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Posted:Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018 1:33:26 pm

2018 NSBA Annual Meeting

Our AGM is happening on Friday, March 2 and Saturday March 3!

Best Western PLUS Dartmouth Hotel and Suites
15 Spectacle Lake Dr | Dartmouth | NS | B3B 1X7

If you are interested in staying Friday night, we have a $135 room rate if you affiliate yourself with the "NS Beekeepers" meeting. Call 902-463-2000 to book.

What to expect:
There will be presentations from Jason Sproule NSDA, Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA), the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, CHC rep Mario Swinkels, and our keynote speaker Jerry Hayes Bee Health lead Monsanto.

The AGM is also a great opportunity to network with fellow beekeepers, browse through the trade show area and just catch up on the "buzz" in the industry. We hope that the agenda will bring information to both the hobby and commercial beekeepers.

Jerry Hayes is the Honey Bee Health Lead for Monsanto. He works with a technology that uses a normal natural process called RNAi to see if it can be adapted to control honey bee parasites and pathogens. He writes the column "The Classroom: Beekeeping Questions and Answers" for the American Bee Journal. Jerry graduated from Ohio State University, Agricultural and Technical Institute-Apiary major. He attended the USDA/ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab and worked at Dadant, a leading national beekeeping supply company and publisher of The American Bee Journal. He was Chief of the Apiary Inspection Section of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2004 until 2012, responsible for the regulatory health of 350,000 colonies. Jerry is a national speaker on honey bees and the health problems being encountered by them. He is the founding member of the
Colony Collapse Working Group and a science advisory board member for Project Apis mellifera (PAm) and the Bee Informed Partnership. He has also authored multiple research papers on understanding and preserving honey bee health.

Agenda is as follows:

Friday registration 5:30pm
Meetings 6:30 to 9:00 pm
6:30 Opening, Lauren Park NSBA President
6:45 ATTTA, Update and Progress Report
7:30 Presentation by Caitlin Cunningham who prepared her thesis titled
8:00 Wild Blueberry update, Robyn McCallum
8:20 Jerry Draheim, Farm Profile
9:00 Closing

Saturday registration 8:00am
Meetings 9:00 to 4:30pm
9:00 Jason Sproule, NSDA
9:30 to 10:30 Jerry Hayes, Bee Health Lead - Monsanto
10:30 morning break
10:50 Business meeting
Lunch 12:00 to 1:00pm
1:10 Canadian Honey Council - Mario Swinkles
1:30 National Bee Diagnostic Center
2:00 to 3:00 Jerry Hayes, Bee Health Lead - Monsanto
3:15 to close, commercial and hobbyist meeting (concurrent sessions)

We are accepting calls for resolutions well we are accepting nominations for board members, please email: and

Lauren Park
President, Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association
(902) 292-5160

Registration - 20.00 for members, 40.00 for non-members each

NSBA would greatly appreciate people R.S.V.P. their intent to attend so we arrange meals and coffee breaks.

Please R.S.V.P. to Alex Crouse at