Archive for February, 2014

National Honey Board Seeks Nominees for Board Positions

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

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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. Eventbrite.com 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 eventbrite.com 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.