When: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 and Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Where: This year’s Fall Conference will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel (100 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007) on the in the heart of Downtown Kalamazoo.
Our Keynote speakers will be Dr. Dewey Caron and Dr. Larry Connor.
Dr. Dewey Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture,Oregon State University. He spent 40+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee research at Cornell University (1967-70), University of MD, College Park (1970-1981) and University of DE, Newark DE (1981-2009).
Since retirement in 2009, he spends 4-6 months each year in Bolivia,where he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping (in Spanish). The rest of the year he is in the northern hemisphere; his 5 backyard colonies in Tigard, OR are docile European bees. He moved from Newark to Portland, Oregon following retirement to be closer to 5 grandkids. He manages to return to East coast several times each year to give Bee Short Courses and lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations. He remains active in EAS. His first EAS meeting was 1967 at University of MD. He has served as President (1986), Director (both from MD and DE), Chairman of the Board for 8 years, Chair of several Board committees and currently is Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program. He was the program and Short Course chair for 2016 New Jersey and Program Chair for 2017 Delaware, his 50th year in EAS.
Dr. Larry Connor earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University upon completion of his dissertation on strawberry pollination, and assumed the position of extension apicultural entomologist at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. There his program attracted the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline and Midnite Hybrid Queen Program to Florida to establish the world’s first mass production facility for the instrumentally inseminated queen honeybees. Following this experience, Connor moved to Connecticut where he established the Beekeeping Education Service, offering an educational program for beekeepers. Later he purchased Wicwas Press from Dr. Roger and Mary Lou Morse, and has published over a dozen titles dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination.
2017 MBA Fall Conference schedule is now available.