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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    The Scenic Flint Hills , KS

    Exclamation Kansas Honey Producers' Association

    Spring Meeting March 2009 – Invitation Letter

    Since 1903
    Kansas Honey Producers’ Association

    Good Beekeeping
    Good Fellowship

    January 23, 2009

    RE: Kansas Honey Producers’ Association Spring Meeting

    We invite you to join the Kansas Honey Producers and the Missouri State Beekeepers Associations in a combined spring meeting this coming March 6th and 7th , 2009 (a Friday and Saturday) to be held at the Marriott Hotel, 10800 Metcalf Ave (I-435 & Metcalf), Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (

    To find out more visit or

    A number of great guest speakers will attend:

    - Dr. Clarence Collison
    Head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
    Mississippi State University (

    - Dr. Rudolf Jander (Dr. Karl Von Frisch’s last Doctoral Student)
    Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    University of Kansas (

    - Dr. Orley (Chip) Taylor
    Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    University of Kansas

    - Dr. Deborah Smith (one of the foremost authorities of bees in the world)
    Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    University of Kansas

    - Danny Najera
    Doctoral Student, Entomology
    Department of Ecology and Evolutional Biology University of Kansas

    - Dr. Ron Fessenden
    Co-author of the new book the Honey Revolution and
    Co-Chairman, Committee for the Promotion of Honey and Health, Inc.

    - A representative from the National Honey Board (to be announced)

    ]For room reservations at the Marriott Hotel, call (913) 451-8000 and mention the code words “American Beekeepers” to get the rate of $85.00 + tax; please reserve your room by February 12th.

    We look forward to seeing you in 2009!


    Robert Burns
    KHPA ~ Treasurer 2009

    Last edited by BULLSEYE BILL; 01-24-2009 at 12:25 AM.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Atchison, Kansas


    Here is a copy of the program

    Kansas Honey Producers Association & Missouri State Beekeepers Association
    Spring 2009 Meeting Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7

    Overland Park Marriott 10800 Metcalf (I-435 & exit 169 Highway--Metcalf)
    Room rate $85.00 plus tax Make reservations by February 12h
    Call 800-228-9290 or 913-451-8000 Group code: American Beekeepers

    Thursday night, March 5th:
    Board meeting for the Missouri State Beekeepers, 8:00 p.m., Sunflower Room
    Board meeting for the Kansas Honey Producers, 8:30 p.m., Conference Room 922

    Friday, March 6th
    7:30-8:30 Registration, coffee & tea
    8:30-8:45 Welcome & announcements
    8:45-9:30 Clarence Collison Swarm Management – Are you Winning the Battle?
    9:30-10:15 Nancy Gentry How to Get a Standard of Identity for Honey for Your State
    10:15-10:45 Break
    10:45-11:30 Deb Smith NGO (Non Governmental Agency) Bees for Development
    11:30-12:15 Rudolf Jander Honeybees Smartly Decide When and Where to Forage
    12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own or Deli Luncheon paid extra with registration
    1:15-2:00 Danny Najera The Honeybee Waggle Dances: History & Cognition
    2:05-2:45 Ron Fessenden The Honey Revolution
    2:45-3:15 Break -- visit vendors
    3:15-4:00 Clarence Collison Factors Affecting Colony Build up in the Spring
    4:05-4:50 Jerry Brown State of the Industry
    6:30 Banquet & Entertainment

    Saturday, March 7th
    7:45-8:15 Registration, coffee, set up for silent auction in Quail 1
    8:15-8:25 Welcome & announcements
    8:25-9:10 Clarence Collison Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) –What do We Know?
    9:15-10:00 Main Ballroom: Installing a package of Bees, Steve Tipton
    Quail 2: Plants for Honeybees, Vera Gelder
    Quail 3
    Quail 4:
    10:00-10:25 Break
    10:25-11:10 Main Ballroom: Removing Swarms from Buildings, Mike Allen & Glenn Davis
    Quail 2: Walk at Walk About Acres—Exploring Agritourism, Art & Vera Gelder
    Quail 3: Honeybee Photography, Eugene Makovec
    Quail 4 Producing Comb Honey
    11:15-12:00 Main Ballroom -- Honeybee Biology, Gary Ross
    Quail 2 Communication Among Beekeeping Groups-Jerry Brown
    Quail 3 Food Safety to include Audits and Licensing, Jacquie Rowan
    Quail 4 Soapmaking 101 -- Getting Started, Becky Tipton, Meriden KS
    12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own or Deli Luncheon (paid extra with registration)
    Silent auction ends at end of lunch
    Vendors will be packing up at this time
    1:00-1:45 Main Ballroom: Installing a Package of Bees, Steve Tipton
    Quail 2: The Energy Auditor/Beekeeper and Infrared Views -- energy conservation measures
    one can do or consider in the Honey House (or your own home); hidden heat loses, looking at some
    hives during the winter using an I.R. camera to evaluate winter survival, Greg Swob, Beekeeper,
    Hays KS
    Quail 3: Youth Scholarship Program -- Are you Interested in Starting a Program in your
    Club? Presentation from several of the 2008 Kansas Youth Scholarship Recipients, Becky Tipton
    Quail 4:
    1:50-2:35 Main Ballroom: Requeening & Making Splits, Kristi Sanderson, Beekeeper, Olathe KS
    Quail 2: Making Creamed Honey, Cecil Sweeney, Beekeeper, Spring Hill KS
    Quail 3: Nancy Gentry, Topic to be announced
    Quail 4:
    2:35-2:55 Break, End of Silent Auction
    2:55-3:40 Main Ballroom:
    Quail 2: Ron Fessenden, The Honey Revolution -- Focusing on Diabetes, Sleep
    Disorders and Antibiotic Use
    Quail 3: Making Honey Beers
    Quail 4: Making Balms and Lotions, Sharon Gibbons & MO Honey Queen Tara Fisher
    Sunflower: Preparing Honey for Competition from a Judge’s Viewpoint, Gary Ross
    3:45-4:30 Main Ballroom Clarence Collison, What if?
    Quail 2:
    Quail 3: Making Mead, Bob Finck
    Quail 4 Advanced Beeswax, Sharon Rowan
    4:35- Door Prizes & Raffle Drawings, Main Ball room
    Program and Speakers Subject to Change

    Our guest speakers

    Dr. Clarence Collison is a professor of Entomology and head of the Department of Entomology and Plant pathology at Mississippi State University. Prior to moving to Mississippi he was an extension entomologist at The Pennsylvania State University where he served as a beekeeping/pollination specialist. He began writing his monthly column “Do You Know?” for Bee Culture magazine in 1984.

    Dr. Ron Fessenden, MD, MPH, is a retired medical doctor. Dr. Fessenden received his MD from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in 1970 and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Hawaii in 1982. For the past two years he has been researching and writing about the health benefits of honey. He is coauthor of The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations. Dr. Fessenden is the Co-Chairman of the Committee for the Promotion of Honey and Health, Inc., an international organization committed to communicating the message of honey and health, encouraging research on
    honey, and establishing quality standards for honey worldwide.

    Dr. Rudolf Jander is the last Doctoral student of Karl Von Frisch. His research focuses on experimental analysis of behavioral mechanisms and reconstruction of behavioral macro-evolution. The behavioral mechanisms studied include spatial orientation, visual perception, and learning. Specific topics for macro-evolutionary investigations include spatial orientation, grooming behavior, insect communication and pollen collecting in bees.
    This work emphasizes social insects, and includes a variety of arthropod and non-arthropod taxa.

    Danny Najera is a current Ph.D. candidate in entomology, and holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Kansas. Research Interests: Honeybee cognition and comparative cognition

    Dr. Deborah Smith received her PhD from Cornell University, and is currently at KU in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is one of the foremost authorities on bees of the world.

    Nancy Gentry, president of Northeast Florida Honey Bee Association and PR director of Florida State Bee Keepers Association,

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Hays, Kansas, USA


    Looks like I have about three and a half weeks or so to get something put together for my talk. Any special requests from you guys (Bill, Michael, Riverrat)? I have the format mostly together, just need to polish and remove some excess baggage. PM or email me if you have any special requests or questions.

    I'm looking forward to the meeting- it will be nice to meet some of the folks from Missouri. The 'show me state' did some heavy promotions to get new keepers started in the last two years and it would be nice to see if they paid off.


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