CATCH THE BUZZ – HAS Meets in St. Louis in July. Fantastic Lineup of Speakers!

Heartland Apicultural Society Conference –  2018

Heartland Apicultural Society will hold its 17th annual beekeeping conference on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis from July 11-13. The deadline for $100 early bird registration is June 15. Registration is open now at  Known as HAS, the conference will offer all beekeepers a uniquely inexpensive, world-class program led by a distinguished faculty of preeminent beekeeping authorities, instructors, research and applied scientists, and regional experts. The course program includes hands-on apiary and laboratory demonstrations, scientific research reports, and panel discussions, presented over three days, by an internationally prominent faculty in a national university setting. The course curriculum features instruction for both beginners and experienced beekeepers in the classroom and the bee yard, including the latest scientific techniques for overcoming the challenges that threaten honey bees. Practical skills like queen-rearing, making nucs, hive inspections, making candles, comb and creamed honey, and bottling and labeling will complement the scientific presentations. Research reports will focus on colony health developments, organic and biological pest control, and technology’s effects on pollinators, agriculture, and the environment. Evening events will include dinner with live music and a movie on campus, a tour and buffet dinner at the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and an evening banquet at the #1 ranked St. Louis Zoo.

The conference schedule is posted at Each keynote speaker is scheduled for three presentations. Some of the highlights include:

  • Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Professor at the University of Minnesota, will open the conference with her perspective on how events are shaping the future of beekeeping.
  • Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Director of the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland, will provide perspectives on hive management based on his years of collecting and analyzing hive management survey data.
  • May Berenbaum, Professor and Head of the Entomology Department at the Universilty of Illinois, will address effects of agricultural technology on honey bees.
  • The Univeristy of Minnesota Bee Squad, a team of professional beekeeping instructors, will present beekeeping techniques in classrooms and in the bee yard during each breakout session of the conference.
  • Keith Delaplane, Professor and Director of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, will address the practical challenges of integrating hive management with evolution and ecology, and present classic talks on honey bee biology.
  • Dewey Caron will present his comprehensives perspectives on the art and science of beekeeping.
  • Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland will present ground-breaking and inspiring research regarding varroa destructor.
  • Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia research Manager, will report on her recent studies of oxalic acid applications.
  • Leading agricultural and entomological scientists will participate in moderated panel discussions of some of the most important and controversial topics affecting bees and beekeepers.