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A calendar of events has been established in cooperation with Bee Culture Magazine, which includes beekeeping activities not only in Florida, but elsewhere. Many local events will no longer be listed individually on our HOME PAGE, but may be available here on the EVENTS and CALENDAR page or under each applicable local association on our LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS page.  Always consult the global calendar to find out what is going on in Florida and elsewhere. Routine monthly meetings are also found on the LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS page for the growing number of local associations. To send items for inclusion, e-mail the Calendar Master

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The Palm Beach County Beekeepers hosted the Florida State Beekeepers Association's 94th Annual FALL CONVENTION, on October 2 - 4, 2014.  It was a HUGE success!!


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FSBA 92nd Annual Convention

hosted by the
 Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association

Nov 1 thru Nov 3, 2012

to be held at the
Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Tampa, Florida

Tentative Schedule will consist of Reception Cookout (Thursday) and then on Friday the Main Program Seminar/Conference, Honey Show, Awards Banquet, Honey Queen crowning and Auction.  Convention concludes on Saturday morning following the Business Meeting (Election of Officers). Checkout time is noon.  Keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Diana Sammataro, USDA-ARS Research Laboratory, Tucson, AZ. ... read more

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Preceding the start of the convention on November 1, Thursday, at Hillsborough County Extension in Seffner.  Dr. Ellis and the UF Master Beekeeper Program will be conducting lectures and testing will be available in all three levels of the programs.

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Following the Master Beekeeper Program they will head over to the

Reception Cookout at the Mainsail Convention Center

Special group rate of $89 + tax for our one bedroom suites featuring a full kitchen, living room, separate dining room, and patio/balcony.
Special rate includes a full American breakfast buffet for up to 2 guests per suite.

Call (813)243-2600 to make your reservations today. Be sure to mention the Florida State Beekeepers Association to get the discounted rate.  Cutoff date for this special group rate was October 18, 2012; however, Mainsail has agreed to extend the group rate of $89.00 beyond October 18th "based on availability".

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center Tampa
5108 Eisenhower Boulevard • Tampa, Florida 33634
Phone: (813) 243-2600 • Fax: (813) 243-2601
Toll Free: 1 (866) SAIL 2 US

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2012 USF Beekeeping Workshops
~ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$10 for each workshop, Seating is limited 
2012 Schedule


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Featured Speaker
Diana Sammataro

Diana Sammataro began keeping bees in 1972 in Litchfield, Connecticut, setting up a package colony in her maternal grandfather's old bee hive equipment. From there, she embarked on a beekeeping education and research career, which included work in the Peace Corps teaching beekeeping, bee supply sales manager for the A.I. Root Co., culminating in her present position as research entomologist at the USDA, ARS, Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ

Dr. Sammataro is a graduate from The Ohio State University in entomology, with a specialty in acarology (study of mites/ticks). She was one of the few researchers to specialize in the study of Acarapis woodi (honey bee tracheal mite), when that mite invaded the United States in 1984. She continues her work on mites by looking at the biology of Varroa destructor and how it interfaces with that of the honey bee colony. Most recently she is looking at honey bee nutrition, including advantages and disadvantages of high fructose corn syrup, and the effect of fungicides on honey bee bread (pollen). Her presentations to Florida beekeepers will be:

What is a mite? - highly entertaining discussion of the world of eight-legged organisms many people know little about.

How fungicides affect the microbes in bee bread - new work on pesticides and honey bee stored products

Does honey bee diet influence mite predation? - surprise information on the effect of nutrition and parasitism

Dr. Sammataro is coauthor of the Beekeeper's Handbook, now in its fourth edition (2011), published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca: NY.

Sammataro, D. and J.A. Yoder, eds. 2011. Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions. CRC Press: Taylor and Francis Group.

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Tentative Schedule, Florida State Beekeepers Association, November 1,2,3 2012,
 DRAFT No. 4, 9/14/2012  (Not Final ~ Subject to Change Without Notice)

Thursday night (11/1/2012):

·         6:00 p.m. Meal and Registration for Convention next day

·         7:30 p.m.

Friday morning (11/2/2012)

·         7:30 a.m. Registration

·         8:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Honey Show Registration

·         8:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies  Door Prizes; Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford

Welcome by FSBA President and David Smith, Tampa Bay Association President (10 minutes):


·         8:10 a.m. Gary Ranker, President, Florida State Beekeepers Association; State of the FSBA  (20 minutes)

·         8:30 a.m. Gary VanCleef and Mark Dykes, Bee Inspection Supervisors, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Florida Bee Inspection: history, vision, future, personnel and other changes in policy/procedure, current challenges   (15 minutes)

·         8:45 a.m.  Roxanne and Bob Harvey, Royal Jelly Production (30 minutes)

·         9:15 a.m. Break (30 minutes) door prizes at end to retrieve the audience

·         9:45 a.m. Dr. Diana Sammataro, USDA-ARS Tucson, AZ, What is a mite? (45 minutes)

·         10:30 a.m. Beekeeper Protection Legislation; Honey Bee Technical Council; updates on best management practices being developed: Nancy Gentry, Tom Nolan, Tony Hogg
45 minutes)


·         11:15 a.m. David Barnes, Queen Rearing in Hawaii (30 minutes)

·         12:15 p.m. Lunch - door prizes to begin the next session
1:00  p.m. John Adams, Top bar hives and Frame Design (30 minutes)

·         1:30  p.m. Dr. Diana Sammataro, How fungicides affect the microbes in bee bread (45 minutes)

·         2:15  p.m.  Beekeepers and Pest Control:  Panel Discussion:  Keith Councell, Leo Gosser, Bill Kern, Jamie Ellis, Gary Van Cleef, Mark Dykes, Michael Page, Allen Fugler (55 minutes)

·         3:10 p.m. Break (30 minutes) door prizes at the end to retrieve the audience

·         3:40 p.m.  Peter Teal, CMAVE, Gainesville,  USDA Research Priorities, American Beekeeping Federation Research  (20 minutes)

·         4:00  p.m. Bo Sterk, Activities in Caribbean Beekeeping Development (15 minutes)

·         4:15  p.m. David Mendes, pesticide labeling, ABF convention, EAS report (15 minutes)

4:30 p.m.   Drone Congregation Areas – Ashley Mortensen - Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (UF-IFAS) (30 minutes)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

6:30 p.m.   Annual Banquet

Saturday Morning: (11/3/2012)
8:30 a.m.   Diana Sammataro: Does honey bee diet influence mite predation? (45 minutes)

9:15 a.m.  Annual Business meeting;
Featured Speaker:  Diana Sammataro:

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