Protecting the honey producing industry in Wisconsin

Improving marketing for Wisconsin honey and bee products

Supporting educational programs and promoting awareness

Providing resources for Wisconsin's beekeeper community

Whether you’re a beekeeper, thinking of becoming one, looking to buy local honey,
or just curious about the importance of bees in our ecosystem, the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association is here for you!


WHPA Fall Convention November 4-6, 2021 

WHPA Fall Convention is November 4-6, 2021 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Keynote speaker, Sue Cobey and much more!


Fall Convention Schedule

Thursday, November 4, 2021

4:00 p.m. – Board of Managers meeting (Aspen Room)

6:00 p.m. – Board Dinner (Centralia)

7:00 p.m. – Budget committee (Aspen)

7:00 p.m. Kids N Bees Committee (Pub)

7:30p.m. Heine Hour Remembrance & Social (Pub)

8:00 p.m. – Honey Queen Committee (Spruce)

8:00 p.m. Poster Contest Committee (Timberland)

8:00 p.m. Other Committee Meeting if needed 

Friday, November 5, 2021

7:30 a.m. – Registration opens

8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open (Grand Ballroom C)

8:30 a.m. – Honey Show entries due 

8:30 a.m. – Call to order

8:45 a.m. – Introductions of Honey Queen & Candidates 

9:00 a.m. – Sue Cobey – Rearing Quality Queens & Drones

10:00 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. –Project Apis m.- “Research, Forage, and Resources for Beekeepers”

11:15 a.m. – ABF update

11:30 a.m. – Wisconsin State Apiarist Update

12:00 p.m. – Lunch (meal ticket required)

1:00 p.m. – James Hillemeyer “Lions, Tigers and Bears Oh My!”

2:00 p.m. – Ryan Lamb, Lamb Operation

3:00 p.m. – Break

3:15 p.m. – Business Meeting

Supper on your own

6:45 p.m. – Honey Queen Candidate presentations

7:10 p.m. – Honey Queen Fund Auction

Saturday, November 6, 2021

7:30 a.m. – Registration opens

8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open

8:00 a.m. – Announcements

8:10 a.m. – Presentation by WHPA Honey Queen Anna Evenson

8:20 a.m. – Presentation by ABF Honey Queen/Princess Jennifer Hinkel

8:35 a.m. – Sue Cobey- Challenges of Bee Breeding & Selection

9:35 a.m. – Break

9:50 a.m. –Promoting Wisconsin Honey, Kent Pegorsch

10:50 a.m. – Youth Beekeepers

11:50 a.m.- Announcements & Door Prizes

12:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own-Trade Show closes

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kids-N-Bees 

1:00 p.m. – Don Moody-Farmers Business Network- Helping Beekeepers Deal with Lack of Precipitation

2:00 p.m. – Packaging Honey, Bill Palmer

3:00 p.m. – Break

3:00 p.m. – Executive Committee Meeting

Social/Free Time

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

7:00 p.m. – Banquet & Awards (ticket required)

9:00 p.m. Dance & Social



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We welcome all beekeepers and people interested in beekeeping to join the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association!