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%Charlotte Ekker Wiggins
HAS 2018 Public Relations
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (May 15, 2018)              Release No. 7


ST. LOUIS – The deadline to register online for Heartland Apicultural Society’s (HAS) annual conference July 11-13, 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri is Saturday, June 30, 2018 at

Established in 2001 by several professional entomologists, the conference rotates through the Midwest offering beekeeping classes to make it easier for local beekeepers to attend sessions focused on the latest beekeeping methods and research.

The three-day conference includes keynote speakers as well as hands on apiary demonstrations, queen rearing sessions, beginning and advanced beekeeping classes and a honey show competition.  The honey show competition features a variety of hive products such as artistic beeswax and honey including black jar honey, which is judged only on the taste of the honey.

The conference will offer 3 optional evening events. On Wednesday, July 11, a Mexican dinner with live music and screening of “Ulee’s Gold,” the story of a widowed beekeeper and Vietnam veteran starring Peter Fonda in a role for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe award.

On Thursday, July 12, there will be a tour and buffet dinner at the Anheuser  – Busch Brewery and headquarters, and Friday, July 13, a dinner and tour of the St. Louis Zoo insectarium.

Early bird registration ends Friday, June 15. Early bird registration is $100 for three days or $40 per day per person. After June 15, conference registration is $150 for three days or $55 per day. On-site dorm accommodations, meals and evening events are extra.

Walk-ins on event days July 11-13, 2018 are welcome but may be unable to register for campus dorms or get other campus-related amenities. Room blocks are available at nearby hotels.

Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, assistant professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland, will kick off the conference on Wednesday, July 11 as keynote speakers. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a beekeeping instructional, and public outreach program, will also participate in the classroom and apiary.

Other confirmed keynote conference speakers include:

Dr. May Berenbaum, Entomology department head at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, who is known for applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices. Dr. Berenbaum has chaired the National Research Council Committees on the Future of Pesticides and the Status of Pollinators in North America;

Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia Honey Bee Program lab manager;

Dr. Keith Delaplane, director of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program and Samuel Ramsey, PhD, University of Maryland, PhD.

Other national, regional and local beekeeping experts will also be participating in the conference.

For a conference agenda, to register and for more information, visit

—Meet you in St. Louis July 11-13, 2018—