Save the Date – 2015 Convention

The Montana State Beekeepers Association will meet October 15-17, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Great Falls, Montana.  We will be celebrating our 100th year!  Please save the date.  Details will follow on this page.  You can be automatically notified of such details by entering your e-mail address into the “Follow this Blog” box at the top of this page.  Questions?  courtney (at) glaciercountyhoney (dot) com

214 Montana State Beekeepers Association CONVENTION Information

The 2014 convention will be held at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown, October 16-18. If you would like the registration materials faxed or emailed to you, please request through Courtney Fullerton, courtney (at) glaciercountyhoney (dot) com or 888-451-8669. We apologize for not being able to post them on the website – we are having technical issues. We hope to see you!

Western Apiculture Society meeting in Missoula! September 17-20

Below please find links to the Agenda and Workshop/Short Course Schedule for the 37th meeting of the Western Apiculture Society, organized this year by Dr. Jerry Bromenshank. The meeting will be held in Missoula September 17-20, with a Honey Festival open to the public on Saturday, September 20.
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Save the Date! – UPDATED

The 2014 convention of the Montana State Beekeepers Association will be October 16-18 in Lewistown, Montana, at the Yogo Inn. Registration materials will be sent in late summer, but for now, mark your calendar!

National Honey Board Seeks Nominees for Board Positions

Please see the linked press release from the National Honey Board.

Announcement: Wyoming Bee College Conference

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting theWyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products. for registration 

The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company).  The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues.  Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, USDA ARS Utah Bee Lab entomologist Dr. James Strange.

The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive.  There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis. 

The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night, or you can register for one day at $35/day. 

Go to Wyoming Bee College to register.

Our speaker line up: 

Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.

Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming.  Michael will be teaching the beginning bee class or helping new beekeepers on Saturday start to finish how to become a beekeeper with a hands-on hive portion.  Bring your bee suit if you have one.

Terry Booth, retired USDA ARS researcher, owner operator of Cheyenne Honey.  Terry will give insight and advise of 40 years of beekeeping in Wyoming.

Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center, Brenna will discuss the importance of native bees, their habitat how to help them and identification.  Brenna will also teach a class on the orchard mason bee with a build your own orchard mason bee hive.

Gayle Wilson, owner artist of Thin-Air-Studio, director of Works of Wyoming. Gayle will be teaching the value added class and sharing her recipes for lotions, lip balms, furniture wax, and encaustic art wax as well as making a product to take home.

Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW, where and how to get your products noticed and sold, beyond the basics of marketing.

Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees why it’s important to register your bee hives with the department of agriculture.

Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Current information on the EPA’s new rules on pesticide labeling and what a beekeeper can do.

Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects and how you can do the same. For more information contact Catherine Wissner at307-633-4383.

2013 MSBA Convention Agenda


October 5, 2013

2013 MSBA Convention Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday Oct. 17, 2013

11am-1pm: Registration

1:00-1:30pm: Emily Campbell, 2013 American Honey Princess

1:30-2:00pm: Cam Lay, Montana Department of Agriculture

2:00-3:00pm: Michelle Flenniken, Assistant Research Pro.-Ph.D from MSU

Subject Title: “Honey Bee Pathogen and Pathway Discovery”

3:00-3:30pm: BREAK

3:30-4:00pm: Laura Brutcher, MSU

Subject Title: “Understanding the Factors Affecting Honey Bee Health”

4:00-5:00pm: Phil Craft, aka Ask Dr. Phil

Subject Title: “Common queen problems in hives”

***Dinner on your own

***Finger foods will be served during the entertainment.


***Family friendly entertainment…children welcome for the evening until 10pm.

7:00-9:00pm: Dynamic Duets, Starring…..Songbird Teresa-Rose and Danny Sax

Kat Felix

9pm-????: Singing and Karaoke with Teresa-Rose

Friday Oct. 18, 2013

8:00-9:00am: Dave Wick: Virus Detection Report

9:00-10:00am: Justin Brown, Bee Shield

Subject Title: “A shield for the bees”.

Subject Title: “Helping the environment and bees hand in hand and with one tree”

10:00-10:15am: BREAK

10:15-11:00am: Any vendors that would like to take a few minutes to speak may do so now.

11:00-12:00pm: James Cropper, CA Air Resources Board

12:00-1:30pm: Luncheons

1:30-2:30pm: Jonathan Lundgren, Research Entomologist

Subject Title: “Insect conservation and modern crop land”.

2:30-2:45pm: BREAK

3:00-5:00pm: Business Meeting

6:00-7:00pm: No Host Happy Hour

7:00pm-???: Banquet, silent auction and auction

Saturday Oct. 19, 2013

8:00am: Sioux Bee Honey meeting breakfast


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