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Wyoming Bee College Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming

University of Wyoming laramie County Extension, Cheyenne, Wyoming and Laramie County Conservation District

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (MDT)

Wyoming Bee College Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Wyoming Bee College two day conference, March 22 & 23, Early Bird price
Early Bird Wyoming Bee College Two day conference ticket with lunch, Saturday dinner and snacks
Sold Out Ended $50.00 $3.74
Early Bird Wyoming Bee college Saturday, March 22, only, Lunch and Dinner with Keynote Speaker   more info Sold Out Ended $35.00 $2.92
Early Bird Wyoming Bee College Conference, Sunday, March 23, only   more info Sold Out Ended $35.00 $2.92
After March 14, Wyoming Bee College Conference two days March 22 & 23,   more info Sold Out Ended $65.00 $4.57
After March 14, Wyoming Bee College Conference, Saturday, March 22.   more info Sold Out Ended $45.00 $3.47
after March 14, Wyoming Bee College Conference Sunday only, March 23   more info Sold Out Ended $45.00 $3.47

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The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.

The conference cost of $35/day/person or $50 for both days/person includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night.  The Conference starts at 8:00 am both mornings.

The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, Dr. James Strange.

The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.

The University of Wyoming Book Store will be setting up shop with books for sale targeting all things bees, native bees and pollinator habitat.

A sampling of our speaker line up:

Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.  Dr. Strange will give a keynote talk on "Getting Your Bees off of the Pesticide Treadmill in 2014" and a second lecture on "Bumble Bee Diversity and Declines"

Saturday evening Keynote speaker is Charlie Hicks, he will talk about pollinator to crop relations and how pollinators can help increase crop yields.

Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming.  Michael will teach a full day hands on bee to bee hive class, bring you suit if you have one.

Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming,  Biodiversity Institute connecting people with the world around them.  Brenna will talk about native bees and their habitat with a second session on Orchard Mason bees and building a small hive for them.

Dorothy Tuthill, Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institued, where she develops and delivers indepth programs on native plants, botany and looking at the often missed tiny things in nature.  President of the Wyoming Native Plant Society and serves on the board of the American Penstemon Society.

Terry Booth, of Cheyenne Honey, will discuse the ups and downs of 40 years in the honey business.  Terry is now retired from the USDA ARS in Cheyenne, WY.

Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW.  Cole will discuse ways to market your product.

Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees why registration of your hives is important.

Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyoming.  Jeff will talk about the current EPA regulations and labeling along with IPM techniques and stratgies for dealing with garden pest.

Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing permaculture rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects.

Gayle Wilson owner of Thin Air Studios in Laramie Wyoming will give a class on value-added bee related products such as: lotion, chap stick, furniture wax and encaustic art wax as well as making a product to take home.

A schedule is at http://bit.ly/beecollege.

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Please bring your eventbrite ticket.

for a map of Laramie County Community College go to http://www.lccc.cc.wy.us/about/maps

Hotel arrangements have been made with Holiday Inn (Greeley Highway (Hwy 85) and Fox Farm) at $83 per night ask for the Wyoming Bee College, they can be reached at 307-638-4466.



Track 1

Track 2




7: 45-8:15







Dr. James Strange USDA ARS

Keynote Speaker

Dr. James Strange USDA ARS. Getting your Bees off the pesticide tread-mill"

Opening remarks.



Beginners Overview

Michael Jordan (all day)

Terry Booth, Cheyenne Honey 40 years with bees an inside perspec-tive.


Setting up an Apiary– what it takes

10:35– 12:30

Dr. Whitney Cranshaw. Bee identification so many so different.

Setting up an Apiary– what it takes, cont.

Dr. Whitney Cranshaw. Wasp identification, not what you think.


Lunch and


Lunch and Vendors

Noon –12:50

Beginners Overview

Dorothy Tuthill setting up pollinator habitat.

1:00 -2:00

Beginners Overview cont.


Dr James Strange

"Bumble bee diversity and declines"



15 min Break



Hive Demo– outside

Chelsea Cook, CU. Divi-sion of labor among bees, how they do it.

Hands on, bring suites if you have them

3:45 –5:00


Dinner with Keynote


Dinner with Keynote speaker Charlie Hicks, The relationship be-tween crop yields and pollinators.

Dinner served at LCCC +

vendor time



When & Where

Laramie County Community College in the Center for Conferences and Institiues building
1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Conferences Building (CCI), 307-633-4383 82001

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (MDT)

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University of Wyoming laramie County Extension, Cheyenne, Wyoming and Laramie County Conservation District

Since 1914, University of Wyoming Extension has helped Wyoming citizens and communities respond to challenges and changes. We have offices in each of the state’s 23 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. Although our roots are in agriculture, UW Extension has broadened its educational mission to encompass many of the contemporary challenges facing Wyoming’s people and its rural communities. We’re committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities as we bring the resources of the University of Wyoming home to you!

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Wyoming Bee College Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Conferences Building (CCI), 307-633-4383 Events Conference

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