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Bees By the Sea
EAS 2001
CAPE COD Massachusetts
August 6-10, 2001

Short Course Level II

Level II Overview
Level II Schedule
    Monday
        Integrated Pest Management - Marketing - Management
    Tuesday
        Pollination/Other Products - Management - Queen Rearing
    Wednesday
        Joint session with Level I

Level II Overview

On Monday there are Level II courses on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of bees, Marketing of honey and bee products and Management of bee colonies. The IPM program features Dennis van Engelsdorp of Cornell University, H. Shimanuki recently retired from USDA Beltsville, MD and Diana Sammataro of Penn State University. The course will explore the current control options for both honey bee diseases and bee mites and provide a framework for management of bees using an integration of techniques to help mitigate the negative effects of pathogens and pests of bee colonies. Currently beekeepers are suffering from such pests and pathogens at elevated levels and this one-day course should help all beekeepers sharpen their management decisions relative to pest control.

The marketing one-day course features EAS Master beekeepers and others in the industry with successful marketing programs. Ann Harman, a well-respected author and master beekeeper will direct this session. It features Marlene Thomas, immediate past president of EAS (who has several speciality products and successfully markets a number of value-added bee products), Jan Gaglione and Rick Thibault both from Massachusetts who sell a range of bee products through very successful marketing stragedies, and also Bob Cole, EAS Master Beekeeper from North Carolina who has a thriving regional honey and bee product business. This session will also feature Kim Flottum of BEE CULTURE magazine who advises his readership on proven marketing techniques and Cathy Griggs of NY who will discuss computer aids to marketing bee products. Particpants will actually get to judge and price some products and will participate in a workshop on designing efficient product marketing and handling of products.

Management through the bee season will be featured both Monday and Tuesday with one day sessions, with both sessions covering southern, mid-Atlantic and northern management issues. The management courses feature the very best of beekeeping instructors and includes several Master beekeepers who manage large, successful bee operations. There will be ample time for hands-on with the EAS apiary on the grounds of Mass Maritime Academy. Cape Cod beekeeper Andy Morris and EAS Master Beekeeper Bill Troup will supervise the apiary and help participants become better, more experienced and knowledgeable bee stewards.

On Tuesday the one-day short courses will again feature products of the bees. One session features Commercial beekeeper David Mendez of eastern Massachusetts. He will team with Tony Jadczak, Maine apiary supervison and Dewey Caron of the University of Delaware in what should prove to be a wide-ranging and in-depth disscusion on the state-of-the-art with respect to the business and biology of bee pollination of the foods we eat. Beekeeping participants who rent their bees, in their own communities or to growers in the region won't want to miss this course.

The final intermediate/advanced level short course offering will be the biology and practice of Queen Rearing. Medhat Nasr of Ontario and Robert Danka of USDA, Baton Rouge will lead participants through all of the basics of rearing quality queens. They will be assisted by Robin Mountain who has wide experience in queen rearing in both North America and Africa. Althought queen rearing is a speciality area for beekeeping, this one-day course should enable EAS beekeeping participants to greatly improve thier skills and expertise in the art and practice of rearing their own queens.

Wednesday joint session: Both EAS Short Courses conclude with a joint Wednesday morning session designed to bring participants up-to-date with happenings in the bee colony. It features Robert Danka of USDA Baton rouge who will discuss the status of evaluating queens for disease/mite resistance, Tony Jadczak, Apiary Inspector in Maine, who will cover the current large demand for quality bee colonies for pollination of blueberries in the eastern U.S., and Jeff Pettis of USDA Beltsville Bee Lab who will discuss the small hive beetle and what is happening with research to mitigate the negative effects of this recently introduced bee pest. The Wednesday session will also feature Nicola Bradbear of Bees for Development, in Wales, U.K., who will help explain how beekeepers in other parts of the globe solve their pressing problems. Mike Griggs a USDA Plant Protection Research Entomologist, and EAS President-elect, will detail botany for beekeepers featuring what bees seek at flowers and how they make choices as to what flowers are visited.

Level II Schedule

Monday
    Integrated Pest Management - Marketing - Management
Tuesday
    Pollination/Other Products - Management - Queen Rearing
Wednesday
    Joint session with Level I

Monday - Integrated Pest Management
Dennis van Engelsdorp - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    IPM basics (SAMMATARO, VAN ENGELSDORP)
10:30-12:00
    Diseases (H. SHIMANUKI, HOPKINS)
1:30-3:00
    IN THE APIARY - 3 repeating demos (the healthy hive, disease inspection, mite sampling) (HOPKINS, CARL, SAMMATARO)
3:30-5:00
    Mites (OSTIGUY, , H. SHIMANUKI)
7:00-9:00
    What's the future? (panel: H. SHIMANUKI, VAN ENGELSDORP, SAMMATARO)
    Q & A session

Monday - Marketing
Ann Harman - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    Bee products (HARMAN, FRAZIER)
10:30-12:00
    Honey handling demo (honey house design, "price this jar!", honey handling) (HARMAN, J. GAGLIONE, THIBAULT)
1:30-3:00
    Marketing basics (HARMAN, COLE)
3:30-5:00
    It's the label, stupid! (FLOTTUM, C. GRIGGS)
7:00-9:00
    Judging quality (HARMAN)
    Q & A session

Monday - Management
Bob Cole - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    IN THE APIARY - 3 repeating demos (reading the hive, honey/feeding, rule of 3) (COLE, TROUP, HOPKINS)
10:30-12:00
    Wintering (COLE, FRAZIER)
1:30-3:00
    Swarming (CARON, TEW)
3:30-5:00
    Honey production (TROUP, COLE)
7:00-9:00
    Managing smarter not more (FLOTTUM)
    Q & A session

Tuesday - Pollination/Other Products
Rick Cooper - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    Pollination basics (MENDEZ, JADCZAK)
10:30-12:00
    Managing on the move (panel: JADCZAK, CARON, MENDEZ)
1:30-3:00
    Other bee products (M. THOMAS, HARMAN)
3:30-5:00
    IN THE LAB - 3 repeating demos (S. SHIMANUKI, M. THOMAS, V. GAGLIONE)
7:00
    Short course social

Tuesday - Management
Bob Cole - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    Fall/winter (FRAZIER, COOPER)
10:30-12:00
    IN THE APIARY - 3 repeating demos (ANDY MORRIS, CARL, TEW)
1:30-3:00
    Swarming (TEW, VAN ENGELSDORP)
3:30-5:00
    Spring/summer (COLE, CARON)
7:00
    Short course social

Tuesday - Queen Rearing
Medhat Nasr - Supervisor

8:30-10:30
    Queen biology (NASR, MOUNTAIN)
10:30-12:00
    Basics of grafting (NASR, DANKA)
1:30-3:00
    Demos (3) (HOPKINS, NASR, MOUNTAIN)
3:30-5:00
    Mating nucs, queen selection, etc. (NASR, DANKA)
7:00
    Short course social

Wednesday

Joint program for all short course participants.
8:30-9:00
    Evaluating Queen Quality. (DANKA)

9:00-9:30
    Quality bee colony rentals for economic vitality for blueberry growers. (JADCZAK)

9:30-10:00
    How Small is the Small Hive beetle? (PETTIS)

10:00-10:30
    Break

10:30-11:15
    Solving beekeeping challenges - a global perspective. (BRADBEAR)

11:15-12:00
    Botany for Beekeepers - Food for Thought. (M. GRIGGS)

12:00-1:30
    Lunch

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