Annual Seminar

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

2018 Annual Beekeeping Seminar
March 10, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
TECSMART Conference Facility
345 Hermes Road, Malta NY 12020

Featured Guest Speakers & Topics:

Diana Sammataro, Currently retired from USDA Honey Bee Lab, co-author of The Beekeeper’s Handbook (4th ed. 2011), and working on the 5th ed. as well as editing The Science of Beekeeping for Beekeepers. She is now giving talks and lectures on beekeeping and does independent bee research under her new business name, DianaBrand Honey Bee Research LLC.

  • The Problem with Fungicides
  • Bee Flora


Samuel Ramseyh, PhD student studying in Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ramsey tries to maintain a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through development of IPM strategies and STEM outreach initiatives. Ramsey studied entomology at Cornell University as an undergraduate focusing on Predatory/Parasitic insect behavior. His current work focuses on the effects of honey bee parasites on individual and colony level survivorship specifically targeting Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae.

  • Varroa Feed on Hemolymph and Two Other Alternative Facts
  • Drivers of Colony Loss: What Does the Data Really Say?


Michael Palmer, Owner of French Hills Apiaries in St. Albans, VT – one of the largest and most successful beekeeping operations in New England. He has been described as “one of the great beekeepers this world has been blessed with.” His apiary is well known for producing exceptional, locally adapted bees and queens that are used by beekeepers and universities alike. He specializes in helping beekeepers set up and manage sustainable apiaries and is frequently called upon for education programs.

  • Raising Queens in the Northern Champlain Valley
  • Annual Management of French Hill Apiaries


Scott McArt, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health at Cornell University. His research is primarily focused on the impact of pesticides and pathogens on honey bees and wild bees. He is particularly interested in scientific research that can inform management decisions by beekeepers, growers, regulatory agencies and the public. He is scientific advisor to the NYS Apiary Industry Advisory Committee, the NYS Pollinator Protection Plan, and research lead on the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team.

  • How Beekeepers Can Help Improve Pollinator Health in New York


8:00 – Check-in starts. Have some coffee/tea and a snack. Check out the Bee-cup auctions and vendors.
8:30 – Diana Sammataro – The Problem with Fungicides
9:20 – Samuel Ramsey – Varroa Feed on Hemolymph and Two Other Alternative Facts
10:10 – Break
10:30 – Michael Palmer – Raising Queens in the Northern Champlain Valley
11:20 – Scott McArt – How Beekeepers Can Help Improve Pollinator Health in New York
12:10 – Lunch Break – on your own locally, or pre-order/pre-pay for a box lunch from Panera Bread
1:10 – Diana Sammataro – Bee Flora
2:00 – Break
2:30 – Samuel Ramsey – Drivers of Colony Loss: What Does the Data Really Say?
3:10 – Michael Palmer – Annual Management of French Hill Apiaries
4:10 – 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: $30 for current SABA members and $40 for non-members until February 17th. February 18th to March 2nd (last day to mail in registration) and including walk-ins, the cost will be $35 for members and $45 non-members. Seminar reservations may be cancelled and are refundable up until 2/17/18. Cancellations made on 2/18/18 or later, and no-shows, will not be eligible for a refund. Be aware if the lecture room capacity is filled with pre-registered folks, no walk-ins can be allowed. Please feel free to call and ask if there is available space for walk-ins before you drive to the seminar.

SABA membership runs the calendar year, and costs $15 for one year (individual), $20 for one year (family), $60 for 5 years (individual), $150 for Life (individual). Membership is not required to attend the seminar, but members may attend at a reduced cost.

Box Lunch from Panera Bread (optional): Available only for those who preordered and prepaid. Cost is $13. (1/2 sandwich, side salad, big cookie, chips, drink. Vegetarian lunches will be available.) 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. We will have a 45-minute lunch break. No box lunches available for seminar walk-ins.

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.

Dinner with the Speakers: On Friday, March 9, 6:00 pm, you can join speakers for dinner at the Ripe Tomato in Malta. SABA members will order off the menu and pay separate checks – BUT please still RSVP Mary Jo Crance as soon as possible, so that we can reserve the space for you at the restaurant.

Hotel: SABA has a small block of rooms set aside for Friday night (3/9) 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 – SABA Spring Seminar” for the discounted rate. Note that blocked rooms will be available for a limited time, 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 web site with PayPal.

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 Mary Jo for availability and discounts connected with the tasks.


For general questions, contact Seminar Organizer Mary Jo Crance – email: or 518-779-5186

For payment/registration questions, contact Treasurer Kirt Coonradt – email: or 518-588-8055