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BEE Our Guest - Early Bird Deadline is October 15 for the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow


We would love to meet you face-to-face to share beekeeping education, conversation and solutions this January! There's never been a better time for our community to gather.

 

Registration:

Registration is open so act now to ensure you spot at this all-important conference.  Be sure to register before October 15th to qualify for the early registration rate and save $50.00 off the regular price.

 

Host Hotel:

The Disneyland Hotel, a AAA Four-Diamond property, is the host hotel for the conference.  All ABF attendees will be offered a special group rate of $109.00 (plus applicable taxes).  This rate is available until December 15, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out (whichever comes first).  We encourage you to make your reservations early to ensure availability.  Additionally, the group rate will be honored three days pre and post the conference dates.  So, make a little vacation out of it and bring the whole family. 

 

Exhibitors/Sponsors:

If you are a vendor with a great product/service to share with beekeepers, this is the conference for you.  Our tradeshow will be located just down from the general session ballroom (on the same floor) and will offer lots of activities (including some entertainment and the chance to win fabulous prizes) to ensure attendee participation. Registration is now open for exhibitors and sponsors.  This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 600 beekeepers and showcase your product/service.  Please take a minute to review the exhibitor/sponsorship prospectus and select the option that’s right for you.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!


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Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series Presents a Six Part Beginning Beekeeping Series


The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to introduce a new online educational Webinar series titled "Conversation with a Beekeeper."  

The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar series is an ABF member-only benefit. You must be a current ABF member in order to access the upcoming session and archived session recordings. 
Please log into your ABF profile and under Education & Events choose the "Conversation with a Beekeeper". Not a member, membership starts at just $60


A six part series for Beginning Beekeeper featuring Blake Shook, owner of Desert Creek Honey Company, ABF Board member and Chair of the ABF Membership and Marketing Committee. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part One
    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description of Part One: This session will focus on the basic functions of the hive, and an overview of workers, queens and drones will be covered as well. You will also learn about woodenware and personal protective equipment, as well the basics of what’s what in a beehive.

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Two
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Two: This session will focus on information on the identification and treatment of bee diseases and parasites will be presented, as well as the various ways to obtain bees for your first beehive! 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Three
    Monday, November 3 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Three: In this session, we will discuss hive management. How to examine a beehive, and what to look for will be covered, as well as how to feed hives, re-queen them, and how to add honey supers. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Four
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Four: The first part of the session will cover a year in the life of the beekeeper, and we will conclude with the 15 most important things to know in beekeeping. 

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Five
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Five: Session five will focus on the collection of nectar and pollen, the natural conversion of nectar into honey, and the honey harvest. Products of the hive will be discussed, as well as marketing honey products.

  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping- Part Six
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

    Session Description for Part Six: This final session will feature a video feed of a beekeeper going through a beehive step by step, demonstrating honey, pollen, drones, queens, and much more. Ample time will be provided for Q&A. 



 

USDA News & Notes

USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support America's Speciality Crop Producers

MIAMI, Fla, Oct. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and provide resources to strengthen American agriculture. The Secretary made the announcement in Florida. 

"Specialty crop grants provide a major boost to the rural economies," said Secretary Vilsack. "Today's announcement is another example of how USDA is implementing the Farm Bill to deliver critical tools producers need to successfully grow, process and market high quality products." 

Sales of specialty crops total nearly $65 billion per year, making them a critical part of the U.S. economy. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), will provide $66 million to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research and programs to increase demand. In addition, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is awarding $51.8 million in grants through its Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). SCRI supports the specialty crop sector by developing and disseminating science-based tools to address the needs of specific crops. 

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