Young Harris College and University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute

2021 Virtual Young Harris Beekeeping Institute
Registrants will be able to veiw the full institute the week of May 24th, 2021. We will send a link to the email associated with the registration. Below are details about this years institute. Stay tuned for more information about next years 2022 program.

This marks the 29th year of the Young Harris College / University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute. It’s our goal to bring the best beekeeping educators and scientists in the English-speaking world for our participants. Each year we strive to present an educational event that meets the needs of everyone, whether an experienced beekeeper or new beginner. The result is quite simply one of the best beekeeping educational events in North America. 
On May 12th, those registered will recieve a link and instructions for the virtual institute. Opening both days, there will also be a brief presentaiton that will walk you through the process. We are trying to make this as easy as possible, but there may be issues. Names and numbers for technical assistance will be provided in the email being sent on May 12th. After the institute, all presentations will be available for viewing. 
Concerning the Master Beekeeper Program in 2021:
Unfortunately, due to the virtual format, we will not be able to offer the Georgia Master Beekeeper and Welsh Honey Judge programs, or the annual Honey Show. Stay tuned for more information about certified testing at local beekeeping clubs and associations. The UGA Bee Lab will offer both the Journeyman and Master level testing at the Georgia Beekeepers Fall Meeting, September 23-25. Details will be on the UGA Bee Lab website shortly concerning those two exams.

2021 Young Harris/UGA Beekeeping Institute: Program Schedule for Day 1 and 2

Day 1 Thursday May 13th, 2021

9:00-9:05 Instructions for the virtual institute by Jack Garrison
9:05-9:15 Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Keith Delaplane
9:15-10:00 Plenary lecture:
    a. The dark side of the Feminine Monarchie: individual behavior in honey bees, Dr. Robin Crewe
    b. Why beekeepers need licentious queens, Dr. Keith Delaplane
10:00-10:15 Live Q&A with Robin & Keith
10:15-10:30 Break
   1. Fossils, honey bee biodiversity and sustainable food production, Dr. Robin Crewe
   2. Results from the great Georgia pollinator census, Becky Griffin
   3. Four seasons forage with forbs and exotics, Jimmy Gatt
11:00-11:15 Live Q&A with Robin, Becky and Jimmy
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 Plenary lecture: Fight the mite with a varroa management strategy, Dr. Kirsten Traynor
12:15-12:30 Live Q&A with Kirsten
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Plenary lecture: 2 Million Blossoms: The beauty of our diverse pollinators, Dr. Kirsten Traynor|
2:00-2:15 Live Q&A with Kirsten
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:15 Breakout lectures
   1. Queen rearing, Amy Weeks
   2. The game of drones, Julia Mahood
   3. Apitherapy, Mary Cahill-Roberts
3:15-3:30 Live Q&A with Amy, Julia and Mary
3:30-4:00 Plenary Lecture: Confirmation Bias: how beekeeping echo chamber, Jerry Hayes
4:00-4:15 - Live Q&A with Jerry
4:15 Conclude: See you tomorrow!

2021 Young Harris/UGA Beekeeping Institute: Day 2 Friday May 14th, 2021

9:00-9:05 Instructions for the virtual institute by Jack Garrison
9:05-9:15 Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Keith Delaplane
9:15-9:50 The Capensis calamity: the implications for apiculture, Dr. Robin Crewe
9:50-10:05: Live Q&A with Robin
10:05-10:20 Break
10:20-10:55 Breakout Lectures
   1. The importance of nutrition, Jerry Hayes
   2. Creating an industry the Guyana way, Amy Weeks
   3. How many different hives are there? Dan Long
10:55-11:10 Live Q&A with Jerry, Amy and Dan
11:10-11:20 Break
11:20-11:55 Plenary lecture: What’s in my pollen? The pesticides we find in bee bread, Dr. Kirsten Traynor
11:55 -12:10 Live Q&A with Kirsten
12:10-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Breakout Lectures
   1. Viruses, varroa, and virulence: What makes bee parasites deadly, Dr. Lewis J. Bartlett
   2. Why you want to rotate old comb, Bob Binnie
   3. Want to keep your bees alive? Then do something! Keith Fielder
1:30-1:45 Live Q&A with Lewis, Bob, and Keith
1:45-2:00 Break
   1. Nosema is no longer Nosema, Jerry Hayes / Crowding & caravans: Is industrial beekeeping bad for bees?, Dr. Lewis J. Bartlett
   2. Building beekeeping equipment, Lonnie Funderburg
   3. Tips for preparing show quality beeswax, Keith Fielder
2:45-3:00 Live Q&A with Jerry, Lewis, Lonnie, and Keith
3:00-3:30 Breakout Lectures
   1. Cell punch method for queen rearing, Will Montgomery
   2. Different races of honey bees, Cindy Hodges
   3. How to inspect a hive, Bobby Chaisson
3:30-3:45 Live Q&A with Will, Cindy and Bobby
3:45-4:30 Plenary Lecture: Bee Breeding: Problems and promises of Darwinian beekeeping, Dr. Lewis J. Bartlett
4:30-4:45 Live Q&A with Lewis
4:45 Concluding remarks: Dr. Keith Delaplane, Young Harris, University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute 2022!

Professor Robin Crewe, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr. Kristen Traynor, Arizona State University
Jerry Hayes, Editor of Bee Culture Magazine


Hope to see you next year at our 2022 Young Harris/UGA Beekeeping Institute, the best meeting around!