EKU, Berea College to Co-Host Eastern Apiculture Society Conference

Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College will co-host the Eastern Apiculture Society conference from July 28 to Aug. 1.

The Eastern Apiculture Society conference is an international event that features high-caliber apiculture researchers, an apiary, a lab, and a series of evening social events. In addition, a vendor show will feature Kentucky bee supply companies such as Dadant’s (Frankfort) and Walter T. Kelley’s (Clarkson) as well as others throughout the nation.

This year’s conference theme is “Esprit de Bee,” a tribute to Kentucky’s National Guard agriculture development teams, specifically their apiculture leadership. A modest registration fee is required. For those who pre-register by July 11, the fee is approximately $50 a day. For registration details and additional information, visit www.easternapiculture.org. EAS membership is $25 per individual.

On Monday, July 28, Dr. Subba Reddy Palli (University of Kentucky Department of Entomology) and Jerry Hayes (Monsanto and former Florida state inspector director) will engage in a conversation about RNAi technology and how new tools can help beekeepers reduce pesticides in their beehives. This talk, free and open to the community, will be held in EKU’s John Grant Crabbe Main Library, Room 108, at 7 p.m.

For a full list of conference speakers, see www.easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2014/2014-speakers.html.

Social events feature Lexington’s own Abigail Keam, a renowned best-selling mystery writer, reading from her first book, “Death by Honeybee,” on July 29. A mead tasting and bee book signing by other authors will be included that evening. 

Because honey bees dance, a square/contra dance featuring the Reel World String Band, with Frank Jenkins as caller, will be held Wednesday, July 30. Athenian Grill will cater the event (reserved tickets required).

Berea College will co-host events related to the EAS conference. The Berea College Farm Store will have an exhibit of extension agent and beekeeper Robert Spence’s travel journals. Boone Tavern will offer a honey-themed lunch on Thursday, July 31 (advance reservations required). Sarah Red-Laird will coordinate a one-day Bee Camp for children. The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association will have its summer meet, free to members, on Aug. 2 at Berea College, effectively concluding the festivities.

For more information, contact Dr. Tammy Horn, president of the Eastern Apiculture Society and Kentucky State Apiarist, at 502-229-2950 or at tammy.horn@ky.gov or tammy.horn@eku.edu.

Published on July 03, 2014