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MBA Spring Conference 2017


2017 Spring Conference (update: Feb. 22, 2017)

All folks interested in bees are welcomed to attend!

This year’s Spring Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus during ANR week on Friday, March 10, 2017 and Saturday, March 11, 2017. The MBA is the oldest bee association in the country.

Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas Seeley. he will be giving 4 different presentations over the course of the 2 days. Specific topics will be forthcoming.


Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies.

He began keeping and studying bees in 1969 while still in high school when he brought home a swarm that he had collected in a hastily constructed “hive.” When a college student, he worked each summer in the honeybee laboratory at Cornell University, where he learned the craft of beekeeping and began probing the inner workings of the bee colony. Thoroughly intrigued by the smooth functioning of honey bee colonies, he went on to graduate school at Harvard University where he began his research on bees in earnest and earned his Ph.D. in 1978.

His research focuses on the internal organization of honeybee colonies and has been summarized in books: Honeybee Ecology, The Wisdom of the Hive, and Honeybee Democracy. His newest book is Following the Wild Bees. The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting.

Our Friday Evening event this year which will feature Keynote Speaker Carla Marina Marchese. Marina will lead a discussion and honey tasting starting at 7:30 PM followed by a social gathering with a cash bar. She is the designer and beekeeper behind the beloved brand Red Bee Honey, and the author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper and co-author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a Member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.  Be sure to look for her break-out session on Saturday!

MBA Spring Conference Breakouts 2017

The MBA board is busy finalizing the conference plans.

Take a closer look at the schedule to see the amazing lineup of talks and speakers from across the state. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Registration is now open.


The room block is full. Please contact local area hotels for accommodations. 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 $139 to $173 per night. Mention that you are with the MBA conference (reference group code: 1703BEEBEE) and the room is available for $105 per night (single, double or king). Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes. Room reservations MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 3, 2017 in order to guarantee the discounted rate. Call the Kellogg Center directly at 800-875-5090 or online at If you are planning to stay at the Kellogg Center, then we suggest that you make your reservations early.

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.

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, 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 Sheldon Schwitek (

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