Why Attend the SCBA Spring Conference 2022?

You will have the opportunity to hear from renowned beekeeping experts and learn techniques to help make you a better beekeeper.

Session topics include:

  • Nutrition Management

  • Products of the Hive

  • Habitat and Forages

  • Artisan Honey Show

Be Sure to Check Out Our Vendors

  • Anthony’s Beehive

  • Betterbee

  • Bailey Bee Supply

  • Bee Club Sales

  • Charleston Community Bee Gardens

  • Dadant

  • Joy Haven Homestead & Studio

  • Johnsons Bees and Supplies

  • Little Wing Apiary

  • Mann Lake

  • Midnight Bee Supply

  • Millerbees Manufacturing

  • Oak Creek Naturals, LLC

  • OxaVap

  • Pigeon Mountain Trading Company

  • Rossman Apiaries

  • United Bee Supplies

Dr. Wyatt Mangum

A monthly columnist for the American Bee Journal on Honey Bee Biology, Dr. Mangum is a highly sought-after speaker for bee meetings across the US, and a world traveler, working with beekeeping systems in India, Bangladesh, Bolivia, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil.

Dr. Juliana Rangel

Born in Colombia, South America, Juliana obtained a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution in 2014 from the University of California, San Diego. In 2010 she obtained a Ph. D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, working with Dr. Tom Seeley. She was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 2010 to 2013 working with Dr. David Tarpy at North Carolina State University. In January 2013, Juliana became Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2018. Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that affect the reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones, the behavioral ecology and population genetics of unmanaged honey bees, and the quality and diversity of honey bee nutrition in a changing landscape.

She is an active member of the Texas Beekeepers Association and has spoken to dozens of beekeeping associations across the USA and internationally. She teaches the courses Honey Bee Biology, Introduction to Beekeeping, and Professional Grant and Contract Writing. Since 2014 she has been the coach of TAMU’s undergraduate and graduate teams of the Entomology Games at the branch and national games of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), earning first and second place nationally four years in a row.

She is the 2022 Secretary for the Southwestern Branch of the ESA and is the past elected chair of the National ESA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She previously served as the elected chair of her department’s Faculty Advisory Committee and has been part of several committees at the departmental, college, and university level. In 2021 she received the James I. Hambleton Memorial Award, which was established by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America to recognize research excellence in apiculture. She also received the 2020 John G. Thomas Award for Meritorious Service from the Texas Beekeepers Association for her contributions to the apiculture industry in the state.

She received the 2019 Dean’s award for Excellence in Diversity and the 2016 Dean’s award for Excellence in Early Career Research from TAMU’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She also received the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring award from the Entomology Graduate Student Association. She was 2014 President and 2013 Vice-President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists.

Susan Marie Jones

Susan Marie is a retired educator from the Upstate who is passionate about sharing her love of beekeeping with others.  She is a SC Beekeeper of the Year, a SC Master Beekeeper, and previously the Director of the SC Master Beekeeper Program. Susan created and manages two bee-focused businesses: her honey bees and bee products as Susan Marie’s Bees and a bee-themed e-commerce business Keowee Bee.   Susan currently serves SCBA as the first woman President-Elect.

Ben Powell

Ben Powell

Ben Powell is the Apiculture and Pollinator Program Coordinator at Clemson University. For as I can remember I have been fascinated by the natural world and the interactions of its inhabitants, especially the smaller majority (insects and other invertebrates).

I believe that conservation and wise use of natural resources is essential to preserving ecosystem services, especially in developing communities, and the public has a vested interest in protecting pollinators and other invertebrates for the critical roles they play in maintaining agriculture and ecosystems.

As the Apiculture and Pollinator Program coordinator, my primary goal is to provide educational resources for South Carolina’s beekeepers and expand appreciation for all insects and invertebrates, especially those that pollinate South Carolina’s farms and forests.

I focus my education and outreach programs on two areas: 1) advancing apiculture and beekeeping and 2) improving public awareness about the importance of pollinators and invertebrate biodiversity. Clemson Apiculture and Pollinator Program extension activities include the Clemson Apiculture and Pollinator Program website and Facebook page, the bimonthly newsletter (CAPPingg), advanced trainings for beekeepers, pesticide applicators, and the general public, pollinator habitat demonstration plots, and teaching apiaries.

Danny Cannon

Danny Cannon

Danny Cannon has been keeping bees since 1998 and is the owner of Bee Trail Farm, an apiary located in Lexington, SC. Raising queens and selling local honey are his special_es. He is the past President of Mid-State Beekeepers Association and is currently President of The SC Beekeepers Association. Danny enjoys serving as a mentor and advocate for the beekeeping community.

Brad Cavin

Brad Cavin

Stephen Bradley (Brad) Cavin began working for Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) as a Plant Pest Regulatory Inspector in 2007. In 2013, Brad was appointed the Chief Apiary Inspector for South Carolina. In 2020, DPI officially began a full-time apiary inspection program. His responsibilities in this role include oversight of regulatory activities of the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry Apiary Inspection program in South Carolina. Brad conducts random inspections of beekeepers/queen breeders and investigates calls from beekeepers concerned about possible pests and pathogens. He recommends establishment of protective or restrictive quarantine as required due to disease or deleterious exotic species, and enforces the South Carolina bee laws and regulations. He educates the public by hosting discussions regarding honey bees and the laws that regulate the honey bee industry. Brad issues certificates of inspection for queen breeders and migratory beekeepers as well as certificates for exportation and importation commerce for colonies of honey bees.


Steve Genta

Steve is a third-generation beekeeper and manages around 20 colonies at his home in Simpsonville, SC. He is South Carolinas first Master beekeeper, a Senior Welsh Honey Judge, and the headmaster of the SC Welsh Honey Judging Academy.

Steve coordinates and has judged the SCBA honey shows for many years. He is the senior judge for the SC State Fair honey shows. Steve has been teaching beginning beekeeping courses for over 25 years and gives beekeeping and honey show preparation programs to groups in several states. He is also an award-winning mead maker and received the best in show award for his mead at the 2013 EAS conference.

nancy simpson

Nancy Simpson

Nancy Simpson is a Certified Welsh Honey Judge trained at the Young-Harris Beekeeping Institute in Georgia. A retired psychology professor, she continues to mentor graduate students as the College of Charleston Honey Bee Advisor. When not judging or competing in honey shows you can find her milking her goats and tending her bees on NannyBees farm outside Charleston, SC.

Rick Huffman

Rick Huffman is principal and founder of Earth Design Inc. a landscape architecture and environmental design firm dedicated to the principals of sustainability in the design and built environments. Passion, commitment and social responsibility drive the company’s mission to combine art, design, and ecology to create unique spaces and solve environmental issues.

For over thirty-five years, Rick Huffman has been an advocate for land ethic values and education. Land ethics values place Homo sapiens as biotic citizens whose role is to respect and heal the Earth. Education is the key to understanding, understanding leads to an awareness, an appreciation, and love for our planet and fellow citizens.

1993 Graduate of School of Environmental Design and landscape Architecture, University of Georgia. Sigma Lamba Alpha National Honor Society for Landscape Architects.

In 1996, Rick Huffman founded Earth Design in tandem with the formation of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. Ricks mission was to create an awareness of our beautiful unique indigenous plants and demonstrate how good design can bring nature home to all our communities and every backyard.

In 1999, Rick assisted with formation of the National Native Plant Conservation Alliance. Rick spent two weeks at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collaborating with partners from across the nation.

In 2003, Rick Huffman received the Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Educators Association of South Carolina. Rick worked with school districts, administrators, and teachers to utilize and integrate the environment into the teaching curriculum.

In 2005, Ricks collaborated with fellow authors to create ‘Life at the Water’s Edge’ a book that serves water quality and quantity issues by combining science and application. ‘Life at the Water’s Edge’ received the 2006 Natural Resource Publication of the Year.

In 2006, Mr. Huffman received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Awareness recognizing his contribution to education and the environment.

In 2010, Mr. Huffman received Upstate Forever’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

2014 – 2019 USGBC regional and SC board and advisory

Sheryl Brousseau

Sheryl Brousseau, certified Welsh Honey Judge of the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute in Georgia, is not only a honey show judge, but also a top competitor in honey shows as well.  In the last 3 years alone she has accrued a total of 208 show points that include 3 Best of Show awards.  She loves to teach others how to become show winners too!

David MacFawn

David MacFawn is a North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper (October 16, 1997), Co-Founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program, awarded 1996 & 2020 South Carolina Beekeeper of the Year, assisted Dr. Fell at Virginia Tech in the Virginia Master Beekeeping Program, Incorporated the South Carolina Beekeepers Association as a 501 C 3 Non-Profit Corporation, and published several (over 50) articles in the American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, and Beekeeping: The First Three Years.

He currently publishes in Bee Culture. David is a 2021 CIPA EVVY™ Awards Book Second Place Competition Winner.  David has published three books, Applied Beekeeping in the United States by David MacFawn, published by Outskirts Press ,  https://outskirtspress.com/BeekeepingTipsandTechniquesfortheSoutheastUnitedStatesBeekeepingFinance  &  https://outskirtspress.com/gettingthebestfromyourbees.

Andrew Jeffers

Andrew Jeffers is a native of the mountains of eastern Tennessee. I have a B.S. in Agriculture, Plant and Soil Science, and M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee. My thesis project focused on woody tree and shrub liner production.

I have worked as an herbaceous perennial grower for Zelenka Nurseries, a production manager for Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery, a bedding plant grower for Van Wingerden International, and an Integrated Pest Management(IPM)coordinator for Costa Farms – Costa Carolina.

My primary interests are in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), herbaceous perennial production and cultivation, annual and bedding plant production and cultivation, woody ornamental (tree and shrub) production and cultivation, plant growth regulator techniques and combinations, and minimizing ornamental production and cultivation impacts to water and other natural resources.

Staci Siler

In the beekeeping world since 2007, Staci is fascinated by honey bees. She has been as far north as Boone, NC and as far south as Cape Coral, Florida in the name of beekeeping. She is a voracious reader of anything “bee”, always eager to learn from anyone who would care to discuss bees. In spite of her years of experience and study, she is convinced that there is so much more to learn!

Tim Dover

Tim Dover is co-owner of The Carolina  Honey Bee Company in Travelers Rest, SC. Currently the CHBC provides honey to more than 350 grocery stores across 5 states in the southeast. Tim oversees the daily beekeeping and management of apiaries located across the western Carolinas. In addition, the CHBC has become the leader in providing beekeeping supplies and education for many aspiring beekeepers teaching classes, mentoring other beekeepers, and speaking to many groups about the importance of honeybees. In his spare time Tim enjoys being a Dad and being surrounded by family.

Madison McKenna

Madison is a Food Safety Officer with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. She covers both Spartanburg and Greenville Counties. Growing up on Cranberry bogs in southeastern Massachusetts, Madison developed a passion for agriculture and food production.

Dr. Brian Roberts

Dr. Roberts was raised In Indiana and attended Purdue University and obtained the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  He has practiced veterinary medicine for 40 years in South Carolina.  In 1992, his wife purchased one hive and he has been a beekeeper since then.  He has managed anywhere from 1 to 50+ hives.

Al Boehm

Al started beekeeping  about 25 years ago. It was due to a lack of pollinators on his small farm. The start of 4 hives soon became 40 and more at times. Mentoring  and teaching is also part of the beekeeping experience, new beekeepers need the help from those of us who have already made the errors.

Glenn Thomas

Glenn Thomas has over 35 years with the Farm Service Agency currently serving as the County Executive Director for the Spartanburg/Union/Cherokee FSA County Office and the Greenville/Pickens FSA County Office. Originally from Marion, South Carolina, Glenn grew up on a tobacco, soybeans and cotton farm.

Susan Crook

Susan Crook, the Director of the Master Beekeeping Program for SCBA, is a Journeyman beekeeper who lives in Charleston, SC with her family. She serves on the Board of the Charleston Area Beekeepers Association and SCBA. She loves talking about bees, reading about bees, and mentoring new beekeepers.

Brian Fahey

A native of Tybee Island, GA., Brian was drawn to Charleston by its luxurious river resort, The Citadel. He travelled a circuitous path that led to marrying his wife, Jennifer, having a brood of two, and a career as an archivist (an Indiana Jones of recorded information). Fearing some might mistake him for being affable, Brian first placed hives in his driveway in 2019 to keep bees in and people out. He’s a board director of Charleston Area Beekeepers Association. Brian is a freshly minted SCBA Journeyman; but he’s been a lifelong master of wit and sarcasm. Devilishly handsome, some say he’s a short, fat, bald, drawling, sane doppelgänger of Sean Connery.

Richard Carr

Richard Carr is a Land Conservation Specialist with Upstate Forever. He joined Upstate Forever in January of 2021 after serving two previous careers in the Textile Industry and in Ministry with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A lifelong resident of Spartanburg, Richard has spent most of his life in the outdoors of the Upstate hunting, fishing, canoeing, and working jobs in landscaping and agriculture. Much of that time was centered on his family’s ancestral farm located on the Broad River near Lockhart. Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina.

805 Spartan Blvd
Spartanburg, SC 29301

When making reservations please call and ask for the SCBA reduced rate. You do not have to be a SCBA Member to take advantage of this rate.

805 Spartan Boulevard
Spartanburg, SC 29301

PH: 864-913-1200


Single King: $119.00

Double Queen: $129.00

Includes breakfast for grab & go breakfast with water, muffin, cereal, juices, and coffee.

0.0 miles from venue

801 Spartan Boulevard
Spartanburg, SC 29301

PH: 864-699-2222


Single King: $109.00

Double Queen: $109.00

Includes breakfast buffet with eggs, sausage, bacon, omelets, oatmeal, fruit, juices and coffee.

0.10 miles from venue

Whether you’re an experienced beekeeper or are new to beekeeping, you will benefit from this conference.

Are you just thinking about getting into beekeeping? We welcome you to join us as well.

SCBA Member Conference Rate – Both Days (All Inclusive – Includes 2 full days with Friday Reception and Lunch on Saturday)

$75 – Early Registration – Sign Up by February 4, 2022

$90 – Sign Up After February 4, 2022 or At Door

SCBA Member Conference Rate for 1 Day Only – Friday or Saturday

$50  – Early Registration – Sign Up by February 4, 2022

$60 – Sign Up After February 4, 2022 or At Door


Non-Member Conference Rate – Both Days (All Inclusive – Includes 2 full days with Friday Reception and Lunch on Saturday)

$90 – Early Registration – Sign Up by February 4, 2022

$100 – Sign Up After February 4, 2022 or At Door

Non-Member Conference Rate for 1 Day Only – Friday or Saturday

$60  – Register Online or At Door

During the Conference the SCBA will offer Master Beekeeper Testing.

Review Sessions for each level: Certified, Journeyman, and Master will be offered in the morning with testing offered in the afternoon on Friday, February 25.

Testing Registration Includes:

  • Your selected MBP Level Test

  • PLUS Friday morning Review Sessions!

Optional Testing Add On Prices:

  • Certified Level Written – $10

  • Journeyman Level Written/Practical – $35

    • Must submit 5 Public Service Credits and 2 Minor Credits PRIOR to testing*
    • Must submit beekeeping portfolio with original credit documentation on day of testing
  • Master Level Written – $75

    • Must submit all credits (10 PSC, 3 Major, 5 Minor) PRIOR to testing*
    • Must submit beekeeping portfolio with original credit documentation on day of testing
    • Master Practical and Oral exams will be scheduled during Summer Conference

*All credits should be submitted electronically PRIOR to testing.

Send Credits/Questions to  mailto:MBP@scstatebeekeepers.com



We have several levels of sponsorship to meet most every budget and would love to have you join us. Sponsorship includes:

  • Conference Badges with Full Access to Conference Program (See Sponsorship Levels for More Details)

  • Friday Night Social Event

  • 6′ Tables with option to add an additional Table

Being a Vendor Includes:

  • One Conference Badge with Full Access to Conference Program

  • Friday Night Social Event

  • Saturday Food/Beverage package

  • One 6′ Table with option to add an additional Table for $75

Our speakers help make our conference a success and we appreciate your willingness to help. Please click the button below to register and select your meal choice for Saturday.

We are monitoring the COVID situation very closely and we will be following local and facility recommendations. Masking and social distancing is encouraged and we will have hand sanitizer and masks available for attendees to use.