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Conference Agenda

The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow agenda is now available. Please take a look at the agenda and create your own personal schedule with the sessions that are right for you. Please be sure to check back often as we have a few "confirmation pending" sessions which will be updated soon.

Conference Agenda -- Click here to see full agenda!

 

 General Session:

General Session will be held all day on Wednesday and Friday.

Track Sessions:
Track sessions will be held all day on Thursday, January 12. They will be specific to each stage of beekeeping and include the following tracks:

  • Beginning Beekeeping
  • Serious Sideliner
  • Commercial

Tradeshow:
The 2017 Tradeshow is yet another place where you can learn about the latest products and services available to beekeepers. We anticipate more than 75 exhibitors, who are all anxious to meet with you to demonstrate the latest in beekeeping innovations. The Tradeshow will be open each day of the conference beginning on Wednesday afternoon, January 11, and closing on Friday, January 13. Be sure to stop by and visit with each vendor to learn more about enhancements in the beekeeping industry.

Silent Auction:

The Silent Auction has become a tradition of the conference. A variety of honey and bee-themed items will be available through the auction with all proceeds benefiting the ABF Legislative Fund and the American Honey Queen program. Donations for the Silent Auction will be accepted onsite at the conference.

Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting:
The Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, January 12. Join us for a delicious lunch and the opportunity to meet the 2017 Honey Queen and Princess candidates. Also participate in the business meeting and learn more about how you can get involved. ALL ARE WELCOME!
* Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

Thursday Night Social:
The Thursday Night Social is a staple of the conference. It allows the group to socialize with other beekeeping families and friends. The 2017 social night will be held at the Moody Gardens Rainforest. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Rainforest, enjoy a delicious dinner and maybe even dance with fellow beekeepers. Be sure to register for this fun night out!

* Separate registration is required and additional fees apply! 

Foundation Luncheon:
The Foundation Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 13, and will feature a keynote presentation as well as brief presentations from the 2017 Foundation Scholarship Recipients.
* Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

The 2017 American Honey Show:

The 2017 American Honey Show will also be held during the conference. This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees' abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies. The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes 12 classes for honey, four for beeswax and the gift basket class. After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.

AHPA Annual Banquet:
The AHPA Annual Banquet will be held on Friday evening. The banquet will feature a live auction.
* Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

Saturday Workshops:
The ever-popular Saturday workshops will include 15 different topics and feature hands-on instruction and interactive participation. Workshops will be offered from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 14.

ABF/CHC Annual Banquet:

The ABF/CHC Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday evening. The banquet will feature the coronation of the 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess, as well as the ABF Sweepstakes and Live Auction.
* Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

 

Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, January 10
  • Afternoon
  • Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, January 11
  • Morning
  • Opening General Session
  • Noon
  • Tradeshow Opens
  • State Delegates Lunch (Invitation Only)
  • Afternoon
  • General Session Continues
  • Evening
  • Welcome Reception with Entertainment in the Tradeshow
  • Thursday, January 12
  • Morning
  • Commercial Beekeepers Breakfast (Invitation Only)
  • Track Sessions (Beginning, Serious Sideliner & Commercial
  • Beekeeping)
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • American Bee Research Conference (joint meeting of the
  • AAPA and CAPA)
  • Noon
  • Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting (Optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • Track Sessions continue
  • Live & Silent Auctions in the Tradeshow
  • Afternoon/Evening
  • Social Activity/Dinner (Optional) *
  • Friday, January 13
  • Morning
  • General Session
  • Kids and Bees Program
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • American Bee Research Conference (joint meeting of the
  • AAPA and CAPA)
  • Noon
  • Foundation Luncheon (Optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • Keynote Presentation
  • ABF Business Meeting
  • Honey Show Live Auction
  • Evening
  • AHPA Annual Banquet (Optional) *
  • Saturday, January 14
  • Morning
  • AHPA Business Meeting
  • Morning/Afternoon
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Evening
  • ABF/CHC Annual Banquet with the Coronation of the 2017 American Honey Queen and Princess (Optional) *

* Additional registration fee required

As you can see, this conference is packed full of educational sessions, social and networking activities and lots of opportunities to learn about new products and services. Join us at the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow.