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What to Expect at Annual HAS Conferences

Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) is a non-profit that works with volunteers to offer three full days of beekeeping education every year, rotating through Midwest and Southeastern states to reach as many beekeepers as possible.

The next HAS annual conference will be held July 10-12, 2019 in Tennessee, specific location currently under review. Did you know Tennessee has 3 state insects, the ladybug, firefly and the honey bee?

Current HAS Annual Conference Planning

The volunteer planning team is looking for a location with affordable housing, a variety of meeting rooms and somewhere bee colonies can be temporarily set up for outdoors classes. HAS offers classes for both beginning beekeepers as well as the more experienced beekeepers looking to update their beekeeping skills.

Once the location is finalized and shared, early bird registration is open online with a reduced conference registration price and associated accommodations including meals.

Daily walk-ins are welcome during the conference for a daily conference fee.

In addition, the conference usually includes a honey show accepting entries in a variety of categories so keep that in mind as you harvest your honey.

To get an idea of previous annual conferences, check out posted programs and other history.

A Typical Day at HAS Annual Conferences

Each day of HAS annual conferences normally start with everyone meeting in a conference theatre featuring a keynote speaker. Those sessions are followed by break-out sessions that include classes both in meeting rooms as well as outside in bee yards.

A variety of vendors are on hand with a selection of beekeeping products. Many HAS attendees take advantage of the opportunity to save on shipping by placing their supply orders in advance to pick up at the conference.

Associated activities such as meals and evening events vary from year to year. Conference planners include events that would interest families who may be on vacation with beekeepers attending the session.

Sample Previous HAS Conference Keynote Speakers

To give you an idea of who participates, the following were among keynote speakers that presented at HAS 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis:

  • Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Professor at the University of Minnesota, will open the conference with her perspective on how events are shaping the future of beekeeping.
  • Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Director of the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland, will provide perspectives on hive management based on his years of collecting and analyzing hive management survey data.
  • Dr. May Berenbaum, Professor and Head of the Entomology Department at the University of Illinois, will address effects of agricultural technology on honey bees.
  • The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a team of professional beekeeping instructors, will present beekeeping techniques in classrooms and in the bee yard during each breakout session of the conference.
  • Dr. Keith Delaplane, Professor and Director of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, will address the practical challenges of integrating hive management with evolution and ecology, and present classic talks on honey bee biology.
  • Dr. Dewey Caron will present his comprehensives perspectives on the art and science of beekeeping.
  • Dr. Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland will present ground-breaking and inspiring research regarding varroa destructor.
  • Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia research Manager, will report on her recent studies of oxalic acid applications.

Sign Up for HAS 2019 Details

More details will be posted here as they are finalized so check back here to get the latest agenda and related information.

Also, sign up for regular HAS email updates delivered to your inbox and follow HAS on Facebook to interact with our organization and other attendees.

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