By: Debbie Seib
July 13 – 15, 2017, University of Southern Indiana (USI) will be the host location of the 16th Annual Heartland Apicultural Society Conference. Founded in 1965, USI is located in Evansville on the far west side, enrolls over 10,000 dual credit, undergraduate and graduate students in 80 majors and is located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus.
The conference runs Thursday, July 13, thru Saturday, July 15; however, we are planning on a ‘movie night’ on Wednesday evening for those that come in a day early. There will be three full days of breakout sessions, a queen rearing class, a children’s program, a honey show, an art show, some great speakers and many vendor booths. Along with all the great bee classes, on Thursday night there will be an ice-cream social and Friday night will be a good old BBQ. Both events will have a lot of great conversations.
Heartland Apicultural Society was founded in 2001 by Tom Webster (Researcher, Kentucky State University) Greg Hunt (Entomology, Purdue University), and Zachary Huang (Entomology, Michigan State University). The first conference was held at Goshen College, Indiana with Indiana hosting it again in 2006 and 2011 at Vincennes University. Their mission is to promote beekeeping by educational conferences held on a yearly basis.
Key participants are the Purdue Apiary Team with Dr. Greg Hunt, Krispn Given and crew who always host a Queen Rearing class; Tom Webster, researcher at Kentucky State University and Dwayne Rekeweg who has represented Indiana since the society was founded. After six years we’ll be, as Jim Nabors used to sing…. Back Home Again in Indiana!
Registration is now open and a tentative schedule is located on the HAS website. Keep checking our website for frequent updates on speakers, agenda, hotels, etc.