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2018 NMBKA Summer Conference Agenda

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2018 NMBKA Summer Conference Agenda

Time: August 18, 2018 from 9:30am to 9pm
Location: South Broadway Cultural Center
Street: 1025 Broadway SE
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Phone: 5054803157
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Mark Sommer
Latest Activity: Aug 7, 2018

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Event Description

South Broadway Cultural Center 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87104
9:30 – 11:30 Workshop at the Bee Yard, and Monitoring for Varroa. Open Space Visitor Center with Dr. Jose Villa and Craig Noorlander. Reserved for students of the NMBKA Certified Beekeeper Program. Limit 20. Contact Mark Sommer to confirm your attendance.
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch on your own.
12:00 - 1:00 Registration, South Broadway Cultural Center
1:00 - 1:15 Welcome and Introductions — Dr. Frank Gibbons, Moderator
1:15 - 2:00 John Gagne, San Juan Apiaries, “Establishment and Management of Nucleus Colonies for the Sustainable Apiary”
2:00 - 2:30 Jose Villa and John Gagne, “How Our Region Can Stop Being a Net Importer of Bees”
2:30 - 3:00 BREAK
3:00 - 3:45 “Varroa Mites and Treatment Options” Results and analysis of Bee Yard Mite Test, presented by Jose Villa, followed by the ABQ Beeks Mite Panel:
  • Craig Noorlander, Papa Bears Honey, Edgewood
  • Chris Ewer, Sandia Foothills Honey Farm, Albuquerque
  • John Feuerherd, A Bee Q Honey, Corrales
  • Anita Amstutz, Think Like a Bee, Albuquerque
  • Mark Sommer, SomBees, Placitas
3:45 - 4:30 Open Dialogue: Audience Q and A with Jose Villa. Possible topics but bring your own questions:
  1. Genetics - promises, promises, promises
  2. The pitfalls of natural beekeeping after CCD and the increase in backyard beekeeping
  3. Local queen production - costs, benefits, stocks, mating control
  4. Where IPM fits and does not fit in beekeeping
  5. Varroa, varroa, varroa
4:30 - 5:00 Adjourn, Wrap - up and Social Meet and Greet
6:30 - 9:00 Dinner and presentation by Dr. Jose Villa at El Pinto: “How Genetics of Honey Bees Can Be a Valuable Resource towards Sustainability.” Limit 20 people. Contact Kathy Grassel to reserve your space.

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Comment by Mark Sommer on August 6, 2018 at 10:16am

No fee if you're a member of NMBKA.  Show up at the door to register.  If you're a non-member, it's $15, but that makes you a member for the rest of the year.

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