CATCH THE BUZZ – Beekeeping Education Specialists to Present Courses for Beginners and Experienced Beekeepers

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) will offer a full day of professional beekeeping instruction for beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. Registrants are encouraged to attend The Fifth Annual EMBA St. Louis Beekeepers Mardi Gras Banquet the evening before the workshop on Friday, February 10, at Maritz.  

Leading beekeeping educators, and honey bee health specialists at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, and the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph will be among the visiting faculty leading the workshop. Instructors will include Dr. Becky Masterman, Minnesota Bee Lab Team Leader, Jessica Helgen, Minnesota Bee Lab Bee Squad Instructor, Paul Kelly, Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre, Research and Apiary Manager, and Daniel Thurston, Research Technician, Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, Technology Transfer Program.

The Experienced Beekeepers course will be tailored towards intermediate and expert level beekeepers and will place special emphasis on hive management and honey bee health issues.

The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for novice beekeepers and persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start keeping bees in 2017.

Tuition for the workshop is $85 per person if registered by January 22, 2017. Tuition is $95 per person for those registering on or after January 23rd. Banquet registration costs $30. Registration closes February 5th.

Lunch and refreshments are included with the workshop. Registration packets will include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

The Friday evening banquet features New Orleans style food and music, a cash bar, door prizes, including nucs, queens and beekeeping equipment, and a keynote speaker. The cost of the banquet is in addition to the workshop. For more information, visit   

Equipment vendors include representatives of Dadant & Sons, Kelley Beekeeping Co., and others.

EMBA supports beekeepers with a broad program of cooperative procurement and educational events throughout the year. Members may obtain complete beginner’s equipment kits, nucleus bee colonies, and queens for delivery in the spring. The Club also sponsors open hive instructional workshops and guided colony health monitoring, during the season, at the Club’s teaching apiary in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Registration is available online at  More information is available by email to or calling 314-669-1828.