Missouri Bee Day

Get ready for the beekeeping event of the year – Missouri Bee Day! As the Missouri State Beekeeping Association, we’re proud to present the largest one-day beekeeping conference in the state, a celebration of all things bees and honey. Whether you’re a seasoned beekeeper or just starting your buzz-worthy journey, Missouri Bee Day has something for everyone.

Highlights Include:

  • 7 Tracks of Presentations: Dive deep into the world of beekeeping with seven specialized tracks, catering to bee enthusiasts of all levels. From beginners eager to start their first hive to seasoned beekeeping veterans, there’s a track just for you.
  • Expert Speakers: Learn from industry experts, renowned beekeepers, and scientists who will share their knowledge, experiences, and the latest innovations in beekeeping practices.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow beekeepers, exchange tips and tricks, and build a supportive community that shares your passion for these essential pollinators.
  • Interactive Workshops: Hands-on sessions for a more immersive learning experience. Whether you want to master hive inspection techniques or explore advanced beekeeping strategies, our workshops have you covered.
  • Vendor Expo: Discover the latest beekeeping equipment, tools, and products from a variety of vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to upgrade your beekeeping arsenal and explore new bee-friendly products.

Registration is $65 for MSBA members and $75 for nonmembers (includes lunch if registered before 6/15/24).  MSBA membership is only $15 and we encourage you join us prior to registering to save $10 on the conference by clicking here.  Register for the conference by clicking on the link below the schedule.

Download a PDF of the schedule here.

Classes and times are subject to change.

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Jun 22 2024


8:00 am - 6:30 pm


Johnson County Fair Grounds
386 NW 145 Rd, Warrensburg, MO 64093


  • Kamon Reynolds
    Kamon Reynolds

    Kamon Reynolds has been keeping bees in North Central Tennessee for 19 years and keeps over 300 Hives with his wife Laurel. Kamon and Laurel also have filmed hundreds of educational videos and run one of North America’s largest beekeeping conferences, The North American Honey Bee Expo. Though Kamon does 99.9% of the talking, Laurel has been Beekeeping for 14 years, was a Beekeeper prior to their marriage, and is an invaluable part of their Business Tennessee’s Bees LLC. Tennessee’s Bees specializes in quality Bee Genetics, Pure Tennessee Honey, and Honeybee Education.

  • Cory Stevens
    Cory Stevens
    Stevens Bee Company

    Cory Stevens comes to us from his 27 acre farm in Bloomfield, MO, which he manages for wildlife and pollinator habitat. Cory and his wife Jaime own Stevens Bee Company where they select for mite resistant VSH stock. Cory is a Past President of Missouri State Beekeepers Association, and earned a MS in entomology from University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He was certified as a Master Beekeeper by EAS in 2013, and trained by Sue Cobey in 2014 to instrumentally inseminate queen bees. He slips bees into random conversation with strangers, and annoys his wife by constantly talking about bees.

  • Natalee Summers
    Natalee Summers
    Hitch Hive Honey

    Natalee Summers is a 16 year old beekeeper from NW Missouri. Her journey began in 2017, when her family started their apiary and business, known as Hitch Hive Honey. As the business grew, so did Natalee’s fascination with the intricate world of bees. She started a YouTube channel with the help of her parents, in 2020, called “Beekeeping with Natalee.” Natalee really enjoys grafting queens, which has led to nearly 1000 grafts in the last few years. Undeterred by her age, Natalee has set ambitious milestones for herself, including almond pollination in CA and completing the Master Beekeeping program from the University of Florida. She is excited to see where her passion for bees takes her!

  • Mark Burr
    Mark Burr

    Centerview, MO., retired from the USAF in 2001 after 23 years of military service and retired from The Department of Homeland Security in 2024 after 20 years of civil service. Mark became interested in beekeeping in the spring of 2013 when his daughter received a colony and started keeping bees. In the fall of 2014, her hive died, and as a result, Mark decided to become a beekeeper to help her; it would be something that they could enjoy together. That winter Mark researched everything he could to learn about beekeeping and built a Long Langstroth hive. In the spring of 2015, they both installed packages, and from that point on, he was hooked. Mark is currently running 20 to 30 colonies which produces between 700 to 1200 lbs. of honey a year. He established Burrs Hilltop Bees in 2019 and is currently selling honey and other products of the hives. Mark is JoCoMoBA, Past President and current Webmaster and Membership Officers.

  • Cathy Misko
    Cathy Misko

    Centerview, MO., Mama of 8 and known as the “Bee Lady” since 1989. Serving as Missouri State Beekeepers Assn., Legislative Liaison; Heartland Beekeeping Partnership, Founder; Past Pres. of Midwestern Beekeepers, and currently JoCoMoBA, President, Cathy has a focus on genetics. She implements “as natural as possible” management with a commitment to IPM, averages 25 colonies, and has been chemical free for 15 years. Cathy is an Eastern Apicultural (EAS) Certified Master Beekeeper, teaches beekeeping to veterans for the national Camp Valor Outdoors apiary program, and Chairs the JCMBA Youth Scholarship Program. You can find Cathy digging in dirt, mentoring, teaching, sharing sweetness from Dancing Bees Ranch, and loving on her family, especially her hubby of 44 years and 12 grands!!

  • Michael Larocque
    Michael Larocque

    Knob Noster, Mike is an U.S. Air Force and Civil Service Retiree. His beekeeping journey started 14 years ago when Mike found a wild hive that had taken up residence in a stack of pallets on their newly purchased property. Since then, Mike has been trapping and selective breeding feral survivors.

  • Monte Richardson
    Monte Richardson

    Warrensburg, MO., is a sideliner managing Rich Honey Company, 3rd generation beekeeper with roots in the Central Valley of California. He graduated from Central Missouri State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and retired from the Sedalia Police Department after 22 years of service. His current day job is IT Manager for the City of Sedalia. Monte served as the Vice President, President, and Past President for the Missouri State Beekeepers Association from 2002-2008. Monte is married to his wife of 40 years, Glenda. They have two grown children that still know that “Dad is busy in April”.

  • Bruce Snavely
    Bruce Snavely

    Republic, MO., is a pastor, an avid beekeeper of 18 years with passionate appreciation for all things honey bee, especially education. Bruce has served as former president and board member of the Beekeeping Association of the Ozarks and 14 years on Missouri State Beekeepers Association Board as Progr am Chair and South Regional Director. Bruce has traveled aboard to share support and establish apiary programs in Guatemala, Africa and India. Presently, Bruce is partnering with Convoy of Hope’s Center for Agriculture & Food Security providing Honey Bee Education and colony stewardship.

  • Larry Soles
    Larry Soles

    Greenridge, MO., is an Army Veteran, and an UCM Graduate in Occupational Safety. Larry is a member of Camp Valor Outdoors, Blue Star Bee-lievers, Heroes to Hives of Missouri, and serves as JoCoMoBA Vice President and Programs Officer. Larry’s apiary grew to 17 hives in his first year and now manages over 60 colonies, sells Muddy Creek Honey in multiple stores, and is growing his woodenware business in his 4th year of beekeeping!

  • Michael Stauffer
    Michael Stauffer

    Knob Noster, MO., has been learning the art and science of beekeeping for about nine years. Some of those years were a little successful, some were a great deal successful and some were heart breaking disasters. He finds these tiny creatures to be an amazing reflection of the complexity of creation and keeps him in awe of how 60,000 individuals can work in perfect harmony to the common good. His backyard provides the ideal place to keep his three or four hives.

  • Caroline Griesemer

    After a 35 year nursing career and raising three children with her husband Louis, Caroline has made beekeeping and gardening her passion. She became a Master Gardener in 2017 and enjoys the education and volunteer opportunities inherent in the organization. Louis and Caroline have been keeping bees since 2009 on their property in Springfield. They have a fascination with the interactions of the pollinators with the huge variety of plants and trees that they grow.

  • Dave Loftin
    Dave Loftin

    As a boy, Dave watched his grandfather tending beehives. Dave’s first opportunity with bees of his own came after college when he found a swarm in a whiskey barrel at a garden supply store in Rochester, NY. He found local beekeepers to ask advice from and soon joined the Rochester Beekeepers Club. Back then, Dr. Richard Taylor was a local professor and frequent speaker at the club. Dave learned how to produce comb honey as well as many other things from him.These days, Dave lives on 10 acres outside Nixa, Missouri with his wife Paula. The property has several varieties of trees beneficial to honeybees. Dave is actively planting more varieties of trees and other plants for pollinators. He is a member of the Bees Alive Club in Nixa, the Beekeeping Association of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Beekeepers.

  • Adam Coulter

    is the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Dallas, Polk, Greene in Webster Counties. Mr. Coulter has been with the NRCS for the past 21 years. He provides technical conservation services for landowners interested in protecting and sustaining the environmental resources of their land. This also includes managing and administering USDA Farm Bill Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). Mr. Coulter’s principal duties include working with urban landowners, municipalities and entities in implementing conservation practices that help sustain and enhance soil, water and agricultural resources. He works with livestock, agroforestry and wildlife projects. Previously Mr. Coulter was a Water Quality Specialist and Urban Conservationist for the South Missouri Water Quality Project for the NRCS. Before entering governmental service, Mr. Coulter was the Project Manager for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks where he worked in Source Water Protection in urban and agricultural drinking watersheds. Mr. Coulter has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master’s of Science degree from the State University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lennie Rosenkrans

    Lennie Rosenkrans is a Hannibal native, a 1984 graduate of Mizzou with a BS Ag in biochemistry, and retired from Continental Cement after a 25 year career that included 15 years as a fuels lab chemist and 10 as an environmental specialist. He has been a homebrewer for 30 years and a winemaker and mazer for 15, taking up beekeeping 5 years ago

  • Judy Wu-Smart
    Judy Wu-Smart

    Judy Wu-Smart received her BS in Zoology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. She received her MS in Entomology at Washington State University, with the advice of Drs. Walter Sheppard and Carol Anelli. Her MS research examined the effects of pesticide residue accumulation in brood comb on honey bee health. She continued on a PhD program with Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota, where she examined the effects of systemic neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee and bumble bee queens and colony development. She’s now an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her role at UNL, Judy is developing a pollinator health program to help understand the underlying stressors in bee health and their interactions with environmental toxicants.

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