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The EAS 2001 Short Course will have a "Level I" course for novice beekeepers with minimal experience or training in bee management. All aspects of the care and management of honey bees will be taught by some of the finest beekeeping instructors in the country as well as Master Beekeepers from throughout the East. Organized by Dewey M. Caron of the University of Delaware, Level I classes will be highlighted by sessions on managment and bee equipment by James Tew of Ohio State, Maryann Frazier of Penn State University and Jeff Pettis of the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD. State Apiarist Tony Jadczak of Maine will discuss controlling pests and Al Carl, Massachusetts State Apiary Inspector, will demonstrate how to detect and control pests in the apiary. Master Beekeepers Bob Cole from North Carolina, Ann Harman of Virginia, and Bill Troup of Maryland, as well as Massachusetts' own Vin and Jan Gaglione of Crystal Bee Supply will give their perspectives on how they have become successful beekeepers and will assist short course participants as they spend at least half a day with the bees and instructors in the EAS 2001 apiary.
The EAS 2001 Short Course will also have sessions for the more experienced beekeeper. The "Level II" Short Course will feature 6 courses to further the education of intermediate or more advanced level beekeepers. Registrants will select one course each day in their area of interest. Each course will be an intensive day of focus on a particular aspect of beekeeping that is designed to help the more experienced beekeeper improve their profit line/enjoyment of beekeeping. Workshops include the bee management details of overwintering for success, managing colonies for swarm control and how to produce maximum honey surpluses as well as other concentrations on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the beekeeper, marketing, raising quality queen stock and how to manage bees for their pollination benefit and other products. The Level II Short Course will feature the best beekeepers and instructors of beekeeping from EAS. Participants will have a tough time choosing which sessions to attend. Students in Level II can look forward to lots of time in the apiary as well as plenty of hands-on experience.
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, 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.
More details are now available about both Level I and Level II.
There is something for everyone at EAS Short Course 2001. Whether you are a new beekeeper or one who wants to polish your beekeeping skills, this year's EAS Short Course preceeding the main EAS conference is the place to be. This is one Short Course you won't want to miss! Space is limited so sign up early, with your EAS 2001 Registration form.
EAS 2001 Short Course Coordinator
University of Delaware