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18th Annual Beekeepers Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

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The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana Beekeepers Association will hold their 18th Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.
Gates will open at 09:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children eleven and under are free, however they must stay with their parents at all times. You must pre-register by October 1, 2014 after that the fee will be $35.00. You may pre-register here on-line, see below, and pay through PayPal or credit card of your choice. If you prefer to print out a pre-registration form (Click Here) and mail it to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. Make your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association.

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and Coke Products.

The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants, maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an active colony.  The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and it will be offered again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs throughout a season, pest management, moving hives, honey processing, and swarm catching.  There will be a variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee Labís research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.

For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois, 225- 767-9299 or, Sandra Hineman 225-767-9280 or Joe Sanroma 318-346-2805.


When you are finished with your selection and you are in the shopping cart, inter the names of the people who will be attending and the course they selected in the area provided. You will receive an e-mail receipt for your purchase. Please print it out and present at the door.


 

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