2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow


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.

Responses are still coming in and we anticipate that the complete agenda will be available by mid-September. 
 Please check the conference website often for new updates.

Tradeshow:

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, all anxious to meet with you to show you the latest in beekeeping
 innovations. The tradeshow will be open each day of the conference beginning on Wednesday morning and closing on 
Saturday morning.

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. Donations for the Silent Auction will be 
ccepted 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’ve heard your requests for more networking opportunities, and we’ve dedicated Thursday evening just for this.  The 
Thursday evening social will include dinner and dancing off-site at the ?????, a musical and dining experience. 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! 

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 for this event. 

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.

 

2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

Schedule-at-a-Glance (subject to change)

   
Conference Agenda Template (V1)    

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

ABF Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Research Committee Meeting (TBD)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Resolutions Committee Meeting (TBD)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Honey Queen Committee Meeting (TBD)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Membership Committee Meeting (TBD)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Education Committee Meeting (TBD)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

ABF Executive Committee Meeting (TBD)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ABF Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

 

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Honey Show Entry Drop-off

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

 

Opening Ceremonies

  • Call to Order & Introductions
  • Presentation of Colors
  • “Star-Spangled Banner” - led by American Honey Queen & Princess
  • Welcome
  • Invocation

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

President’s Address – Tim Tucker, American Beekeeping Federation

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM

Keynote Presentation:  Systemic Pesticides and Global Bee Deaths: A Poisonous Conspiracy - Graham White, Scotland, UK

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Introduction of 2014 American Honey Queen and 2014 American Honey Princess and the 2015 Honey Queen Contestants – Anna Kettlewell, Chairperson, American Honey Queen Committee, Badger State Apiaries, Greenfield, Wisconsin

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM

ABF Legislative Update w/Fran Boyd

11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

 

11:50 AM – 12:10 AM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation

12:10 AM – 1:30 PM

Delegates Assembly Lunch (by invitation only)

12:10 AM – 1:30 PM

Lunch – all other on own for lunch. 

12:10 PM – 8:00 PM

Tradeshow is open

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Producer/Packer SIG Meeting

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Small Scale/Sideliner SIG Meeting

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Package Bee and Queen Breeder SIG Meeting

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Commercial SIG Meeting

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Refreshment Break in the Tradeshow

4:15 PM – 5:35 PM

Joint Commercial & Package Bee and Queen Breeder SIG Meeting

4:15 PM – 5:35 PM

Joint Producer/Packer & Small Scale/Sideliner SIG Meeting

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

ABF New Member Orientation

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception in the Tradeshow w/Live and/Silent Auction

7:00 PM Beekeeping Brain Buster Entertainment

 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tradeshow Open (Honey Display)

8:25 AM – 12:00 PM

* Auxiliary Breakfast/Meeting

8:25 AM

General Session resumes with announcements

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM

 

8:50 AM – 9:10 AM

 

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

 

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

 

10:10 AM – 10:55 AM

Beverage Break in Trade Show

10:55 AM

General Session resumes with announcements

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Report from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees & Introduction of Foundation Scholars - Joan Gunter, Chairman, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM

 

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch (on own)

1:30 PM

General Sessions resumes with announcements

1:35 PM – 2:35 PM

Dr. Johnathan Lundgren (one-hour)

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM

2014 American Honey Queen & American Honey Princess Year-in-Review Presentations

2:55 PM – 3:40 PM

Refreshment Break in Trade Show

3:40 PM

General Session resumes with announcements

3:45 PM – 4:05 PM

 

4:05 PM – 4:25 PM

 

4:25 PM – 4:45 PM

 

4:45 PM

Silent Auction Closes

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Live Auction in the Tradeshow w/Cash Bar

 

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

* Optional Evening Activity & Dinner

 

Note:  The Sioux Honey tour would need to begin early afternoon.

 

Friday, January 9, 2015

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Tradeshow Open (Honey Display)

 

Beginning

Serious Sideliner

Producer/Packer

Commercial

Research

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

 

 

 

 

 

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Refreshment Break in the Tradeshow

10:20 AM – 11:10 AM

 

 

 

 

 

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM

 

 

 

 

 

12:10 PM – 1:30 PM

* Foundation Luncheon – Mark Winston

12:10 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch (on own)

1:30 PM – 2:10 PM

2nd Keynote Presentation:  Mark Winston

2:20 PM – 5:00 PM

ABF Business Meeting

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Refreshment Break in the Tradeshow w/cash bar

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Honey Show Live Auction

 

 

 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tradeshow Open

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #1 – Mark Winston

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #2

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #3

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #4

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #5

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #6

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #7

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Break-Out #8

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Refreshment Break

10:30 AM

2nd Silent Auction Closes (in the Tradeshow)

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #9

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #10

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #11

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #12

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #13

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #14

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #15

10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Break-Out #16

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch (on own)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #17

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #18

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #19

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #20

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #21

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #22

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #23

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break-Out #24

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

ABF Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

* ABF Annual Banquet w/Live Auction

 

 

 *Separate registration required.

 

For additional information and to register for the conference, please visit www.nabeekeepingconference.com.

 

 

Thursday Field Trip to the Sioux Honey Tour

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* Ground-trip transportation will be provided. Buses depart at 6:30 PM. 






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