TBA 2021 Conference • Oct 8-9, 2021 REGISTER NOW!

Message from the Executive Vice-President, Andrea Porter

I’M EXCITED to announce that things are moving along extremely well with planning our TBA Fall Annual Conference, Friday and Saturday, October 8th and 9th, 2021, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Student Union Building in Murfreesboro. It is my hope that we will be able to host a very safe conference for all. We will be following any MTSU Covid mandates that may be in place at the time of the conference.

A HUGE THANK YOU to TBA Fundraising Committee Chair Lee Ann Mayhall and to Jon Goodwin for their assistance in securing conference sponsors. Sponsorships are allowing us to bring in a fantastic line up of educational classes being offered by some very entertaining speakers. This is definitely a TBA Conference like no other! Our goal is to educate both the very new and the very seasoned of beekeepers, with a lot of fun mixed in! The conference theme is “Bee-ing Inspired” and we have some surprises in the mix we bee-lieve will really convey this!

A DEDICATED CONFERENCE PAGE has been created to provide an easy, one-click link to all the information you need about the conference. There you will find: An update when Conference Registration is Live, Event Updates; Schedules; Presentation Summaries; Speaker Bios; Sponsor information; Vendor information; discounted area hotel rates; MTSU RV/Camper rates; MTSU campus map, building layout, food court, restaurant info, and more!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Register online today.

EARLY Registration for TBA Members is $40 per person for the two-day conference.

EARLY Registration for Non-TBA Members is $60 per person for the two-day conference.

Early registration deadline is September 17, 2021. For registrations on and after September 18, 2021, the rates will be: $50 for TBA members & $70 for Non-TBA Members.

Online registration is preferred. Download a printable registration form here.

To stay up to date with Conference Updates, visit https://tnbeekeepers.org/ or go directly to conference Facebook page.


Look What’s in Store for the 2021 Fall Conference:

  • NEW LOCATION- MTSU- Middle Tennessee State University Student Union Building
  • 25+ DYNAMIC SPEAKERS. Many are new speakers to TBA!
  • 35+ DIFFERENT CLASSES, for all experience levels, offered over a two-day conference.
  • The Annual George DeBusk Honey Show and a Black Jar Honey Contest.
  • SILENT AUCTION, to include complete hives, a 3/9 Frame Electric Extractor, & more.
  • A DEDICATED VENDOR ROOM, complete with a VENDOR DEMO AREA.
  • STATE OF THE ART AUDIO/VISUAL to enhance your educational experience.
  • EXPANSIVE LOUNGE AND BREAK OUT AREAS for improved networking opportunities.
  • FOOD COURT RESTAURANTS, Farmers Market, an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant, & MINI-CONVENIENCE STORE, all located in the same building as our conference.
  • COOKING WITH HONEY DEMO by a multi-award-winning Chef, along with food samples.
  • PAINTING WITH ENCAUSTIC DEMO -the Ancient Art of Painting with Beeswax & Resin.
  • HALF DAY BEEKEEPING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS -with one -10 frame hive kit Giveaway.
  • All ABOUT HONEYBEES- CLASS-STREAMED TO ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS STATEWIDE

SPONSORS: We greatly appreciate the support of the following companies who have generously signed on
as TBA Conference Sponsors. We will be sharing more about each of these vendors soon. Please
visit their websites and call them for any pre-orders you’d like to place and have delivered at
the conference. Be sure to thank them for supporting TBA and TN beekeepers! There are still openings for sponsorship at the Speaker & Break level ($500 & $250 commitment). Please contact Andrea Porter 423-888-6810 or Lee Ann Mayhall 865-388-6988 for info.

2021 Fall Conference Speakers and Presentations

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRIS WERNER, INDIAN SUMMER HONEY FARM OF WISCONSIN & FLORIDA

Raising Your Own Queens for Small Scale Apiary Sustainability

Practical Tips for Beekeepers of all Levels. Keeping your Bees Healthy & Growing Your Apiary

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GARY S. REUTER, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BEE LAB (retired 2021)

Breeding Honey Bee Queens & Hygienic Behavior Honey Bee Biology and Management

Dr. Ramish Sagili, Oregon State University (presentation will be via Zoom)

Honey Bee Nutrition: What We Know & What We Need to Know

Randy McCaffrey, 628 Dirt Rooster Bees

Advanced Basics and Experimentation Management Styles Troubleshooting in Your Hives

The Kent, Kamon & Randy Show. An Expert Panel Discussion.

Kamon Reynolds, Tennessee’s Bees

How Summer Beekeeping Can Determine Winter Survival You Can Raise Queens- with Kent & Kamon

The Kent, Kamon & Randy Show. An Expert Panel Discussion.

Kent Williams, Williams Honey Bees

Wintertime Preparations. Overwintering Hives-Methods of Success You Can Raise Queens- with Kent & Kamon

The Kent, Kamon & Randy Show. An Expert Panel Discussion.

Virginia Webb, MtnHoney (4X Gold Medal Winner, World Honey Show for Best Honey in the World)

The Russian Bee Breeders Association Preparing Honey Show Entries

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, State Apiculturist Dr. Elise Chapman, UT at Chattanooga

Honey Bee Genetics

The Way Bees See the World

Gary Ownsby, Honey Hollow

Technologies in the Bee Yard

Phil Craft, Ask Phil/Bee Culture Magazine

Ask Phil. Q & A Session. Got a question? He Knows!

Kasi Haire, President, Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets

Bee Your Best at Farmers Markets-Tips and Techniques to Improve Your Success

Aaron Burns, The Burns & The Bees

Honest & Accurate Labeling in a Sticky Business

Keith Riggle, Waters Edge Apiary

Small Changes. Big Gains-Wood Ware Modifications for Increased Production & Sustainability

Cameron Delligatti, USDA/NRCS

Federal Grants Available for Funding Pollinator Habitats

Harold “Peanut” and Isla Inman, West Cove Mountain Apiary

Swarm Trapping and Bee Lining (The Craft of Bee Hunting) to Sustain Your Apiary

Chris Theiler, Southern Bines Farm-

Raising the Bar. Introduction to Top Bar Hives

Michael Studer, State Apiarist, TN Department of Agriculture

Local Inspectors Required Refresher Course

Michele Harbin, Harbin Hollow

Making Honey for Money- How to effectively market your honey bee products to retailers in the wholesale sector

Jay Heselschwerdt, State Apiary Inspector for TN Department of Agriculture Common Mistakes Beekeepers Make-Observations from a TN State Apiary Inspector Different Ways to Split a Hive

Chef Gregg Eisele, UT Culinary & Catering Program Director

Honeyed Recipes Outside of the Box” Cooking Demonstration and Samples

Neranza Noel Blount, Encaustic Art by Neranza

Painting with Encaustic – Learn the ancient art of painting with beeswax and resin

Jessica Dodds-Davis, Honeybee Tennessee, & Kellie Burns, The Burns & The Bees

“Honey Bees for Kids of Tennessee” class to be streamed to elementary classrooms statewide

Keith Elrod & The Rutherford Beekeepers Association

Beekeeping for Beginners- Half Day Short Course

Howard Kerr, TBA President, and Special Guests. A Lunch & Learn Discussion

Tales from the Hive. Stories, Adventures & Anecdotes

And more to be added. Note: Speakers, topics, and schedule are subject to change. Visit the conference Facebook page for more info on topics and speaker bios.

Needing a hotel room for the conference? TBA has secured blocks of rooms at the below hotels. These hotels are offering discounted rates for TBA conference attendees, for arrivals on either Thursday, October 7th or Friday, October 8th (and some hotels will even be offering the discounted group rate for Saturday, October 9th arrivals).

Be sure to book early before the room blocks sell out, and be sure you understand their cancellation and refund policies. All rooms are book and pay on your own. TBA assumes no liability for any bookings. Use the booking links below or mention Tennessee Beekeepers Association when you call to receive your discounted rate. We recommend asking for a confirmation email with each reservation made.

DoubleTree by Hilton –1850 Old Fort Partway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 895-5555 Tennessee Beekeepers Special Block Rate: $89/night plus tax. Booking Link

Fairfield by Marriott –175 Chaffin Place, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 849-1150 Tennessee Beekeepers Special Block Rate: $99/night plus tax. Booking Link

Holiday Inn Express –165 Chaffin Place, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 849-9000 Tennessee Beekeepers Special Block Rate: $99/night plus tax. Booking Link

Embassy Suites-Two Room Suites – 1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 216-5353 Tennessee Beekeepers Special Block Rate: $145-$155/night plus tax. Booking Link

Prefer to bring your RV to the Conference? There are 25 camper Hook-ups available for rent at MTSU at the TN Livestock Center. Each site offers water, electric (30 & 50 amps) and waste stations. Pricing is $15 per night. A two night stay is a total of $32.93 including tax. The RV site is just a 10-15 minute walk to the entrance of the conference location, the MTSU Student Union Building. If you are interested in reserving a space, contact Ms. Bonnie Mullican at 615-898-5575 or email her at mullican@mtsu.edu

For more info on the MTSU Student Union building, visit: https://www.mtsu.edu/mtunions/facilities.php