Nebraska State Fair: Volunteers Needed!

Now calling all worker bees!

The Nebraska State Fair will be here before we know it. This year the fair is  from Friday, August 24 – Monday, September 3, 2018. During this time the NBA has a booth that sells education materials related to beekeeping, clothing, wax products, and most notably… HONEY ICE CREAM and live observation hives!!!

This booth is the primary fundraiser for our youth scholarship program and we need your help!

Click here to volunteer!

Tasks of a volunteer:
  • Chatting with other volunteers and visitors
  • Handling payment when visitors purchase items
  • Sharing your knowledge of beekeeping including how many times you’ve been stung!
Benefits of volunteering:
  • Meet and chat with other Nebraska beekeepers
  • Free access to the fair the day you are scheduled to work
  • A FREE serving of honey ice cream
Shifts:

Each day of the fair there are four timeslots available. We ask that all volunteers show up at least 10-15 minutes before your shift starts. This allows the previous workers time to share any updates with you!

  • Day Manager: 8am-9pm
  • Morning: 9am-3pm
  • Afternoon: 12pm-6pm
  • Evening: 3pm-9pm

Sign up now to guarantee a spot that works in your schedule at NebraskaBeekeepers.org/volunteer. Before the event you will receive communication from the NBA including how to pick up your fair tickets and tips for the shift.

If you have any questions, please send an email to nbaboard@nebraskabeekeepers.org.

More information about the Nebraska State Fair including the Bee Culture Open Class rules and schedule of events (and concerts) can be found at statefair.org.


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2018 Bee Fun Day

Sunday, June 24, 2018

8:00 am-4:00 pm

UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (formally ARDC)

1071 County Road G, Ithaca, Nebraska

Learning opportunities for all levels!

Classroom presentations: Queen breeding and genetics – management practices

Learn something new: Honey bee nutrition and stressors including pesticides

Hands-on activities:  Live demonstrations, encaustic art (+ make & take!) 


Register now online or download the form below and submit payment***:


Schedule:

Download the PDF version of the schedule: 2018 NBA fun day Agenda (updated 6/21/18)

Presentations by:

Steve Sheppard, Washington State University

Dr. Sheppard is the Entomology Department Chair at Washington State University and he leads the Apis Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the WSU honey bee breeding program to develop honey bee stocks that exhibit a measure of resistance or tolerance to common honey bee pathogens and parasites. His team has also been enhancing US honey bee diversity through importation of honey bee semen from Old World sources, evaluation of progeny and release of germplasm to the queen production industry.

 

Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota

Becky Masterman has led the UMN Bee Squad program since 2013.  The Bee Squad communicates the latest bee research to audiences that are passionate about helping bees and finds innovative ways to not just help bees, but also help people. Now Bee Veterans, Bee Arts and projects that train others who might not have had access to beekeeping are part of the Bee Squad. Additionally, the Bee Squad has launched a national beekeeper citizen science project in an effort to fight the deadly mite pest, Varroa destructor. Learn more about bee research and the outreach mission of the Bee Squad at www.beesquad.umn.edu.

Other notable presentations and activities:

Melanie Kirby, Washington State University

Dr. Matthew Smart, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Scott O’Neil, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Craig Romary, Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Jennifer Williams, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, UNL Bee Lab

Silent Auction, Bid on items and help support the NBA scholarship

Live Demonstrations, Vendor Booths & Door Prizes!


Schedule of Events:

Please plan your travel accordingly. Presentations will start promptly at 9:00am.

7:30-8:00 am: Registration

8-12 pm: Presentations

12 pm: Lunch

1- 2:30 pm: Presentations

3:30 pm: Closing remarks


Registration Fees:

Early Bird (Postmarked by 6/11/18): NBA Member: $35, non-member*: $50

Regular (Paid after 6/12-22/18): NBA Member: $45, non-member*: $60

Day of Event (Paid after 6/12-22/18): NBA Member: $50, non-member*: $65

~ Add’l family member: $12/person

~ Kids 12yrs and under: $0

We appreciate registration before the day of the event. This allows us to prepare not only the meals, but other fun things for all of our guests!

* Each non-member registration includes a one year family membership to the NBA.

** 2018 Scholarship Families: Free registration for scholarship youth, 1 guardian, & mentor.

***$3 add’l fee to process paper mailings.  Help us and your checkbook by registering online!


Directions

From Lincoln, Interstate-80 Exit 405: 

  • North on US-77 N: 17.6 miles
  • Turn east (right) on NE-66E: 7.0 miles
  • UNL-ARDC will be on the south (right) side of the road.
  • Please park in the west parking lot. 

Time considerations: approx. 40 minutes from I-80, exit 405.

Using GPS?: Use “1071 Co Rd G, Mead, NE”


 

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2018 Hive Body Assembly Day

If you are a new or old beekeeper with equipment to build, bring it with you (don’t forget the nails). The 2018 scholarship students will be building their equipment at this event as well.

Nothing to build? No worries! Join us for the pot luck. Please remember to bring a pot luck item and a chair. After the building portion we will gather for a relaxed meal and catch up with one another.

If you have any of the following, we would appreciate you bringing it:

  • hammer or pneumatic air gun
  • quick grip
  • clamps
  • square
  • wood glue
  • frame jig

Our amazing Vice President, Brian Nilson, has graciously offered one of his buildings for this to take place in Marquette. Marquette is about 10 miles north of Aurora, Nebraska. Thanks, Brian!

See Event details.

 

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January 2018 Annual Meeting

Please join us in Seward, January 21st for the Annual Meeting!

When:  Sunday January 21st, 2018  from 1pm-5pm
Where:  Seward Civic center  616 Bradford St, Seward, NE 68434
What:  Social hour, Annual Meeting, election of officers, Beekeeper of the Year and 2017 Scholarship presentations

The meeting will be held at the Seward Civic Center, beginning at 1pm. Here is a brief agenda:
1:00 pm Snacks/hors d’oeuvres and socialize
2:00 pm Annual Meeting
2:15 pm 2017 Scholarship student presentations
4:30 pm 2018 Scholarship student introductions
5:00 pm Closing remarks

We will also have information on 2018 Beginning and Advanced Beekeeping workshops taught by the UNL Bee Lab as well as upcoming meetings and build days.  If you know someone who is interested in getting into beekeeping, feel free to invite them and forward them this email.  All of our meetings are open to the public!

See you in Seward on the 21st!

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