Michigan Beekeepers Association


2014 Spring Conference

-Kelley's will not be attending this event.

(updated 1/06/14)

The 2014 MBA Spring Conference is closer than you think and it is time to start planning to attend!

All folks interested in bees are welcomed to attend!

The conference will be held at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus during ANR week on Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday, March 8.

The main speaker will be John Miller.  Miller is a commercial beekeeper who is well know in beekeeping circles.  He is the President of the California State Beekeepers Association, a commercial beekeeper running about 50,000 colonies, and the subject in the book A Beekeepers Lament.   He is also featured in the film “More Than Honey” which will be shown Friday evening in the Kellogg Center auditorium.  Miller is an interesting and dynamic speaker.

There will be break-out sessions on both days covering a wide range of topics that should be of interest for both the beginner and advanced beekeeper alike.  And, of course, the ever-popular vendor area will be back so that you can see all of the latest beekeeping equipment in one place.

Pre-registration is available on-line and we encourage all attendees to do so.  When you pre-register, your conference material will be available for immediate pick-up… no waiting in line.  And, you get a discount too!

Before you pre-register, please note that in order to get the MBA member discount you must be a current member of the MBA.  The 2013 memberships expired on December 31, 2013.  So you may need to renew your membership for 2014.  If in doubt, you can check your membership status by clicking here.

Note: Pre-registration will close Wednesday, March 5.
To pre-register on-line, click here.

Registration Fees:
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $20.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $10.00
MBA Guest/Spouse:  $10.00
Non-Member, 2-Day:  $40.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $20.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00
Children under 16 (with 1 registered adult): no charge
Children under 21 (with 2 registered adult): no charge

Paid At-the-Door
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $25.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $15.00
MBA Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00
Non-Member, 2-Day: $45.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $25.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $20.00
Children under 16 (with 1 registered adult): no charge
Children under 21 (with 2 registered adult): no charge

MBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Kellogg Center which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Normal rates at the Kellogg Center range from $125 to $162 per night.  Mention that you are with the MBA conference (reference group code MBA030614) and the room is available for $93 per night (single, double or king).  Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes.  Room reservations MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 4, 2014 in order to guarantee the discounted rate.  Call the Kellogg Center directly at 800-875-5090 or online at www.kelloggcenter.com.

If you are planning to stay at the Kellogg Center, then we suggest that you make your reservations early.

Meals can be obtained at the Kellogg Center’s State Room, but early reservations are recommended.  Also, the Brody Complex Cafeteria is available directly across the street from the Kellogg Center.  The cafeteria is definitely not what you remember it to be back in the days you were attending college.  Reliable reports have this cafeteria to be very reasonably priced, with very good food and it is certainly convenient.

Children’s Activity Room:
New this year will be a children’s activity room open on Saturday, March 8.  We will have lots of things to engage these future beekeepers, including coloring books, hands on beekeeping equipment, games and more!

In order to make the children’s activity room a success, we need folks  to volunteer and help out.  The more volunteers we have, the easier it will be on all concerned.  If you want to help, even if for a short period of time, then please contact Anne Marie Fauvel and let her know.  We are in particular need for someone to help organize this activity.  Don’t be shy!  Help us out!

Schedule of Events:
We will be organizing the classes and break-out sessions along “tracks”.  For example, there will be a track specifically oriented toward beginning beekeepers and another targeted at the intermediate and advanced beekeepers.  The content of most tracks will be repeated on both days (particularly the beginner’s track), as well as some other classes scheduled as resources permit.

We are also adding “poster sessions” this year (something new)!  At the poster session venue, we plan on having tables with display board posters presenting topics of interest to beekeepers.  Think of the poster sessions as “mini classess”, but available throughout the conference.  Most poster presenters will be available at specific times so that you can interact directly, one-on-one style.  Be sure to visit the poster venue… and let us know what you think of this idea.

On Friday evening, we will be showing a film in the Kellogg Center’s auditorium.  The film, “More Than Honey”, critically explores the relationship between bees and our modern agricultural system.  Our featured speaker, John Miller, is featured in the film.

Click here for the latest conference agenda (to be published)

Click here for a list of classes (to be published)

Please note:  If you want a list of classes, please print the schedule ahead of time and bring it with you.  Only a limited number of copies will be available at the conference.

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS:  We need your class description and requirements!  Click here to print the form and return to email address shown on form.

Live Auction At Saturday Afternoon’s General Session
Ready for some fun and entertainment at the 2014 MBA spring conference?  Then be sure to attend the “live” auction on Saturday, March 8, at 1:15pm during afternoon general session.  Everyone enjoys a spirited auction and this one promises to be a good one.  So be sure to… bid early, bid often and bid high!

Vendors will be located in the Big Ten A room, directly across from the registration room.  The vendors are always a very popular event.  You can see what’s new in beekeeping and purchase equipment and supplies for the upcoming season.  Most vendors will bring items to the conference to sell and some are accepting pre-conference orders (you save on shipping!).  Please support our vendors, as they help make the spring conference possible.

As of this posting, vendors currently committed to attend are… 2014_Vendor-List

If you are a vendor and would like a table at our conference, then… click here.

Silent Auction:
As before, there will be a silent auction to raise funds for the MBA.  Items will be on display in the Big Ten A (vendor) Room.  If you have an item(s) that you wish to donate, then please contact Dean or Lois Cross at 517-694-9619.  Bid early, bid often, bid high!

Putting on the conference is a lot of work and we can always use volunteers to help us along.  We can use help with a short setup on Thursday evening, handing out material in the classes and general session, assistance with at-the-door registration and post-conference evaluation.  Even if you only have a short time available, any help is greatly appreciated.  Contact Steve Tilmann, MBA Treasurer.

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