The South Carolina Beekeepers Association will host its summer meeting at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., on July 19-21, 2007. The meeting will be held in the Poole Agricultural Center Auditorium.

Meeting registration will begin at noon in the lobby of the Poole Agricultural Center Auditorium on Thursday, July 19. There will be a $5 registration fee for association members ($5 family) and a $10 registration fee for non-members.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday with a 1-day intermediate level beekeeping short course which will be taught by Mike Hood and other instructors.

Featured speakers for the general sessions and workshops to be held on Friday and Saturday will be Jerry Hayes from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, Fla.; Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., Jeffrey Harris from the USDA/ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab in Baton Rouge, La.; Steve Sheppard from Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; Ann Harmon from Flint Hill, Va.; Edd Buchanan from Black Mountain, N.C.; and David MacFawn from Lexington, S.C.

Some of the topics to be covered will include colony collapse disorder, Africanized honey bees, varroa sensitive hygienic bees, honey bee queen issues, comb honey production, basic honey bee genetics, plastic versus wax foundation, small hive beetle control and many other talks on beekeeping.

On Friday afternoon, speakers will lead workshops.

Friday evening activities include a barbecued pork/baked chicken dinner ($6/plate), horseshoe pitching contest, tall tale contest, and great fellowship with other beekeepers. A honey show and competition will be held at the meeting.

All beekeepers or anyone interested in beekeeping are invited to attend for a good time of education and fellowship. For more information and lodging arrangements, contact Mike Hood, executive secretary — SCBA, 864-656-0346, mhood@clemson.edu.