2017 Fall Meeting

Celebrating Colorado’s Rich & Successful Beekeeping Heritage

2017 FALL MEETING – OCTOBER 20th & 21st
Best Western Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
1900 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501

For Directions & Hotel Reservations:
Call 303-776-2000 (ask for CPBA rate)

FEATURED SPEAKER: Dennis vanEnglesdorp, PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland. He is also Project Director for the Bee Informed Partnership.


Friday October 20th [ in Conference Center]
7:00 – 8:30 p.m: Informal round table meeting with Dennis vanEngelsdorp and CPBA President Lyle Johnston. Other senior Colorado beekeepers will also be there to discuss issues. This is a great time for all attendees to discuss current issues and concerns happening in the bee world.

Saturday October 21st [in the Conference Center]
8:30 – 9:00 a.m: Reception & Registration. The few lunch tickets left will be sold first come first serve on Saturday morning.  $55 for the meeting with lunch or $30.00 for the meeting only.

9:00 -9:30 a.m: Laura Pottorff, M.S., Colorado Department of Ag: State of Bee Health in Colorado. Can revitalization of Bee Inspections in Colorado help beekeepers work thru the new and current Veterinary Feed Directive restrictions?

9:30 – 10:30 a.m: Tony Landretti, Rice’s Honey: Why do Honey Sales Matter? An overview of consumer buying in the honey market. Also touching on the new FSMA on general food safety.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m: Break

10:45 – 11:50 a.m: Dennis vanEngelsdorp, PhD: Varroa: Your problem is your neighbor’s problem!

11:50am – 1:00 p.m: Lunch at the Conference Center – $25.00 – (tickets help defray room expenses). Lunch theme is Down Home Comfort and served buffet style. Coffee, Hot Tea and iced tea will be available for lunch. See menu below:
Fresh Fruit Salad
Traditional Tossed Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings
Honey Braised Short Ribs
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Warm Fresh Seasonal Vegetable
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Warm Cherry Cobbler

1:00 pm -1:40 pm: Arathi Seshadri, PhD, Colorado State University: Floral chemicals: Indications of their effects on worker bee longevity and disease tolerance.

1:40pm – 2:40 pm: Dennis vanEngelsdorp, PhD: Best Management Practices that work and management practices that don’t.

2:40 – 3:10 p.m: CPBA President Lyle Johnston: Final questions/discussion on previous meeting topics from attendees and update from Lyle for the upcoming 2018 Almond pollination season.
A short CPBA Director’s meeting will be held immediately after the formal meeting. All directors please remain to discuss CPBA organizational issues and where we want the CPBA to be going.
Various CPBA members and speakers will also probably be getting together for an evening meal and to socialize afterwards. Please check with other attendees about that after the formal program.