2016 Fall Meeting

Colorado Professional Beekeeping Association

The CPBA 2016 Fall Meeting was a great success. Click here for some pictures.


Celebrating Colorado’s Rich & Successful Beekeeping Heritage”

2016 Fall Meeting – October 28th & 29th

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

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


Featured Speaker: Randy Oliver of ScientificBeekeping.com , owner of Golden West Apiaries in Grass Valley, California, teacher & 40+ year beekeeper and frequent contributor to ABJ and other scientific bee publications .

Meeting Schedule

Friday Evening October 28th [In the Plaza Hotel]

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Informal roundtable on the general topic of “Pesticides and Honey Bees: How they’re  faring under Present Day Conditions Featuring: Randy Oliver (ScientificBeekeping.com), Lyle Johnston (CPBA President) & Al Summers (CPBA Communications Director) – discussing bee health issues, particularly as related to  the livelihood based beekeeping industry. Q & A included.

Saturday October 29th [In the Convention Center]

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Reception & Registration – $50.00 Includes meeting, refreshments and buffet lunch.  Assorted pastries, coffee and hot teas are available in the morning.

Lunch is now SOLD OUT!  For a limited time you can still pay for the meeting only – $30.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.:  The Environmental Big Picture– How beekeepers need to work within the agricultural community to appreciate our relationship to the environment – An objective assessment of the evidence regarding neonics.  Randy Oliver

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.:  “The Colorado Bee and Bee Products Act – Where we’ve been and how we may move forward with regulation of managed bee hives in the state.  Laura Pottorff,  M.S., CGG, Plant and Pest Quarantine Program Manager, Colo. Dept. of Agriculture

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.:  Break

10:45 – 12:00 noon:  “Plan B – Field Evaluations of Summer Mite Treatments – Efficacy of mite treatments applied in rotation; with particular emphasis on formic and oxalic acid treatments.  Randy Oliver

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Buffet Lunch in the Convention Center.  Lunch theme is “Down Home Comfort” and is served buffet style.  See below for menu. Coffee, hot and iced tea will also be available for lunch.

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


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.:Evidence-Based Best Management Practices for successful beekeeping – The reality of “natural” beekeeping; breeding for mite resistance, and the fallacy that “treatment free” beekeeping is necessarily a good thing.   Randy Oliver

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.:  “How Beekeeping Myths are Spread..Using Social Media” – Steven Lechner, Owner, Busy Bee Farm

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.:  The State of Bees and Beekeeping in Colorado” – A brief update on commercial beekeeping in the state.  Lyle Johnston, CPBA President.

[CPBA Officers & Board Members will meet after the regular meeting to discuss organizational business]

Attendees are invited to stay after the meeting to have dinner and visit with Randy and other CPBA members at a nearby restaurant (buy meal on your own).  Usually around 6:30 p.m.  Check with CPBA members after meeting to see what’s been decided.

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