SEMBA Members and Wanna-Bees,
SEMBA: 6:30 The Buzz | 7:00 Waggle Dance
2nd Thursday each month | Assisi Heights (main South door)
1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Come early (6:15 prior to “The Buzz” or 6:45 prior to the main “Waggle Dance”) so we can get you paid and registered. Family membership is still $20 dollars and, as James likes to say, “SEMBA is the cheapest thing you will ever have to buy with beekeeping.”
Our meetings are held the second Thursday every month February through November as guests of the Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights, Rochester. This meeting shall be in the Auditorium. Come in the front (south) door and ask for directions at reception, if necessary.
6:30 to 7: “The Buzz”. Chris Schad will be in the front of the Spirituality Center for an informal Q&A about anything bees. This is a great time to ask any specific question you might have about *your* operation. Join the discussion or simply learn. The Buzz is good for Newbees, too.
7:00 to 8: “Waggle Dance". Using nucs to move toward sustainable beekeeping; Blane White, MN Dept of Ag
Blane White, from the MN Department of Agriculture (and a man with many hats), will update us on the National Honey Bee Health Survey. He will follow with a discussion followed by a discussion on using nucs to move toward more sustainable beekeeping. Please bring and wear your question-hat as Blaine would welcome them.
Graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in biology 1978
MDA State Apiary Inspector 1989 – 2005
Export Certification Official – certify plants and plant protects for export since 2004
Lead worker Animal Damage Compensation program since 1997 (claims for livestock lost to wolves and crop and fence damage from wild elk)
Lead contact for all apiary inspection related activities 2012 to present
Beekeeper since about 1985 or 1986 actually kept bees for a few years before tracheal and varroa mites.
Currently: MN Dept of Agriculture, Plant Protection Div where he is helping more with invasive insect pests like Emerald ash borer now and will be helping with some detection trapping this summer.
PS - Our “NewBees@theApiary” sessions, with SEMBA Graybee Tom Bramble, will start at our Apr12th meeting -- when (hopefully!) the weather starts getting nice. 6:00 to 6:45 PM.
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May Beekeeping become part of the Olympics with such events as the deep-super lift, the smoker lighting relay, and the honey extracting marathon.