By: Debbie Seib
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!
July 13 – 15th, 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 starts Thursday July 13th thru Saturday July 15th; 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.
Our Keynote speakers will include Dr. Ernesto Guzman a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada, Dr. Jeff Harris an assistant professor at Mississippi State University and Judge Dan O’Hanlon who led the effort to pass a bill in West Virginia granting immunity to beekeepers, the first in the nation.
We have Question and Answer sessions with Jerry Hayes who is the honeybee lead for Monsanto’s BioDirect business unit and Seasonal Management with Dr. Larry Connor or Jim Tew, always a favorite session. David Shenefield will share his knowledge of 40 plus years of beekeeping with sessions on Hive Inspection and commercial talks; Dave is both knowledgeable and entertaining. We are honored to have Master Beekeeper Kent Williams who can speak on any bee related topic. Other sessions include planting for bees, top bar hives, cut outs and many, many more.
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.
Check out our website for pre-registration information, frequent updates on speakers, agenda, hotels, etc. www.heartlandbees.org