With Phil Craft
Kentucky State Beekeepers Association through funding from the Kentucky State University is proud to host Intermediate Beekeeping with Phil Craft.
This is an online course for members of KSBA.
April 6, 2021 at 7PM ET: Swarming, biology, prevention & control
May 4, 2021 at 7PM ET: Varroa overview, what is Integrated Pest Management (IMP), & monitoring for varroa mites
June 1, 2021 at 7PM ET: Controlling varroa, chemical controls, includes ALL registered varroa chemical control products, including natural & synthetic chemicals
June 22, 2021 at 7PM ET: Mid-summer hive management, honey dearth (no nectar sources available) issues, robbing precautions, wax moths, and ‘brief’ varroa summer treatment
July 6, 2021 at 7pm ET: Removing honey from hive & processing honey, selling honey – including Kentucky honey regulations
July 27, 2021 at 7PM ET: Developing & following a varroa management plan
August 14, 2021 at 7PM ET: Fall hive management, helping your bees prepare for winter
September 21, 2021 at 7PM ET: Diagnosis & control of honey bee diseases
While timely hive monitoring is the first defense in maintaining heathy colonies, and understanding of common honey bee diseases is the next step in the beekeeper’s education. The topic of this session will focus on honey bee brood diseases, including American & European Foulbrood, Chalkbrood & other common diseases, including viruses. I will discuss both diagnosis, and control of these challenges that beekeepers face.
October 12, 2021 at 7PM ET: Q&A – Phil Craft & TBA special guest panelists
Phil served as the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture’s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, and the University of Kentucky. He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America.
While state apiarist, working with beekeepers and cooperative extension agents, Phil helped establish a statewide network of regional beekeeping schools and helped foster the growth of local beekeeper associations in Kentucky. During his tenure as state apiarist, the number of local associations grew from about 15 to well over 40. During this time Phil was a regular speaker at beekeeping meetings in Kentucky and surrounding states. In retirement he has stayed busy serving as the North American technical adviser for Veto-pharma, a French company that manufactures Apivar as well as other products. In this capacity Phil has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, working and instructing beekeepers. Phil has also worked with beekeepers, and their hives in Asia and Africa. He has been stung by bees on five continents.
A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some beehives.