Maybe the Empire State Beekeepers Association should do a mini course at the summer picnic. I'll suggest it.
Vermont received a grant to put together a queen rearing program. Participants get nucs, mating nuc equipment, and training in the classroom and field. Unfortunately the program was open only to members, with a limit 8 applicants. The goal is to train them, produce a several thousand queens over the next few years, and use these first students to train others that come along.I believe the VT beekeepers association is doing something with queen rearing this summer. Hop on their site and e-mail Bill Mares an inquiry.