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Wyoming to have bee college conference

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is having a Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo., over the weekend of March 22 to 23. This is two days of hands-on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.

Session one on March 22 is for beginners or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on March 22 will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by keynote speaker, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Utah Bee Lab Entomologist James Strange.

The second day, March 23, will cover marketing and finding a place for your product, a hands-on workshop for value-added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. There will be a session on native bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.

The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner, or people can register for one day at $35 per day. Go to eventbrite.com Wyoming Bee College to register.

The speaker lineup includes:

Keynote speaker and instructor James Strange;

Michael Jordan, beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne, Wyo.;

Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center;

Cole Ehmke, agriculture economics and Extension specialist, UW;

Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees;

Jeff Edwards, pesticide specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyo., and owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms, a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyo.; and

Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyo., where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, that flourished and supports a wide range of good insects.

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Date: 2/3/2013



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