November 2-4, 2017

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South

4751 Owen Ayres Court Eau Claire, WI

Hotel Reservations: 715-830-9779

Keynote speakers include Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Beekeeping; David Tarpy, Associate Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University; and Dr. Marla Spivak, University Minnesota Bee Lab. A young commercial beekeepers panel, Honey show, queen’s auction, Kids & Bees Expo, and more!

Dr. Marla Spivak

David Tarpy

Ross Conrad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3:00 p.m. – Board of Managers meeting

6:00 p.m. – Board Dinner

7:00 p.m. – Budget committee

Kids N Bees Committee

8:00 p.m. – Honey Queen Committee

Poster Contest Committee

Other Committee Meeting if needed

 

Friday, November 3, 2017   

7:30 a.m. – Registration opens

8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open

8:30 a.m. – Honey Show entries due & Baking contest entries due

8:30 a.m. – Call to order by WHPA President – Kent Pegorsch

MC – Vice President – Matt LaForge

8:45 a.m. – Introductions of Honey Queen and Candidates – Mary Kettlewell

9:00 a.m. – David Tarpy – The benefits of within-hive diversity

10:00 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – Ross Conrad – The current state of beekeeping and organic/natural solutions

11:15 a.m. – ABF update – Tim May

11:30 a.m. – Wisconsin State Apiarist Update – Elizabeth Meils, DATCP

11:50 a.m. – Door Prizes

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

1:00 p.m. – Dr. Marla Spivak – UMN Bee Lab Research

2:00 p.m. – Door Prizes

2:05 p.m. – Lee Heine – Young Commercial Beekeepers Panel

3:05 p.m. – Break

3:20 p.m. – Business Meeting

Supper on your own

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

7:10 p.m. – Entertainment – Chippewa Valley Youth Choir

7:30 p.m. – Honey Queen Fund Auction – Auctioneer Jerry Andrews

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017   

7:00 a.m. – Registration opens

8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open

8:30 a.m. – Announcements

8:35 a.m. – WHPA Honey Queen – year in review

8:45 a.m. – David Tarpy – Quality of commercial queens: the good news and the bed news

9:45 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – Ross Conrad – Overwintering and spring management

11:00 a.m. – Door Prizes

11:05 a.m. – Dr. Marla Spivak – Status of Bee Health: Untying a Messy Knot

12:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kids-N-Bees

1:00 p.m. – Presentation by American Honey Queen

1:15 p.m. – Ross Conrad – topic TBA

2:15 p.m. – David Tarpy – topic TBA

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Speaker Panel – David Tarpy, Marla Spivak, Ross Conrad

4:00 p.m. – Executive Committee Meeting

          Social/Free Time

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

7:00 p.m. – Banquet (ticket required)

9:00 p.m. – Dance and Social