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The UNL Bee Lab pursues research questions and extension programs focused on better understanding various stressors impacting pollinator health.

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2017 Bee Fun Day Event Herbie Husker Swarm Demonstration

Photo: Herbie Husker Bee Beard at 2017 BEE FUN DAY

ABOUT UNL

Our Services

1. Hive health inspections: They are one hour for $50 and include recommendations based on the pest & pathogen diagnostic and a varroa test, we will also answer any follow-up questions. More information is pinned on our facebook wall. Just send us a message, email or call to schedule.


2. APHIS (Animal/Plant Health Inspection Service) program for the USDA: If you have 10 or more hives in one location, you can qualify for a free honey bee health inspection through the APHIS USDA program. This feeds into the nationwide surveys on honey bee health and colony losses and provides you with feedback on the health of your apiary (https://bip2.beeinformed.org/reports/state_reports/state_report/?year=2016&state=NE ). Send us a message, email or call to get on our list.


3. Education- Extension & Outreach Programs: We provide a variety of education events on bees, pollinators, & conservation biology for any audience, from Pre-K to professional seminar presentations. We can provide a live observation honey bee hive, presentations from native landscapes to pollinators, educational interactive activities, life cycles, and so much more. Please fill out our Survey to schedule and match our materials with your goals: https://goo.gl/forms/mEQ6cECQLnwdxypA2


4. Research: As a University lab, we provide credible information, sources and are striving to find solutions! Currently, our undergraduate, Masters, & Ph.D. students are studying subjects ranging from sustainable landscapes to reduct pest exposure, viral transmission amongst bees, pollinators along the Prairie Corridor, enhancing roadside ecosystems for pollinators, landowner self-efficacy, human dimensions focus on women in beekeeping, effects of pesticide exposure on hives and varroa mite fecundity, wild bee surveys, creation of the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program, identifying ornamental plants that wild bees use in urban landscapes, identifying gardening practices that affect pollen and nectar rewards for wild bees, and SO much more. View our website for the people in the lab and their respective projects: https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab


5. Mentorship: We take passionate undergrads under our wing for part-time work, UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience) projects they have proposed, or if they are interested in job shadowing within the field of Entomology. More information on UCARE can be found here: https://ucare.unl.edu/. Email/call for more information.


6. Great Plains Master Beekeeping: Regional beekeeper training & certification program to increase the amount of well-education beekeepers and provider resources for new & experienced beekeepers to continue their education and help others become advocates for bees. Anyone can join! Any program can apply to become certified. A few of the benefits of becoming a member include free entry into Open Apiary hands-on sessions, online lectures and other distance learning opportunities, community with other beekeepers, and discounts on Learning Series programs. Check out available courses, how to become a member or certified program at http://gpmb.unl.edu


7. Beekeeping Workshops: Each year, we provide workshops for Year 1, Year 2 and advance beekeepers. It is a great opportunity to learn factual and research-based practices, walk away with workbooks and reliable information, tools and credible connections in the beekeeping community. More information is posted on our website at https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab, and facebook wall/ events.


8. Honey Sales: We have 8oz, 12oz, 3lb, 5 lb, 12lb jugs, and buckets for sale! You can purchase these at Hardin Hall or the Dairy Store, both on East Campus--- or go through us directly. We have prices listed on our website, pinned on our wall, or just contact us. You can call, email or message us to order.... or just fill out our request form directly: https://goo.gl/forms/6ANCzkzCaN0kW5lF3


9. ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS: We are here to help you, help pollinators! We have so many informative resources from value-added products, hive management, recommended native food sources to plant for bees and more.

Call, email, message us anytime and we will do best to help! 402-472-8378. unlbeelab@unl.edu

10. Taking old beekeeping equipment: Do you or someone you know have old used beekeeping equipment? Did you try beekeeping and it just wasnt for you? The UNL Bee Lab will take donations of gently used beekeeping equipment, used hives or any other beekeeping equipment for a TAX DEDUCTABLE donation and FREE PICKUP. Please call 402-472-8378 for more details. 

11.  Hap-Bee Hour:  Every Friday from 5p-6p(cst) is Hap-Bee Hour!  Log-in to our virtual office with your beekeeping questions and your favorite brew in hand to chat with Extension Entomologists Randall Cass (Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group) and Judy Wu-Smart (University of Nebraska –Lincoln Bee Lab).  Ready or not the bees are here! Many of our courses have been limited due to covid19 concerns, therefore we’re providing some extra opportunities this summer for beekeepers to get some help.  Simply watch in the comfort of your house (or just listen over the phone if you have no computer).  Log into zoom on your mobile device and bring us into the yard!  Please email the UNL Bee Lab for the Zoom link and log-in info:   Email:  unlbeelab@unl.edu

Beekeeping Workshops: 2020 REGISTER HERE

I) Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping Workshop - Omaha, NE

This is an introductory level course that focuses on everything you need to start beekeeping, including topics on beekeeping equipment, protective gear, honey bee biology, stressors, and management basics. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers & hands-on activities. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice. Learn how to setup the equipment, install and handle bees safely, and perform hive inspections.

Date, Time, Location:
Part I (Lecture) Feb 1st, 2020 | Extension Office 8015 West Center Road Omaha NE 68124

Part II (field Day) = April 25, 2020 | Omaha Bee Club Teaching Apiary, in the Back of the Bohemian Cemetary 5201 Center St, Omaha, NE 68106  10a-2p

Cost$80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks)

II) Introductory (Year 2) Beekeeping Workshop - Omaha 2020

This course builds upon the basic management practices covered in Year 1 beekeeping and focuses on how to maintain healthy honey bee colonies. This course is meant for beekeepers with at least one year of experience. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers & hands-on activities. Topics include swarm management, splitting colonies, reversals, pest and pathogen management, honey production, and value-added products. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice.

Date, Time, Location:
Part I (lecture)= Saturday, March 21, 2020 | Extension Office 8015 West Center Road Omaha NE 68124

Check-in starting at 8:30  Lecture - 9a-4p 

Part II (field Day) = May 16, 2020 | Omaha Bee Club Teaching Apiary, in the Back of the Bohemian Cemetary 5201 Center St, Omaha, NE 68106  10a-2p

Cost$80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks)

 III)  Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping Workshop - Kimmel Orchard - Nebraska City, NE

This is an introductory level course that focuses on everything you need to start beekeeping, including topics on beekeeping equipment, protective gear, honey bee biology, stressors, and management basics. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers & hands-on activities. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice. Learn how to setup the equipment, install and handle bees safely, and perform hive inspections.

Date, Time, Location:
Part I (lecture)= Feb 15, 2020 | Kimmel Orchard 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Check-in starting at 8:30 | Lecture - 9a-4p 

Part II (field Day) = April 4th | Kimmel Orchard 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Cost$80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks)

IV)  Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping Workshop - Wesleyan University - Lincoln, NE

This is an introductory level course that focuses on everything you need to start beekeeping, including topics on beekeeping equipment, protective gear, honey bee biology, stressors, and management basics. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers & hands-on activities. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice. Learn how to setup the equipment, install and handle bees safely, and perform hive inspections.

Part I (lecture part 1)= Feb 21, 2020 | Feb 28, 2020 (Lecture) | Wesleyan University 5000 St Paul Ave, Lincoln NE

Check-in time 1:30  Lecture times 2p-5p both days 

Part II (field Day) = April 17, 2020 |April 24, 2020 | East Campus Pollinator Garden  

Cost: $80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks)

V)  Introductory (Year 1) Beekeeping Workshop - Grand Island, NE

This is an introductory level course that focuses on everything you need to start beekeeping, including topics on beekeeping equipment, protective gear, honey bee biology, stressors, and management basics. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers & hands-on activities. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice. Learn how to setup the equipment, install and handle bees safely, and perform hive inspections.

Part I (lecture part 1)= March 14, 2020 | Raising Nebraska: 501 East Fonner Park Road Suite 100, Grand Island NE

Check-in starting at 8:30  Lecture - 9a-4p 

Part II (field Day) = May 2 | Raising Nebraska: 501 East Fonner Park Road Suite 100, Grand Island NE

Cost: $80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks)

Other advanced workshops offered every third year:
Queen Rearing - Early summer 2021

This course is meant for advanced beekeepers with 3+ years of experience.  Learn about how to manage hives for queen rearing, queen qualities for local needs, different races of queens, trait selection for varroa mite & disease resistance.  Class size is limited to 40 people.

Advanced Pest & Pathogen Diagnostics Beekeeping Workshop - Early summer 2022


This course is meant for advanced beekeepers with 3+ years of experience. Learn about diseases and their transmission vectors, treatment for honey bee diseases, and trait selection for Varroa mite and disease resistance.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops:

Pre-registration is required for all workshops:

Register by Clicking hereUNL Bee Lab 2020 Courses

Make checks payable to: University of Nebraska

Send class fee to:
UNL Bee Lab
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816

Email: unlbeelab@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-8378

*Your seat will not be reserved until your check for payment is received.

 

 If you have any questions please call 402-472-8378.  The $80 per person, includes beekeeping handbook, lecture slides, equipment catalogs, Varroa monitoring kit, refreshments & lunch. $30 for each additional family member (does not include handbooks only covers food costs)

People: UNL Bee Lab Team

Director

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart profile picture holding frame of bees

Hometown: Concord, CA
Degree(s): BS in Zoology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California and received my MS degree in Entomology at Washington State University under the advisement of Dr. Walter Sheppard. I continued onto a PhD program with Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota where I examined the effects of systemic neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee and bumblebee queens and colony development.
Lab Focus:

  • I've been the Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for the UNL Bee Lab since Fall 2015. In my new role at UNL, I'm committed to developing a pollinator health program to help beekeepers, scientists, policy makers, and land managers understand the underlying stressors in bee health and their interactions with other biotic and abiotic factors, such as environmental toxicants. 
  • My goal is to integrate the research and extension efforts with policy to inform the regulatory-decision making process by identifying risk mitigation opportunities and best management practices that will better protect beneficial pollinators in agricultural and urban landscapes. (https://entomology.unl.edu/faculty/dr-judy-wu-smart).

Email: jwu-smart@unl.edu

Ph.D. Students

Surabhi Ph.D. student proudly displaying her research poster

Surabhi Vakil
Hometown: Palampur, Himachal Pradesh India
Degree(s): BSc. Agriculture and a MSc. Entomology from Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palamapur
Lab Focus:

  • My research is about studying ways to enhance the agricultural landscape to increase forage availability and reduce neonicotinoid insecticide exposure to improve the health of bees. These enhancements are sustainable and practical solutions for growers which will make adoption of pollinator conservation practices easier. 
  • Another aspect of the research is to determine the negative impacts of Bt pollen to monarch butterfly larvae under field conditions. The research involves quantification of Bt pollen on milkweed leaves, determination of potential concentration of Bt protein that can pose negative impacts on monarch butterfly population.
  • 2017 update: Since it is the first year of the research project, Pollinator plots were established at ARCD in Mead, NE. Transects were conducted to determine background diversity and abundance of the pollinators, Milkweed leaves were collected from the plots adjoining corn plantations, were analysed to determine the concentration of the Bt pollen on them.

Email: guptasurbhi8a@gmail.com

Graduate Students

Bridget smiling with green conifer tree in background

Bridget Gross
Hometown: Vermilion, Ohio
Degree(s): B.A., 2018, Environmental Sciences from The College of Wooster
Lab Focus:

  • Previously, I worked at Ohio State University as a Research Assistant in their Honey Bee Lab. During my time there, I assisted graduate students on research regarding pesticide toxicology and the effectiveness of different Varroa mite treatments. At OSU, I conducted research regarding the effectiveness of drone brood removal as a form of mite treatment and how we can utilize drones as edible insects. 
  • Here at UNL, I am looking at how the Center for Rural Affairs "Women in Beekeeping and Farming" program impacts beekeepers and landowners. My research primarily focuses on how this program impacts beekeeper/landowner knowledge, beekeeper/landowner self-efficacy, and honey bee health. Additionally, since this program is targeted towards women, one of my goals is to describe their current and past experiences as women beekeepers. 
  • I also work as the Entomology Department's Bruner Club Outreach Coordinator. I love going out into the community and educating people about insects!

courtney sitting on bench with bees swarmed her face looking like a beard=

Courtney Brummel

Hometown: Gretna, NE
Degree(s): B.S., 2017, Fisheries and Wildlife: Conservation Biology University of Nebraska Lincoln. Minors in Environmental Science & Biology.
Lab Focus:

  • My research is looking at how beekeeping management differs with alternative hive structures. Langstroth hives are not the only option for beekeepers, and I want to know how other structures compare with various functional measures, such as honey production, brood rearing, thermoregulation and overwintering. I believe it is important to provide scientifically vetting advice for the public and best management practices so beekeepers can be better informed, and the bees can live a healthier life.
  • The last two years, I have served as the UNL Bee Lab's Outreach Coordinator, managing presentation requests, media, extension & outreach opportunities and our education program.
  • Overall, I’m interested in developing the overlap of ecological systems and conservation management. I believe in strengthening the ties humans have with nature in order to address the dilemma of balancing the needs of social, economic and environmental systems. My passions overflow into hiking, pottery, ornithology, brewing mead and scuba diving.

Email: cbrummel3@unl.edu

Sheldon Brummel

Sheldon Brummel

Hometown: Papillion, NE

Degree: B.S., 2016, Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Lab Focus:

  • Great Plains Master Beekeeping Project Coordinator http://gpmb.unl.edu
  • Sheldon is full time staff and a graduate student studying Entomology
  • Coordinating with beekeeping associations across the Great Plains  to standardize educational materials and field training activities, assist with extension programs, and review applications for certificate advancement. 
  • Other duties include assisting with the development of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping website, social media, newsletters and other forms of promotion and recruitment for the program as well as offering exploratory workshops for underserved communities that will be co-organized with our partnering organization, The Center for Rural Affairs, and other collaborators.
  •  This is some of the work we do here at the lab but I am blessed in being able to help all the other students with their projects as well. In my spare time I love to grow native wildflowers and plants, woodwork, shoot guns, hike, and tend my own beehive.

Emailsbrummel2@unl.edu

Rogan Tokach

Rogan Tokach

Hometown: Abilene, KS

Degree: B.S., 2020, Agronomy, Kansas State University. Minors in Entomology & Plant Pathology

Lab Focus: My research is focused on looking at how pesticides impact our honey bee colonies. With an agricultural background in agronomy, I understand the importance of these pesticides for farmers that help ensure their crops are productive. My goal is to work with farmers to apply non-harmful pesticides that do not impact colony health.

I have been a beekeeper for nine years after receiving a scholarship from the Kansas Honey Producer's Association. In the last two years, I have worked on a research project looking at habitat impact on colony health in the Northern Great Plains, and I worked for a commercial beekeeper with over 30,000 hives. In my free time, I like running, hiking, and I am into anything related to sports.

Undergraduate Student Technicians

Helen smiling in her beekeeper suit and veil
Helen Little
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Degree: Current UNL student majoring in Biological Systems Engineering
Lab Focus:

  • I was a recipient of the Nebraska Beekeepers Association scholarship and got my first hive in the summer of 2018. I’ve been exploring the world of beekeeping ever since, and decided to join the Bee Lab crew to further my knowledge of native bees/wildflowers and solutions to widespread bee decline.
  • My future plans are to become an environmental engineer and work with water or atmospheric quality, hopefully innovating new solutions to pollution and climate issues.

Shelby Kittle

Shelby Kittle

Hometown: Ord, Nebraska

Degree(s): Current UNL student majoring in Agriculture Education with a minor in Entrepreneurship
Lab Focus:

  • I am an undergrad research assistant. I love bees and learning about them. I am also a beekeeper myself.
  • I want to be an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor in the state of Nebraska. I plan on keeping bees for a long time to come.

Madison King

Madison King

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Degree: Current UNL student studying biology with a minor in poultry science

Lab Focus:

  • Joined the lab as an undergraduate technician May 2019.

  • Working toward developing a UCARE research project and discovering more about bees.

  • In the future, I plan to work as a public health veterinarian for the Army.

 

Staff

Dustin Scholl

Dustin Scholl

Hometown: Valentine, NE

Degree:  Associates of Computer Science

Lab Focus:

  • I am the Apiary Manager for the UNL Bee Lab.  In my role as Apiary Manager, I manage the bee hives we have here at UNL for research & extension.  I order and maintain the beekeeping equipment.  I help conduct preliminary research studies, coordinate and put on extension events, assist in teaching beekeeping workshops, order lab supplies, perform honey bee health surveys across the state, answer beekeeping questions we get from the public, un-tip porta-potties and ward off sugar syrup hungry raccoons.

  • I have been keeping bees with my wife since 2010.  In 2009 we took a Beginning Beekeeping class at Southeast Community College –Continuing education here in Lincoln.  I also sit on the board for the Nebraska Beekeepers Association as the Information Director.  In my spare time I tend to my personal bee hives with my wife, Kat.  I also enjoy gardening and video games.

Email: dscholl3@unl.edu

Jesica Anderson

Jesica Anderson

Hometown: Watertown, SD

Degree:   Associate of Applied Science, AAS in Veterinary Technology CVT 

Lab Focus:

I am the Outreach Coordinator Technician for the UNL Bee Lab. In my role as an Outreach Coordinator, I assist with planning, communicating and participating with stakeholders groups. I participate in teaching at workshops, beekeeping, research and conservation of honey bees and wild bees. I also help with graduate students research projects.

I took a Beginning Beekeeping class at UNL Bee Lab early 2017. I started keeping bees on my acreage that spring. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Bradley and son Odin. We love to stay active doing things like traveling, hiking, cooking and gardening. I tend to my hobby farm of chickens, ducks and turkeys daily. My go-to me-time is spent reading a good book or running with my two Great Pyrenees dogs.

Email: janderson155@unl.edu

Luke Norris inspecting hive

Luke Norris

Hometown: Columbus, NE

Degree: Current UNL student taking classes in Entomolgy

Lab Focus: I am a Research Technican for the UNL Bee Lab. I help take care of the bees and help maintain the beekeeping equipment. I assist in teaching beekeeping workshops and will be helping with the National Honey Bee Survey.I also help with graduate students research projects.

In 2016 I took a Beginning Beekeeping class at Southeast Community College through the continuing education classes here in Lincoln. My first year I harvested close to 10 gallons of honey but then I lost my hive the following spring. I took a year off of beekeeping and then the next year I started taking beekeeping classes through UNL Bee lab to help me troubleshoot my problems with pests and pathogens as well as overwintering my hive. In my spare time I tend my own bee hives. I also enjoy kickboxing, playing music, foraging for edible mushrooms, cooking and gardening.

Projects

Great Plains Master Beekeeping program (http://gpmb.unl.edu)

Bees of Nebraska

Pollinators Along the City of Lincoln Prairie Corridor (Phase 2)

Establishment of Wildflower Islands to Enhance Roadsides for Pollinators

Viral Transmission Among Pollinators in Enhanced Landscapes

Urban Landscapes for Urban Bees

Sustainable Landscape Enhancements to Reduce Pesticide Exposure & Promote Establishment of Beneficial Insect Communities in Agroecosystems

Customized Landscape Designs to Promote Honey Bee Health & Honey Production in Nebraska

Conservation Efforts

Beekeeping Resources

Bee Keeping FAQ
Find a list of commonly asked questions related to beekeeping.
Bee Keeping Glossary
Find a list of common terms related to beekeeping.
Hive Inspection Data Sheet
Use this data sheet to help you record and document what is happening in your hive.
Honeybee Plant List
Find a short list of lesser known plants that support both native and honey bees.
Land, Seeds, and Bee-Business Resources
Find a list of financial resources that can help you start and grow your hive.

Why Does Bee Health Matter? The Science Surrounding Honey Bee Health Concerns and What We Can Do About It (CAST commentary June 2017) video

GREAT PLAINS MASTER BEEKEEPERS VIRTUAL BEE FUNDAY 2020

June 13-14 2020

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION About Great Plains Master Beekeepers Program (GPMB) In response to high demands for beekeeping courses in our region, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Bee Team began the “The Great Plains Regional Master Beekeeping Training Program” to provide a structural framework that standardizes beekeeping management training, address misinformation, and allow researchers and beekeepers to respond to emerging honey bee health issues specific to the mid-west. The GPMB governing committee consists of partners from multiple beekeeping associations, professional organizations, and research/extension institutions across six states. Our activities are designed to 1) improve profitability through adoption of success-proven colony management skills and integrated pest management, 2) increase training opportunities by amending existing and outdated educational materials and making them assessable to instructors, and 3) provide targeted training opportunities to socially-disadvantaged and or under-served communities, including women, military veterans, Latinos, and Tribal groups. We launched the Great Plains Master Beekeeping (GPMB) program in April 2019 and currently have 400+ beekeepers from NE, CO, IA, KS, MO, and WY registered. For more about GPMB visit (GPMB Website) or about UNL Bee Team visit (UNL Bee Lab).

Virtual fun day goals: The main goal of GPMB is to create a broader beekeeping community that fosters learning and field training for beekeepers of all levels and interests. Many of the beekeeping fun day events have been cancelled due to the covid-19 virus pandemic. We are providing this virtual fun day to better engage with our beekeepers while we all slowly adapt to a new covid world. The bees are here and beekeepers still need help managing hives. With covid concerns and restrictions, this may be a prime time for beekeepers to spend more time with their bees, learn new management skills, expand their knowledge and operation, and or create new value-added products. This is a free event however donations are greatly appreciated and funds to partner associations and GPMB go toward beekeeping management education and advocacy efforts.

GPMB Facebook event and registration:

Watch for more at: Great Plains Master Beekeeping Facebook Page

And register here: Register Here

Presentation types

We will offer a variety of presentations and demonstrations. Below are some of these types.

Lecture presentations:

  • Research/informative- Lectures provided by experts from universities, agencies, and organizations focused on bee health, pest/pathogens/pesticides and other stressors, breeding efforts, and honey bee research developments.
  • Management- Lectures provided by an array of researchers, educators, extension professionals, and experienced beekeepers to increase management skills and improve knowledge regarding beekeeping management options, such as integrated pest management for Varroa mites, pesticide exposure monitoring, and dietary supplemental options to boost hive nutritional and immunity.
  • Value-added/products- Lectures provided by experienced beekeepers to introduce a variety of value-added products (soaps, lotions, candles, alternative uses for bee wax, pollen, honey, etc..). Lectures will provide introductory information about how to get started, equipment needed, and or marketing considerations.
  • Professional development- Lectures provided by experienced beekeepers and professionals to promote professional development among beekeepers interested in expanded their operations, as well as provide resources on marketing products and financial support aids.

Demonstration types:

  • In the yard- Demonstrations provided in the apiary by researchers, educators, and experienced beekeepers on various management topics. Topics include:
    • Trouble shooting hive issues (inspecting failing hives and what to do)
    • Varroa monitoring & treatments (Mite washes and rolls, OA vaporization, OA dribble)
    • Local queen rearing operation tour
    • In the honey house: Demonstrations provided in the “honey house” (or wherever honey is being processed) by beekeepers of varying experience levels will focus on exhibiting different ways to extract, process, and market honey. Topics may include:
      • Small scale honey extraction demonstration (no equipment straining, hand-crank, automatic)
      • Honey extraction set-up tour (commercial operation)
      • Quality honey products for competition and sale?
      • Makers workshop: Demonstrations by experienced beekeepers in their natural setting to teach about how to make a variety of value-added products and other products that help promote bee health. Topics include:
        • Lotions, soaps, and other cosmetic products
        • Candles and or wax-based products
        • Specialty honey products (comb honey, creamed honey)

 

Costs: This is technically a GPMB fundraiser event, however, we want to be considerate of those impacted by covid. Therefore, we will NOT have registration fees but rather donation options:

1)      Donate to your beekeeping association (only)

2)      Donate to GPMB (only) (Note: this option is for those not associated with a group)

3)      Or donate to both (50% equal shares)

*Suggested donation amount of $10 person. 

Registration link here: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1tkenSR6N1xVpb

After registering for the event, we will send a separate email with the Zoom conferencing email and a link to the NU Foundation donation account for GPMB. All funds will go into this account initially and then GPMB Governing Committee will evaluate donations and distribute to association partners or identify goals where funds may improve GPMB opportunities and efforts. Once you have the zoom link you can join at any time. You do NOT need to be signed in for the entire two days and can come and go as you please. Some presentations will only be live and others will be recorded (with speaker’s permission). Recorded 

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