2017 Annual Convention

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

Temple, TX * 9 am to 5

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.


Ann Harman

Ann Harman: My lifelong interest in honey bees turned my career as a research chemist to beekeeping. With my background in apiculture, from being a student of Dr. Dewey Caron, I became a volunteer to teach beekeeping skills in Third-World Countries for 54 assignments in 29 countries and received 4 Presidential Awards . I also write monthly articles for Bee Culture, each issue of Beekeepers Quarterly and occasionally for BeeCraft. I am an Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper and teach beekeeping in the U.S. I am a member, and have been an officer, of numerous beekeeping associations. I have been a Honey Show organizer and judge for national, regional, state and local honey shows. Most recently I was a honey judge at Apimondia 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.


Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker began beekeeping in 1990 with two hives of bees and over the period of 10 years worked up to a commercial beekeeper with as many as 800 hives. Tim has served in Kansas as the president of the Kansas honey producers Association. He became involved with the American beekeeping Federation about 15 years ago and has served on the board of directors for over 10 years. He served as president of the ABF in 2014 and 15. Tim remains active with the ABF as editor of the ABF E Buzz as well as serving on several committees and representing ABF to the Environmental Protection Agency. Tim has made dozens of trips to Washington DC over the years to represent the interests of beekeepers and our honey bees all across the country.


Dr. Deborah Delaney

Dr. Deborah Delaney is Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society and Apiculture and Pollination Ecology. She has over 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees, and maintains between 25-60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. Her research program has four main focal areas: genetic identity and diversity of US honey bees, temporal stability of pollinator populations, and best management solutions for creating sustainable managed pollinator populations, and pollinator nutrition.


Dr. Juliana Rangel

Dr. Juliana Rangel obtained her Ph. D. at the end of 2009 and in 2010 she joined the laboratory of Dr. David R. Tarpy at North Carolina State University as the coordinator of the “Born and Bred in North Carolina: Queen-Rearing and Bee-Breeding Program,” through which she trained over 1,000 beekeepers across several states in the North Eastern ited States. In 2010, Juliana was awarded one of 15 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology. As a postdoctoral fellow, Juliana conducted field and laboratory experiments aimed at determining the mechanisms and causes of queen replacement in honey bees, one of the biggest problems facing the beekeeping industry today. In January 2013, Juliana became the new Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that influence the reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones.


Clint Walker

Clint Walker co-owns (with Janice) Walker Honey Farm, LLC and Dancing Bee Winery, LLC. Involved in Honey Production, Honey Bottling, Farm Store, Wholesale Honey to Grocery, Mead and Grape Wines, Tasting Room and Vineyard. Past President of the American Beekeeping Federation. Founding Member and Co-Chair of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board.