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7th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and 2nd Annual Caribbean Bee College- May 26 to 30

Dear Beekeepers and Friends,

We are excited and proud to announce that in 2014 the Caribbean Bee Congress will join forces with the Caribbean Bee College to host one full week of honey bee research, education, and current events with some of the leaders in Apiculture from around the world. The 7[SUP]th[/SUP] Annual Caribbean Bee Congress and 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Annual Caribbean Bee College will be held Monday- Friday, May 26-30, 2014 at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus, Kingshill, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.

This event is run through a partnership between the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations (ACBO), East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center (ECBREC) at the St. Georges University (SGU), the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of the Virgin Islands (USVI), the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) at the University of Florida (UF), beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean in an effort to share a platform in which we can effectively deliver research, current events and issues, information, tools, and resources that we hope will improve the sustainability of beekeeping among the islands.

The 5-day event will consist of two-days Congress, one-day combo session of meetings, technical tours, and a cultural evening, followed by two-days College. Local refreshments, vendors, and the second Annual Caribbean Honey Show will also be featured during this exciting week.

Congress highlights include a keynote address from Ms. Nicola Bradbear "Beekeeping, a Global Perspective; Developments and Trends". There will be country reports and highlights from the successes of the region. There will also be a featured 'call for papers' where beekeepers and bee researchers from around the world will be invited to showcase their latest findings.

The combo session will provide technical tours where participants will have the chance to visit the island of St. Croix and its local apiaries (transportation will be provided). The ACBO Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 28, as well as other focus group meetings where delegates will discuss the state of honey bee research, extension, and instruction efforts in the Caribbean and use the information gathered at the discussion to develop additional honey bee-related programs for the Caribbean islands.

College highlights include morning lectures and afternoon workshops on a variety of beginner and advanced honey bee and beekeeping topics. Live honey bee colonies will be on-site to facilitate a hand’s on learning experience. Courses include everything from honey bee biology to hive product marketing, Caribbean honey plants, pests & diseases and much more.

Our team is currently advising the U.S. Embassies of this event to facilitate Visa acquisitions. We expect to announce a full schedule, registration, ticket pricing, and local accommodations early in the New Year. Please stay tuned to www.ufhoneybee.com (click on “Caribbeanâ€) for more information as it is developed.

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming 7th Annual Caribbean Bee Congress and 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Annual Caribbean Bee College. Please feel free to share this message with whomever you wish. Our intention is to gather a cosmopolitan audience and we appreciate your support in spreading the word.

Regards,

Jeanette Klopchin

Laboratory Manager/Extension Technician
Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of Florida
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PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
Phone (352) 273-3932
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7[SUP]th[/SUP] January 2013
Greetings Colleagues
On behalf of the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organisations, it’s my pleasure to invite you to meet with the Caribbean beekeeping community as we congregate at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus, Kingshill, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, for the joint staging of our 7[SUP]th[/SUP] Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Caribbean Bee College, from 26[SUP]th[/SUP] to 30[SUP]th[/SUP] May 2014. The joint event is being staged in collaboration with our partners; the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of the Virgin Islands, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab at the University of Florida, and the East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center at the St. George’s University .
The Caribbean with its many and varied islands and mainland states, offers unique opportunities for beekeeping. At a time when there are well-documented global concerns about the multifaceted challenges confronting the honeybee and the sustainability of beekeeping practices, the 7[SUP]th[/SUP] Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Caribbean Bee College will provide status reports on beekeeping in the region, as well as classroom and training sessions on proven sustainable beekeeping practices.
Our congress series, started in Tobago in 1998, is now firmly established as the premier Caribbean beekeeping activity and has served to stimulate the growth of beekeeping in all host countries. The joint staging of this year’s congress and college is intended to further stimulate sector growth by addressing specific development and training needs. The five day event will consist of two-days of congress presentations with a keynote address by Dr. Nicola Bradbear, cofounder of Bees for Development, followed by a one-day combined session of meetings, technical tours and cultural evening, and two-days of lectures and workshops on a variety of beginner and advanced honey bee and beekeeping topics.
I’m personally looking forward to welcoming your to our 7[SUP]th[/SUP] Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Caribbean Bee College in the United States Virgin Islands, from 26[SUP]th[/SUP] to 30[SUP]th[/SUP] May 2014, and invite you to contact me for further information at: [email protected] or check the www @ http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/caribbean_bee_college.Shtml

Gladstone Solomon,
President, Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organisations
 

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Here is some additional information:
UVI/CES has created a Facebook
event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/208064696054747

and Facebook notice: https://www.facebook.com/notes/uvi-cooperative-extension-service/uvices-hosts-7th-caribbean-beekeeping-congress-2nd-annual-caribbean-bee-college-/698614630159467

We have a common website for posting event information (to be updated here shortly): http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/caribbean_bee_college.Shtml

There has been a congress/college email created to handle all incoming inquires, calls and registrations: [email protected]
 
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