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2020 ABF Conference & Tradeshow

Conference Agenda

The 2020 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow agenda is now available! Please click the link below to view each day's sessions and activities.

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Confirmed Speakers as of January 11, 2020:

Dr. Troy Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dan Aurell, Texas A&M University
Brent Barkman, Barkman Honey, Hillsboro, KS
Catherine Barry, National Honey Board
Dr. May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fran Boyd, Meyers and Associates
Gene Brandi, Gene Brandi Apiaries, Los Banos, CA
Zac Browning, Browning’s Honey Co.
Lewis Cauble, North Carolina Department of Agriculture
Dr. Joseph Cazier, Appalachian State University
Susan Cobey, Washington State University
Dr. Steven Cook, USDA-ARS Beltsville Bee Lab
Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris, Tucson USDA-ARS Lab
Dr. Bob Danka, Baton Rouge Bee Lab
Dr. Jay Evans, USDA Bee Research Lab, Beltsville
Andrew Garavito, University of Maryland
Krispn Given, Purdue University
Joan Gunter, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
Dave Hackenberg, Hackenberg Apiaries
George Hansen, Foothills Honey
Jerry Hayes, Bee Culture
Matt Hoepfinger, University of California Davis
Dr. Brandon Hopkins, Washington State University
Dr. Jody Johnson, Cullaborate, LLC
Anna Kettlewell, Badger State Apiaries
Eugene Killion, Bee Hill Micro Farm Mentor, Paris, IL
Mike Klem, Cardinal Country Apiary
Deborah Klughers, Bonac Bees
Joe Komperda, The Average Joe Beekeeper
Rachel Kuipers, University of Maryland
Dr. Katie Lee, University of Minnesota
Josette Lewis, Almond Board of California
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Blue Dasher Farm
Eric Malcolm, Bee Informed Partnership
Jeremy Margaron, JM Apiaries
Dr. Rebecca Mastermann, University of Minnesota
Tim May, American Beekeeping Federation
Quinn McFrederick, University of California
Dave Meyer, Meyer Bees
Jay Miller, 2J Farms, Blackfoot, ID
Amy Mitchell, USDA Farm Service Agency
Matt Mulica, Keystone Policy Center
Dr. Medhat Nasr, Bee Culture Solutions
Dr. Stephen F. Pernal, Agri-Food Canada
Fred Proni, Véto-pharma
Dr. Samuel Ramsey, University of Maryland
Dr. Frank Rinkevich, USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab
Ben Sallmann, Oregon State University
Matthew Sanchez, Marriott International
Kristi Sanderson, Sweet Prairie Honey
Jeannie Saum, BEEpothecary
Corky Schnadt, Illinois State Beekeepers Association
Dr. Steve Sheppard, Washington State University
Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey
Dr. Michael Simone-Finstrom, USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab
Dr. Kim Skyrm, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Dr. Edmund Stark, Michigan State University
Dr. Vera Strogolova, Strong Microbials
Becky Tipton, Country Creek Honey
Steve Tipton, Country Creek Honey
Tim Tucker, Tuckerbees Honey
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, University of Maryland
Tim Wilbanks, Heritage Honeybee
Dr. James Wilkes, Appalachian State University
Dr. Geoffrey Williams, Auburn University
Lance Wilson, Certified Master Craftsman Beekeeper
Dan Winter, Winter Apiaries
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This Year's Conference Agenda Includes:

Morning Fitness
is back 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!