We invite you to make the most of member-exclusive opportunities. Every other month, ABF connects members with experts in the fields of research, commercial applications, and other aspects of beekeeping. Each speaker leads an online presentation and interactive discussion about a noteworthy topic.
SUNDAY, April 2 AT 8 PM ET
Larry Connor presents: Small Scale Queen Rearing
Larry Connor – Michigan native Lawrence John Connor departed Michigan State University upon completion of his Ph.D. dissertation on strawberry pollination and assumed the position of extension apicultural entomologist at The Ohio State University in Columbus. There his program attracted the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline and Midnite Hybrid queen program to Florida to establish the world’s first mass production facility for instrumentally inseminated queen honey bees. Afterwards he moved to Connecticut where he established the Beekeeping Education Service, offering educational programs for beekeepers. Later he purchased Wicwas Press from Dr. Roger and Mary Lou Morse. He has written a series of beekeeping book: Increase Essentials, Bee Sex Essentials, Queen Rearing Essentials and most recently Keeping Bees Alive. He completed, Package Bee Essentials in 2020. He is the publisher and coauthor of Dewey Caron’s Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, with a completely revised and greatly expanded third edition, released in May 2022.
He has also published a diverse array of titles by other authors dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination. These books are by Professors Roger Morse, Harry Laidlaw and Robert Page, Drs. Nikolous and Gudren Koeniger, Carl Johansen and Daniel Mayer and Roger Hoopingarner, and beekeepers Steve Repasky, Ed Simon, Peter Lindtner, Andrew Connor, Michael Badger, William Blomstedt and Tammy Horn Potter. He has reprinted books by G.M. Doolittle, John Lovell and Frank Pellett. A list is available at www.wicwas.com .
Connor’s wide range of experiences include being a hobby beekeeping as a 4-Her, bee researcher and educator, a commercial queen producer, and a lifelong teacher of practical beekeeping skills to thousands of beekeepers. He has traveled and lectured on bees and beekeeping in all states and many Canadian provinces. He has lectured in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Thailand.
SUNDAY, June 4 AT 8 PM ET
Open Q&A with Dr. Jerry Hayes
Dr. Jerry Hayes has been writing a popular Q&A column in American Bee Journal for over 30 years. He is presently the Editor of Bee Culture magazine. With over 40 years of beekeeping knowledge, very little stumps him. Lets see what we can do. Beekeeping keeps us asking questions and he’s the man to ask. Join us for a fun light hearted talk about our bees.