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Annual Field Day at the Lab 2019
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23rd Annual Field Day 
November 2, 2019
at the
USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

Online registration will open on October 2, 2019 at

Talks from Field Day


2019 Field Day information: (Bring your beekeeping gear!)

The Field Day will include a series of talks in the morning from members of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the USDA-ARS staff about Louisiana beekeeping and research being conducted at the USDA-ARS lab. The afternoon features break-out sessions for beekeepers of all ranges of experience and plenty of opportunity for hands-on hive demonstrations.
Bring your bee suit for one of the following:
The beginning beekeeper course is directed to those who have little to no beekeeping experience. Topics will include basic bee biology as well as necessary beekeeping equipment and management techniques. A question and answer session precede a practical demonstration in honey bee colonies. The intermediate beekeeping course is focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include spring colony management, nutrition, and examining open colonies, followed by a final talk on treatment options for Varroa mites.  There will be a workshop for advanced beekeepers that focuses on selecting and rearing queens. Check out the working agenda below for more details.


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Research Leader Bob Danka showing beekeepers a Pol-line colony that has been bred at the lab for resistance to Varroa.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with presentations and activities scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beginner beekeepers split into small groups to receive hands on experience in a honey bee colony

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This year's proposed agenda. Click here.

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Technician Sharon O'Brian demonstrating how to set up a Cell Builder colony to raise new honey bee queens.
Beekeepers socializing over good Cajun food.

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Date(s) - nov 2, 2019
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
gates open at 9 a.m.

Dr. Frank Rinkevich (225-276-3998 or or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).
For questions regarding online registration, Jennifer Brown (601-493-3447).

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
1157 Ben Hur Rd, Baton Rouge LA, 70820
(about two miles south of the LSU football stadium)
Pre-Registration $35 or $40 at the door- includes a catered lunch, children 12 and under $15
2019 Field Day T-Shirts may be purchased through this link