Massachusetts Beekeepers Photo Contest
Introducing our new Mass Bee Photo contest to be held at the 2013 Spring Meeting.
The 2013 Field Day will take place on Saturday June 22rd at the University of Massachusetts Agronomy Farm in·South Deerfield, MA. Field Day is an opportunity to learn from experienced beekeepers the practical tasks of hive management.·Expert beekeepers·volunteer their time to share techniques on pest & disease management, Queen rearing, swarm prevention, and a variety of practical skills.· It is an opportunity to learn and ask questions from some of our best state and New England beekeepers.
Michael Palmer, Commercial Beekeeper of French Hill Apiary in St Albans, Vermont.
Dan Conlon, Owner and operator of Warm Colors Apiary, where he raises honeybees to produce regional honey from the fields and forests of Western Massachusetts.
Ken Warchol, Sideline Beekeeper, Worcester County Bee Inspector.
Speaker: Don Hopkins - North Carolina Bee Inspector talks about colony inspections, diagnosis, and treatments of common ailments.
Speaker: Ed and Marian Szymanski - talks about Massachusetts Honey Plants.
Afternoon presentation "Even Farther South: Bees in Bolivia". Working with Dewey Caron and local beekeepers in Bolivia, Don will talk about his experiences and the importance of beekeepers taking responsibility for their bees.
Don Hpokins - became interested in bees at the age of 5, when beekeeper Dave Pruden was also the bread delivery driver in his neighborhood. He didn't get a hive until he was nine or ten, but he has kept bees almost continuously since then. He joined the Morris County Beekeepers Association as a junior member, as well as the Somerset County 4-H Beekeeping Club. During his early years as a youth beekeeper he was inspired by New Jersey State Apiarist Jack Matthenius. As a senior member of the Morris county organization he served as program chair and then president of the MCSBA in the early 80s. He attended his first EAS meeting in Wooster Ohio in 1978.
After moving to North Carolina in 1988, Don started working for the NC Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a bee inspector. In 1994, he became the NCDA&CS State Apiarist. Joined the Apiary Inspectors of America in 1995. He was president of AIA in 2000 and 2010. At EAS, Don has presented several workshops, primarily on bee diseases. His primary interest is honey bee health and biology. The North Carolina inspection program is considered one of the best in the U.S. Don will discuss the NC program and the importance individual beekeepers make to a well organized inspection program.