VSBA 2012 Fall Conference

When: November 2 & 3, 2012
Where: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers, Cave, VA
Hosted by: Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Assn

Click here for the Registration Form (early-bird prices are good through Oct 19!)


*****This is a preliminary program, agenda and topics are all subject to change.*****

Friday, November 2

12:00 – 1:00    Registration
1:00 –4:30       Meeting commences = Nancy Ostiguy – “To Kill or Not to Kill: Pesticides and Medications; Jerry Hayes – “Monsanto’s Commitment to Honey Bees”
4:30                Adjourn for evening

Saturday, November 3

8:00 – 8:45        Registration
8:45 – Lunch    Meeting commences = Nancy Ostiguy- “A Multi-state Apiary Study of Bee Health: What do we know?”; Jerry Hayes – “Africanized Bees in the Southeast”; State Apiarist’s Report
After Lunch        Update of Master Beekeeper Program – Frank Walker
1:45 – 4:30        Workshops:

  • Nancy Ostiguy-Sustainable Beekeeping: What is in the toolbox?
  • Jerry Hayes – “The Classroom”
  • Stay tuned for additional workshops

VSBA Master Beekeeping Program Testing
November 2-3, 2012

The written test for the Qualified & Certified Beekeeper will be offered at the Fall VSBA Meeting at Weyers Cave as follows:

  • Friday evening, November 2, 2012 starting at 4:45 pm*.
    Saturday evening, November 3, 2012 starting at 5:00 pm*.

    *Starting times are based on the conclusion of the VSBA agenda and may be delayed should presentations extend beyond the scheduled adjournment times.

Supporting Vendors

Linda & Frank Wyatt--T-shirts & miscellaneous bee related items-Saturday only
Valley Bee Supply - 540-941-8127Busy Bee Supply - Mark Baker- 304-671-3562 (wooden ware)
C&H Books
Dadant - 800-220-8325
Haywood Honey & Supply - Ralph Figgers & Shirley Ammon (Honey B
Healthy & Honey/Bees Wax based products
Sustainable Honeybee Program - Billy Davis
Busy Bee, Mark Baker 304-671-3562

Nearby Hotels

Country Inn & Suites, 27 Covenant Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, 540-433-2400 has rooms available for a rate of $68 plus tax.  You will need to mention Virginia Beekeepers Association or VSBA to obtain this rate. The group rate expires October 25th, however, if you call after October 25 see if they will still honor this rate.  This hotel is off of I-81 at exit 243.

Microtel, 200 Frontier Drive, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-887-0200 had rooms available at the rate of $59 plus tax per night. This rate was held only until September 15th, but call to and ask if they will still honor this rate.