By: Charlotte Ekker Wiggins
The Heartland Apicultural Society’s annual conference will be held this year at Washington University in St. Louis July 11-13, 2018. Conference registration is $100 for three days or $40 per day per person. After June 15, conference registration is $150 for three days and $55 per day. On site dorm accommodations, meals and evening events are extra. You can register online or download a registration form to mail-in at www.heartlandbees.org/register-today.
The three-day conference includes keynote speakers as well as hands on apiary demonstrations, queen rearing sessions, beginning and advanced beekeeping classes and a honey show competition. The honey show competition features a variety of hive products such as artistic beeswax and honey including black jar honey, which is judged only on the taste of the honey.
Special activities will be held every night of the conference. More information about the evening activities is available at www.heartlandbees.org/has-2018-evening-activities. The full program schedule you can be downloaded at www.heartlandbees.org/2018-schedule/.
The purpose of HAS is to bring the latest scientific-based beekeeping research, basic beekeeping classes and advanced beekeeping classes to beekeepers. Established in 2001 by several professional entomologists, the conference rotates through the Midwest offering beekeeping classes to make it easier for local beekeepers to attend sessions focused on the latest beekeeping methods and research. Donations and fees collected by Heartland Apicultural Society support conference hosting costs; the board of directors and support staff are all volunteers.