The 2017 MHPA Annual Convention will be July13-15 in Walker, MN. The convention will be held at the Northern Lights Casino. This year there are two hotel options: Northern Lights Casino and the Chase on the Lake. To recevie a hotel discount when making reservations at the Northern Lights Casino, please let them know that you are with the MHPA. 

After opening any of the following links, please copy, download, or print the forms or documents. 

Click here for Chase on the Lake Guest Booking Instructions. This also contains the promotional code. A small block of rooms has been reserved at this hotel.

Click here to open the MHPA Resolutions for 2015-2016

Click here to open the MHPA 2017 Summer Convention Schedule

Click here to open the MHPA 2017 Annual Membership Dues & Convention Registration form.

2017 Guest Speakers

Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Keynote Speaker

Department of Entomology, Michigan State University

MSU Website

Northern Bee Network


Beekeeping since '93, currently keeping 100 - 200 colonies, have worked as a honey bee researcher and have taught numerous beekeeping classes and courses.


Use predominantly Langstroth, but have Warres and top bar experience. Generally chemical-free beekeeper or will use minimal organic chemicals when necessary. Loves having new beekeepers come help in the bee yard.



Marla Spivak, Phd.

Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

UMN Department of Entomology

Marla Spivak received a B.A. (1978) from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Kansas. She has been affiliated with the University of Minnesota since 1993, where she is currently Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology. She is the author and creator of numerous beekeeping manuals and videos, and her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Neurobiology (now Developmental Neurobiology), Evolution, Apidologie, and Animal Behavior.



Brent Barkman

Owner and Chairman of the Board, Barkman Honey

Barkman Honey

Brent Barkman carries on his family’s 60-year tradition of delivering ethically sourced, safe, quality honey. A third-generation beekeeper, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, means upholding a dedication to the art of keeping bees as well as advancing industry practices and sustainability through the company’s own apiaries. Brent’s values and commitment to the industry continue to make Barkman Honey a frontrunner in the world of honey. Beyond his passion for honey production, Brent advocates for the honeybee and beekeeper — from supporting bee health initiatives and habitat preservation, to beekeeper recruitment and education.


Rebecca Masterman

UMN Bee Squad Associater Program Director

UMN Bee Squad

Rebecca Masterman first worked for the UMN Bee Lab as an undergraduate in 1992, and returned in 2012 as the Bee Squad’s Associate Program Director and Coordinator. Becky graduated from UMN Twin Cities with a BA (major in history, minor in biology) and then obtained a Ph.D. in Entomology studying the neuroethology of honey bee hygienic behavior under the direction of Dr. Marla Spivak.



Erin Rupp

Founder and Executive Director, Pollinate Minnesota

Pollinate Minnesota

Erin Rupp has been an informal science educator for her adult life and a beekeeper for the past ten years. She founded Pollinate Minnesota in January 2015, to connect students and teachers of all ages to live honey bees and to the science, policy and media story of pollinator decline.

She loves experiential inquiry education, the Midwest, insects, fresh tomatoes, and pear honey.  She also loves how the seemingly tiny work bees and other pollinators do connects directly to our role in -and impact on- ecosystems.  This connection is discover-able and understandable by second graders and State Representatives alike. 


Special Activities

Friday, July 14th, Lunch Sponsored by Barkman Honey

Friday, July 14th, Customer Appreciation Day Sponsored by Mann Lake

Saturday, July 15th, Meeting with Speakers.