2017 North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow in January

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference
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One of the largest industrial suppliers of honey in the US, Texas-based Honey Holding provides more than 25 million pounds of honey to bakeries and food processors every year. Honey Holding also maintains membership with the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA), which will join the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) and the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) in hosting the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in January.

The North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow welcomes professionals from throughout the beekeeping industry and serves as a forum for the latest information on industry news, products, and services. Guests may attend a variety of events ranging from workshops and general sessions to keynote presentations and track sessions for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Furthermore, vendors will exhibit a broad selection of industry products and services.

In addition to informational programming, the conference will host several benefit and networking events. Social events include an auxiliary luncheon and meeting, a dinner social, and the annual banquets for the AHPA and ABF. The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees will also host a luncheon. Silent and live auctions will benefit the ABF, the AHPA, and the American Honey Queen program.

The San Luis Resort and Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas, will host the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow on January 10-14, 2017. Registration rates vary according to membership with the AHPA, ABF, CHC, the Texas Beekeepers Association, and other select beekeeping organizations. Attendees may also purchase family and single-day passes at discounted prices.

For additional information on the conference, visit nabeekeepingconference.com.


Beekeeping as a Hobby or Career

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While Honey Holding of Baytown, Texas, imports millions of pounds of honey annually from overseas, the company also operates several thousand hives in more than 70 locations throughout Texas and Louisiana. With the steady decline in domestic beekeeping in the United States since World War II, Honey Holding is making a concerted effort to renew interest through employment at its facilities and training programs for local high school students.

Whether a hobby or a serious career choice, beekeeping can be a rewarding experience. Despite the falling numbers, there are still nearly 100,000 private beekeepers in the United States, both hobbyist and professional.

Maintaining a single colony is roughly as challenging as common gardening. The two hobbies go well together since the bees’ activity directly aids the growth and spreading of flowering plants.

Bees themselves do most of the work, leaving the keeper to monitor the hive and extract the honey. The primary challenge of beekeeping is making sure the bees are safe, secure, and under control.

Proper materials for sheltering bees are essential, as hives will need to be shielded from wind and cold weather. Bees also need to swarm in the springtime to gather nectar, which may be disruptive or even dangerous to neighbors.

A starting investment for a hobbyist can cost roughly $500 for a pair of hives, which together can produce as much as 100 pounds of honey per year. A business will need to invest at least 10 times that to properly set up 50 or more hives along with equipment to manage the hives. A business can expect to earn substantial profits after the second year, thanks to the low maintenance and labor costs of beekeeping.