2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow
January 10-14, 2017
San Luis Resort Properties and the Galveston Island Convention Center
THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16.
Be sure to register now to take advantage of the discounted rate and ensure your place at the conference.
During the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, you’ll have the opportunity to hear two fantastic keynote presentations:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
9:15 AM – 10:05 AM
Beyond the Bees: Why “Solving the Bee Problem” Isn’t Going to Work
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren
Recent declines in pollinators are symptomatic of widespread simplification of the landscape. Siloing solutions toward individual stressors on the bees will likely result in ongoing bee declines. Large scale reformations to our food production system are necessary to solve the bee problem, and will accompany numerous other societal benefits. Despite resistance from the current agricultural infrastructure, innovative farmers are proving that systems that promote soil health and biodiversity conservation are profitable and represent a healthy alternative to input-intensive agriculture.
Friday, January 13, 2017
1:50 PM – 2:40 PM
Is Secondhand Smoke Killing Bees?
Dr. Jeff Pettis
Many factors are involved in the loss of honey bee colonies in recent years. The list includes the “four Ps”: poor nutrition, parasites and pests, pathogens and pesticides. Of these, the role of pesticides remains controversial in that studies were often criticized for being lab based or for not using field-relevant doses. Recent papers published in Science and Nature leave no doubt that pesticides are harming solitary and bumble bees and must be having effects on honey bees as well. However, the chemical companies continue to use their professional public relation machines to downplay findings, cast doubt on researchers and put pressure on government bodies to maintain the status quo. These same tactics were used successfully by the tobacco industry for many years to cast doubt on the link between smoking and cancer. So, is secondhand smoke killing bees? We need all parties at the table acting in good faith to solve the problems of pollinator decline. Industry needs to stop blowing smoke and work to limit unwarranted prophylactic use of pesticides and help return to a more Integrated Pest Management approach for farming. The bees will thank us.