Wyoming Bee College Conference @ Laramie County Community College
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.

The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, USDA ARS Utah Bee Lab entomologist Dr. James Strange.

The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.

The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night, or you can register for one day at $35/day. Go to Wyoming Bee College to register.

Our speaker line up:

Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.
Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming
Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center
Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW
Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees
Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyoming.
Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

WAS Conference
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

Western Apicultural Society Conference
Sept 17-20, 2014
The University of Montana – Missoula

Interest is high, as expected, in the announcement of G. Philip Hughes as a speaker and there have been questions about how a White House Writers Group guy has the expertise to speak to us on neonics.
No, Hughes isn’t a scientist. That’s not the point. What he will tell us is what information was originally given to the Press Corps, and what they did with it to get us to the point of pure confusion we are currently seeing. That he does know about, and how political and personal motivation can persuade a journalist to ‘bend’ the information to suit a particular purpose.
When I started as a journalist, the basic rule was, “The facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” The journalist was expected to portray both sides of a question faithfully, equally, without judgment and to maintain sound sources for his/her information. “Everybody knows” was a big red flag and we were expected to hit the research trail right now, because such a declaration meant only that someone hadn’t done their homework. One doesn’t see a lot of that attitude today. I am anticipating a stimulating presentation from Mr. Hughes.
The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring and the 2014 WAS conference will be held in the University Center (UC) building on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY. Though UM will be in full session during the dates of the conference, the campus is easy to get around on and for anyone who is less agile, there is a drop-off point at the UC and an elevator to the third floor where the meetings will be held.
The August issue of the WAS Journal has just been mailed and is also posted on the WAS website. Maps and directions are contained in it. Click and then on the link at the bottom of the paragraph on the right to get to the digital version.
For a downloadable registration form, speaker agenda etc., visit the Conference Information section.
If there is other information you need, email me at or call me at 509-573-4245.


WAS Conference, Oct. 1-3, Boulder, CO

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