What’s Buzzing around WPB? by Hollie Hosler


West Palm Beach is about to get a lot sweeter as it hosts the 94th annual conference of the Florida State Beekeepers Association for the very first time. Put on by the Palm Beach Beekeepers Association, beekeepers from across the country will be in attendance for this statewide conference.

The focus of this year’s conference is the honeybee and the process by which beekeepers tend the hives. This series is designed for everyone, no matter what level of experience you have at beekeeping. Attendees will hear from many different nationally recognized individuals who will share their expertise in this field including Dr. Jamie Ellis, associate professor of entomology at the University of Florida, whose research and interests include pollination ecology, nutrition and chemical ecology of the honeybee.

In addition to the presentations from industry experts, authors, scientists and educators, there will be live bee demonstrations, a honey competition and panel discussions. Visit the vendor and exhibitor area for the most up-to-date beekeeping equipment and accessories. Don’t forget to participate in the live and silent auctions, as well as collect some free goodies!

Founded almost 100 years ago, the Florida State Beekeepers Association was created to aid in the development and promotion of practical beekeeping methods in the State of Florida. This organization works closely with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food, Agricultural Sciences, Florida Farm Bureau and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They are even aligned with the university to offer a Master Beekeeping certification course for those who are interested in furthering their studies in this industry.

In 1974, the Palm Beach Beekeepers Association was established as a local affiliate of the Florida State Beekeepers Association to promote the common interests of beekeeping and provide resources to the public on apiary practices.

This weekend-long event runs from October 2-4. Your ticket options are: 3-Day Full Event Pass, 3-Day Limited Pass, Friday or Saturday Only passes and a Beekeeper’s Dinner ticket. Download the full schedule of events at the conference website for the full itinerary. bees

For more information about the conference, please visit www.beekeepingconference.com

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