The 2014 Annual Conference will be here very soon and we will have an array of different speaks and workshops for attendees. Some of the sessions and workshops include Small Scale to Sideline and Beyond with Blake Shook, Beekeeping in Bangladesh with Phil Craft, Honey Bee Nutrition with Jennifer Tsuruda, along with many more. You can look over the agenda for this year's annual conference and the bio's for our speakers below. See you in Philadelphia. 
Blake Shook says he can’t imagine doing anything else and he probably never will. He is the current President for the Texas Beekeeper’s Association and a member of the executive board for the American Beekeeping Federation. Blake lives and operates his beekeeping business just outside of Dallas, Texas, in McKinney and he has been at it since he was just 12 years old. Doing the math, that was 10 years ago when Shook says he got involved in the trade after taking part in a local youth program that offered one beehive to kids between the ages of 12 and 17. By the time he graduated high school, he says he already had a pretty large beekeeping business. These days he has around 2,000 beehives and each hive has about 80,000 bees.
Phil Craft served as the Kentucky State Apiarst from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and of the University of Kentucky. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears monthly in Bee Culture magazine, and through his webpage, He is also the U.S. echnical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. You may send questions to Phil at
Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda is the new extension apiculturist at Clemson University. Prior to the new job, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Greg Hunt at Purdue University. There she studied the molecular genetic aspects of several varroa-resistant behaviors that included grooming behavior and Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. She continues using molecular genetics to breed bees for improved resistance to varroa mites and the Small Hive Beetle in South Carolina.
Joey Daniels serves as President of the Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association. He has owned and operated Daniels Aviation Inc. in Hollandale, MS for 9 years and has been in the Ag Aviation Business for 21 years. He has served as the MAAA board member for 6 years. He has logged over 17000 hours of crop spraying and forestry work. Joey attended Valdosta State University and Flight Training in Ag Flight in Bainbridge, GA. Joey is originally from Cordele, GA and has lived in Inverness, MS for 17 years where he is married with three kids.

Friday, October 31

8:00 a.m. Registration & Visit Vendors

9:00 a.m. Derwin Trash --- MBA President’s Welcome

9:15 a.m. Blake Shook --- Small Scale to Sideline and Beyond

10:00 a.m. Jennifer Tsuruda --- Grooming Behavior and Varroa Mites


11:15 a.m. Charie Stribling --- Liability Insurance and Honey Bees

11:45 a.m. LUNCH --- BRISKET SANDWICH (ticket required)

1:00 p.m. Phil Craft --- Beekeeping in Bangladesh

1:00 p.m. Blake Shook --- Beekeeping 201 Workshop

1:45 p.m. Joey Daniels --- Aerial Crop Sprayers and Bees

1:45 p.m. Jennifer Tsuruda --- Honey Bee Nutrition Workshop


3:00 p.m. Steven Coy --- Pollinator Protection

3:00 p.m. Jeff Harris --- Getting Started in Beekeeping Workshop

3:45 p.m. Audrey Sheridan --- Foraging Behavior

3:45 p.m. Phil Craft --- First Year Hive Management Workshop

4:30 p.m. Richard Adee --- Legislative Update

4:30 p.m. Jeff Harris --- Basic Bee Biology Workshop


6:30 p.m. DINNER --- FRIED CATFISH & FIXIN’s (ticket required)

Saturday, November 1

8:00 a.m. Registration & Visit Vendors

9:00 a.m. Jeff Harris --- Instrumental Insemination

9:00 a.m. Johnny Thompson --- Honey Houses & MS Department of Health Workshop

9:45 a.m. Audrey Sheridan --- Caste Differentiation

9:45 a.m. Jeff Harris --- Medicating Bees Workshop


11:00 a.m. Questions and Answers (wrap up)

11:45 a.m. Annual Business Meeting

You may download the PDF copy of the agenda here.