Watch for New Online Education and Networking Opportunities Starting this Fall
Always working in the best interests of our members, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is postponing its 2021 ABF Conference & Tradeshow out of a preponderance of caution and commitment to protecting the health and safety of the beekeepers we hold so dear.
“This decision by the ABF Board of Directors was not made lightly,” said ABF President Joan Gunter. “Recognizing that hundreds of beekeepers and industry-related businesses look forward to attending this event each year, we hoped that COVID-19 concerns might have lessened by late summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the W.H.O., and the appropriate organizations in Las Vegas has made it clear that it is not possible to move forward as planned with the 2021 ABF Conference & Tradeshow.”
Our Conference Committee, Education Committee, and Membership Committee are already hard at work developing alternate education and networking initiatives to launch this fall. Plans for a special virtual celebration of the American beekeeping industry during the same week as the postponed event (January 6-9, 2021) are also underway.
“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, and while we are disappointed by the need to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said ABF Conference Committee Chair and Past President Tim May. “Nevertheless, we are excited to channel the ingenuity of our committees and create opportunities that previously did not exist. We eagerly await the time when we can all get together in person to rekindle relationships and make new connections via the 2022 ABF Conference & Tradeshow.”
ABF members will be the first to know once the dates for the 2022 event are confirmed. Until then, please do not book travel arrangements and keep a lookout for further developments. The ABF headquarters office will be in contact with all contracted exhibitors and sponsors in the very near future to discuss upcoming outreach efforts.
Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.