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Conversation with a Beekeeper

Beekeeping Education at Your Convenience


The ABF Education Committee works year-round to keep members engaged and informed between annual conferences. Our "Conversation with a Beekeeper" online education series offers more than 100 on-demand classes for ABF members to enjoy whenever and wherever you are.


"This presentation was much more informative and interesting than I thought it would be beforehand. I took a number of biochemistry college courses many years ago. I am amazed by how much research has changed. It is extremely important that we protect honey bees and our environment. Thanks so much."
- Larry McPherson


"This program is fantastic! Buzzing with gratitude."
- Cindy Ericksen


The ABF Conversation with a Beekeeper program is an ABF member-only benefit. You must be a current ABF member to access the classes.


On-Demand Beekeeping Classes


ABF continuing education presentations can be found under the following subjects:


General Interest


2020 ABF Legislative Update
Presenter: Fran Boyd, Meyers & Associates
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New 2020 ELAP Rule & What It Means for Beekeepers

Presenter: Amy Mitchell, USDA Farm Service Agency
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Save-A-Bee, Plant-A-Tree

Presenter: Mike Connor
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The Art & Science of Mead Making: How to Make Delicious & High Quality Mead
Presenter: Tom Repas, Canyon Rim Honey Bees
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2018 ABF Legislative Update
Presenter: Fran Boyd, Meyers & Associates
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Managing Media to Make More Money
Presenter: Emily Brown, MD Queen Bee
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From Small Scale to Sideline to Commercial Beekeeper
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Primetime with Honey Bees: Beekeeping, Honey Bees and More! - Part One
Presenter: Tim Tucker, Tuckerbees Honey
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Primetime with Honey Bees: Beekeeping, Honey Bees and More! - Part Two
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Primetime with Honey Bees: Beekeeping, Honey Bees and More! - Part Three
Presenter: Gene Brandi, Gene Brandi Apiaries
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Blue Dasher Farms Initiative
Presenter: Jonathan Lundgren, PhD
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Next Generation Beekeepers Initiative
Presenter: Sarah Red Laird, Bee Girl Organization, Zac Browning, Browning Honey Co.
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Conserving Honey Bees by Sharing the Love with the Littlest Community Members
Presenter: Sarah Red Laird, Bee Girl Organization
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Honey Bee Removals, The Ins and Outs
Presenter: Darren Jewell, Honey Bee Removal Specialist
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Why Join a Local Club? - From a Georgia Beekeeping President's Perspective
Presenter: Bear Kelley
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Beekeeping Mentor
Presenter: John Talbert
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Starting a Youth Program
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Keeping Records for Your Beekeeping Organization
Presenter: Ari Alvarez, BeeManiacs
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Urban Beekeeping: Making and Keeping Good Neighbors
Presenter: Joran Viers, City of Albuquerque, Parks Management
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How to Start a Honey Queen Program
Presenter: Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Committee Chair
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How to Start a Beekeeping Club
Presenter: Chappie McChesney, Founder of the North Florida Beekeeping Club
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Expanding from a Small-Scale to Sideliner Beekeeper
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Bee Biology


Biology & Behavior of Honey Bees
Presenter: Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota
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Beekeeping 101: Numbers, Boxcars and Bees
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: Castes; Parthenogenesis and Sex Determination in Honey Bees; Larvae and Pupae Development
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: Flight and Foraging Dynamics
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: Winter Biology of the Honey Bee
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: Internal Organs and Glands That Make Bees Function
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: To Be or Not to Be a Bee
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beginning Beekeeping


So You Think You Want To Be A Beekeeper?
Presenter: James & Chari Elam, Bluebonnet Beekeeping
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part One
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part Two
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part Three
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part Four
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part Five
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping - Part Six
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Evaluating Colonies for New Beekeepers
Presenter: Greg Hannaford, Ozark Bee Supply
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Seasonal Beekeeping Management


Fall (For Winter) Management
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Beekeeping 101: Fall Hive Management
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Easy Re-Queening
Presenter: Greg Hannaford, Ozark Bee Supply
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Specialized Beekeeping Management


No Fear - Starting Colonies in Mini Hives & Taking Them Through Winter
Presenter: Al Chubak, Eco Bee Box
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The Coweta Beekeeping Method - Splits
Presenter: Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
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Making Nucs in Spring
Presenter: Tim Tucker, Tuckerbees Honey
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Making Nucs! A Beekeeper's Discovery
Presenter: Tim Tucker, Tuckerbees Honey
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Queen Rearing


Queen Rearing: The Rest of the Story
Presenter: David Kelton, Author of Alabama Master Beekeeping Program
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Basic Queen Rearing
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Swarming Biology and Management


Beekeeping 101: Swarming
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Feeding and Nutrition of Bees


Healthy Bees - The Key to Winter Survival
Presenter: Greg Hannaford, Hannaford Honey and Tulsa Urban Bee Company
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Nutrition Management for Robust Populations
Presenter: Lance Wilson, Certified Master Beekeeper from University of Georgia and Young Harris College GMBP
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Why Do Honey Bees Like Dirty Water?
Presenter: Rachael Bonoan, Foundation Scholar
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New Beneficial Microbial Supplements For Honey Bees
Presenter: Vera Strogolova, Strong Microbials
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Honey Houses and Extracting Honey


How to Process Honey for the Small-Scale Beekeeper

Presenter: David Kelton, Author of Alabama Master Beekeeping Program
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Building a Hobbyist, Sideline and Commercial Honey House
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Honey Bottling and Honey Marketing


How to Taste & Evaluate Honey
Presenter: Amina Harris, UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
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Beekeeper Gift Boxes: Tips and Tricks for Packaging Your Honey, Beeswax and Other Products for the Holiday Season
Presenter: Niki Backes, Red Headed Honey
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Honey - Who Knew?
Presenter: Bear Kelley
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Markets and Marketing
Presenter: Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
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Diseases of Honey Bees


Diseases of the Honey Bee Part One: Honey Bee Brood Diseases
Presenter: Dr. Marion Ellis, Professor of Entomology and Apiculture Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Diseases of the Honey Bee Part Two: Adult Bee Diseases and Pests
Presenter: Dr. Marion Ellis, Professor of Entomology and Apiculture Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Varroa Biology and Management


Mites: Why Are They Important?
Presenter: Diana Sammataro, USDA-ARS, Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center
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Oxalic Acid: A "New" Tool in Varroa Mite Management
Presenter: Stephen Repasky, Meadow Street Apiaries
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Establishing a Varroa-Resistant Population in Your Apiary
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Know Your Mite Load: The Key to Keeping Healthy Bees
Presenter: Greg Hannaford, Ozark Bee Supply
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Effective Varroa Management through IPM
Presenter: Lance Wilson, Master Beekeeper
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Pesticides and Honey Bees


Protecting Beekeepers with Mapping Systems
Presenter: David Westervelt
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Balancing Pesticide Risks and Forage Production to Conserve Bees In and Near Cropland
Presenter: Lance Wilson, Master Beekeeper
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Neonicotinoids - Our Toxic Country
Presenter: Graham White
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EPA: Risk Management for Pesticides
Presenter: Tom Moriarty, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Pesticide Re-evaluation Division
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EPA: Incident Reporting
Presenter: Dr. Tom Steeger, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division
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EPA: Assessing Pesticide Exposure to Bees
Presenter: Reuben Baris, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Dr. Tom Steeger, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division
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EPA's Framework for Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides
Presenter: Dr. Tom Steeger, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Kris Garber, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division
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EPA Ecological Risk Assessment Process for Pesticides
Presenter: Dr. Tom Steeger, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs' Environmental Fate and Effects Division
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Pollinators and Pollination


From Bloom to Boom: An Investigation on Oregano for Pollinator Health & Human Wellness
Presenter: Melanie Kirby, Zia Queenbees
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Update with the Health of Pollinators: The Threat of Unseen Factors
Presenter: Dr. Diana Cox-Foster, USDA-ARS-PWA
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Creating Critical Pollinator Habitat with the Honey Bees and Monarch Butterfly Partnership
Presenter: Pete Berthelsen, Pheasants Forever
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Federal Action Affecting Honey Bees and Pollinators
Presenters: Gene Brandi and Fran Boyd
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Beekeeping 101: Pollinators and Pollination
Presenter: Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
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Pollinator Decline and the Managed Honey Bee
Presenter: Jerry Hayes
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Sustainable and Organic Beekeeping


Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping - A Simple, Sustainable Beekeeping Method for Hobby and Sideliner Beekeepers
Presenter: Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
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The Coweta Beekeeping Method, Sustainable Beekeeping in the South
Presenter: Steven Page, Certified Beekeeper in the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
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Beeswax Handling and Candle Making


More than Beeswax!
Presenter: Niki Backes, Red Headed Honey
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