The keynote speaker, Ashley McFarland, spoke of the need for all agricultural participants to work together. Ashley is the coordinator of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. An exciting future awaits the farm, as it reshapes its mission to include educating students, organics, soil health, and beef. I believe there will be a role for bees in this new vision. Possibly some great educational opportunities for beekeepers-.I will let you know of new developments over the coming months.