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Workshops will be held at the Molino Community Center located at:
6450 Highway 95A North
Molino, Florida 32577

Advanced Course 

*Please contact Danielle at (850)-777-0087 if you have any problems registering.  Thank you!  

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp – Dennis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Entomology and an internationally known honey bee epidemiologist. He graduated with a master’s degree in apiculture at Guelph, worked for the Canadian Government as a consultant to the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative in the West Indies.  He returned north to work at Cornell University as an extension agent before working as the Acting State Apiarist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through a contract with Penn State University, where he also earned his PhD.  He has served as the President of the Apiary Inspectors of America, is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group, was a board member of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bee Board, is a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition and is the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.  Dennis has written extensively, has been widely interviewed (including the New York Times, La Monde, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the New Yorker, Time, Fortune Magazine, People magazine, Discover, Science News, Science Magazine, National Geographic  magazine, Spiegel); radio, (including NPR, The Rutherford Show, ABC radio; Wisconsin Public Radio; KPFA's Morning Show; numerous local and regional news, television (including Good Morning America, FOX news, 60 minutes, CBC, PBS Newshour) and documentary film (including Silence of the Bees, the Last beekeeper, Vanishing of the bees, The Collectors). He has given well over 300 talks on beekeeping including the French Parliament Agricultural Committee in Paris, the EU parliamentary commission on Colony Health, in Brussels. His TED talk on bee losses can be found at

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​​​​​TheNorth Escambia Beekeepers Association's Proudly Presents our

Annual Workshop - February 24th, 2018 !!!


​​7:00-8:00 - Sign in, coffee, donuts, visit our vendors.
8:00 - 9:00- Varroa - Enemy #1 - Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorp -  Cafeteria 
9:00 - 10:00 -  What’s blooming and when - Local flora and fauna - Andrew Finch - Cafeteria
10:00 - 11:00- Hive demonstrations and split demo. - Pavillion
11:00 - 12:00 - Hive beetles - How to beetle proof your hive using beetle barriers - demonstration - Jeff Willard -  Auditorium
12:00 - 1:00 -   Lunch will be provided  - Cafeteria
1:00 - 2:00 - Varroa Sensitive Hygienic Bees - Johnny Thompson VHS Breeder - Cafeteria 
2:00- 3:00 - Best Practices - Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorp - Auditorium
3:00 - 4:00 - Catching swarms - Dan Killingsworth & Oxalic acid demo - Tim Ashby.  - Pavillion 
4:00 - 5:00 - Ask the expert panel - Dr. van Englesdorph, Johnny Thompson, Andrew Finch, and a representative from the UF bee lab - Cafeteria

We will attempt to keep the workshop running on schedule, so please be in your seats on time after breaks. Please turn cell phone off when class is in session. Door prizes will be awarded at the beginning of each segment, and at lunch.  Grand Prize Raffle is at 2pm. 

Please bring you own veil for our open hive demonstrations.  Or order one with our vendor before the event.  

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Looking to save money on Bee Equipment? Click on our vendors button below and pay no shipping on preorders!!!!

Beginner's Course

7:00 - 8:00 - Sign in, coffee, donuts, vendor visits
8:00 - Basic honey bee biology  - Mary Bammer - Auditorium
9:00 - Getting started - Equipment, Tools, and other gear.  Apiary placement.  - Danielle Ochsenreiter - Auditorium
10:00 - Hive demonstrations and split demo.  Tim Ashby, Doug Corbin, Leroy Findley, Bill Blankenship, Andrew Finch, and Jeff Willard, Mary Bammer, Barry Southers.  Pavilion
11:00 - Lunch will be provided- Cafeteria
12:00 - Pest management (Varroa, Beetles, and American Foulbrood).  UF presenter - Auditorium
1:00 - Installing hives (nucs, packages, and swarms).  Smoker lighting demonstration.  Victor Weirwille and Tim Ashby. - Pavillion
2:00 - Best practices. - Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorph - Auditorium
3:00 - Honey processing, bee products, and cottage food laws.  Danielle Ochsenreiter - Auditorium
4:00 - Review and questions. - Auditorium

Pensacola beekeeping

Johnny Thompson is the owner of Broke-T Farms in Neshoba County, Mississippi. His apiary currently consists of approximately 750 hives for honey production and 1400 mating nucs used in the spring for queen production. Hives overwinter in Neshoba County where they build up on wildflowers and clover and produce a spring honey crop.  In early June the hives are moved to the MS Delta to make a summer honey crop on Soybeans.  Some stay in the Delta to make a fall crop while others are moved back home to make a fall crop. 

Johnny is a currently serving as President of the Mississippi Beekeeping Association as well as the Chair of the Beekeeping Commodity Committee for Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

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