Saturday, May 20th, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registration and Coffee and 8:30 AM sharp.   Class will start at 9:00 PM

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 Click here for the 2017 Queen Rearing Workshop Agenda


The 2017 Three Rivers Beekeepers Queen Rearing Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Classroom instruction, including hands-on grafting, will be held at the University of Missouri Extension Center in St. Peters, Missouri.

We’re very pleased to have as this years’ workshop instructor, Kent Williams, a seasoned queen rearing veteran with a proven track record raising queens.

Kent is President of the Lake Barkley Beekeepers in Wingo Ky., past president of Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS), a EAS master beekeeper and a frequent speaker at EAS, Heartland Beekeepers Society (HAS) and many other regional and state conferences.

Kent maintains around 400 colonies which he keeps in his home state of Kentucky and south Mississippi. He has for several years raised his own queens from survivor hives which he uses to make nucs and requeen established colonies. Having paid the price early on with some major losses due to using no chemicals, he is now chemical free.

Kent raises about 150 t0 300 queens per year and has been a bee keeper for 28 years and is a self proclaimed expert at killing bees (are not we all)…


This course is jam-packed with need-to-know queen rearing instruction, including:

  • What You Need to Know About Selecting a Breeder Queen
  • Cell Production Biology
  • The Equipment You’ll Need for a Small-Scale Operation
  • Setting Up a Starter/Finishing Colony
  • A Hands-On Demonstration of Grafting the Right Way
  • Using Mating Nucs
  • A Discussion of Backyard “Minimalist” Techniques for Raising a Few Queens
  • … and much, much more!

The registration fee for the workshop is $85 per person.  In order to provide an effective hands-on environment with one-on-one instruction, class size is limited to forty (40). Registration will be closed once the limit is reached.

Class materials and grafting supplies for this class are purchased by Three Rivers Beekeepers in advance of the workshop.  Sorry, no refunds for cancellations after May 7th, 2017.

This is an intensive queen rearing workshop with hands-on instruction.  As such, it is designed for those with at least one year of beekeeping experience and a commitment to producing queens for themselves, or for others.  If you are a new beekeeper with an interest in queen rearing, yet little experience with your bees, be patient, another queen rearing workshop is planned for this time next year.

Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning and lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Registration will remain open until Thursday, May 19th, or until registration is filled.    Register soon to reserve your seat!