Beekeepers from across North Texas and southern Oklahoma will be the opportunity to attend the first Texoma Beekeepers Conference Feb. 16 in Wichita Falls, according to Fred Hall, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Wichita County.
The beekeepers conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Luby's Cafeteria at 1801 9th Street in Wichita Falls, Hall says.
Registration for the conference is just $20, and includes a noon meal at Luby's. Registration can be completed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Wichita County, which is located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex at 600 Scott in Wichita Falls, or by mail.
If you mail your registration it can can be sent to: Texoma Beekeepers Conference, c/o AgriLife Extension-Wichita County, 600 Scott, Suite 200, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301. These must include the name of each person, a check for $20 per person, a phone number, and return mailing address, and also an email if available, for registration confirmation, Hall says.
All registrations for the Feb. 16 conference must be received by Feb. 8 in order to ensure a meal, Hall says. Although tickets also will be available at the door for $20, those conference-day registrations onsite will not include a meal.
The conference speakers will include:
--Jerry Hayes, past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America and regular contributor to the American Bee Journal's "The Classroom"
--Bill Baxter, assistant chief apiary inspector with the Texas Department of Agriculture,
--Dr. Juliana Rangel, assistant professor of apiculture in the Texas A&M University department of entomology
In addition, local beekeepers and published authors Jerry Breedlove and Douglass Hill will present their new two-cell cup system for re-queening hives.
For more information on the beekeepers conference, you can call the AgriLife Extension Service office for Wichita County at 940-716-8610.