2017 Annual Convention

November 9th -11th
Frank Mayborn Event & Convention Center

Temple, TX * 9 am to 5

Keynote Speakers’ Bios

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Dr. Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. He spent 40+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee/pollination research at Cornell (1967-70), University of MD, College Park (1970-1981) and University of DE, Newark DE (1981-2009).

With retirement in 2009, he moved from Newark, DE to Portland, Oregon to be closer to 5 grandkids. He spends 4-6 months each year in Bolivia (spouse’s family), where he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping (in Spanish). The rest of the year he is in the northern hemisphere. He has 5 backyard colonies in Tigard OR of docile European bees. He continues his passion of paying forward bee knowledge giving Bee Short Courses and lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He is active in both WAS and EAS and currently is Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program and the OR Master Beekeeper program. He represents WAS on the Honey Bee Health Coalition.


Jerry Hayes

Jerry Hayes writes the column “The Classroom: Beekeeping Questions and Answers” for the American Bee Journal, is a graduate from Ohio State University, Agricultural and Technical Institute-Apiary major, has worked at Dadant, a leading national beekeeping supply company and publisher of The American Bee Journal and was the Chief of the Apiary Inspection Section of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, from 2004 to 2012.


Jennifer Berry

For over 17 years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on queen breeding, keeping bees alive, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control. Jennifer’s extension duties include teaching beekeeping to people from all walks of life, including those in Central and South America, to those imprisoned in Georgia’s maximum security prisons. She is also passionate about educating the public about the importance of beneficial insects and is somewhat of a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine. On weekends and nights she operates Honey Pond Farm, a honey bee venture that sells quality nucleus colonies and teaches how to raise superior queens at her farm in Georgia.