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2020 ABF Conference & Tradeshow

Conference Agenda

The 2020 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow agenda will be available in early September!

This year's conference agenda includes:

Morning Fitness is new this year! On both Thursday and Friday, we will offer a complimentary fitness hour. This may include a walk of the property, 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 9. 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 Beekeeping

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 8, and closing on Saturday, 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 auctions will be accepted onsite during the conference.

The Auxiliary Lunch and Meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, January 9. Join us for a delicious lunch and the opportunity to meet the 2020 American 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 dinner and some fun! This year's exciting venue will be announced this summer. * Separate registration is required and additional fees apply! 

The Foundation Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 10, and will feature a keynote presentation as well as brief presentations from the 2020 Foundation Scholars. * Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!

The 2020 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 Breakfast and Meeting features a panel discussion followed by workshop activities. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 11, from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM. This session is complimentary to all commercial beekeepers and those interested in growing into commercial beekeepers. Space is limited so be sure to register early. * Separate registration is required!

Saturday Workshops will include more than 15 different topics featuring hands-on instruction and interactive participation. Workshops will be offered from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 12. 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. *Separate registration is required and additional fees apply!  The banquet will feature:

  • Presentation of the President's Award and the Hoopingarner Award
  • ABF sweepstakes and live auction
  • Coronation of the 2020 American Honey Queen and Princess

 

Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Afternoon
  • Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, January 8
  • 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 9
  • Morning
  • General Session
  • Noon
  • Auxiliary Lunch and Meeting (optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • SIG Meetings (Small-Scale / Sideliner, Package Bee & Queen Breeder, Honey Producer-Packer and Commercial Beekeeping)
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • Live & Silent Auctions in the Tradeshow
  • Afternoon/Evening
  • Networking Social with Dinner (optional) *
  • Friday, January 10
  • Morning
  • General Session
  • Kids and Bees Program
  • All Day
  • Tradeshow
  • Noon
  • Foundation Luncheon (optional) *
  • Afternoon
  • ABF Business Meeting
  • American Honey Show Reception and Live Auction
  • Saturday, January 11
  • Morning
  • Commercial Beekeepers Breakfast and Meeting
  • Morning/Afternoon
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Evening
  • ABF Annual Banquet with the Coronation of the 2020 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 2020 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow for a conference like no other!