Save the date for the 2024 Fall Conference

Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12 at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN

Becky Masterman PhD., will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Masterman obtained a PhD studying honeybee hygienic behavior in Dr. Marla Spivak’s University of Minnesota Bee Lab. She led the U of M Bee Squad from 2012-2020, currently heads the Minnesota Honey Producers Association’s Habitat Committee, co-writes the monthly Minding Your Bees and Cues column for Bee Culture Magazine, and recently joined the Beekeeping Today Podcast team as a host.

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Dr. Clarence Collison, Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Dr. Collison received a Bachelor of Science in entomology in 1968, Master of Science in 1973, and Ph.D. in 1976, all from Michigan State University with both graduate degrees in entomology specializing in apiculture. During his long and storied career, he occupied highly influential teaching and research positions, most recently at Mississippi State University. Dr. Collison’s topic will be What the comb tells you about your bees. He and his wife Sally live in Estill Springs, Tennessee have three sons, Craig, Keith, and Eric, and nine grandchildren.

Tony V. Johnston, Ph.D., MS, MPH, Professor and Program Director Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science MSPS Fermentation Science, School of Agriculture, Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Johnston’s MS and PhD are in Food Science; his PhD studies focused on grape and wine production.  He owned and operated a winery, started two others in Tennessee, and has taught Wine Appreciation, Wine Science, and many other courses at MTSU over the last 29 years. He consults with individuals and companies utilizing fermentation to produce consumer products, including mead, and has made mead and wine with students in classes to further their education in fermentation. Dr. Johnston’s presentation will focus on the production and sensory evaluation of mead.