It’s August and the work continues on. Much hard work and attention to our bees is still ahead of us this year. It seems like everyone is pretty tired after this long, hot year of working with the sting insects that we love so much.
Sometimes it helps to think about what you will do when all of the bees are in perfect shape, hives covered and set for winter. I have a number of things I am looking forward to this fall and winter.
I want to encourage you to start thinking about the OSBA Fall Conference this year. It will be held on October 26, 27, and 28 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem. This is a fantastic venue for our conference. The convention center, hotel, and restaurant are all in one building with parking underneath. You will want to drive your car, not your bee truck, so that you can park in the structure.
Jason Rowan, OSBA vice president, has done an excellent job with the agenda once again.
Speakers include Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia; Dr. Anna Childers, USDA ARS, Beltsville, Maryland; Danielle Downey, Project Apis m; Dr. Michelle Flenniken, Montana State University; Krispn Given, Purdue University; SAVE the BEE®, GloryBee; Dr. Steve Pernal, Beaverlodge Research Farm, Canada; Dr. Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab; and much more.
There will be a new beginning beekeeping class running concurrently with the main meeting on Saturday and a large vendor area on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s going to be a great conference! While you are looking forward to being there, please ponder the words of Kenny Williams, former OSBA president: “All of the instruction and presentations at the conference are certainly worth the cost of admission. But the fellowship, networking, and reunion of friends is priceless!”
I hope you will put the conference on your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you there. The event is always greatly improved by your presence!