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2014 Field Day

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Mass Bee Annual Field Day

June 21, 2014
University of Massachusetts Agronomy Farm
Follow the Yellow Bee Signs
River Rd. South Deerfield, MA.
9:00 AM -3:30PM

Click here for Lunch registration Form

8:30 - 9:30 AM Registration - please sign in at the Registration table and pick up lunch tickets. See George O'Neill - MBA Officer.

Coffee & Pastries will be on sale at 8:00 AM - Provided by Elmers Store, Ashfield, MA.

This is a free event, open to all beekeepers and the public. It is sponsored by the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association, The University of Massachusetts and hosted by the Franklin County Bee Association. Expenses are covered by selling raffle tickets and merchandise. Please support this annual event by purchasing a ticket and buying a T-shirt.

Special Thanks to Elmer's Store, the M&M Farm Stand, and Pasiecnik's Farm Stand for providing food, beverage and ice cream.

Thank you to the vendors for supporting our MBA Field Day event and annual meetings. Save by buying equipment at Field Day.

Please wear protective clothing when participating in live bee demonstrations.

Schedule may change as We add speakers and topics.

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9:30 AM – Welcome and Announcements – Rick Reault / MBA President and UMASS Guests.

SESSION #1: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Tent - “Pests & Disease / Diagnosis & Treatment” – Ed Karle will share photos and diagnostic skills to identify and explain treatments for common pests & diseases.

Vendor Area – “Rotatable Beehive” – Carl Jackson form Kentucky demonstrates his invention. This is a must see for everyone. A truly unique beehive.

A1 – "Nuc Management" – Daniel Berry, Franklin County Beekeepers Association, offers advice on setting up, purchasing, and using Nuc colonies.

A2 – "Hive Inspection & Evaluation" – Ken Warchol, Mass Bee Inspector for Worcester County, takes you on a tour of what the inspector looks for in a hive?

A3 – "The Many uses of the "Snellgrove Board" – Roland Sevigny, Worcester County, talks about how to raise Queens, control swarming, and create splits using the double screen board.

A4 – "Queen Rearing Using the Miller Method" – Rick Intres, President of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, will explain the steps to CC Miller’s Queen Method.

A5 - “Moving Bees” – Roger Reid, Franklin County Bee Association, discusses best methods to safely move bees. Packing the bees, screening, and public safety will be covered.

SESSION #2: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tent – Soap Making & Hive Products – Tony Lulec provides instruction on making soaps.

Vendor Area – “Rotatable Beehive” – Carl Jackson form Kentucky demonstrates his invention. This is a must see for everyone. A truly unique beehive.

B1 - Managing Top Bar Hives” – Christy Hemenway, owner of Gold Star Honeybees, will cover the basics of Top Bar hive management.

B2 – "How to Feed Your Bees" – Dick Connor – Franklin County Beekeepers Association, explains types of feeders and the importance of feeding for colony growth.

B3 – “How to Open and Evaluate a Beehive” - Mary Duane, EAS Master Beekeeper and Massachusetts Director to EAS, offers tips for the new beekeeper on key points to check when inspecting a hive.

B4 – “Queens & Queen Rearing” – Richard Callahan PhD / Worcester County Bee Association provides expert advice on best methods to raise and evaluate Queens.

B5 – “How Interactions with Pollinators can affect Disease Transmission” – Matt Boyer, UMass Graduate Student, talks about the spread of fruit disease by those insects that pollinate them.

B6 - “Useful Tools for Beekeepers” Leslie Huston / EAS Master Beekeeper demonstrates her favorite gadgets for the apiary. Practical hands on activities included in her talk.

LUNCH 12-1:15 PM – Tent Area BBQ – ticket required see George O’Neill.

12-1:30PM Ice Cream for sale at the Trailer - Pasiecnik’s Farm Stand.

12:30 Smoker Contest – Ken Warchol – Massachusetts Bee Inspector / Worcester County Bee Association. See Ken to enter the contest.

1:15 PM Raffle Drawing – Dave Thayer

SESSION #3: 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Under the Tent – “Pests & Disease / Diagnosis & Treatment” – Ed Karle will share photos and diagnostic skills to identify and explain treatments for common pests & diseases.

Vendor Area – “Rotatable Beehive” – Carl Jackson form Kentucky demonstrates his invention. This is a must see for everyone. A truly unique beehive.

C1 - Managing Top Bar Hives” – Christy Hemenway, owner of Gold Star Honeybees, will cover the basics of Top Bar hive management.

C2 - "Nuc Management" – Daniel Berry – Franklin County Beekeepers Association. Setting up, purchasing, and using Nucs throughout the year.

C3 – “How to Open and Evaluate a Beehive” - Mary Duane / EAS Master Beekeeper offers tips for the new beekeeper on key things to check when inspecting a hive.

C4 – “Queens & Queen Rearing” – Richard Callahan PhD / Worcester County Bee Association provides expert advice on best methods to raise and evaluate Queens.

C5 – “Successful Introduction of Queens” – Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, provides Best methods for introducing a Queen, and what to do when things go wrong.

SESSION #4: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Under the Tent – Soap Making & Hive Products – Tony Lulec provides instruction on making soaps.

D1 – "Varroa Mite Control & Treatments"- Rick Reault, President Massachusetts Beekeepers Association, explains mite prevention and control using State approved treatments.

D2 – "Hive Inspections" – Ken Warchol, Massachusetts Bee Inspector, takes you on a tour of the beehive.

D3 – "The Many uses of the "Snellgrove Board" – Roland Sevigny / Worcester County Bee Association discusses raising Queens, control swarming, and creating splits using the double screen board.

D4 – “Ask the Experts” – Still have Questions regarding your bees? This is a Q&A Session with experienced beekeepers. Wrap up the day by filling in the answers to your questions. Rick Intres – FCBA President will host this session.

D5 – "The Taranov Swarm Method" – Adam Novitt – Franklin County Beekeepers Association. Learn to easily split a hive without finding the queen to prevent losing a swarm. This is a Russian technique suitable for beginners and experts.

D6 – “Useful Tools for Beekeepers” Leslie Huston / EAS Master Beekeeper demonstrates her favorite gadgets for the apiary.

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