Miles To Go Program


Keeping Them Alive, Getting Them There and Back

A two day conference on every aspect of Migratory Beekeeping


If you move bees for a living, are going to or are thinking about it, you will not find the information, demonstrations and discussions offered at this gathering at any meeting, anywhere, ever.



Saturday, October 5 – Noon Until DoneRegistration from 11:00 at A. I. Root Conference Room on the south side of 623 W. Liberty Street. Field Work Demonstration  nearby beginning at noon.


FIELD WORK. Beginning at noon, learn the ropes, the knots, the nets, and the machines to deal with a truck full of palleted hives.  Dave Hackenberg has a loaded truck (pallets with hives, no bees) on site. He will have his Track-equipped Bob Cat, and A&O Forklift will have a top end machine here as well. Using both machines, the truck will be un-netted, unloaded, set for a holding yard pattern, colonies moved off pallets and pallets power washed. Colonies replaced on pallets reloaded, tied down, netted and made road ready. Several experienced movers explain every step of every move, why and how and when and where and other ways to do the same thing. They will stress efficiency, safety, costs, dealing with expected, and unexpected problems and answer questions as they go. Then we’ll do it again, so you can see it twice, ask the same questions so you KNOW the right answers. You will leave the field confident that you can do this task, and know more than you did when you arrived. This will go on no matter rain, hail, sleet or snow, and past dark if necessary (who loads bees in the day anyway?). This is as real world as we can make it, only without the bees, but dress appropriately for the weather.


Sunday, October 6 –  9 AM – 4 PM

9:00 – 10:00 – Registration, A. I. Root Conference Room, south side of 623 W. Liberty Street

10 AM Introduction and welcome

10:15 – 11:00 – Roger Starks, Howalt -McDowell Insurance, Sioux Falls SD

Risks, Caution and Insurance

11:15 – Noon – Gordon Wardell, Paramount Farming, Bakersfield CA,, and Project Apism

The Almond Machine. Dealing with Growers, Brokers, Borders and Holding Yards

Lunch Provided if Pre-registered

1:00 – 1:45 John Miller Miller Honey Farm, Gackle, ND

Midwest moves, northern California yards, keeping it going with honey and pollination

1:45 – 2:30 Jim Doan, Doan’s Honey, Hamlin, NY

East coast troubles and turmoil

2:30 – 3:15 Dave Hackenberg, Hackenberg Apiaries, Lewisburg, PA

What can go wrong will go wrong, and what to do then

3:15 – 3:45 Michele Colopy ,Program Director, National Pollinator Defense Fund

Why keeping them alive is so hard

3:45 – Finish Speaker Q & A, All speakers will contribute


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