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Conference Agenda:

The Conference committee is busy developing the agenda for the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow.  Based on feedback from the 2014 conference, the agenda structure will remain basically the same with the following components:

General Session:
General Session will begin on Wednesday morning and continue through Thursday. 

Track Sessions:
Track sessions will be held on Friday morning. They will be specific to each stage of beekeeping and include the following tracks:

  • Beginning Beekeeping
  • Serious Sideliner
  • Commercial
  • Research

Auxiliary Breakfast/Meeting:
The Auxiliary Breakfast/Meeting will be held on Thursday morning, January 8.  Join us for a delicious breakfast and the opportunity
to meet the 2015 Honey Queen and Princess candidates. Also participate in the business meeting and learn more about how
you can get involved. * Separate Registration is Required and Additional Fees Apply!

Thursday Night Social:
Come join 200-300 of your closest beekeeping friends for an afternoon/evening of fun on Thursday, January 8. We’ll tour the Sioux Honey Factory, have dinner and enjoy an evening of entertainment. This is a great opportunity to meet new beekeepers and visit with those you have known for years.

Foundation Luncheon:
The Foundation luncheon will be held on Friday, January 9 and will feature a keynote presentation as well as brief presentations from the 2015 Foundation Scholarship Recipients.  * Separate Registration is Required and Additional Fees Apply!

Saturday Workshops:
The ever-popular Saturday workshops will include over 20+ different topics and feature hands-on instruction and interactive participation.  Workshops will be offered from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10.

The 2015 Tradeshow is yet another place where you can learn about the latest products and services available to beekeepers. We anticipate more than 50 exhibitors, who are all anxious to meet with you to demonstrate the latest in beekeeping innovations.The Tradeshow will be open each day of the conference beginning on Wednesday afternoon, January 7 and closing on Saturday, January 10 at noon.  Be sure to stop by and visit with each vendor to learn more about enhancements in the beekeeping industry.

Silent Auction:
The Silent Auction has become a tradition of the conference. A variety of honey and bee-themed items will be available through the auction with all proceeds benefiting the ABF Legislative Fund and the American Honey Queen program. Donations for the Silent Auction will be accepted onsite at the conference.

The 2015 American Honey Show:
The 2015 American Honey Show will also be held during the conference.This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees' abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies. The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes 12 classes for honey, four for beeswax and the gift basket class. After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.

Networking Opportunities:
We have heard your requests for more networking opportunities, and dedicated Thursday evening, January 8, just for this. The Thursday evening social will include a tour of Sioux Honey, dinner and entertainment. This optional activity will require an additional charge during the registration process. Friday evening will be a free night for you to socialize with all your new beekeeping friends! * Separate Registration is Required and Additional Fees Apply!

ABF Annual Banquet:
The ABF Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday evening. The banquet will feature the coronation of the 2015 American Honey Queen and Princess, as well as the ABF Sweepstakes. * Separate Registration is Required and Additional Fees Apply!

Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, January 6
  • Afternoon
  • Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, January 7
  • Morning
  • Opening General Session
  • Noon
  • Tradeshow Opens
  • Afternoon
  • Shared Interest Group (SIG) Meetings
  • Evening
  • Welcome Reception with Entertainment in the Tradeshow
  • Thursday, January 8
  • Morning
  • Auxiliary Meeting (optional) *
  • All Day
  • General Session
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • Afternoon
  • Live & Silent Auctions in the Tradeshow
  • Afternoon/Evening
  • Social Activity/Dinner (optional) *
  • Friday, January 9
  • Morning
  • Track Sessions
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • Noon
  • Foundation Luncheon (optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Afternoon
  • ABF Business Meeting
  • Afternoon
  • Honey Show Live Auction in the Tradeshow
  • Saturday, January 10
  • Morning
  • Tradeshow
  • Morning/Afternoon
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Evening
  • ABF Annual Banquet (optional) *

* Additional registration fee required

As you can see, this conference is packed full of educational sessions, social and networking activities, and lots of opportunities to learn about new products and services. Register now to ensure your place at the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow.