Teaching Beekeepers and Caring for Honey Bees since 1964


6:30:  Open Discussion and Q&A led by President Ryan Smith
7:00:  Mike Halbig – My Journey through Bee Literature 
7:30:  Commercial beekeeping and honey production in Western Maryland  Fred and Daniel Smith
Fred and Daniel Smith: 
Fred and Daniel Smith are 3rd and 4th generation commercial beekeepers in western Maryland. They operate roughly 600-700 hives doing pollination in WV, Va, MD and DE on crops like blueberries , cherries , apples , watermelons and cucumbers. They also pack and produce roughly 2 to 3 thousand pounds of honey a year. All this is done with Fred working a full time job and Daniel pursuing a bachelors degree at the University of Maryland and working at the UMD bee lab.

Mike Halbig:
Mike Halbig has lived in Annapolis for nearly fifty years.  Retiring from the Naval Academy  in 2012, he started beekeeping shortly thereafter under the guidance of Lloyd and Doris Luna, with the AABA Beekeepers.  He’s a lifetime member of EAS and has attended EAS annual meetings in West Chester PA, Newark DE, Hampton VA and Greenville, SC where in 2019 he made his first attempt at the EAS Master Beekeeping Exam (1 for 4).  He’s has worked in Denis vanEngelsdorp’s lab at the University of Maryland and Jay Evans’s lab at the Agricultural Research Service.   His reading in the immense beekeeping literature has been somewhat circuitous and elliptical; tonight he’d like to talk about his favorite books along the way.  He keeps two colonies in his small backyard in downtown historic Annapolis. 

Topic: AABA January Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tuesday Jan 19th  - Commercial beekeeping and honey production in Western Maryland  Fred and Daniel Smith.
SD: Mike Halbig – My Journey through  Bee Literature 

Tuesday Feb 16 - Dr. Sammy Ramsey     “Mites drink blood and two other alternative facts’   
SD: Rebeca Krimins The importance of continuing honey bee education WHILE maintaining one's own honey bee colonies.                  

Tuesday March 16
Charles Deberber  Spring Splits and swarm prevention 
SD Jan Poston-Day Record Keeping 

Tuesday April 20 
Dr. Keith Delaplane  new research on honey bee multiple mating and its effects on bee breeding and health
SD: Mike Mehalick: Hive inspections what to consider before popping that top.

Tuesday May 18 - Storm  Allen Storm- beekeeping in Belgium
SD:  Maureen Jais-Mick “Lessons from the MCBA teaching apiary

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