Beekeeping Industry to Gather in Las Vegas in January

Plans are well underway for the “Luck BEE a Lady” 2012 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, Jan. 10-14, in Las Vegas, Nev. The annual meeting of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is sure to be the conference you won’t want to miss. And with an anticipated attendance of more than 600, beekeepers from all over North America and beyond will gather to share ideas and develop new contacts.

The conference promises to offer something for everyone, including many great opportunities for learning, networking and socializing. From the new small-scale beekeeper to the seasoned professional, conference organizers have planned a schedule to incorporate educational sessions at all levels. The tradeshow, as always, will feature the latest and greatest deals and new product ideas.

The conference will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The ABF has negotiated a discounted group rate for all conference attendees of $109 per night single/double occupancy plus tax. The ABF is excited to be in Las Vegas, the city that attracts more than 36 million visitors a year by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs, the brightest lights – and, now, the best beekeepers!

The conference will begin on Tuesday evening with a complimentary welcome reception for all registered attendees. Wednesday morning will kick-off with the Opening General Session followed by Shared Interest Group meetings, and then finish in the evening with the traditional Honey Queen Reception. The 2012 American Honey Show will also take place on Wednesday.

The tradeshow will open on Wednesday afternoon and remain open during conference hours until 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Thursday and Friday will be dedicated to general sessions, as well as the always-popular and well-attended Serious Sideliner Symposium. Interactive workshops will take place on Saturday morning. In addition, the ABF will host its annual banquet during the conference.

Registration rates, online registration and hotel reservation information is now available on the conference Web site at Be sure to check the Web site often as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available.