2014 Spring Conference

(updated 3/5/14)
The 2014 MBA Spring Conference is closer than you think and it is time to start planning to attend!

All folks interested in bees are welcomed to attend!

The conference will be held at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus during ANR week on Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday, March 8.

The main speaker will be John Miller.  Miller is a commercial beekeeper who is well known in beekeeping circles.  He is the President of the California State Beekeepers Association, a commercial beekeeper running about 50,000 colonies, and the subject in the book A Beekeepers Lament.   He is also featured in the film “More Than Honey” which will be shown Friday evening in the Kellogg Center auditorium.  Miller is an interesting and dynamic speaker.

There will be break-out sessions on both days covering a wide range of topics that should be of interest for both the beginner and advanced beekeeper alike.  And, of course, the ever-popular vendor area will be back so that you can see all of the latest beekeeping equipment in one place.

Pre-registration is available on-line and we encourage all attendees to do so.  When you pre-register you get a discount too!  We encourage all conference attendees to pre-register.  If you pre-pay when you pre-register, your conference material will be available for immediate pick-up… no waiting in line.

Before you pre-register, please note that in order to get the MBA member discount you must be a current member of the MBA.  The 2013 memberships expired on December 31, 2013.  So you may need to renew your membership for 2014.  If in doubt, you can check your membership status by clicking here.

Note: Pre-registration will close Wednesday, March 5.
To pre-register on-line, click here.

Registration Fees:
Pre-Registered
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $20.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $10.00
MBA Guest/Spouse:  $10.00
Non-Member, 2-Day:  $40.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $20.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00
Children under 16 (with 1 registered adult): no charge
Children under 21 (with 2 registered adult): no charge

Paid At-the-Door
MBA Member, 2-Day:  $25.00
MBA Member, 1-Day:  $15.00
MBA Member Spouse/Guest:  $15.00
Non-Member, 2-Day: $45.00
Non-Member, 1-Day:  $25.00
Non-Member Spouse/Guest:  $20.00
Children under 16 (with 1 registered adult): no charge
Children under 21 (with 2 registered adult): no charge

Lodging:
MBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Kellogg Center which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Normal rates at the Kellogg Center range from $125 to $162 per night.  Mention that you are with the MBA conference (reference group code MBA030614) and the room is available for $93 per night (single, double or king).  Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes.  Room reservations MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 4, 2014 in order to guarantee the discounted rate.  Call the Kellogg Center directly at 800-875-5090 or online at www.kelloggcenter.com.  If you are planning to stay at the Kellogg Center, then we suggest that you make your reservations early.

Alternative lodging has been arranged at the Courtyard Marriott hotel, 2710 Lake Lansing Road, in East Lansing.  This hotel is about 3 miles (or so) from the Kellogg Center.  The MBA has made arrangements with the Courtyard Marriott for a group rate, so be sure to identify yourself as a “Beekeeper” when registering to get the discount.  Reservations can be made by calling 517-482-0500.

Meals:
Meals can be obtained at the Kellogg Center’s State Room, but early reservations are recommended.  Also, the Brody Complex Cafeteria is available directly across the street from the Kellogg Center.  The cafeteria is definitely not what you remember it to be back in the days you were attending college.  Reliable reports have this cafeteria to be very reasonably priced, with very good food and it is certainly convenient.

Children’s Activity Room:
New this year will be a children’s activity room open on Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 2 pm.  We will have lots of things to engage these future beekeepers, including coloring books, hands on beekeeping equipment, games and more!

In order to make the children’s activity room a success, we need folks  to volunteer and help out.  The more volunteers we have, the easier it will be on all concerned.  If you want to help, even if for a short period of time, then please contact Anne Marie Fauvel and let her know.  We are in particular need for someone to help organize this activity.  Don’t be shy!  Help us out!

Schedule of Events:
We will be organizing the classes and break-out sessions along “tracks”.  For example, there will be a track specifically oriented toward beginning beekeepers and another targeted at the intermediate and advanced beekeepers.  The content of most tracks will be repeated on both days (particularly the beginner’s track), as well as some other classes scheduled as resources permit.

We are also adding “poster sessions” this year (something new)!  At the poster session venue, we plan on having tables with display board posters presenting topics of interest to beekeepers.  Think of the poster sessions as “mini classess”, but available throughout the conference.  Most poster presenters will be available at specific times so that you can interact directly, one-on-one style.  Be sure to visit the poster venue… and let us know what you think of this idea.

On Friday evening, we will be showing a film in the Kellogg Center’s auditorium.  The film, “More Than Honey”, critically explores the relationship between bees and our modern agricultural system.  Our featured speaker, John Miller, is featured in the film.

Click here for the latest conference agenda 

Click here for a list of classes

Please note:  If you want a list of classes, please print the schedule ahead of time and bring it with you.  Only a limited number of copies will be available at the conference.

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS:  We need your class description and requirements!  Click here to print the form and return to email address shown on form.

Microscope Class
Dr. Zachary Huang will again offer the “microscope” class on Friday afternoon, 3pm to 5pm.  (Please note that this class will be offered only Friday.)  The class will be held in the Entomology’s Department teaching lab in the Natural Science Building.  Entomology has just recently installed a state-of-the art high-defiinition projecting microscope (for group viewing).  Students will also have a microscope of their own.  Zach will take you through the “bee parts” by dissecting a honey bee.   Go where you have not gone before.  Learn and see new things.  Cost is $50.00.  Class is limited to 31 people.

To sign up for the microscope class, include the class as an option on the on-line registration form.

Live Auction At Saturday Afternoon’s General Session

Ready for some fun and entertainment at the 2014 MBA spring conference?  Then be sure to attend the “live” auction on Saturday, March 8, at 1:15pm during afternoon general session.  Everyone enjoys a spirited auction and this one promises to be a good one.  So be sure to… bid early, bid often and bid high!

Vendors:
Vendors will be located in the Big Ten A room, directly across from the registration room.  The vendors are always a very popular event.  You can see what’s new in beekeeping and purchase equipment and supplies for the upcoming season.  Most vendors will bring items to the conference to sell and some are accepting pre-conference orders (you save on shipping!).  Please support our vendors, as they help make the spring conference possible.

As of this posting, vendors currently committed to attend are… 2014_Vendor-List

Plan your shopping!  Click here for the vendor floor plan.

If you are a vendor and would like a table at our conference, then… click here.

Silent Auction:
As before, there will be a silent auction to raise funds for the MBA.  Items will be on display in the Big Ten A (vendor) Room.  If you have an item(s) that you wish to donate, then please contact Dean or Lois Cross at 517-694-9619.  Bid early, bid often, bid high!

Garden Hive Competition
We will again be having a garden hive competition.  Rules will basically be the same as last year.  The garden hive competition committee this year is asking that you consider a “bavarian” theme for your garden hive, though that is not a requirement.

Volunteers:
Putting on the conference is a lot of work and we can always use volunteers to help us along.  We can use help with a short setup on Thursday evening, handing out material in the classes and general session, assistance with at-the-door registration, helping out in the kid’s activity room (Saturday only) and post-conference evaluation.  Even if you only have a short time available, any help is greatly appreciated.  Contact Anne Marie Fauvel.

40 comments to 2014 Spring Conference

  • emmanuel misori

    I am an international bee farmer from Croatia,i am interested in attending your conference. Please help me with information on how i can have a letter of invitation and other documents.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Emmanuel,
    Can you provide more information on what you need? The 2014 spring conference is schedule for March 7 and 8, 2014. Keep an eye on the MBA web site for more information as it becomes available.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • stacy

    How can i become a vendor for spring conference?
    thank you

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Stacy,
    Contact me directly at email… treasurer@mba-bees.org and I’ll be sure you get on the distribution list.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • LeeAnn Maul

    Hi. Im brand new to beekeeping. Iv been doing some extensive research, talking to beekeepers, and am VERY excited to start this. Is this conference open to all? and is ther a fee? any other basic details wud be appreciated as this is my first time. ty so much.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    LeeAnn,
    The MBA conferences are open to all, though MBA members get a break on the registration fee. Keep an eye on the MBA web site as more conference details will be posted shortly, along with registration info.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Vendor for doTERRA – safe, effective essential oils …take control of your health! For those of you who saw me the Fall, I will be returning to sample and sell Honeystix infused with doTERRA essential oils along with other various products.

  • mary

    Hello,

    I am very interested in starting beekeeping. I would like to attend the conference March 7th or 8th and will be taking the beginner’s class on March 22nd also. I am just curious if I could attend most of the conference sessions by only attending one day of the conference instead of both. Will there be a schedule published with the dates and times of the conference sessions? Also is there easy to understand information on selling honey and the Michigan Cottage Foods Act somewhere? I’ve read it but not sure I understand the Act as it pertains specifically to honey.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Mary,
    About a month before the conference, a class schedule will be published on the MBA web site. So stay tuned. Most classes are repeated on both days… but not all. It sort of depends on the interest level and the availability of the instructors. We will have a posted session at this conference and one of the poster topics will be the Cottage Food Act. At this point, we intend to have someone be available (at specific times) at the poster to answer questions and provide a one-on-one.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Am from Nigeria and would like to attend the conference
    Kindly furnish me with registration details, including flights

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Will send directly to your email.

  • Wilbur Sewell

    Any chance on having a class on Queen Rearing?

    Thanks,
    Wilbur

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Wilbur,
    We’ll pass it on.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • robbyn

    do you know what time More than Honey will be shown Friday nite?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Robbyn,
    Not sure, but we presume Friday evening at 6:30pm. It might be 7pm. Details will be posted on the web site once planning is done. Also, this will be on the conference agenda. See you at the conference!
    Steve

  • Wilbur Sewell

    We don’t have any vendors coming this year, the list is empty???

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Wilbur,
    We will have many vendors at the spring conference, including some new ones. The list is not posted yet but we will follow up to see if we can get a list as it stands right now.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Christina O'Brien

    I have registered to come to the conference with my 14 year old daughter as a guest. She has a friend that would like to come as well. How can I pre-register her friend?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Christina,
    Glad to see you are spreading the “bee” world to the next generation of beekeepers! You can register your daughter’s friend by going back to the spring conference page (on the MBA web site) and going through the on-line process again. The registration system we use does not allow duplicates under the same email address, so you will have to register this second time under a different email address. When you get to the registration type, select the “Children , Under 16 (with one adult)” at the no charge rate. This should work.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Gregg shipman

    I am registered for the conference but do I have to sign up for the classes I want to take or can we attend any of them?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Greg,
    Registration includes attending any class you want. We would suggest that once the class schedule is posted on the MBA web site (which will be done shortly), you look over the schedule and decide which ones you are interested in. It is always a challenge to match a class to a room with limited seating capacity. We do the best we can but realize that sometimes a class will fill up. Therefore, if there is one your really want to see, we suggest you show up early to get a seat. Otherwise, there may be standing room only.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Sarah Jean

    I am an academy student wanting to attend the classes offered for furthering my education. Could you provide me with a list of the classes available to my email for my counselor? Under some circumstances, there is high school credit offered for attending some educational purpose works. Information is greatly appreciated. :)

    Sarah Jean

  • Stephen Tilmann

    We will send you a preliminary class list directly. A more finalized class list should be available during the week of Feb 10. Stay tuned!

  • Gregg Shipman

    I registered myself and a guest for the conference. My friend can’t make it now. I would like to take another friend of mine in their place. How do I change the name of my guest? Thanks Gregg.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Gregg,
    The on-line registration system we use does not allow us to make changes to the name (amazing as that may seem). So we will have to take care of this at the conference registration table. Alternatively, you can email us and we’ll try to make the changes manually before the name tags are printed, but it may be hard to remember to do that.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Wilbur Sewell

    How’s the vendor list coming?

    Thanks
    Wilbur

  • Stephen Tilmann

    It’s coming. Several new vendors this year. Once the committee completes the list (and table assignments) it will be posted on the web site.

  • Patty Flynn

    How do I become a MBA member?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Patty,
    Glad to hear you are considering supporting the MBA. It is easy to become a member. Just go to the Membership Page (http://www.michiganbees.org/about/mba-membership-application/) on our web site. You can do it on line or download a form and do it by mail.
    Steve Tilmann, Tresurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Andrea

    Hello, I need to purchase some beekeeping supplies and was wondering how I would find out which of the vendors listed were accepting Pre-conference orders? I would be interested in pre-ordering and picking up the supplies at the conference. Thank you!

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Andrea,
    Essentially all of the vendors gladly accept pre-conference orders. And all, to our knowledge, bring the goods to the conference for you to pick up. No shipping! Now, that is a deal. See you at the conference!
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Is there a time for vendors to set up on Thursday Night? If not, what time can we set up Friday morning? Also, how long are the tables?
    Thanks

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Vendors can start setting up on Thursday evening around 6:30 to 7:00pm. The tables are 8-feet long.

  • Dennis

    Is the beginners track 1, 2, 3 pertain to three progressive sessions or a repeat of one full session at three different times? Thank you in advance.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Dennis,
    Each session is progressive and builds on the content of the prior session. This entire track is repeated on Saturday.

  • Pennie Rienas

    I am inquiring about the certificate from the fall conference for the Honey contest. I received an email that I would be receiving it. I talked to Norm Adams last night and he has not received anything as of yet. I will be attending the Spring Conference on Sat. Only is there a possibility that I could get it there? Hope fully I can still get this as it was my first conference and first entry into the contest. Thank you Pennie

  • Sonya

    Can anyone attend the movie Friday evening or do they need to be a paid registrant?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Sonya, The public is invited. No conference registration is required.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Associatin

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Pennie, we should be able to take care of this at the conference. See you there!
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Associatin

  • Pennie Rienas

    Thank you Steve..

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