On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, The Cherokee Beekeepers Association, Athens, TN will be presenting it's annual Short Course for Beekeepers. It will be held at the McMinn County High School. Doors open at 8:30 am EST. Below is a list of presenters and topics:

2014 Short Course Presenters:

9:30-10:15 a.m. (WHY)
Keynote Speaker, Charlie Parton, President Tennessee Beekeepers Association
So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

10:45-11:30 a.m. (WHAT)
Getting to know honey bees
Honey bee activities inside the hive
Honey bee activities outside the hive
Presenter(s): Lynda Rizzardi, Executive Vice-President Tennessee Beekeepers Association

1:00-1:50 p.m. Two Concurrent Sessions: HOW/WHERE, WHEN

The role of the beekeeper
Intro to hive/beekeeping equipment, tools, protective clothing
How to cope with stings
Suggestions about lifting
Location, location, location
Time commitments
Space/storage requirements
Presenter(s): Nancy Howard & Greg Whitehead

Getting honey bees
The first year
The second year
Management: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Pests and diseases
Presenter(s): Jim Gentry, Bobbie Burtz

2:00-2:50 p.m. Repeat of Concurrent Sessions above

3:00-3:30 p.m. Panel/Open Floor to address remaining questions
Jim Gentry
Nancy Howard
Mike Coulter
Myron McCleary