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2017 Fall Meeting

Joint meeting with Ontario Beekeepers' Association out of Ontario Canada!

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 8:30am - Sat, Nov 18, 2017 5:00pm

2017 Theme: North x NorthEast

Pre-registration and save, or register at the door, can't guarantee lunch or dinner will be available for at the door registrations, Pre-Register to save and guarantee meals. 


The ESHPA Fall Meeting will be held at:

Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
5685 Falls Avenue (You need passport or Enhanced License)
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7

Preregister and SAVE!

2 Full days of Speakers and Beekeeping Presentations Featuring:

  • Live Auction, and Silent Auctions
  • Honey show with CASH prizes.
  • Mead Competition - start those carboys brewing now.

Optional Bus Tour Thursday, pick 1 of:
(See further down for me details.)

  • Parker Apiaries
  • Meade Tasting Workshop


Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Pre-Conference

Advanced Integrated Pest Management Workshop
Register early, space is limited to 20 people!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake (a short 15 minute drive from the Sheraton in Niagara Falls)

Please register for this Workshop directly here with OBA’s Tech-Transfer Program or call 519 836-3609.
Attendees will need to make their way to and from this workshop location on their own.

This small group, hands-on, full-day workshop for experienced beekeepers provides an intensive learning environment for understanding and successfully applying the latest pest management practices and techniques for beekeepers in the northeast.

The Advanced IPM workshop will extend your knowledge well beyond the content of the Tech-Transfer Program’s original IPM course.

Workshop attendees will learn, in detail, the biology and life cycles of honey bee pests and disease in respect to colony management. The nuances and diagnoses of important pests and diseases and their lifecycle throughout beekeeping seasons will familiarize beekeepers with pest and disease management both immediately and long term. Included are key biosecurity protocols to follow, how to reduce overall stress on colonies, and developing a long term rotation of treatments will also be emphasized in the workshop.

A lab component of the workshop will guide beekeepers through the microscopic analysis of dead bee samples and the identification of disease.

Finally, utilizing records, generating reports, and making use of information gathered throughout the season will be part of this advanced workshop. 

 

North x NorthEast Honey Buzz Tour – Register early, space is limited.

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This starts and ends at the Sheraton On The Falls Hotel, 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7

Spend a carefree afternoon in advance of the conference experiencing the diversity of Niagara, one of Ontario’s premier food and wine destinations, with a unique focus on beekeeping, honey and mead.

We’re offering you a sweet way to kick off your conference weekend with this optional coach tour that starts and ends at the Sheraton and which will take you in comfort to tour Parker Bee Apiaries | Charlie- Bee Honey in Beamsville, then to Niagara College in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake.

At Parker-Bee Apiaries, Mike Parker will host your tour of his honey house and packing facility, one of Canada’s largest apiaries. You will see Parker-Bee’s innovative ozone unit to clean old comb, developed in conjunction with OBA’s Tech-Transfer Program. You’ll also see Parker-Bee’s unique pallet system for shipping hives for pollination. And you’re welcome to purchase Charlie-Bee honey from this, one of Niagara’s most extensive suppliers of honey.

Then, on to Niagara College to participate in one of two afternoon workshops: Mead-Making Basics for Beekeepers OR Tasting Tour of Niagara (choose one below). 
Note: must be 19 years of age or older – the minimum drinking age in Ontario – to participate in these workshops. Bring photo ID, please, in case you are asked!

Mead-Making Basics for Beekeepers
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Join students and staff from Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping program for a learning- and tasting-rich class on how to make mead. You’ll also taste a range of meads and other honey beverages from Niagara’s breweries and wineries.

Tasting Tour of Niagara
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Join students and staff from Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping, Brewing, Wine-making and Culinary programs to sample some of the bounty of Niagara. Taste and learn more about the bites and beverages of the area – a foodie destination – with a focus on the products of the hive.

Honey House Tour @ Parker-Bee Apiaries

2:00 – 3: 30 pm
Address coming soon.

Not interested in participating in the Honey Buzz Tour but still want to see Parker-Bee Apiaries | Charlie-Bee honey and pollination operation? Drop in for a free tour between 2:00 and 3:30 pm.

Mike Parker will host your tour of his honey house and packing facility, one of Canada’s largest apiaries. You will see Parker-Bee’s innovative ozone unit to clean old comb, developed in conjunction with OBA’s Tech-Transfer Program. You’ll also see Parker-Bee’s unique pallet system for shipping hives for pollination. And you’re welcome to purchase Charlie-Bee honey from this, one of Niagara’s most extensive suppliers of honey.

Hoppy Hour - Welcome to N x NE!

8:00 – 11:00 pm
Niagara Brewing Company, Right next to the Sheraton.

Join fellow beekeepers at the Niagara Brewing Company for a glass of honey beer and a light snack at this light-hearted, informal pre-conference gathering. Let us know whether you plan to attend, so we can order enough snacks in this private 2nd floor room right next to the fermenting tanks.

NBC is located right in the Sheraton on the Falls complex, steps to your room.


Below is LAST YEARS agenda for Friday and Saturday, this year's coming soon!

2016 Agenda for both days - Subject to change

Friday November 4, 2016

8:15 am - REGISTRATION

8:45 am - Welcome and introduction of Directors & Officers                                   

                 MARK BERNINGHAUSEN - ESHPA President

9:00 am - Dr. Scott Mc Art - Update on Cornell Research

9:45 am - Onondage Count Health Department Rep - Lyme Disease Prevention and Detection

10:15 am - BREAK

10:45 am - Bret Adee - TBD

11:15 am - Hal McCabe - NY FarmNet - What is FarmNet and what can we do for your business?

11:15 am - Paul Cappy - NY Ag & Mkts - The New European is here

12:00 pm - LUNCH

1:00 pm - NY State Motor Carrier Safety Program Rep - Laws that affect motor vehicles used in beekeeping

1:30 pm - Dr. Jonathan Lundgren - Non-Chemical varroa control on Blue Dasher Farm

2:15 pm - BREAK

2:30 pm - Phil Craft - When beekeeping goes bad

3:00 pm - Darrel Rufer - Minnesota Hygienic Bees

3:45 pm - BREAK

4:00 pm - ESHPA BUSINESS MEETING

6:00 pm - SOCIAL HOUR

7:00 pm - BANQUET –Silent Auction, Beekeeper of The Year Award, Honey and Mead Awards & “Beekeeping in Bangladesh - By Phil Craft”

 

Saturday November 5, 2016

9:00 am - Michele Colopy - Pesticides wintering in your hives

9:30 am - Dr. Jonathan Lungdren - Bio-Diversity and risks of pesticides

10:15 am - BREAK

10:45 am - Jerry LeClair - NY FarmNet - Where do we go from here? - Business Action Plans

11:15 am - Phil Craft - Varroa monitoring and control

12:00 pm - LUNCH

1:00 pm - Eric Wenger - True Source Honey - How clean is your honey?

1:30pm - Bret Adee - TBD                                                                                                                          

2:15 pm - BREAK

2:30 pm - Emma Mullen - Cornell Honeybee Extension Associate - NY Bee Tech Team Update

3:15 pm - Darrel Rufer - TBD

4:00 pm - Closing Notes and THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING ESHPAS MEETING SEE YOU AT THE SUMMER PICNIC 3RD SAT IN JULY 2017