NSW Apiarists' Association is set to hosts its annual conference in Bathurst on Thursday and Friday and there's several buzzing topics that will be on the agenda.
Held at Panthers Bathurst, the conference will discuss some of the leading issues for apiarists across the state, including honey fraud, the benefit of honey to human health and queen bee breeding projects.
Sam Lockwood, of Lockwood Beekeeping Supplies, said pollination will also be a big topic.
"Almond pollination, it's always a big topic," he said.
"Also, things [that will also be up for discuss] include public land use for bee sites, stock reserves and state forest."
He said the drought has severely affected the bee industry, with stock moved from NSW to Queensland.
"We had to move about 2000 hives to Maryborough in Queensland because there's nothing in the local area in NSW," he said.
During the conference, Mr Lockwood will selling starter hives and queen bees.
He said genetics is what affects the value of a queen bee.
Based at Vittoria, Lockwood Beekeeping Supplies manufacturer beekeeping supplies, such as boxes, lids and bottom boards.
With over 8000 hives, equating to over a million bees, Lockwood Beekeeping Supplies, alongside Goldfields Honey, are on of the biggest apiarists in Australia.
Goldfields Honey is the business that harvests the honey from the bees, while Lockwood Beekeeping Supplies is the business that jars the honey and ships it off across the country for sale.
The conference will start at 9am on Thursday morning, but registrations open at 8am.
The president of NSW Apiarists' Association, Neil Bingley, will open the conference, with a series of talks from people within the apiarists community, including Australian Manuka Honey Association's Nicholas Maiolo, NSW Department of Primary Industries' Daryl Cooper and Stephen Green, scientist Michelle Taylor and Honeyland coordinator Debbie Porter.
Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger will open the conference on Friday morning.
The conference officially closes at 4.30pm on Friday afternoon.