The Fall Conference provides an opportunity meet and learn from some of the top researchers in the US and Canada—as well as continue the conversations we began last year and engage in new ones. This fine, quickly moving year of 2018 is no different! Join us in welcoming scientists and others involved with bees from near and far at the Salem Convention Center in October. We’ll gather Friday evening, October 26, in preparation for two full days of talking bees and beekeeping. Does it get any better . . .?
As seen in the Agenda, we’ll start with Michelle Flenniken with honey bee health and pathogens and then take a look at the work of Apis m. regarding the industry and Varroa-resistant bees with Danielle Downey, (C) honey bee queens and American foulbrood with James Tew, and (D) current efforts of the USDA with Anna Childers. We’ll gain the latest on (E) Varroa management with Jennifer Berry, (F) American foulbrood and bee breeding with Steve Pernal, and (G) honey bee reproduction and behavioral resistance to Varroa with Krispn Given. And we’ll learn what’s happening here at home with (H) updates on the research and extension activities of the OSU Honey Bee Lab with Ramesh Sagili as well as contributions of others in the region.
Updates to the Conference Agenda and Presenter Bios, Abstracts, and additional conference news are at: http://osba2018.orsba.org. Once there, you are also able to register online. For registration by mail, you may download the Registration Form. Please note that rates increase after October 16, which is also the deadline for registering by mail. Additional conference events include opportunities to learn directly about the work of the OSU Honey Bee Lab, attend Bee School and other breakout sessions, explore the Exhibitors Area, and participate in the Silent and Benefit Auctions. Additional activities include a pre-conference Commercial Beekeeper Workshop and Honey Show, described in paragraphs that follow.
COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPER WORKSHOP
A successful commercial beekeeper does not just know how to keep good bees. Commercial beekeepers must also maintain an efficient business: make good financial decisions, manage employees, establish and maintain relationships with growers, comply with safety regulations in all aspects of their work, and more. Most educational events for beekeepers focus on presentations of the latest research in honey bees. There are few opportunities for commercial beekeepers to increase knowledge on less exciting, yet vital information on running a safe, successful business. Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association have teamed up to offer a series of workshops especially for commercial beekeepers. Past topics included best business practices, workplace safety, Food Safety Modernization Act, even forklift safety. Our next Commercial Beekeeper Workshop will be just before the OSBA conference, on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Salem Convention Center. Details and registration information: Commercial Beekeeper Workshop.
FALL CONFERENCE HONEY SHOW
Come prepared to enter products of the hive in this year’s Honey Show! Honey Steward Susan Rauchfuss will accept entries at the Honey Show Booth in the Willamette Foyer no sooner than 8:00 am and no later than 9:45 am on Saturday. Honey Judge Marjie Ehry will begin judging at 10 am. Categories and criteria are provided at: http://osba2018.orsba.org/honey-show/