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For more information, contact:
Christy Cassady, Coordinator

Center for Crop Diversification
N-318 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1477

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This project is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

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Upcoming events

For meetings/workshops involving fruit and nut crops, see Fruit Facts newsletter

For meetings/workshops involving ornamental crops, see HortMemo meetings list

Please note: If you are unable to attend the Mountain Monday Series workshops at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability, they will be available live by U-stream at:

January 5-6, 2015 - 2015 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington. Click here for conference program and registration form. Contact John Strang at 859-257-5685 or

January 7-9, 2015 - Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference, Springfield, IL. For more information, click here.

January 14-17, 2015 - Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference, Mobile, AL. For more information, click here.

January 16-18, 2015 - Winter bee workshop at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg. The workshop includes tracks for beginner and advanced beekeepers. An Introduction to Beekeeping course will discuss how to start, equipment needed, and first-year disease and pest management. Topics in the advanced track are honey plants, growing your apiary, and marketing your honey. Cost is $75, which includes refreshments, lunch, door prizes, and a copy of "First Lessons in Beekeeping" by Keith S. Delaplane. Click here for information.

January 19-21, 2015 - Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association Congress, Sandusky, OH. For more information, go to

January 20-22, 2015 - Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference and Expo, Louisville. Click here for program and here for registration form.

January 20-22, 2015 - Indiana Hort Congress, Indianapolis, IN. For details, click here.

January 24, 2015 - Eastern Kentucky Winter Bee School, Hazard Community Technical College, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST. Cost: $25, which includes lunch, registration, and vendors. Welcome and keynote speaker will be Stephanie Tarwater, a Tennessee migratory beekeeper and former Florida bee inspector. Basic microscopy classes will be offered. Space is limited, and signups are necessary. Beekeepers and other eligible producers may sign up to join the Appalachia Proud marketing program during the bee school. For more information, or to register, contact Perry County Extension agent Charles May at

February 7, 2015 - Allen County Beekeepers School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CST at Allen County-Scottsville High School, 1545 Bowling Green Road, Scottsville. Special speaker is Dr. Clarence Collison, formerly of Mississippi State University. Cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple, and $25 for FFA, Girl Scouts, or church groups. A catered barbecue lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, contact John Benham, president of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association, at 270-678-7924 or

February 7, 2015 - . South Central Kentucky Beekeeping School, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. EST Whitley County High School, 350 Boulevard of Champions, Williamsburg, KY. Preregistration, $15; $25 at the door. For information, call the Whitley County Extension Office at 606-549-1430.

February 8, 2015 - Family Backyard Beekeeping Series Sunday, February 8 - Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m. EST at Bernheim Forest near Clermont, KY. Cost: $20 Bernheim Members; $30 Non-Members. Requirements: Ages 7 and up (children accompanied by adult). Make your reservations early by calling 502-955-8512.

February 10 - April 14 - Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, bee school, 6-8:30 p.m. EST at the Pulaski County Extension Office, 28 Parkway Drive in Somerset. Cost is $25 and limited to 45 participants. For more information, call 606-679-6361, or email

February 14, 2015 - Bees and the Plants They Love, 1-2:30 p.m. EST at Bernheim Forest's Education Center near Clermont. State Apiarist Tammy Horn will be the featured speaker. Cost is $10 for Bernheim members, $12 for non-members. Reserve a seat by calling (502) 955-8512.

February 14-15, 2015 - Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference, Granville, OH. Click here for information.

February 28, 2015 - Northeastern Kentucky Winter Bee School, sponsored by the Licking River Beekeeping Association, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EST at Maysville Community and Technical College, 1755 U.S. Highway 68, Maysville. State Apiarist Tammy Horn will be the special speaker. Preregistration for adults is $20, and admission at the door is $25. Children will be admitted for $7.50. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Preregister by emailing by Feb. 23.

March 6-7, 2015 - Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference, Shepherdsville, KY. For information, click here.

March 7 - Audubon Bee School, 8:45 a.m. CST at the Henderson County Extension Education & Expo Center, 3341 Zion Road, Henderson, KY. Opening speaker will be former State Apiarist Phil Craft. Preregister for $15, which includes lunch, by emailing or calling 270-339-7245. Cost is $20 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted for $5.

March 7 - Bluegrass Beekeepers School, Kentucky State University, Frankfort. Welcome and keynote speaker will be University of Kentucky entomology professor Dr. Subba Reddy Palli. Preregistration will begin in January and conclude Feb. 28 at $25 per adult and $10 per child. Registration at the door will be $35 per adult and $15 per child. For more information, contact Phil Clark at

June 25, 2015 - UKREC Horticulture Open House, 9 a.m. to noon, 1205 Hopkinsville St, Princeton, KY 42445. Contact: Win Dunwell, 270.261.9467,, or go to

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