Choice of Sides

Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Butter***
Medley of Seasonal Garden Vegetables***
Roasted Garlic Potatoes***
Garden Salad and Dressing (Gluten Free Dressing)

Dessert: Strawberry Cream Cake
***Gluten Free

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 Accepted   8am – 12pm

SCBA Business Meeting 9am-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 10:30 – 12:00

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
Varroa Biology- 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!