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EAS 2004, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, August 9-13
The Eastern Apicultural Society of North America was established in 1955 with the purpose of promoting honey bee culture, the education of beekeepers, and excellence in bee research. Every summer, EAS conducts its annual conference in one of its 22 member States/Provinces. About 500 people, from around the world, attend this conference every year.
You must be a member of EAS in order to participate in the Short Course, Conference, or other activities. Dues may be paid with your conference or short course registration. Additional membership information is available on this web site.
EAS 2004 Advance registration is closed. Only walk-in registration is available.
Plans are coming together for the EAS 2004 Conference at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania for August 9 - 13, 2004. Here are highlights of what the Pennsylvania delegation has been working on.
Honey Show and Honey Exchange By popular demand, the Honey Show is back for 2004. We have reviewed the Honey Rules for the EAS 2002 Honey Show and the 2004 rules will remain the same. Hopefully, the weather for 2004 will be more stable than the past two years. For us here in Pennsylvania we had a year of drought followed by a spring with all but two days of rain. Many beekeepers here have complained that 2003 was a poor year for honey production. That said, there’s always next year – so plan to save your best products for the 2004 EAS Honey Show. In addition, following up on something we tried last year for the first time, we will have another Honey Exchange. Bring up to three 1 lb. jars of your honey, and exchange them for an equal number of jars brought by others. You will drop off your jars at Registration, everyone's honey will be on display all week, and you can pick up jars to take home on Friday.
Drop In Clinic New for EAS 2004, bring samples of your honey bees for analysis at the Drop In Clinic. The Clinic will be running Thursday and Friday afternoons during the conference and Tiffany Myers, a Pennsylvania Lab Technician will be available to help you diagnose diseases. Specifically, she will help you test for Nosema and Tracheal Mites. Stay tuned for instructions on how to bring samples of your bees to be processed at the Clinic.
Wednesday Night Social The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is hosting the Wednesday night social with their famous honey ice cream. The PSBA sells honey ice cream at the PA State Farm Show and other fairs throughout the year. The sale of honey ice cream is a major source of income for the organization. In addition to honey ice cream at the Wednesday night social, Cliff Sunflower will be entertaining us with his “Dancin’ with the Bees” program turning the audience into a finely tuned working beehive complete with queen, nursemaids, brood, construction workers, drones, guards and flowers. We are looking for suggestions as to who would make the best undertaker bees.
EAS 2004 Apiaries EAS 2004 will feature two apiaries. In addition to a standard apiary, a second apiary will contain diseased hives featuring some common problems. The Pennsylvania State Inspectors have agreed to watch for diseased hives during their inspections and assemble sample hives or nucs to demonstrate diseases. Queenless hives and hives with laying workers will also be displayed. Look for special workshops that will help you diagnose and cure these situations. There will also be a bee-lining competition this year. If you have never bee-lined, there are several workshops that will teach you how. Details on the competition are here.
Conference Workshops The workshop schedule will provide a deluge of opportunities. We plan to offer so many great workshops that you will wish you could clone yourself to attend them all. Pennsylvania beekeepers and veteran beekeepers from other states will be running many of the workshops. Under the category Bee Related Fun Fun, workshops are already scheduled for wax cleaning procedures and solar wax melters, candlemaking, handcreams, and meadmaking. Negotiations are underway for workshops on cooking with honey, growing herbs, photography and nectar & pollen floral sources. The Making Money category contains workshops on collecting swarms for profit, comb honey production, pollen collection, pollination services and how to expand from a hobby beekeeper to sideliner or larger. The Public Education & Organization category includes workshops on educating students and the public by Cliff Sunflower, a proactive method to build a dynamic club called the Cathedral Effect by Billy Davis and a workshop on insurance concerns for individuals and clubs. Other topics include workshops on alternative pollinators, apitherapy, step by step procedures to become certified organic and how to judge honey shows here and abroad. The Master Beekeepers have been asked to do a workshop entitled “So you want to be a Master Beekeeper?” All this and we haven’t even discussed the technical workshops and workshops in the apiaries. Stay tuned for more details on the workshops!
Although plans are well underway, there is still time for your input. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. We are eager to provide a great experience here in Pennsylvania that no beekeeper would dare miss.
Interested? Come join us in Pennsylvania as we continue the tradition of great EAS Conferences. Please click the links on the left for additional information about EAS 2004 Programs, Registration, and Vendors, or the Seven Springs, PA area. Links in the black bar at the top of the page will connect you to more information about the EAS organization.
Planning has already started for EAS 2005 at Kent State Univeristy in Ohio. We hope to see you there August 1-5, 2005.