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Utah Beekeepers' Association

As Currently Organized since 1892, but Serving and Representing Utah's Beekeepers Since the Early 1860's



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Utah Beekeepers' Conventions

The Utah Beekeepers' Association hosts an annual convention for its members of all skill levels. This is a great place to learn the ins and outs of beekeeping from the pros. All association members are welcome and encouraged to attend. These meetings are generally held in the Salt Lake area during the winter months. Association membership is required to attend and is offered at no charge to members.

The next convention will be on Feb 21-22, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah (location details below). Registration will begin at 8:30 AM on each day. The program will run from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and 9 AM to about 2 PM on Saturday. The Association dinner will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday night. The prizes given away at the dinner are always a lot of fun. Reservations are required for the dinner.

2020 keynote speakers will be David Burns and Richard Homer. Click here for bios of our 2020 speakers. Click here to download the agenda.

Lunch will be provided on both days and is included in the price of membership / attendance. Gluten-free lunches will also be available.

Please bring a sample of your honey for the always-popular honey tasting table.

To register for the upcoming annual convention, go to the Membership page.

The convention will be held at the Hyatt Place Hotel off I-215, 3090 East 6200 South, Holiday, Utah. They are holding a block of rooms for us at $139. This discounted rate expires Jan 20, 2020. After that, the rate may be around $200. To get this rate, click here or call 800-993-4751 and provide the discount code G-UBE2. Click here for more information on the hotel.

2019 convention speakers included Mel Disselkoen (On-the-Spot queen-rearing); Scott Brady (An update on the phages for treatment of Foulbrood); Katharina Davitt (Waxmoth, Yellow Jackets); Peter Somers (Why colonies disappear); Deric Despain (Research in winter feeding).

2018 convention speakers included Meghan Milbrath of the Michigan State University Department of Entomology; James Rehm of Smoot Honey; Joey Caputo of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food; James Stoddard, Commercial Beekeeper, Bob Newswander, Commercial Beekeeper; and Blaine Nay, County Bee Inspector for Iron County.

2017 convention speakers included Dr. Keith Delaplane of the University of Georgia; Stephen CoyRussian Bee Breeders AssociationDiana Cox-Foster, USDA-ARS Pollinating Insect Research Unit; Ed Irvine, USDA; Bob Newswander, Utah Commercial Beekeeper; and Roger Stephenson, Utah Commercial Beekeeper.

Click here for items from past conventions.

Other organizations with upcoming conventions of possible interest to Utah beekeepers: