HAS Swarms St. Louis, July 12-14

By Jane Sueme, Isabee’s Equipment and Supplies, St. Louis, MO

The 2012 Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Conference will be held July 12–14 on the University of Missouri (UMSL) campus in St. Louis, Missouri. The three-day conference will be swarming with beekeepers old and new, instructional programs in the classrooms, “hands-on” classes in the apiary, vendor displays and on-campus accommodations. Virtually all of the conference activities will take place under one roof at the UMSL JC Penny Conference Center with labs and an apiary 200 yards from the main auditorium.

Speakers attending HAS this year include: Dr. Greg Hunt, Purdue University; Dr. Tom Webster, Kentucky State University; Dr. Jim Tew, Ohio State University; Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine; Jerry Hayes, Monsanto Corporation and the American Bee Journal; Dr. Zachary Huang, Michigan State University; Michael Bush, Bush Farm; Phil Craft and others.

Sessions are designed for beekeepers at all skill levels in a flexible track format with most classes offered in several time slots over the three days. Classes offered include a special beginner’s track for those with no beekeeping experience, as well as advanced topics for beekeepers with many years’ experience and those in-between. A three-day queen-rearing course will be offered in half-day sessions conducted in the apiary and lab.

In additional to the education programming, there will be a large vendor show, evening social events, and sightseeing tours in the St. Louis area during the day. The evening social gathering on campus is a great time to meet fellow beekeepers from Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia and beyond!

Accommodations include University of Missouri dormitory housing and meals available at an economical cost for participants, as well as special rates at nearby hotels.

For the non-beekeepers joining us in St. Louis, there will be guided tours to some of the favorite points of interest in the area.

St. Louis, like other urban areas across the country, has experienced an explosion of interest in honeybee beekeeping in the past 5 years. The Three Rivers Beekeepers, formed in 2009, as well as popular beginning workshops hosted by the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association and other local bee clubs, together draw over 300 members to area meetings every month. The St. Louis beekeeping community is “abuzz” with excitement to be hosting this important regional event!

According to Phil Craft, HAS Program Director, the Heartland Apiculture Society was established in 2001 to fill a void in the Midwest for beekeeping education and to provide an economical beekeeping conference every summer, with hands-on training. “We always hold the conference at a university to have easy access to economical accommodations. Membership by beekeepers is established by attending a conference; there are no dues. Member states are established by participation in the HAS organization leadership. This annual conference is our only activity, hence low overhead.”

Pre-registration forms and program details are available at http://www.heartlandbees.com. Forms will need to be returned by mail only (no online submission) by June 28th for pre-registration.

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