Bluegrass Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers in the Bluegrass

Association Meeting Information

The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Bluegrass Beekeeping School

March 11, 2017

Bradford Hall/Student Center, KSU, Frankfort, KY

Registration………………. 8:00 – 10:00 am  (in the Student Center)

Opening Session……….. 9:00 – 9:45 am

 

  • Opening Address:  New Developments in Beekeeping………………..Dr. Tom Webster, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Webster will discuss several promising developments in honey bee research that gives us reason for optimism as we move forward into a new year.
  • Beginning Beekeeping Classes
    • Learn basic honey bee biology and behavior
    • Acquiring your bees and basics on getting started
    • First Year management and potential problems
    • What I Wished I Had Known. (Learn from an experienced beekeeper about his mistakes.)
  • Understanding the “Veterinary Feed Directive”.  Tammy Horn Potter, KY State Apiarist
  • Selecting for Behavioral Resistance to Varroa Destructor., Krispn Given, Purdue University
    • Krispn is Apiculture Specialist at Purdue University
    • Learn about honey bee breeding program at Prudue University.
  • Honey Princes, Hope Pettibon, will talk on the Importance of Honey Bees to KY Agriculture
  • Inspecting Your Bee Yard,   speaker Stephanie Tarwater
  • Classes on Marketing and Showing your Honey
    • Harvesting your Honey
    • A Retailer’s Perspective on Selling Honey
    • Moving Beekeeping from a Hobby to a Business
    • Competing in Honey Shows and the KY State Fair
  • Spring Management Class
    • Learn what you need to be doing to get your bees ready for the coming honey flow.  
    • When do you put on those supers and learn what is surplus honey
  • Small Hive Beetles and how to deal with them.
  • Honey Bee Queen Classes
    • Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association
    • Raising your own queens (beginners and advanced classes)
    • Requeening your hives
  • Catching Swarms and Removing Bees from Structures
  • Making Splits and Nuc Management
  • Migrating from Deep Hive Bodies to Medium Supers
  • Mead Making
  • Starting a Top Bar Hive
  • Cooking with Honey
  • Plants for Pollinators; Bees in Particular

Starting in March the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association will be having an early session for new beekeepers on the same nights as our regular meetings but starting at 6:30pm instead of 7:00pm. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions. 

If you are a newbee, show up and ask questions. 

If you are an experienced beekeeper, you can help answer questions.

Think you have American or European Foulbrood?

Well you might be surprised when you go to your local bee supply store!  There is a new law known as the “Veterinary Feed Directive” which went into effect on Jan 1, 2017.
Come to our school and hear our state apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter, explain this new law and what you need to do to acquire an antibiotic to treat your bees.  Tammy will also be teaching a class on Honey Bee Diseases.

(Note, this is not a complete list and will definitely be updated so check the website(not necessarily the Facebook page) often)

Beginning Beekeeping Classes

  • Learn basic honey bee biology and behavior
  • Acquiring your bees and basics on getting started
  • First Year management and potential problems

What I Wished I Had Known

  • Learn from an experienced beekeeper about mistakes he made.

Spring Management

  • Learn what you need to be doing to get your bees ready for the coming honey flow.  
  • When do you put on those supers and learn what is surplus honey

Harvesting Honey

Small Hive Beetles and how to deal with them.

Honey Bee Queens

  • Queen Rearing Board
  • Raising your own queens (beginners and advanced classes)
  • Requeening your hives

Catching Swarms

Removing honey bees from structures

Making Splits and Nuc Management

Moving from a Hobby Beekeeper to a Business

Migrating from Deep Hive Bodies to Medium Supers

Learn how to compete in Honey Shows and the KY State Fair

Learn about the new legislation “Veterinary Feed Directive” and your bees
More to come next week.  (Feb 5)

Here are most of the links that Tammy Horn spoke of at our September meeting.

Here’s the pollinator plan for KY. Note, you will likely have to copy/paste this link because it’s a PDF and many browsers can’t handle them well.

http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/documents/OSV_Bee_KY-Pollinator-Pro-Plan-2016.pdf

The public forum on this will be Nov.05th, which is the Fall KY State Beekeepers Association Meeting at Jenny Wiley State Park.

 

The Honey Bee Health Coalition:

Tools for Varroa Management

 

Here’s a link to Scientific Beekeeping on which you can find instructions on how to collect samples for varroa, etc. research:

What This Site Is About

 

 

This is to inform you that you may have to reenter your username and passwords if you use a password manager. I just upgraded us to use SSL so that no one(except maybe the NSA..heh) can listen in on users logging into the system. This will make us much more secure. The reason why you may have to relogin is because the “http” changed to “https” and some password managers think that’s a brand new site(and they should)

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