CIBA Winter Seminar

A Better Year to Survive and Thrive

Winter Beekeeping Seminar

Sponsored by Central Iowa Beekeepers Association and

University of Nebraska Lincoln Bee Lab

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Zoom meeting from 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM  

Meeting opens at 11:45 AM

Free of charge / Open to the public

JANUARY 10, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED MEETING DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO 7:00 PM ON JANUARY 10TH, YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD A NEW SEMINAR AGENDA (DOCUMENT #3) AND/OR THE WINTER SEMINAR PACKET (DOCUMENT #1), AS WE UPLOADED A NEW VERSIONS.  

Please join us for this virtual winter seminar during this difficult year to meet in person.  

Speakers and Topics

  1. Dr. Larry Connor, Wicwa Press, Kalamazoo, MI  

    • Keeping Bees Alive--Sustainable Beekeeping Concepts

  2. Ray Olivarez, Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc., Orland, CA  

    • Queens and Package bees by Olivarez Honey Bees: selecting queens and problems and solutions in queen and package bee introduction

  3. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, UNL Bee Lab:  

    • Winter Dead Outs and What Dead Bees Can Tell Us

  4. Andrew Joseph, Iowa Apiarist, IDALS  

    • Iowa’s Beekeeping Year in Review: state of the state

  5. Sheldon Brummel, UNL Bee Lab 

    • Great Plains Master Beekeeping 2021

This is CIBA’s January meeting. CIBA meets every other month throughout the year.  CIBA looks forward to planning for our next Winter Seminar to be face-to-face in March 2022.

 

Questions:  Linn Wilbur 515.382.4882

 

Thanks to the UNL Bee Lab for technical assistance and co-sponsoring this event

Program Agenda

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Bee Lab Director zoom moderator

 

12:00 noon

  • Housekeeping

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, UNL Bee Lab

  • Winter Seminar welcome

Jamie Beyer, Central Iowa Beekeepers Association (CIBA) President

  • CIBA Queen/Ambassador Presentation

Abigail Kelly, member, CIBA Queen/Ambassador Program

  • Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) Update

Roy Kraft, IHPA President

 

12:30 PM

Andrew Joseph, Iowa Apiarist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa’s Beekeeping Year in Review:  state of the state

 

1:00 PM

Sheldon Brummel, UNL Bee Lab

Great Plains Master Beekeeping 2021

 

1:15 PM

Ray Olivarez, Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc., Orland, CA

Queens and Package bees by Olivarez Honey Bees: selecting queens and

problems and solutions in queen and package bee introduction

 

2:15 PM

10-minute break

 

2:25 PM

Dr. Larry Connor, Wicwas Press, Kalamazoo, MI

Keeping Bees Alive--Sustainable Beekeeping Concepts

 

3:25 PM

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, UNL Bee Lab

Winter Dead Outs and What Dead Bees Can Tell Us

 

4:25 PM

Jamie Beyer, CIBA President

Wrap up

 
 

Speaker's Bios

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Mr. Sheldon Brummel

Mr. Brummel was born in Papillion, Nebraska and has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife (2016) from UNL and is presently employed by the UNL Bee Lab and is a part time graduate student.  His duties at UNL include assisting with the development of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping website, social media, newsletters and other forms of promotion and recruitment for the program.  He also teaches a myriad of courses through UNL and conducts exploratory workshops for underserved communities with the Center for Rural Affairs.

 

Sheldon assists graduate students in the lab with their research both on honey bees and wild bees and helps tend the research apiary with the UNL beehives.  In his spare time, he loves to do edible landscaping design, construct wildflower meadows, hike, hunt, travel, rock climb, build bat-houses and birdhouses, SCUBA-dive, and birdwatch with his wife.

 

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Dr. Lawrence John Connor

Lawrence Connor was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned his doctorate in honey-bee pollination of crops at Michigan State University.  He has worked as Extension Bee Specialist at The Ohio State University, President of Genetic Systems, Inc. (which produced tens of thousands of instrumentally inseminated queens honey bees as well as the Starline and Midnite breeding stock), and now owns and operates Wicwas Press, specializing in publication of quality bee books.  He relocated (from Connecticut) back to Michigan in April 2007 to continue growth of his publishing and writing activities.  He has edited and published over two dozen books and recently written:  Increase Essentials (2006), Bee Sex Essentials (2008), Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee-sentials: A Field Guide, Swarm Essentials (with Steve Repasky), Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (with Dewey Caron), Increase Essentials Second Edition and Mating Biology of honey bees (with G. and N. Koeniger and J. Ellis).  

In 2019 Larry published Keeping Bees Alive and in 2020 he published Package Essentials

 

Dr. Connor was a frequent contributor to The American Bee Journal and to Bee Culture Magazine.  He travels extensively and lectures on a wide range of subjects concerning honey bees, bee breeding, pollination and colony management.

 

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Mr. Andrew Joseph

Andy has been with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Entomology and Plant Science Bureau, as the State Apiarist for 13 years.  Andy has a MS in Entomology from the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington.  Andy’s research at UK focused on bees as pollinators in monoculture – looking at the role of nectar foraging in relation to overall foraging activity and, ultimately, plant pollination.

 

He travels the state working with beekeepers. Andy oversees the Apiary program which is a combination of regulatory certification, beekeeper education efforts, and promotion of the beekeeping industry.  Additionally, with his family, he keeps about 200 bee hives in the Des Moines area.

 

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Mr. Ray Olivarez

Ray grew up in a beekeeping family in California and established Olivarez Honey Bees (OHB), Inc in 1985 with help and mentoring from his Dad.  The first years were difficult as he held a full-time job in addition to keeping bees, but OHB has grown into one of the larger and respected bee suppliers in Northern CA.  The years has seen OHB expand from California to Montana and to Hawaii allowing queens to be available year-round.  OHB services include pollination and retail honey packaging as well as queens and package bees.  OHB now has a third generation with Ray’s 3 children involved in the operation.   Fifty years of beekeeping knowledge and experience is being passed on and OHB looks forward to providing quality bees and services into the future.

 

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Dr. Judy Wu-Smart

Dr. Wu-Smart holds a BS in in Zoology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, a MS in Entomology from Washington State University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.  Her PhD work was with Dr. Marla Spivak where she studied the effect of systemic neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee and bumblebee queens and colony development.  Presently Judy is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).  She is the Director of the UNL Bee Lab.

 

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Seminar Documents

JANUARY 10, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED MEETING DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO 7:00 PM ON JANUARY 10TH, YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD A NEW SEMINAR AGENDA (DOCUMENT #3) AND/OR THE WINTER SEMINAR PACKET (DOCUMENT #1), AS WE UPLOADED A NEW VERSIONS.  

Download the entire packet (option 1), or individual documents (options 2 - 5).  

  1. Winter Seminar Packet

  2. Seminar Speakers

  3. Seminar Agenda

  4. Zoom Meeting Information

  5. Seminar Information