2015 Fall Meeting

The CPBA 2015 Fall Meeting was a great success!  A big thank you to all the speakers and everyone who helped it make it so successful. A special thanks to Dr. Gordy Wardell and Jackie Park Burris not only for their great presentations but also for  providing the big ticket items for the auction!

Click the link below to read how the meeting went… with pictures too!

CPBA Fall Meeting Thank You


Colorado Professional Beekeeping Association

Celebrating Colorado’s Rich & Successful Beekeeping Heritage”

2015 Fall Meeting – October 23rd & 24th

Best Western Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, CO 80501

For Directions & Hotel Reservations:
call (303) 776-4496 (ask for CPBA rate)


Featured Speaker: Dr. Gordon Wardell, renowned bee biologist, Chief of Apiary Operations, Paramount Farming, PAm Board Chairman, Developer of MegaBee and beekeeping experience for over 30 years.

Meeting Schedule

Friday October 23rd [in hotel]

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Informal roundtable with Dr. Gordy Wardell, Lyle Johnston, CPBA President & Billy Synk, PAm Director of Pollinator Programs, discussing issues of Maintaining Bee and Pollinator Health particularly within the commercial pollination industry. Q & A’s included.

Saturday October 24th [in Conference Center]

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Reception & Registration $30.00 for meeting ($25.00 in advance). Lunch at Conference Center – add $25.00 per person [Lunch tickets help defray room costs]. Please register & prepay with credit card or PayPal.  There will be assorted muffins, coffee and hot tea available in the morning.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Understanding Integrated Pest & Hive Management (IPM) Practices in order to have effective disease and pest control. Thia Walker, Pesticide Safety Education, Colorado State University, Extension.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.: National Honey Board Programs and Activities update. Margaret Lombard, CEO, NHB.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Beekeeping Practices & Programs at Paramount Farming – How the largest beekeeping operation in the U. S. handles pesticide-beekeeping issues. Dr. Gordy Wardell.

11:00 – 11:30: FieldWatch & BeeCheck for Colorado: Useful tools for all stake holders in the agricultural & beekeeping communities. John Scott, Chief, Pesticides Programs Management, Colo. Dept. of Ag.

11:30 – 12:00 Noon: Managing for Strong Bees – The “Adapt or Die” Approach Lyle Johnston, CPBA President.

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Conference Center – $25.00 – (tickets help defray room expenses).  Lunch theme is “Down Home Comfort” and is served buffet style.  See below for menu.  Coffee, hot tea and iced tea will also be available for lunch.

  • Honey Fried Chicken
  • Guinness Braised Short Ribs
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Traditional Tossed Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Warm Fresh Seasonal Vegetable
  • Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Warm Cherry Cobbler


1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Selecting and Producing Great Queens Jackie Park-Burris, second generation bee breeder, past president, California Bee Breeders and California State Beekeepers Association, recent chairperson, Calif. State Apiary Board. Owner, Jackie Park-Burris Queens, Inc., running bees in 3-states for queen & nuc sales, pollination & honey production.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.: Honeyville – A Colorado Heritage Beekeeping Legacy that continues to adapt & grow today. Danny Culhane.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Project Apis m. Program Update on Biocontrols for Varroa. Billy Synk.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: MegaBee: How Rational Feeding of Protein Results in Stronger & More Disease Resistant Bees. Dr. Gordy Wardell.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: The Rice Family Legacy: How one of Colorado’s oldest heritage beekeeping families has adapted and grown for over 100 years. Tony Landretti.

For further info contact:
CPBA Secretary Jacy Johnston-Eylar (970) 405-0709

[CPBA officers & board members will meet briefly after
regular meeting to discuss organizational business]