2002 Beekeeping Institute

June 7-8, 2002

Young Harris College
Young Harris, Georgia

Young Harris College and the University of Georgia are proudly offering the Eleventh Annual Beekeeping Institute, June 7-8, 2002. Since its inception in 1992, the Institute has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive beekeeping educational event in the Southeast, offering classes and workshops for beekeepers at all levels of experience.

The Eleventh Beekeeping Institute will inaugurate a Master Beekeeper program, the first of its kind in Georgia. Modeled after the successful Master Beekeeper programs in surrounding states, the YHC/UGA program will offer beekeepers training and certification at grades beginning with Certified Beekeeper and leading to Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman.

 

Returning to the instructors= roster by popular demand is Mr. Michael Young of the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Senior Judge of the British National Honey Show and quite simply the world=s premier connoisseur and judge of honey. Mr. Young will be repeating his popular lectures and workshops on hive products, as well as offering judges= certification examination on behalf of the Welsh Bee Keepers Association. We are also hosting Georgia native son, Jamie Ellis, who is a PhD student at Rhodes University, South Africa and rapidly becoming recognized as a world authority on small hive beetles. Rounding out the lineup are Ann Harman, longstanding leader in the Eastern Apicultural Society, as well as the bee research staff of the University of Georgia and other seasoned local instructors B 12 in all.

 

The Institute uses a 2-track system B one track for beginners and another for experienced beekeepers. Facility limitations force us to cap enrollment to 150. A limited enrollment ensures a more comfortable learning environment for everyone, but makes pre-registration mandatory. If you cannot pre-register, please call us first to make sure there=s space before you make the trip.

 

We strongly urge students to participate in the Institute Honey Show, owing to the presence of our distinguished guest Mr. Young, who will serve as Judge. Students will never have a chance to have their honey receive a more authoritative examination and constructive critique. Cash prizes will be given to the winners.

 

All awards and certifications will be announced at the Closing Convocation on Saturday.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2002 Beekeeping Institute!



FRIDAY, June 7

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Cafeteria open for breakfast

7:00

Registration begins


Morning Lectures



Beginner
=s Track


Experienced Track


8:00


Welcome & Institute Overview,
Robert Brewer


Welcome & Institute Overview,
Keith Delaplane


8:15


Master Beekeeper Program Overview,
Robert Brewer


Honey Bee Genetics,
Keith Delaplane


8:45


Basic Equipment,
Carl Webb


Honey Bee Breeding,
Jennifer Berry


9:15


Honey Bee Biology,
Keith Delaplane


Master Beekeeper Program Overview,
Robert Brewer


9:45


Break


Break


10:15


Apiary Site Selection and Getting Started,
Ann Harman


Honey: Handling and Judging,
Michael Young


10:45


Management for Honey Production,
Carl Webb


Small Hive Beetle IPM,
Jamie Ellis


11:15


Processing Honey,
P.N. Williams


Varroa IPM,
Keith Delaplane


11:45


Lunch, Honey Show entries due (cafeteria open 11:15-1:00)

Afternoon Workshops (schedule same both days)

Beginner's Track

Experienced Track


1:00-1:45


Installing Package Bees, P.N. & Evelyn Williams


Bee Diseases & Mites,
Jennifer Berry


Products of the Hive, Michael Young


Small Hive Beetles, Jamie Ellis


1:50-2:35


Basic Beekeeping Equipment,
Carl Webb


Spring Management, Jamie Ellis


Optional time: (1) Break or (2) honey pollen analysis available, Paul Arnold or (3) Certified Beekeeper practical exam (Friday) and written exam (Saturday), staff


2:40-3:25


Optional time: (1) Break or (2) honey pollen analysis available, Paul Arnold or (3) Certified Beekeeper practical exam (Friday) and written exam (Saturday), staff


Mead Making and Judging,
Michael Young


Queen Rearing,
Selim Dedej


3:30-4:15


Fall and Winter Management,
Ann Harman


Honey Processing, P.N. & Evelyn Williams


Encaustic Painting: Beeswax Art,
Michael Young


Value-added Honey Marketing, Virginia Webb


4:45-6:00


Cafeteria open for dinner

6:30

Ice Cream Social

7:30

Planetarium Show
Welsh Bee Keepers Association Honey Judge Certification Exam, Michael Young


SATURDAY, June 8

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Cafeteria open for breakfast

7:00

Registration begins


Morning Lectures

 

Beginner's Track

Experienced Track


8:00


Welcome & Institute Overview, Robert Brewer


Welcome & Institute Overview, Keith Delaplane


8:15


Honey Bee Mites, Selim Dedej


Making Better Bees: A Global Perspective,
Ann Harman


8:45


Small Hive Beetles, Jamie Ellis


The History & Aesthetics of Mead, Michael Young


9:15


Honey Bee Diseases, Jennifer Berry


Wax Moth: Friend or Foe? Ann Harman


9:45


Break


Break


10:15


Honey: Proper Handling and Judging,
Michael Young


Toxic Nectars, Paul Arnold


10:45


Beekeeping in Georgia, P.N. Williams


Queen Rearing, Selim Dedej


11:15


Pollinators & Pesticides, Jennifer Berry


Organized Beekeeping: Local, National, & International Opportunities, Keith Delaplane


11:45

Lunch (cafeteria open 11:15-1:00)

 Afternoon Workshops (see above)

4:30

Closing Convocation, Presentation of Awards, Recognition of Certified Beekeepers and Welsh Bee Keepers Association-Certified Honey Judges


4:45-6:00


Cafeteria open for dinner


COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Paul Arnold
is Professor of Biology at Young Harris College and co-founder and host of the Beekeeping Institute. A botanist, Paul brings to the Institute a special expertise in honey plants and their pollen.

Jennifer Berry is Apicultural Research Coordinator and Apiary Manager at the University of Georgia. Jennifer's research has been published in American Bee Journal and Journal of Apicultural Research. She is actively involved in all aspects of bee research and education at UGA.

Robert Brewer is Towns County Extension Director with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Robert is a co-founder of the Beekeeping Institute and coordinator of the Institute's Master Beekeeper program.

Selim Dedej
is studying blueberry pollination as a PhD student in the Department of Entomology, University of Georgia. Selim is former Associate Professor of Animal Production at the Agricultural University of Tirana, Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Albania, and Fulbright Scholar to the University of Georgia.

Dr. Keith Delaplane is Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia and co-founder of the Beekeeping Institute. A beekeeper of 27 years, Keith's research and extension work is focused on mite control and pollination.

Jamie Ellis, UGA graduate and former research assistant to Dr. Delaplane, is now a PhD student at Rhodes University in South Africa studying small hive beetles in their native region.

Ann Harman is a former President of the Eastern Apicultural Society and current Vice Chairman of the Board. She is active in beekeeping education throughout the eastern US and has served as a volunteer consultant to beekeepers in 16 developing countries.

Carl & Virginia Webb, current and past Presidents of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, operate a beekeeping business and internet honey marketing site www.mtnhoney.com in Clarkesville. Carl has kept bees in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Georgia where he now specializes in producing sourwood honey. Carl and Virginia are frequent research cooperators with the bee programs at UGA and Clemson.

P.N. & Evelyn Williams are founding officers of Tara Beekeepers Association in Forest Park and chief organizers of Tara's annual Beekeeping Shortcourse in Clayton County. The Williams are constantly promoting beekeeping and helping beginners.

Michael Young is Lecturer at the Belfast Institute of Further & Higher Education, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. As a beekeeper and professional chef instructor, Michael is uniquely qualified to regularly serve as Senior Judge of the world-renown British National Honey Show. He has served as President of the Ulster Beekeepers Association. In his spare time Michael produces art in the medium of encaustic beeswax.

GADGETS & GIZMOS TABLE
The Gadgets and Gizmos Table will be set up on Friday and Saturday. If you have invented a gadget or procedure that simplifies your bee operation, bring it along and share with the group. Please display with each item a card with your name, address, phone number, and a brief explanation or photo that describes the item's function. First and second place winners will be recognized at the Awards presentations Saturday evening.

MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM
In this inaugural year of the YHC/UGA Master Beekeeper Program we will be offering examination for the Certified Beekeeper grade only. This grade is pre-requisite for all subsequent grades B Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman; thus we encourage anyone interested in the Program to complete this grade as soon as possible. Once a pool of Certified Beekeepers is in place we will be free to add curriculum for subsequent grades. The program will be presented in detail at the orientation lectures Friday morning.


WELSH BEE KEEPERS ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION


Mr. Michael Young will be offering the honey judges' certification exam of the Welsh Bee Keepers Association. Applicants must have previous experience at judging honey in competitive shows. Successful candidates will be fully recognized as qualified judges by the Welsh Association, and even if one never has the opportunity to judge a Welsh honey show this certification will remain a prestigious demonstration of one's qualifications to judge on this side of the Atlantic. The oral exam will be offered Friday evening. Registrants who sign up for the exam in sufficient time will receive the study materials via email attachment in Word.

HONEY SHOW

We strongly encourage students to participate in the Honey Show and take advantage of the opportunity to have their honey critiqued by our distinguished Judge Mr. Michael Young. Although educational in nature, this competitive show is designed to encourage excellence in the production and marketing of bee hive products. Cash prizes will be awarded on the following basis: First place winners by class ($50), second place ($40), third place ($30), Best of Show ($100). For 2002 we are announcing a new show class, the "Black Jar"category. The competitor's extracted honey will be presented to the judge in, literally, a black jar (provided by the Institute), and the judge's sole criterion for this class will be flavor.

GENERAL RULES

  • Only registered Institute participants may enter.
  • Institute reserves the right to limit the number of entries on a first-come, first-admitted basis.
  • All entries must have been produced by the submitter and within the last 12 months.
  • There are seven show classes: extracted honey (light, light amber, amber, dark, or black jar), chunk honey, and beeswax (either a single molded piece of two pounds or more, three dipped candles, or three molded candles). Contestant may enter in any or all classes, but may enter only once per class.
  • Submit extracted and chunk honey in pints, quarts, or standard one-pound jars; either plastic or glass is acceptable.
  • Beeswax entries must be pure beeswax.
  • Do not label products in any way; an identifying code sticker will be assigned to your entry at registration.
  • For honey, submit three items per entry, i.e. 3 matching jars of honey.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:45 AM, Friday, June 7.
  • Judging criteria are selected at the discretion of Judge, and decision of Judge is final.

LODGING

Excellent lodging is available at motels in Young Harris, Hiawassee, and Blairsville. Please contact directly one of the numbers listed below to make your reservations.

Young Harris Motel (walking distance to the Institute), Young Harris (706) 379-3136
Brasstown Valley Crowne Plaza Resort, Young Harris (706) 379-9900
Fieldstone Inn, Hiawassee (706) 896-2262
Lake Chatuge Lodge, Hiawassee (706) 896-5253
Mull Motel, Hiawassee (706) 896-4195
Salale Lodge, Hiawassee (706) 896-3943
Hiawassee Inn, Hiawassee (706) 896-4121
Holiday Inn Express, Hiawassee (800) 838-8892
Holiday Inn Express, Blairsville (800) 238-5544
Seasons Inn, Blairsville (800) 901-4422
Best Western Inn, Blairsville (706) 745-6995
El Joe Lodge, Blairsville (706) 745-6991
Chamber of Commerce (can give listings for cabins, bed & breakfasts, etc.) (800) 984-1543

MEALS are available at the Young Harris College cafeteria for $5.00-7.00 per person, payable at the door;  cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It opens Friday morning and closes Saturday evening.  Students are also free to patronize local restaurants.
 

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