2017 Annual Seminar

Join SABA for our annual seminar, where guest speakers from around the country share information of interest to beekeepers of all levels.

2017 Annual Beekeeping Seminar
March 4, 2017, 8:30 AM – 5 PM
TECSMART Conference Facility
345 Hermes Road, Malta NY 12020

Featured Guest Speakers & Topics:

Peter L. Borst, former Senior Apiarist at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research, former NYS Apiary Inspector, Vice-President of the Finger Lakes Bee Club, and a contributor to the American Bee Journal

  • The History of Bee Breeding
  • Anarchists in the Hive: The Mystery of Honey Bee Cooperation



William Hesbach, EAS Master Beekeeper, contributor to Bee Culture and BEEKeeping magazine, and a member of the Board of Directors of Back Yard Beekeepers Association (CT)

  • Bee Biology: Beyond the Basics
  • Two Queens, One Hive: The Principles and Practices of Multiple Queen Management



Dr. Dale Hill, Animal nutrition consultant with 38 years of animal nutrition formulation experience, primary developer of Dadant’s AP23 pollen substitute, updated the nutrition chapter in The Hive and the Honey Bee (current edition), and instructs the Nutrition section of the Montana Master Beekeepers course

  • Nutrition of the Honey Bee
  • Northeast Plants for Honey Bees


8:30 – Check-in starts. Have some coffee/tea and a snack. Check out the Bee-cup auctions and vendors.
9:10 – Peter Borst – The History of Bee Breeding
10:00 – Break
10:30 – Dr. Dale Hill – Nutrition of the Honey Bee
11:20 – William Hesbach – Bee Biology: Beyond the Basics
12:10 – Lunch Break – on your own locally, or pre-order/pre-pay for a box lunch from Panera Bread
1:30 – William Hesbach – Two Queens, One Hive: The Principles and Practices of Multiple Queen Management
2:20 – Break
2:50 – Dr. Dale Hill – Northeast Plants for Honey Bees
3:40 – Peter Borst – Anarchists in the Hive: The Mystery of Honey Bee Cooperation
4:30 – Bee Cup Auction winners announced

TEC SMART is a lovely facility designed for classes and conferences. Our lectures, lunch, vendor booths and Bee-Cup fundraiser will all be in one building, all on the first floor. It is easy to get to, close to exit 12 of I-87.

Seminar Cost: Advance registration is closed. WALK-INS are welcome, at a cost of $38 per current SABA member (dues paid for 2017), or $43 for non-members.

SABA membership runs the calendar year, and costs $15 for one year, $60 for 5 years, $150 for Life. Membership is not required to attend the seminar, but members may attend at a reduced cost.

Box Lunch from Panera Bread (optional): Available for those who preordered and prepaid.12. No box lunches available for seminar walk-ins. You may instead bring a bag lunch, use the vending machines, or drive 1.5 miles to a diner, KFC, Subway, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Hannaford, etc.

Bee-Cup Auction: Many donations will be given away in a fundraiser for SABA. This fundraiser helps support the club by bringing in guest speakers, and it also supplements the Wolf-Lounsbury Young Beekeeper Award, an annual award of a new hive, bees and gear, with instruction, given to a youth of middle- or high-school age.

Vendors: Arrangements are being made for multiple major beekeeping suppliers to have booths at the Seminar. In most cases, you may make pre-orders for pick up at the seminar. Check this page periodically for updates. The following vendors have been confirmed:

Dinner with the Speakers: On Friday, March 3, you can join speakers for dinner in Ballston Lake, NY. Please RSVP your interest in attending either by registering online (it’s an add-on item in the seminar registration process), or by using the mail-in version of the conference registration form. The restaurant will be providing separate checks to diners. Note that Dr. Hill will make his seminar presentations electronically, and will not attend the speaker dinner. NOTE: Initially, we were asking for deposits in advance and going to pay as a group, but that has changed. If you have already submitted a deposit, please email Kirt Coonradt, SABA Treasurer, to arrange a refund. Diners will pay the restaurant directly, based on what they individually order.
The Ripe Tomato – dinner menu.
Additional details.

Hotel: SABA has a small block of rooms set aside for Friday night (3/3) at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 101 Saratoga Village Blvd., Malta, NY 12020. Cost is $109. For reservations, please call 518-899-6900, and mention “Southern Adirondack Beekeepers” for the discounted rate. Note that blocked rooms are being set aside until Feb. 17, after which they will no longer be held for SABA and the rate may change, so please make your reservation early.

Seminar Registration and Payment: You may register by mail and pay by check/money order, or you may register and pay on our site with PayPal.

Snow Date: In the event of a snow storm that will affect travel, the event may be moved to Sunday, March 5. Please be aware of this. If a date change is called due to the weather, seminar registrants will be notified by email, and the change will be noted on the SABA web site. Please be sure to include an email address when registering – and check your email.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE: Various tasks need to be handled by SABA members, from hosting and driving speakers, to bringing and setting up tables, to selling T-Shirts, to selling raffle tickets during breaks. Check with AlAvitabile@yahoo.com for availability and discounts connected with different size tasks.