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Bee Innovative - 2019 ABF Conference

Conference Agenda

The 2019 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow agenda is now avaiable! Please click the link before to view each day's sessions and activities.

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2019 ABF Conference & Tradeshow Agenda


This year's conference agenda includes:

Fitness Session is new this year! On both Thursday and Friday we will offer a complimentary fitness hour. This may include a walk of the property or on the beach, yoga session, or perhaps even Jazzercise. Watch for more information on how you can join the fun and start your day in an energetic way!

General Session will be held each morning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sessions will be presented by industry experts and include current research, best practices, legislative updates, and keynote presentations. 

SIG Meetings will be held on Thursday, January 10. These sessions will include topics specific to each stage of beekeeping focusing on the following:

  • Small Scale/Sideliner
  • Package Bee & Queen Breeder
  • Honey Producer/Packer
  • Commercial

The Tradeshow is yet another place where you can learn about the latest products and services available to beekeepers. We anticipate more than 80 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 9, and closing on Friday, January 11. Be sure to stop by and visit with each vendor to learn more about enhancements in the beekeeping industry.

Silent Auctions are 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.

The Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, January 10. Join us for a delicious lunch and the opportunity to meet the 2019 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!

The Thursday Night Social is a great opportunity to meet with fellow beekeepers for some fun! For this year's social, we'll continue our quest to BEE INNOVATIVE with a trip to WonderWorks! Here you'll experience over 100 hand-on, interactive exhibits. Feel what it's like to experience a category one hurricane or how cold the water was when the Titanic sank. Show your agility on the in-door rope course or test your aim during a rousing game of laser tag. We'll enjoy dinner, dancing and a world of experiences at your finger tips. * Separate registration is required and additional fees apply! 

The Foundation Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 11, and will feature a keynote presentation as well as brief presentations from the 2019 Foundation Scholarship Recipients. * Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

The 2019 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.

The Commercial Beekeepers Workshop/Breakfast features a panel discussion followed by workshop activities. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 12, from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM. This session is complimentary to all commercial beekeepers and those interested in growing into a Commercial Beekeeper, and does require registration. Note: Space is limited so be sure to register early.

Saturday Workshops will include over 10 different topics and feature hands-on instruction and interactive participation. Workshops will be offered from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 13. Come learn how to make creamed honey, more on bee biology, or see a encaustic artist hard a work.

The ABF Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday evening. The banquet will feature:

  • The presentation of the President's Award and the Hoopingarner Award
  • The ABF Sweepstakes and live auction
  • The coronation of the 2019 American Honey Queen and Princess
  • *Separate registration is required and additional fees apply


Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, January 8
  • Afternoon
  • Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, January 9
  • Morning
  • Opening General Session
  • Noon
  • Tradeshow Opens
  • ABF State Delegates Lunch (Invitation Only)
  • Afternoon
  •  General Session Continues
  • New Member Orientation
  • Evening
  • Welcome Reception with Entertainment in the Tradeshow
  • Thursday, January 10
  • Morning
  • General Session
  • Noon
  • Auxiliary Lunch/Meeting (Optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • SIG Meetings (Small Scale/Sideliner, Package Bee & Queen Breeder, Honey Producer/Packer and Commercial Beekeeping)
  • Panel: Technology in Beekeeping
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • Live & Silent Auctions in the Tradeshow
  • Afternoon/Evening
  • WonderWorks! w/Dinner (Optional) *
  • Friday, January 11
  • Morning
  • General Session
  • Kids and Bees Program
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  •  Noon
  • Foundation Luncheon (Optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • ABF Business Meeting
  • Honey Show Live Auction Reception
  • Saturday, January 12
  • Morning
  • Commercial Beekeepers Workshop/Breakfast
  • Morning/Afternoon
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Evening
  • ABF Annual Banquet with the Coronation of the 2019 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 2019 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow for a conference like no other!