Topics and Presenters

Topics are listed in Alphabetical order with their respective presenters on the right. Click the topic or presenter to view details. Go here for a grid view of the Schedule.
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A Comparison of Hive Styles

(Beginner, Intermediate)
Selecting what type of hive to use is an expensive choice, but one that must be made at the beginning of starting the journey into beekeeping.  This is an unbiased look at the pros & cons of the different types of hives with a focus on helping you pick the one that is right for YOUR goals & objectives.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 10

Robert Peebles

Robert Peebles is a graduate of Texas A&M University (pause for whoop). He is a Systems Engineer by trade with over 30 years of experience and has been building “stuff” for over 40 years. He has built hundreds of beehives including standard langstroth, layens, and dozens of long langstroth hives. He calls himself a “newbee beekeeper”, but has successfully kept bees for 5 years and has over 40 hives.

A Practical Guide to Queen Rearing

(Intermediate, Advanced)
Re-queening hives is a common task that many beekeepers use to maintain the health of their hive. But if you have more than a couple of hives, this can get somewhat expensive. This class will show you how to raise your own queens.

Time/Room
9:00 – 9:50 am – Room 5

Steve Brackman

Steve Brackman was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Illinois and lived there until 1985 when he moved to Texas. Steve began his beekeeping career over 25 years ago; starting out by doing over 2400 removals. Today he focuses on being a queen breeder which he’s been doing for the last 10 years.

Annual Maintenance

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Let’s talk about beekeeping seasons. Learning the behaviors and goals of the honeybees helps lead to better management throughout the seasons. We’ll break down the seasons by discussing the best management practices and how to make decisions when inspecting your hives.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 7
 3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 7

Ashley Ralph

Ashley Ralph owns Prime Bees in College Station along with her husband, Justin, where she raises queens, hosts educational events, and manages bees throughout the surrounding areas. Her passion for bees grew rapidly after getting their first bee package and she enjoys learning and sharing about honeybees with anybody who will listen. Ashley is a Texas Master Beekeeper because she thought it would be an efficient and fun way to learn more about bees – she was right, it has led to an adventure in continuous learning. Ashley is a calm and curious beekeeper that enjoys spending time observing and learning from the bees.

Apimaye Hive Beekeeping

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Come explore raising bees successfully in APIMAYE INSULATED HIVES. APIMAYE’S innovated design and unique overwintering strategies will be discussed in depth. Stan Gore a beekeeper with years of successful beekeeping experience with over 100 Apimaye hives and 100 wood hives will demonstrate why APIMAYES are a substantial improvement in bee hives. You will learn how they are made and learn many techniques and applications that will help you be a successful beekeeper. One APIMAYE HIVE will be given away during class.

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 am – Room 7

Stan Gore

Stan Gore is a Disciple of Christ disguised as a Beekeeper. Currently works over 100 hives in 4 different counties. Stan is the owner of Texas Honeybee Rescue where he helps folks with their bee issues. Stan is On the Board of Advisors for Hives For Heroes. and Central Texas Beekeepers.  Stan is Owner/Admin and Chief Goober of Texas Friendly Beekeepers Facebook Private Page with over 10,400 members where they educate, encourage and equip beekeeper’s from all over the country especially new beekeeper’s. Its family.

Apris Mellifera & Varroa Mites

(Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced)

30+ years of varroa mites and finally we can breed mite resistant bees and slow varroa mites. I will present 5 known traits that honeybees have acquired in the last 3 decades that are solving the varroa mite problem without toxic solutions that do collateral damage to bees. When we breed bees we breed mites, and we can select the mites we breed. I will present numerous scientific studies that validate that Apis mellifera can achieve varroa resistance.

 

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 4

Les Crowder

Les Crowder began keeping bees in Bernalillo, New Mexico 40+ years ago. He began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease. This led him to experiment with top bar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business in New Mexico. He has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years. He and Heather Harrell co-authored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012, soon to be published in Spanish. He continues to teach and advocate non-toxic management of beehives near Austin.e

Bee Behavior

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Why do bees do what they do? Pheromones! We will learn about the dozens of different pheromones present in a colony, how they vary by caste, and how they dictate everything from foraging, queen rearing, stinging, swarming and more. By understanding how pheromones affect behavior, we can become better beekeepers and prevent unwanted behaviors through anticipatory beekeeping.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 10

Carla Salas

Carla Salas started beekeeping as a hobby with 6 hives in Hutto, TX in April 2021, Carla started beekeeping as a hobby with 6 hives.  She fell in love with bees and wanted to learn all she could about them. She took an apprenticeship class at Two Hives Honey in the fall of 2021.  This eventually led to her part time job as a Tour Guide at Two Hives Honey in the Spring of 2023. As a tour guide at Two Hives, Carla shares her love of honeybees by leading hive tours.  She also served as the 2023 Vice President for Austin Area Beekeepers Association. When Carla is not working, talking or thinking about bees, she is taking care of her chickens and garden.

Bee Biology

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This is a basic overview of beekeeping biology. Understanding the biology of bees can lead you to be a better beekeeper by giving you a better understanding of “how bees work” – the more you know about bee biology, the more you’ll understand how to make good management decisions as a beekeeper.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 8

Lynne Jones

Lynne Jones is a small-scale beekeeper in Sealy and owner of Brazos River Honey.  She serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fort Bend Beekeepers Association and is a member of the Central Texas Beekeepers Association.  She is an original member of the Real Texas Honey program and is currently at the Advanced level of the Texas Master Beekeeper program.

Beekeepers Toolbox

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This class will focus on tools and accessories for the bee yard that make beekeeping easier, safer, cleaner, better organized and more enjoyable.  It’s aimed at the beginner, hobby and sideline beekeepers.  We will discuss hive tools, smoker accessories, feed transport and delivery setups, cool gadgets, general useful items and how to conveniently transport them to and from the bee yard.  Please feel free to voice any issues you have with your current setup, or tell us about any clever solutions you have.  Lots of Q&A welcomed!

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 7

Brandon Fehrenkamp

Brandon Fehrenkamp is the owner of Austin Bees, specializing in bee removals, top bar hives and consulting.  Brandon began beekeeping on a whim in 2003 and started doing live removals in 2005.  He has extensive experience safely removing hives in densely populated areas.  He regularly speaks at schools and events to educate the public, is mentor to the UT Beekeeping Club, Beevo, and manages the glass observation hive at the Austin Nature & Science Center.  learning led him to become a Master Beekeeper as well as learn from other beekeepers big and small along the way. Justin is a blunt and practical beekeeper that is focused on results.

Beekeeping 101 Basic Beekeeping Parts 1 & 2

(Beginner, Intermediate)
Honey bee biology – all about the bee from birth to development, different castes of bee and the role of the bee in the hive.

  • Hives and equipment – a basic equipment list to get started.
  • Location of hive and hive maintenance – basic techniques to working a hive and how to identify honey, pollen and brood.
  • Swarming – reasons for swarming and how to prevent swarming.
  • A beekeeper’s calendar

Time/Room
Part 1 – 8:00 – 9:30 am – Room 1
Part 2 – 9:50- 12:00 pm – Room 1

Chris Doggett

Chris Doggett received a degree in Mathematics at Bristol University in England in 1967 and moved to the United States in 1984.  After a career in sales and management of electronics manufacturing companies, he retired in 2002.  He lives in Thrall, TX where he has been a beekeeper for fourteen years.  He is a past president of Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association and is a past director of the Texas Beekeepers Association (TBA).

Jim Colbert

Jim Colbert has been keeping bees since the late 1970’s. He started with one hive, no knowledge, and no mentor and admits that he made a lot of mistakes! He was out of beekeeping for a long time and then took it up again when he retired about 12 years ago. This time around he joined the Williamson County Area Beekeeping Association, read anything he could find and talked to anyone who would listen.  In 2016 Jim was elected VP of Williamson County Area Beekeeping Association, served as President for two years in 2017 and 2018 and was on the board as past president in 2019.

Beekeeping 201 – Advanced Beekeeping – Parts 1 & 2

(Intermediate, Advanced)
This will be a fast-paced whirlwind presentation discussing: the Golden Rules of Beekeeping, nutrition management, diseases control, comb rotation, colony combining, re-queening, Integrated Pest Management, swarm prevention and control techniques. You should bring a pen and paper and be prepared to cover a lot of material.

Time/Room
Part 1 – 8:00 – 9:50 am – Room 2
Part 2 – 10:10 – 11:30 am – Room 2

Dodie Stillman

Dodie Stillman started attending the Austin Area Beekeepers (AABA) and Williamson County Area Beekeepers Associations meetings in 2011. She was in the inaugural class of the Texas Master Beekeepers Program and became one of the first seven official Master Beekeepers in the State of Texas, and now serves on the TMBP board.  Dodie spent a year as the President of the Texas Beekeepers Association and currently holds the position of Past President for both TBA and the Austin club where she served as president for several years. She teaches beekeeping classes at Texas Honey Bee Farm and The Bee Supply.

Bees for Ag. Exemption

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
In 2012, the state of Texas changed the law to allow Beekeeping to qualify as an agricultural activity which can qualify the land for a 1-d-1 open space valuation (“exemption”) for your property taxes. This class details what this law requires, presented by the man who helped write the law.

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 9
 1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 2

Dennis Herbert

Dennis Herbert is a native central Texan and drafted the original legislation for the current bee law that assists small landowners in receiving their agricultural valuation if they wish to raise bees on their property. He helped shepherd the bill through the legislature in 2011, it became law on January 1, 2012. He has been a beekeeper in Bell County for 18 years.

Biology Of Honeybee Associated Viruses

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This course will go over the most common honey bee viruses and their biology in relation to the honey bee host.  Although there aren’t any direct treatments for viral infection in honey bees, we will cover how to help prevent and deal with these viruses though available means such as nutrition, queen breeding, varroa treatments and discuss current research in prevention and treatment.

Time/Room
9:00 – 9:50 am – Room 8

Dr. Tonya Shepherd

Dr. Tonya Shepherd received her B.S. from the University of Evansville (2009) in biochemistry and received her Ph.D. in Medical Science from Texas A&M University (2016), College of Medicine, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology department. In 2017, she joined Dr. Juliana Rangel’s Honey Bee Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, as an Associate and Assistant Lecturer.

Biology Of Mating

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This course will go over the most common honey bee viruses and their biology in relation to the honey bee host.  Although there aren’t any direct treatments for viral infection in honey bees, we will cover how to help prevent and deal with these viruses though available means such as nutrition, queen breeding, varroa treatments and discuss current research in prevention and treatment.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 3

Dr. Juliana Rangel

Dr. Juliana Rangel received her B.S. from the University of Evansville (2009) from Cornell University.  In 2010 she joined the laboratory of Dr. David Tarpy at North Carolina State as the coordinator of the “Born and Bred in North Carolina: Queen -Rearing and Bee Breeding Program”.  In 2013 she joined the faculty Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology. She obtained tenure in 2018, and in 2023 she was promoted to the rank of Professor..

Catching and Keeping Swarms

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
We’ll discuss how to be prepared for swarm season, easily capture swarms and keep them alive. Get tips and tricks for capturing swarms as well as how to ensure they’ll be healthy and thrive.

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 3

1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 7

Justin Russell

Justin Russell owns and operates Prime Bees in College Station along with his wife, Ashley, where he manages between 1000-1500 colonies of bees and growing. Justin is also the Operations Manager for Desert Creek Pollination who places 50-100,000 hives for beekeepers in the California almonds. When he first began keeping bees as a hobby, it didn’t take long for him to realize that beekeeping was his professional calling as well. He continues to grow his business where he sells live bees, educates, does professional bee removal, manages bees on others’ properties, raises queen bees, and everything in between. Justin’s desire to continue improving and learning led him to become a Master Beekeeper as well as learn from other beekeepers big and small along the way. Justin is a blunt and practical beekeeper that is focused on results.

Common Sense Varroa Management for Texas Beekeeping

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Varroa mites and the viruses they vector can keep bee colonies in a continual state of unhealth. Focused, proactive IPM for mites and viruses will enable our bees to produce vigorously once again.  Randy explains in detail the commonsense mite/virus management protocol that Oakley Family Apiaries has been employing over the past five years to promote healthy, productive hives.  

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 10

Randy Oakley

Randy Oakley has been practicing the art of beekeeping for over 40 years.  Three generations of the Oakley Family currently help out in the family bee business producing local bees and beehive products as well as teaching others sustainable methods of beekeeping for central Texas.  They manage 400 plus beehives along the I35 corridor between Austin and Waco. More information about their bees, beekeeper training and beehive products can be found at: www.OakleyFamilyApiaries.com

Cooking with Honey

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Honey is one of the best sweeteners because of its inherent healing and medicinal properties.  Come learn how to swap honey for sugar in your favorite recipes (hint: its not a 1:1 swap!) and get new ideas and recipes for how to use your favorite product of the hive.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 9

Carla Salas

Carla Salas started beekeeping as a hobby with 6 hives in Hutto, TX in April 2021, Carla started beekeeping as a hobby with 6 hives. She fell in love with bees and wanted to learn all she could about them. She took an apprenticeship class at Two Hives Honey in the fall of 2021. This eventually led to her part time job as a Tour Guide at Two Hives Honey in the Spring of 2023. As a tour guide at Two Hives, Carla shares her love of honeybees by leading hive tours. She also served as the 2023 Vice President for Austin Area Beekeepers Association. When Carla is not working, talking or thinking about bees, she is taking care of her chickens and garden

Exploring Honeybee Behavior during a Solar Eclipse

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Solar eclipses occur two to five times a year, but because they occur in random locations, it takes roughly 400 years for one to be seen in a specific area. Solar eclipses are aknown to affect the behavior of many animal species. During their research, Ahmad and Oceanna examined the behavior of Texas honeybees during two rare eclipses in 2023 and 2024. This study is the first to examine bee behavior during solar eclipses. 

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 pm – Room 8

Ahmad Hassan and Oceanna Escribano

Ahmad Hassan and Oceanna Escribano are both undergraduate research students participating in the Medicinal Properties of Honey CURES program at UT San Antonio. They have been partaking in this research-based course for a year and have learned and tested many of the traits that give honey its medical characteristics. Both students aspire to go on to dental school.

Feeding Your Bees

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

In this course, you’ll learn about the nutritional needs of the colony, as we try to answer the age-old question “Should I be feeding my bees?” We will learn the basics of honeybee nutrition, and how the needs of the colony change through the season.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 5

Karl Cottrell

Karl Cottrell and his wife are hobby beekeepers in Hempstead. They got their start in beekeeping when Karl was looking for a Christmas present for Diane and came across the Flow Hive crowd funding campaign. Seven years later, they have 12 hives and continue to experiment on different hive configurations and hive equipment.

Flow Hive

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
The Flow Hive is inspiring thousands of new beekeepers around the world. It takes the hard work out of harvesting honey and makes it a lot less stressful for the bees. Nanette will share her tips on using the Flow Hive and troubleshoot concerns..

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 5

Nanette Davis

Nanette Davis is a Master level Texas Master Beekeeper (Pollination and Botany) and the director of the Montgomery County Youth Beekeepers Program. She enjoys gardening, taking pictures of bees, and beekeeping. She has been a beekeeper for 14 years, utilizing both traditional hives and Flow hives.

From Zero to Honey – How to build a sustianable apiary in three years

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

New beekeepers often imagine themselves swimming in a sea of honey (and money) as soon as they get themselves a hive or two, but the reality of raising a honey crop is a bit more complex. In this talk, beekeeper and reality series host Charlie Agar will bring participants along on the journey of going from “Zero to HONEY,” focusing on how these amazing little critters produce their magical elixir and how humans have historically worked alongside bees to make life just a little sweeter. He’ll share some strategies for growing into a sustainable beekeeping operation.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 9

Charlie Agar

Charlie Agar got his first hive of bees in 2013, but when he started doing nuisance hive removals the following year, his beekeeping work blossomed into a sideline business that spawned new friendships, travel, and lots of crazy experiences. Today he does bee removals, manages over 100 colonies, teaches beekeeping, and leases bees to Ag clients all across Central Texas. His work with bees is the subject of a PBS reality TV show – Charlie Bee Company. Charlie lives in New Braunfels with wife Kaye, three dogs, and their backyard chickens.

Hives for Heroes

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Hives for Heroes is a non-profit veterans service & support organization that is continuing to grow as a network of beekeepers and veterans. Hives for Heroes relies upon establishing a personal connection between a mentor and a NewBEE, sustaining healthy relationships, a positive purpose for life for themselves, their families and their communities.  We extend those experiences into fostering a lifelong hobby of beekeeping.  We actively request the support of local and state level beekeeping organizations as an access point, sharing our combined resources to provide an extension of their significant depth of local knowledge into another community.  

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 pm – Room 5

Charlie McMaster

Charles McMaster became a beekeeper after his retirement from Army, he’s now refreshing his knowledge with the beekeeping school of hard knocks within the confines of one top bar and five Langstroth hives just a few yards away from the back door of his home in Copperas Cove, Texas.  Charlie is the President of the Bell / Coryell Beekeepers Association and is now contributing to Hives for Heroes in Current Operations and TBA as a member of the BoD.

Honey’s Healing Touch for Skin Diseases-Acne and Autoimmune Conditions

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Honey’s remarkable healing properties extend to acne and autoimmune inflammatory diseases. Victoria’s research highlights its antimicrobial strength, regulating skin microbiota and combating C. acnes proliferation for a natural acne remedy. Simultaneously, Devyani explores San Antonio honey, emphasizing their enzymes and nutrients for anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits, presenting a promising avenue for complementary treatments in autoimmune inflammatory diseases.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 9

Victoria Garcia and Devyani Misra

Victoria Garcia and Devyani Misra are both undergraduate students and research assistants at the Integrative Biology Department of UT San Antonio. They have been working with Dr. Ozturk for the last 2 years about the bioactivity potential of TX honey. They currently help teach the Medicinal Properties of Honey as peer mentors. Victoria aspires to be a graduate student and Devyani aspires to go on to medical school.

Honey Extracting

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This class is a demonstration with lots of practical information.  We will talk about how to get honey supers from the hive and demonstrate how to uncap and spin out the honey.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 6
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 6

2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 6

Shelly Rice

Shelley Rice is a mother, wife, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is best known as the Bee Lady throughout Texas and has served as a railblazer in the urban bee-keeping industry for over 15 years. Her front yard apiary including apitherapy services evolved into the viable All Things Bees Texas Co. In addition to managing her business, Rice founded and continues to manage the Future Farmers of America Chapter at Lamar High School. She is a board member and treasurer for the Houston Beekeepers Association. She was the first apiarist in Texas to place hives onsite at the Rainbow Lodge, Discovery Green, the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park and several restaurants and other public locations.

Honey Production vs. Bee Production

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Do you want to optimize bee production or honey production from your colonies?  What if you want both?  Is that doable?  Under what circumstances are both objectives feasible?

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 pm – Room 10

James and Chari Elam

James and Chari Elam as owners of Blue Ribbon Honey Company and previously Bluebonnet Beekeeping (now part of “TBS” – The Bee Supply), James and Chari have circled the industry honored to have served on multiple board positions both in their local bee club and Texas Beekeepers Association. As they continue traveling the speaking circuit, although technically retired – James is still very active in the industry, writing articles, and part of the Trade Show advisory team for TBS. Chari is the co-creator and Editor/Writer/Content Manager of The Bee Supply Monthly magazine (formerly Texas Bee Supply Monthly). Between the two of them they make beekeeping FUN while they share their knowledge and enthusiasm as you learn!

Honey to Profit in 1 1/2 Years

(Intermediate, Advanced)

Justin will share how he and Ashley have successfully grown Prime Bees into a successful business.  While their model may not be what you want to do, their underlying business principles will be applicable. 

Time/Room
8:00 – 8:50 am – Room 7

Justin Russell

Justin Russell owns and operates Prime Bees in College Station along with his wife, Ashley, where he manages between 1000-1500 colonies of bees and growing. Justin is also the Operations Manager for Desert Creek Pollination who places 50-100,000 hives for beekeepers in the California almonds. When he first began keeping bees as a hobby, it didn’t take long for him to realize that beekeeping was his professional calling as well. He continues to grow his business where he sells live bees, educates, does professional bee removal, manages bees on others’ properties, raises queen bees, and everything in between. Justin’s desire to continue improving and learning led him to become a Master Beekeeper as well as learn from other beekeepers big and small along the way. Justin is a blunt and practical beekeeper that is focused on results.

How Do I Inspect My Hive

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
The basis for all successful beekeepers is the ability to do a thorough hive inspection, and from it gather information needed to manage the hive effectively. Learn as we go through each of the steps needed to confidently make decisions based on what you observe. 

Time/Room
1:00 – 11:50 am – Room 1
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 1

Rex Smith

Rex has been beekeeping for 14 years; and for the last 12 years as his full-time vocation. His passion for bees started after being challenged to make his garden produce more – without using chemicals.  Rex provides beekeeping services in the form of bees and hive management for land ag. valuation, as well as honey production and sales. He resides in N. Texas and is the past President of the Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers trade organization.

How to Light Your Smoker

A demonstration on how to light a smoker and keep it going. Included is a discussion of WHY beekeepers use smoke (as opposed to ‘other things’) and what fuels to use.

Time/Room
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Ag. Building

Billy Lawton

Billy Lawton got his start in beekeeping from attending programs sponsored by the Central Texas Beekeepers Association.  He has been actively keeping or being kept by bees for over 10 years.  Mr. Lawton is actively engaged in introducing beekeeping to small property owners around the State.

Kevin Stillman

Kevin Stillman is a professional photographer. He retired from the Texas Highway Department and became a full-time honeybee assistant to his wife Dodie. She only lets him light the smoker, lift heavy boxes, and dispatch old queens, so he’s become very proficient.

How To Set Up Your Apiary

(Beginner)
This class talks about how to decide WHERE to put the hives on your property, as well as some detail on HOW to get them setup.

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 4

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes has been keeping bees now for 10+ years after being “forced” to come to the Central Texas Bee School back in 2013 by his wife. At that time, she wanted 2 hives – today they together run Cornerstone Honey Bees with over 70 hives, producing honey, wax products, giving hive tours, leasing hives for Ag Valuations, and have begun to dip their pinky toe into the world of almond pollination.  Chris & Dalene are founding members of the Brazos Valley Beekeepers in Bryan/College Station where together they have served in every position on the Board of Directors.  In addition, for the past 8 years Chris has served as the Director of club’s Youth Beekeeping Program.  Now that they are both retired from their jobs, they are hoping to scale back their beekeeping activities somewhat in order to focus on traveling, salmon fishing in Alaska, and grandbabies.

Integrated Pest Management

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This presentation will cover how to control different pests in a honeybee colony using an Integrated Pest Management approach.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 4

2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 10

Bill Baxter

Bill Baxter is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science.  Bill has had a 35-year career with the Texas Apiary Inspection Services.  During the course of Bill’s distinguished career, he has seen the introduction into Texas of tracheal mites, varroa mites and Africanized honey bee.

Keeping Bees Calm

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Bees do not sting because they are mean, they sting because they are afraid. When we open a beehive there are subtle actions we can take and avoid that make our time more like dancing with our little buddies rather than working through a hive of mean bees. The bees, beekeepers, neighbors and family are all better off if we can notice the things we do that keep bees calm.

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 2

Les Crowder

Les Crowder began keeping bees (he often states they began keeping him) in Bernalillo, New Mexico 40+ years ago.  He began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease.  This led him to experiment with top bar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business in New Mexico.  He has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years.  He and Heather Harrell coauthored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012, soon to be published in Spanish.  He continues to teach and advocate non-toxic management of beehives near Austin.

Live Bee Demonstration

Hive Inspection WITH LIVE BEES (Michelle Pankonien, bees provided by Bear Creek Apiary) – Want to put on a bee suit and take a look inside a hive full of bees?  This is where it happens. Weather permitting.

NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS OR OPEN-TOED SHOES.

Time/Room
1:00 – 5:00 pm – Ag. Building

Michelle Kerr Pankopnien

Michelle Kerr-Pankonien lives in College Station. She is a Master Beekeeper in the Texas Master Beekeeping Program. Michelle utilizes beeswax for her Bee Natural Moisturizer and Heel Balms. She utilizes over 30 years of feeding livestock to help keep her bees have strong nervous systems through better nutrition.  She is a treatment free beekeeper who utilizes nutrition and genetic diversity to maintain over 40 honey bee colonies in 6 counties in & around Brazos County.

Saundra Smith

Saundra Smith was an organizing member of both the Brazos Bee Club in College Station and the Denton Bee Club. She currently is a mentor to veterans with Hives for Heroes and is the beekeeper for the hives at the President George W Bush Library in Dallas.

 

Dodie Stillman

Dodie Stillman started attending the Austin Area Beekeepers (AABA) and Williamson County Area Beekeepers Associations meetings in 2011. She was in the inaugural class of the Texas Master Beekeepers Program and became one of the first seven official Master Beekeepers in the State of Texas, and now serves on the TMBP board.  Dodie spent a year as the President of the Texas Beekeepers

Making Splits

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
There are dozens of ways to split a hive; most of them have specific uses for WHY you are wanting or needing to split a hive:  Increasing the number of hives, preventing swarming, calming down an aggressive hive are just some of those reasons.  This class will look at the reasons you might want to split your hives and different methods for accomplishing your goals.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 5
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 9

James and Chari Elam

James and Chari Elam as owners of Blue Ribbon Honey Company and previously Bluebonnet Beekeeping (now part of “TBS” – The Bee Supply), James and Chari have circled the industry honored to have served on multiple board positions both in their local bee club and Texas Beekeepers Association. As they continue traveling the speaking circuit, although technically retired – James is still very active in the industry, writing articles, and part of the Trade Show advisory team for TBS. Chari is the co-creator and Editor/Writer/Content Manager of The Bee Supply Monthly magazine (formerly Texas Bee Supply Monthly). Between the two of them they make beekeeping FUN while they share their knowledge and enthusiasm as you learn!

Managing Mean Bees

(Advanced)
When Africanized bees were first brought to South America, it was because they had some traits that were desirable. This program looks at the useful properties that “hot bees” possess as well as how to live and work with them, safely.

Time/Room
8:00 – 8:50 am – Room 9

Tony Andric

Tony Andric is a recovering computer/electrical engineer, addicted beekeeper, makes doors for chickens?, has zero life insurance, lives near Lockhart, Texas (BBQ capital of Texas), old, fat, white, bald, bearded guy (1967 model), married, yet it’s lonely inside that suit, uses Langstroth mediums only with top entrance, survival genetics & is treatment free.

Mead 101

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
In this session, you will learn all about the most ancient of beverages, Mead or Honeywine.  What is mead? How old is it? How is it made? All these questions will be answered, and you will also learn how to make your own batch at home!

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 5

Wendy Rohan

Wendy Rohan and her husband John moved out towards La Grange in 2008 where they founded Blissful Folly Farm and Rohan Meadery. The Meadery now makes cider, meads and grape wines. Rohan Meadery is Texas’ oldest meadery and the first to make Czech- German style meads. The Rohans have received over 40 awards for their meads & wines. 

Medicinal Properties of Texas Honey

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
For millennia, honey has served as a medicinal treasure. Its pure form offers a spectrum of health benefits, including antioxidants, antimicrobial properties, immune modulation, and anti-inflammatory potency. Dive into Dr. Ozturk’s talk, as he delves into the contemporary medical applications of honey, spotlighting the unique healing potential of medical-grade TX honeys.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 am – Room 3 (Part 1)

2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 3 (Part 2)

 

Ferhat Ozturk

Ferhat Ozturk earned his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He served as the Director of the Honey Research Center in Turkey. He moved to San Antonio in 2018 and is an assistant professor of practice at UT San Antonio where he teaches Medicinal Properties of Honey. Dr. Ozturk recently established the HONEY Pathway as part of his USDA NextGen grant.

Native Bees and Their Biology

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Our bees face a diverse landscape of competing resources and anthropogenic threats. It is our job to provide suitable habitats and floral resources for their success. This course will cover the biodiversity and biology of native bees in your backyard along with how you can transform your landscape into a pollinator habitat that supports your honeybee colonies and wild native bees. By implementing these practices, we can help ensure the survival of native and honeybee populations.

Time/Room
11:00 – 11:50 am – Room 8

Keegan Nichols

Howdy! My name is Keegan Nichols, and I am a football player turned bee enthusiast from Cedar Park, TX. I discovered my passion for entomology while studying the biodiversity and biology of native bees. Now, I am an entomology Ph.D. student in Dr. Rangel’s honeybee lab. Currently, I am working with Saudi Arabia to classify the diseases and reproductive behavior of their native honeybee subspecies. My future research interests include factors that affect queen reproductive success and quality, as well as native and honeybee interactions.

One Million Ways to Kill Your Bees

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
While the title is a bit morbid (and likely a bit overstated numerically), this talk will address some of the things we can do as beekeepers that inadvertently harm our colony’s odds of survival.  This is a beekeeper-error-prevention talk, not a pest and disease talk. If you want to keep bees alive, knowing how you could kill them is a great place to start!

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 2

Ryan Giesecke

Ryan Giesecke owns and operates G-Bar Naturals, an urban homestead project located in East Dallas. From there he periodically offers homegrown products and learning opportunities, as well as performing bee-friendly removals of honeybees and bumble bees as “Honey Bee Relocation Services”. Ryan loves to talk bees and has done so all across the state. He is president of Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers, past president of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, past president of Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. He has also taught classes on bees at area colleges, and is currently at work on a first book about bees.

Opportunties & Challenges in Managing Hives in Texas

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Beekeeping is big in Texas! Property tax incentives and heightened public awareness have led to a large influx of new beekeepers over the past decade or so. This market makes for some great opportunities for beekeepers large and small. Our state is also home to significant challenges such as unpredictable weather, rapid land development, and “mean” bee genetics to name a few. Successful hive management involves facing and adapting to each year’s challenges…or picking up the pieces and learning from mistakes. 

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 am – Room 9

Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward is the owner of A Bar Beekeeping, providing hive management services, beekeeping lessons, and professional presentations. Lauren has had a lifelong interest in insects and agriculture, culminating in a Master’s degree in Entomology in 2014 and Board Certification in Entomology in 2015. Further experience includes serving as Texas A&M Apiary Manager, Honey Bee Biology Instructor, and working in commercial scale beekeeping operations. A Bar Beekeeping now services more than 500 hives across Central Texas.

Planting For You and Your Bees

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

This session uses bee biology and foraging habits as the foundation for choosing plants for landscapes.  Learn which plants you can use to create desirable landscapes that also provide healthy forage for honeybees.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 am – Room 1

Michael Vidrine

Michael Vidrine was born and raised on the Texas Gulf coast, but I’ve lived in several different locations and climates as my company moved me around. We have always had orchards and gardens wherever we have lived from Northern Brazil to the Upper Midwest (and 3 Locations in Texas. My wife and I retired to Brazos County in 2010. Currently we have a small acreage farm with 200 fruit trees, 100’s of grapes and berries, 50+ pecan trees and a large vegetable garden. I’ve been a beekeeper for 12 years with 10 colonies. I’m a certified Master Gardener and teach a variety of classes on gardening.

Products From the Hive, Utilizing Everything the Bees Produce

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

 Learn how to make usable products from your beeswax and propolis.   

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 6

Michelle Pankonien

Michelle Pankonien lives in College Station. She is a Master Beekeeper in the Texas Master Beekeeping Program. Michelle utilizes beeswax for her Bee Natural Moisturizer and Heel Balms. She utilizes over 30 years of feeding livestock to help keep her bees have strong nervous systems through better nutrition. She is a treatment free beekeeper who utilizes nutrition and genetic diversity to maintain over 40 honeybee colonies in 6 counties in & around Brazos County.

Re Queening Your Hive

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
In this class we will be covering when to replace your queen. Then cover a couple of ways to find your queen. Finally covering the process of requeening your colony with a purchased queen. 

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 8

Dodie Stillman

Dodie started attending the Austin Area Beekeepers (AABA) and Williamson County Area Beekeepers Associations meetings in 2011. She was in the inaugural class of the Texas Master Beekeepers Program and became one of the first seven official Master Beekeepers in the State of Texas, and now serves on the TMBP board.  Dodie spent a year as the President of the Texas Beekeepers Association and currently holds the position of Past President for both TBA and the Austin club where she served as president for several years. She teaches beekeeping classes at Texas Honey Bee Farm and The Bee Supply. 

Selling Honey, Laws and Labels

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
As a beekeeper, you have the option to sell your honey under different food operations: Beekeeper Honey Producer, Cottage Food Operator, and Licensed Food Manufacturer. Each has its own requirements for who, what, where, and how, as well as different label requirements. This class will help you understand what you need to do in order to bottle and sell the honey you get from your hives.

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 7

Lynne Jones

Lynne Jones is a small-scale beekeeper in Sealy and owner of Brazos River Honey.  She serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fort Bend Beekeepers Association and is a member of the Central Texas Beekeepers Association.  She is an original member of the Real Texas Honey program and is currently at the Advanced level of the Texas Master Beekeeper program.

Success At Your Farmers Market

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Farmers’ markets are a great way to build your business. Markets allow you to get your farm’s name out to the community. They help you hone your marketing skills, and they are an instant focus group for your products. However, achieving success at farmers’ markets is much more than “piling it high and watching it fly”. Discover how Sweetnes Honey has successfully utilized Farmers Markets to their advantage.

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 am – Room 9

Tracey Grimme

Tracey, along with her husband David are owners of Hepplewhite Farms LLC located in Brookshire, TX. They sell honey and honey products, Nucs, and teach Beginning Beekeeping classes. Tracey has 17 years beekeeping experience in both the Midwest and in Texas starting as a Hobbyist and now a Sideliner with over 300 hives. Tracey and David are members of American Beekeepers Federation, Texas Beekeepers Association, Real Texas Honey, Central Texas Beekeepers Assn., & Fort Bend Beekeepers Assn.

Sustainable, Budget-Friendly Beekeeping for All

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

We’ll share how to conservatively get started with minimal investment, quickly and efficiently, no matter what your physical strength or budget. We’ll also share mindful guidance on how to achieve cost-effective beekeeping without chemical intervention, and you’ll learn how to sustainably improve bee health, produce cleaner comb, and honey, and increase your colony numbers without breaking the bank. We’ll even share some free easy DIY plans that will allow you to minimize your upfront costs!

Time/Room
8:00 – 8:50 am – Room 5

Nathalie B. 

Nathalie B. is a Master Beekeeper and owner Bee-Mindful.com, where she leverages 12 years of experience to manage about 300 colonies through several counties. She offers beekeeping apprenticeships and classes in sustainable and natural beekeeping, professional AG exemption services, affordable horizontal hives, and treatment-free bees. Nathalie is a contributor to Bee Culture magazine, the founder of the first natural beekeeping club in Texas, and of the World Bee Day Natural Beekeeping Webinar. She hosts the “Natural Beekeeping Corner” on the popular “Hive Jive” beekeeping podcast. She has served as President of the Hays County Beekeepers Association, VP of the Travis County Beekeepers Association, Director at the Texas Beekeepers Association, and Chairman of the Real Texas Honey non-profit.
Nathalie is passionate about community outreach and volunteering and has set up free training programs and teaching apiaries for refugees in the Congo, Nigeria, and Texas.

Texas Apiary Laws

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
This presentation will provide a general introduction to the beekeeping laws of Texas as well as a brief overview of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service.

Time/Room
10:10 – 11:00 am – Room 4

Bill Baxter

Bill Baxter is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science.  Bill has had a 35-year career with the Texas Apiary Inspection Services.  During the course of Bill’s distinguished career, he has seen the introduction into Texas of tracheal mites, varroa mites and Africanized honey bee.

The Potential of Texan to Treat ESKAPE Pathogens

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

In the face of the escalating global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), predicted to be a leading cause of mortality by 2050, Keyla’s research emphasizes honey as a formidable treatment for ESKAPE pathogens, known for severe nosocomial infections. Simultaneously, Viviana conducts a thorough study assessing the purity, physicochemical attributes, and bioactivity potential of various honey samples, offering valuable insights into the San Antonio honey market, amidst the urgent need for effective antimicrobial solutions.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 9

Keyla Castillo and Vivian Martinez

Keyla Castillo and Viviana Martinez are both undergraduate students and research assistants at the Integrative Biology Department of UT San Antonio. They have been working with Dr. Ozturk for the last 2 years about the bioactivity potential of TX honey. They currently help teach the Medicinal Properties of Honey as peer mentors. Keyla aspires to be a graduate student and Viviana aspires to go on to medical school.

Top Bar Part 1 & 2

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
We will focus on Top Bar Hive beekeeping.  Brandon will focus on the underlying theory of top bar hives and address the correct way to build / select a top bar hive.  Brandon will also cover design flaws so that people don’t get stuck with an unworkable hive.  He loves lots of Q&A in his talks.

Time/Room
8:00 – 9:50 am – Room 3
10:10 – 11:00 am – Room 3

Brandon Fehrenkamp

Brandon Fehrenkamp is the owner of Austin Bees, specializing in bee removals, top bar hives and consulting.  Brandon began beekeeping on a whim in 2003 and started doing live removals in 2005.  He has extensive experience safely removing hives in densely populated areas.  He regularly speaks at schools and events to educate the public, is mentor to the UT Beekeeping Club, Beevo, and manages the glass observation hive at the Austin Nature & Science Center.

Trouble Shooting a Failing Hive

(Intermediate, Advanced)
Beekeepers lose about 40% of their colonies, on average, each year. This class will help you look at these reasons, and help to identify what is going on and, if possible, how to correct the problem.

Time/Room
9:00 – 9:50 am – Room 7

Ashley Ralph

Ashley Ralph owns Prime Bees in College Station along with her husband, Justin, where she raises queens, hosts educational events, and manages bees throughout the surrounding areas. Her passion for bees grew rapidly after getting their first bee package and she enjoys learning and sharing about honeybees with anybody who will listen. Ashley is a Texas Master Beekeeper because she thought it would be an efficient and fun way to learn more about bees – she was right, it has led to an adventure in continuous learning. Ashley is a calm and curious beekeeper that enjoys spending time observing and learning from the bees.

USDA Programs to Assist Beekeepers

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
The USDA Farm Service Agency will touch on multiple programs that they offer to assist honeybee growers. FSA’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program helps cover colony losses, honeybee hive losses, and honeybee feed losses in instances where theses losses have been caused by an eligible natural disaster or, in the case of colony losses, because of Colony Collapse Disorder. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of table and non-table honey produced commercially for human consumption. This session is meant to provide beekeepers information about how to sign up for these programs and what records are required to qualify for the programs.

Time/Room
11:10 – 12:00 pm – Room 10

Julie Goetzman

Julie Goetzman serves as the District Director 12 for Texas FSA headquartered in the Austin/Washington County Office in Bellville. She previously served as County Executive Director in the Brazoria-Galveston County FSA Office in Angleton. Julie began her federal career in 2014 as a County Operations Trainee in the Brazoria/Galveston County Office, and transitioned to CED in 2015.
Julie grew up in Katy, Texas when subdivisions were rice fields. Her family had a mobile diesel mechanic service specializing in farm equipment and ran a small commercial cattle herd. Julie attended Blinn College on a livestock judging scholarship and then transferred to Sam Houston State University to major in Animal Science with a minor in Secondary Education.

Vegetable Garding for Beekeepers

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
We all know that bees & gardens go hand-in-hand but balancing the need for having a productive garden (using fertilizers and pesticides) is not usually compatible with maintaining healthy bees. This class talks about how to achieve the balance between the two objectives.

Time/Room
12:00 – 12:50 pm – Room 1

Michael Vidrine

Michael Vidrine was born and raised on the Texas Gulf coast, but I’ve lived in several different locations and climates as my company moved me around. We have always had orchards and gardens wherever we have lived from Northern Brazil to the Upper Midwest (and 3 Locations in Texas. My wife and I retired to Brazos County in 2010. Currently we have a small acreage farm with 200 fruit trees, 100’s of grapes and berries, 50+ pecan trees and a large vegetable garden. I’ve been a beekeeper for 12 years with 10 colonies. I’m a certified Master Gardener and teach a variety of classes on gardening.

Water Features to Help Pollinators & Reduce Mosquitoes

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

When it is hot and/or dry honeybees need water. A simple water feature placed wisely (not too close to the hives) can supply safe dependable water whenever they need it. Keep them from gathering by the hundreds at a swimming pool or hot tub where they can be a bother. How to set up a beautiful water gathering place for the bees that absorb mosquitos out of your neighborhood. Natural biology really works.  The bees win, we win, the damselflies win, the mosquitoes not so much and that’s alright by me.

Time/Room
9:00 – 9:50 am – Room 4

Les Crowder

Les Crowder began keeping bees in Bernalillo, New Mexico 40+ years ago. He began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease. This led him to experiment with top bar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business in New Mexico. He has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years. He and Heather Harrell co-authored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012, soon to be published in Spanish. He continues to teach and advocate non-toxic management of beehives near Austin.

Wax moths, beetles & mites, oh my!

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Understanding common hive pests and parasites is a key step towards their successful control. We will delve into the life cycles and habits of wax moths, small hive beetles, and varroa mites. While not wholly an IPM talk, this biological backdrop does provide a great starting point to discuss selected prevention and control measures, especially non-chemical approaches.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 2

Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward is the owner of A Bar Beekeeping, providing hive management services, beekeeping lessons, and professional presentations. Lauren has had a lifelong interest in insects and agriculture, culminating in a Master’s degree in Entomology in 2014 and Board Certification in Entomology in 2015. Further experience includes serving as Texas A&M Apiary Manager, Honey Bee Biology Instructor, and working in commercial scale beekeeping operations. A Bar Beekeeping now services more than 500 hives across Central Texas.

What to Know Before Getting Started

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

This talk is tailored specifically to backyard beekeepers who want to avoid common beginner pitfalls. It will list important recommendations on what is needed to become a successful beekeeper, and how to select bees and hives depending on your goals, philosophy, budget, and physical abilities. We’ll discuss the main hive types and their pros and cons, and what kind of gear and tools you will need (or won’t need). The presentation will also share important resources and outline the critical first steps to take on your beekeeping journey.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 4

Nathalie B.

Nathalie B. is a Master Beekeeper and owner Bee-Mindful.com, where she leverages 12 years of experience to manage about 300 colonies through several counties. She offers beekeeping apprenticeships and classes in sustainable and natural beekeeping, professional AG exemption services, affordable horizontal hives, and treatment-free bees. Nathalie is a contributor to Bee Culture magazine, the founder of the first natural beekeeping club in Texas, and of the World Bee Day Natural Beekeeping Webinar. She hosts the “Natural Beekeeping Corner” on the popular “Hive Jive” beekeeping podcast. She has served as President of the Hays County Beekeepers Association, VP of the Travis County Beekeepers Association, Director at the Texas Beekeepers Association, and Chairman of the Real Texas Honey non-profit.
Nathalie is passionate about community outreach and volunteering and has set up free training programs and teaching apiaries for refugees in the Congo, Nigeria, and Texas.

What Would I Order If I Was Starting Over?

(Beginner)
Deciding on which bee suit, hive boxes, & assorted equipment to buy can be a dizzying array of choices for a new beekeeper.  This class gives you a succinct list of the things you NEED to buy, the things you SHOULD buy, and the things you DON’T NEED.

Time/Room
2:00 – 2:50 pm – Room 4

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes began keeping bees after his wife forced him to attend the Central Texas Bee School in 2013.  Today he runs over 75 hives, focusing on Ag Valuations, removals, cutouts and honey sales. In 2023 he dipped his big toe into the commercial side by sending 32 hives to California for almond pollination. 

Soon after getting into beekeeping, he helped start the Brazos Valley Beekeepers Association, serving as the club’s first president.  He now serves as the club’s Youth Program Director, a position he has held for 7 years.  Chris also helped create the Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers, a trade organization for people who perform removals and swarm captures in Texas.

Where Do I Get My Bees?

(Beginner)
As a new beekeeper, one of the first challenges is getting your bees. Should you buy a Package, Nuc, or complete hive? Should you mail order your bees or buy them from one of our local suppliers? This session will explore these options and provide you with a list of suppliers that you might want to consider as you enter the fascinating world of beekeeping.

Time/Room
1:00 – 1:50 pm – Room 5

Nanette Davis

Nanette Davis is a Master level Texas Master Beekeeper (Pollination and Botany) and the director of the Montgomery County Youth Beekeepers Program. She enjoys gardening, taking pictures of bees, and beekeeping. She has been a beekeeper for 14 years, utilizing both traditional hives and Flow hives.

 

Where’s the Queen?

(Beginner, Intermediate, Advance)

If you’ve ever thought locating your queen felt like an impossible game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ then this is the class for you!  We’ll be exploring all things queen-finding and talking about the hunt for a queen in nucs, hives, swarms, and removals, covering a variety of helpful tips and tricks along the way.  Learn how to think like a worker bee and how understanding honeybee biology will help you find your queen!

Time/Room
3:10 – 4:00 pm – Room 8

Ryan Giesecke

Ryan Giesecke owns and operates G-Bar Naturals, an urban homestead project located in East Dallas. From there he periodically offers homegrown products and learning opportunities, as well as performing bee-friendly removals of honeybees and bumble bees as “Honeybee Relocation Services”. Ryan loves to talk bees and has done so all across the state. He is president of Texas Association of Professional Bee Removers, past president of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas, past president of Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. He has also taught classes on bees at area colleges and is currently at work on a first book about bees.

Zen & the Art of Bee Removals

(Intermidiate, Advance)
Deciding & The Art of Bee Removals – Bee removal work is a fast track to advanced beekeeping. Charlie will share his sometimes-painful and often-ridiculous experience as a bee removal pro. Using videos from live removals, he’ll go through some basic methods and approaches to capturing feral bees. .

Time/Room
9:00 – 9:50 am – Room 9

Charlie Agar

Charlie Agar got his first hive of bees in 2013, but when he started doing nuisance hive removals the following year, his beekeeping work blossomed into a sideline business that spawned new friendships, travel, and lots of crazy experiences. Today he does bee removals, manages over 100 colonies, teaches beekeeping, and leases bees to Ag clients all across Central Texas. His work with bees is the subject of a PBS reality TV show – Charlie Bee Company. Charlie lives in New Braunfels with wife Kaye, three dogs, and their backyard chickens.

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