Registration has closed. Please plan to register onsite at this time.

All folks interested in bees are welcomed to attend!

This year’s Spring Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus during ANR week on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017. The MBA is the oldest bee association in the country.

Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas Seeley. he will be giving 4 different presentations over the course of the 2 days. Specific topics will be forthcoming.

Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies.

He began keeping and studying bees in 1969, while a high school student, when he brought home a swarm that he had collected in a hastily constructed “hive.” When a college student, he worked each summer in the honeybee laboratory at Cornell University, where he learned the craft of beekeeping and began probing the inner workings of the bee colony. Thoroughly intrigued by the smooth functioning of honey bee colonies, he went on to graduate school at Harvard University where he began his research on bees in earnest and earned his Ph.D. in 1978.

His research focuses on the internal organization of honeybee colonies and has been summarized in books: Honeybee Ecology, The Wisdom of the Hive, and Honeybee Democracy. His newest book is Following the Wild Bees. The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting.

MBA Spring Conference Breakouts 2017

Please note that this is only a partial list and subject to change.

Honey Show Prep – Chris Beck

How do transportation and relocation affect your bees? – Zachary Huang

Effect of Nosema ceranae on honey bees – Zachary Huang

Michigan bee plants – Zachary Huang

Hands on honey bee anatomy – Zachary Huang (limited to 25 total, separate registration & fees needed)

How to identify and correct a hive with Africanized genetics – Vince & Andrew Ste. Marie

Splits – Benefits of and how to do – Nathan Snyder

Beginners Track – Dale Woods, Kay Barber, Cindy Dudock (both days) Beekeeping terminology – Cindy Dudock

Bee-ingo – Charlotte Hubbard – a new and interesting way to learn trivia about bees (and earn prizes)

Bee Prepared: the latest buzz about stings, heat stroke and other essential beekeeping first aid – Charlotte Hubbard

Varroa Mites – Walt Pepp

Mini Nuc Video Series – Steve Tilmann

Dolittle Nucs & Cloak Board Queen Rearing – Sheldon Schwitek

What we wished we’d known in the BEEginning – Charlotte Hubbard

Comb: Cleaning /rendering wax – Dale Woods

The MBA board is busy finalizing the conference plans. We will be launching a new registration system this year and it should be up and running soon. We will be sending out an email announcement as soon as those things are settled.

For a full conference listing and schedule, please visit


  Early Rate Onsite Rate
MBA Member, 2-Day $30 $35
MBA Member Friday ONLY $20 $25
MBA Member Saturday ONLY $20 $25
Non Member, 2-Day $50 $55
Non Member, Friday ONLY $30 $35
Non Member, Saturday ONLY $30 $35
MBA Guest/Spouse $20 $25
Non Member Guest/Spouse $25 $30
Child under 16 (with 1 registered adult)  FREE FREE
Microscope Class March 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 352 of the Natural Sciences Bldg $50 $50

There are no refunds for no shows. Your registration may be transferred to another beekeeper upon notification to

MBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Kellogg Center which are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Normal rates at the Kellogg Center range from $139 to $173 per night. Mention that you are with the MBA conference (reference group code: 1703BEEBEE) and the room is available for $105 per night (single, double or king). Plus applicable fees, state and local taxes. Room reservations MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 3, 2017 in order to guarantee the discounted rate. Call the Kellogg Center directly at 800-875-5090 or online at If you are planning to stay at the Kellogg Center, then we suggest that you make your reservations early.

Meals can be obtained at the Kellogg Center’s State Room, but early reservations are recommended. Also, the Brody Complex Cafeteria is available directly across the street from the Kellogg Center. The cafeteria is definitely not what you remember it to be back in the days you were attending college. Reliable reports have this cafeteria to be very reasonably priced, with very good food and it is certainly convenient.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For registration assistance please contact ANR Event Services at or 517-353-3175.