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    • 08/26/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08/27/2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, 701 4th Street
    Register

    LBA 60TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

    The Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA) will have their 60th Annual Convention at the Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown August 26-27. The event will begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. and conclude Saturday at 3 p.m.

    • Dr. Juliana Rangel from Texas A&M University and Bob Binnie with Blue Ridge Honey in Georgia will be our guest speakers for the Convention along with other exciting presenters. See below the full agenda for times, speakers, and topics. *Speakers, topics, and times subject to change.
    • Vendors with the latest technology and equipment will be present.
    • Black Jar Honey Contest - bring a small jar of your honey and see how it compares in taste with others around the state! Please see CONTEST RULES for more information.



    Registration Options:

    Registration for the Annual Convention is only $100.  Each full registration ($100) may add one guest for $75.  Children under 18 are FREE, but please complete registration for all attending to help us with our records. College students receive a registration price of $25/ticket with proof of Student ID. A one-day pass to the Convention for either Friday or Saturday will cost $40.

    For any additional information or questions email la4honeybees@gmail.com

    Meal Options for the Convention:

    There are options to purchase Friday lunch and Friday banquet tickets separately. After registering for the Convention, please click on the "New Registration" tab and select the lunch option, banquet option, or lunch and banquet option. Meals are purchased separately and are not included in the registration fee.


    Friday Lunch: $12.00: Consists of chicken salad on a croissant, bagged chips, fruit cup, and a cookie.

    Friday Banquet A banquet will be held Friday night, August 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Downtown Holiday Inn conference center (the banquet room is adjacent to our meeting room.) The meal is being catered buffet-style by Southern Creations and is $25 per person, which includes a mixed green/fruit salad, stuffed chicken breasts, sliced roast beef with brown gravy, twice-baked potato casserole, rice, green bean almandine, roll, and bread pudding with white chocolate sauce! A Vegetarian option will be available if indicated on your registration. During the banquet, Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain will address the group, then a special presentation by Jimmy Dunkley on 60 years of LBA will be given to be followed by the live auction.

    Saturday Lunch: Lunch is on your own. A special luncheon will be held for Club Presidents Saturday Noon. Registration for this luncheon by the Club Presidents is not required.

    Sponsors/Vendors/Advertisers:

    If you wish to provide support or participate in the LBA Convention as a sponsor, vendor, or advertiser, please visit this separate registration link to become a supporter.

    LBA Membership:

    Membership to the LBA is FREE through August 27. Beginning August 28, an LBA membership will cost $20. Please sign up to become a member today and disregard any invoice you may receive automatically through the computer-generated system. 

    Hotel Reservations:

    Book your hotel room BEFORE AUGUST 11 using the LBA hotel rate code: BEEUse this code when calling the hotel at 318-541-8333. *NOTE: If you have an issue with the reservation desk of not honoring the Code BEE and charging different rates, please email Stacy Blomquist at fsbuglady@gmail.com with your room request: # of rooms needed, # of nights, and whether breakfast or no breakfast (which rate do you want). 

    Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, an IHG Hotel

    $109.00 Single Room

    $119.00 Single Room with Buffet Breakfast (6:30-9:00am)


    HOTEL DESCRIPTION

    A stay at Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, an IHG Hotel places you in the heart of Alexandria, within a 10-minute walk of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. This spa hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Alexandria Zoological Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Alexandria Mall.

    Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 168 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and iPod docking stations. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls.

    Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a fireplace in the lobby.

    Dining: Enjoy American cuisine at The Levee, a restaurant which features a bar/lounge, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Full breakfasts are available daily from 6 AM to 10 AM for a fee.

    Business Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Alexandria? This hotel has facilities measuring 11800 square feet (1096 square meters), including conference space. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).


    Attractions: Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

    Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
    Rapides Regional Medical Center - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
    Red River - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
    Alexandria Zoological Park - 3.7 km / 2.3 mi
    Pineville Recreation Complex - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    Cabrini Hospital Alexandria - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
    Alexandria Mall - 4.9 km / 3.1 mi
    Rapides Parish Coliseum - 6.5 km / 4 mi
    Riverside Hospital - 6.8 km / 4.2 mi
    Johnny Downs Sports Complex - 9.3 km / 5.8 mi
    Oak Wing Golf Club - 12.5 km / 7.8 mi
    Kisatchie National Forest - 17.2 km / 10.7 mi
    Jena Choctaw Pines Casino - 20.4 km / 12.7 m

    • 08/26/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08/27/2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, 701 4th Street
    Register

    LBA 60TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

    Dear LBA Annual Convention Supporter,

    You are cordially invited to attend the 60th Annual Louisiana Beekeepers Association Convention on August 26 – 27, 2022, in Alexandria, Louisiana. This year’s convention will begin on Friday morning at 9 a.m. and conclude Saturday at 3 p.m. You are invited to set up any time after 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

    SPONSORS:

    We are offering three new levels of sponsorship which include advertising in the program, vendor tables, and complimentary banquet tickets. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

    • BRONZE - $250 – includes 1 table and ¼ page program advertisement
    • SILVER - $500 – includes 1 table, 1 banquet ticket ($25/value), and ¼ page program advertisement
    • GOLD - $1,000 – includes 2 tables, 2 banquet tickets, and ½ page program advertisement
    • PLATINUM - anything over $1,000 – includes 2 tables, 2 banquet tickets, and full-page program advertisement (an LBA Board Member will contact you for more details on your generous sponsorship and provide instructions on payment.)

    VENDORS:

    The cost for vendors attending the LBA Annual Convention is as follows:

    • $50 for 1 table (includes 2 chairs)
    • $75 for 2 tables (includes 4 chairs)

    ADVERTISERS:

    Advertisements may also be purchased at the following rates:

    • $15 (2 1/8” x 1 3/4”) Business card size
    • $25 (2 1/8” x 3 5/8”) Quarter-page size
    • $50 (3 5/8” x 4 1/2”) Half-page size
    • $100 (4 1/2” x 7 1/2”) Full-page size

    You may upload your business or organization logo in the online registration.

     Please fill out the online registration form before August 4. 

    Our Convention banquet will be held Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and will include a live auction.  The live auction proceeds go toward our LBA scholarship fund. To help us raise money for honey bee education, we are asking each vendor to please donate one item to be auctioned off during the banquet or if you choose, we also conduct a Silent Auction which concludes on Saturday afternoon. Donations to either or both of these auctions is deeply appreciated.

    If you have any questions regarding becoming a vendor or how to register online, please do not hesitate to call either Nola Ducote 337-794-9988 or Stacy Blomquist 318-446-5054.

    For any additional information or questions email la4honeybees@gmail.com

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    The Louisiana Beekeepers Association will have their convention at the Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown.

    • Dr. Juliana Rangel from Texas A&M University and Bob Binnie  with Blue Ridge Honey in Georgia will be our guest speakers for the Convention along with other exciting presenters. 
    • Vendors with the latest technology and equipment will be present.
    • Black jar honey contest - bring a small jar of your honey and see how it compares in taste with others around the state! 

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, an IHG Hotel

    Book your hotel room using the LBA hotel rate code: BEE. Use this code when calling the reservation hotline 833-391-1476.

    $109.00 Single Room

    $119.00 Single Room with Buffet Breakfast (6:30-9:00am)


    HOTEL DESCRIPTION

    A stay at Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, an IHG Hotel places you in the heart of Alexandria, within a 10-minute walk of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. This spa hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Alexandria Zoological Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Alexandria Mall.

    Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 168 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and iPod docking stations. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls.

    Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a fireplace in the lobby.

    Dining: Enjoy American cuisine at The Levee, a restaurant which features a bar/lounge, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Full breakfasts are available daily from 6 AM to 10 AM for a fee.

    Business Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Alexandria? This hotel has facilities measuring 11800 square feet (1096 square meters), including conference space. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).


    Attractions: Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

    Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
    Rapides Regional Medical Center - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
    Red River - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
    Alexandria Zoological Park - 3.7 km / 2.3 mi
    Pineville Recreation Complex - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria - 4.4 km / 2.8 mi
    Cabrini Hospital Alexandria - 4.5 km / 2.8 mi
    Alexandria Mall - 4.9 km / 3.1 mi
    Rapides Parish Coliseum - 6.5 km / 4 mi
    Riverside Hospital - 6.8 km / 4.2 mi
    Johnny Downs Sports Complex - 9.3 km / 5.8 mi
    Oak Wing Golf Club - 12.5 km / 7.8 mi
    Kisatchie National Forest - 17.2 km / 10.7 mi
    Jena Choctaw Pines Casino - 20.4 km / 12.7 m

    • 08/27/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Alexandria-Downtown, 701 4th Street
    Register


    LBA: Local Bee Club Presidents' Lunch & Meeting

    Club Presidents, you or your delegate from your bee club, are invited to attend a special Saturday luncheon hosted by the LBA at the upcoming 2022 LBA Convention at the Holiday Inn Alexandria-Downtown. Please RSVP by "registering" before Wednesday, August 17.

    This catered luncheon will be from Noon to 1:30 on Saturday, August 27, and is FREE of charge. During the luncheon, an informative meeting will be held to share information and continue the efforts of establishing a great working relationship between the LBA and local clubs.

    We want to know how the LBA can better serve the clubs that support our association. You will also learn best practices from the LBA Board and other local club association leaders.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider attending. This is a great opportunity to meet other club presidents, members of the LBA Board, and share ideas on how to help beekeepers across our state. You need not register for the Convention to attend this special Club Presidents' Luncheon and Meeting, but you must "register" for this luncheon by August 17 as a means of RSVPing so we can make food preparations. We welcome you to consider attending the Convention, if you have not made plans yet to attend. Information about the 60th LBA Annual Convention and the link to the Convention Registration are provided below. 

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    It's only 1 month before the 60th Annual Louisiana Beekeepers Association Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in centrally-located Alexandria, Louisiana! There is still time to register for the early-bird registration price of $75 if you sign up before August 1, after which the price will go to $100. Reserve your rooms soon with Code BEE to take advantage of the special discounted rate.  The reserved room block will be void after August 11.

    Special guest speakers include Dr. Juliana Rangel from Texas A&M University Honey Bee Lab, YouTube star, Bob Binnie from Georgia, Earl Hoffman from Strong Microbials, and Michelle Tubre from Louisiana, as well as updates from the USDA ARS Honey Bee Lab, NASS, LBA scholarship recipients, and our new State Apiarist, Mark Earl. A special slide presentation to commemorate LBA’s 60 years will be given by Jimmy Dunkley during Friday night’s banquet and will be followed by a live auction. Please visit this Convention registration link for more details on speakers and topics and to sign up today! 

    • 10/15/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane S, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Register

      LBA and USDA-ARS   

    FALL FIELD DAY

    Saturday, October 15, 2022

    LSU RURAL LIFE MUSEUM

    4560 Essen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    Register now!

    The Agenda will be very similar to past events, research and LBA talks in the morning, lunch included in the ticket price, and hands-on demonstrations in the hives for the afternoon.  

    Ticket price also will include access to viewing Museum exhibits. 

    2022 Field Day information: (Bring your beekeeping gear!)

    The Field Day will include a series of talks in the morning from members of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the USDA-ARS staff about Louisiana beekeeping and research being conducted at the USDA-ARS lab. The afternoon features break-out sessions for beekeepers of all ranges of experience and plenty of opportunity for hands-on hive demonstrations.
    Bring your bee suit for one of the following:

    The beginning beekeeper course is directed to those who have little to no beekeeping experience. Topics will include basic bee biology as well as necessary beekeeping equipment and management techniques. A question and answer session precede a practical demonstration in honey bee colonies.


    The intermediate beekeeping course is focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include spring colony management, nutrition, and examining open colonies, followed by a final talk on treatment options for Varroa mites

    There will be a workshop for advanced beekeepers that focuses on selecting and rearing queens. 


    2022 Field Day Agenda will be similar to the previous year agenda and changes will be noted here as they are available.



    Directions https://www.lsu.edu/rurallife/visit/directions.php

    LSU Rural Life Museum 4560 Essen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    After driving through the front gate at Essen Lane, continue driving 1.5 miles to the back of the property to get to the museum.  Parking is free and available in front of the museum.

    Driving East on I-10 towards New Orleans

    Exit 160/Essen Lane. Turn right onto Essen Lane, then at the first traffic signal turn right to enter the property of the LSU Burden Museum and Gardens. The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is located at the back of the property. Follow the road 1.5 miles to the museum.

    Driving West on I-10 towards Baton Rouge

    Exit 160/Essen Lane. Turn left onto Essen Lane at the traffic signal. Then go under the interstate overpass, at the second traffic signal turn right to enter the property at LSU Burden Museum and Gardens. The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is located at the back of the property. Follow the road 1.5 miles to the museum.

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