Welcome back for the Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter! We are please to have excellent speakers that will discuss their successes (and failures), for practical use in our apiaries. This is an all-day meeting, with many sessions, the agenda is forthcoming with the specific topics to be covered. This meeting will be helpful whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or don’t have a hive yet.
The scheduled speakers are:
1) Dr. Leo Sharashkin – known for his natural beekeeping methods and use of horizontal hives (Layens and long Langstroths), along with innovative swarm trapping. His presentations will have many talking about colony health.
2) Charlie Parton – Parton Apiaries began 36 years ago in Maryville Tennessee with two hives, and has grown to an operation which runs 80 plus colonies. He is immediate past President for Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) and past East TN Regional Vice President. Charlie was selected as TBA’s Beekeeper of the year in 2011 and the TBA Life Member in 2013. He is active in the Blount County Beekeepers Association serving in several capacities including two terms as president.
3) Jennifer Berry – Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on improving honey bee health, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control.
We look forward to excellent presentations from these wonderful beekeepers! See y’all there!