College will cover a host of issues



Faced with increasing challenges to honeybee colonies, beekeepers are searching for fact-based answers on bee health, nutrition, selling hive products, best management practices, and Africanized bees. Because of sustained local interest and strong inter-agency partnerships, the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory decided to conduct one of their three annual Bee College events in Florida Panhandle beginning this year!

In the article, Changes are coming to Bee College, Mary Bammer, Extension Coordinator for the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, states “The UF Honey Bee Lab is constantly striving to improve our extension programs in an effort to be more effective and approachable to beekeepers across Florida. Because of this, we are making some significant changes to where and when we hold our Bee College events. Beekeepers in the Panhandle have, for years, been asking for a Bee College in north Florida. Starting in 2018, we are answering that call.”

The Panhandle Bee College is a two-day event offering training for beekeepers of all experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees! This year, the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory will offer a mixture of multi-class training series in addition to traditional shorter lectures. The Friday and Saturday courses cover practical beekeeping skills, honey bee behavior, specialty hive products, native bees, and pollination. There will be live honey bee colonies on site for open hive demonstrations; protective gear is available for everyone. Children under 12 are welcome to participate in the Jr. Bee College on Saturday, and everyone is encouraged to enter honey, hive products, art, and more in the Bee College Honey Show.

Also enjoy the following unique events at Bee College:

A Taste of History – Take a step back in time at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. This Friday lunch option will include a tour of the historic honey house as well as a special talk on the history of beekeeping by Florida Chief Apiary Inspector, David Westervelt. The proceeds of this lunch will go towards the renovation of the honey house at the settlement. No prior registration needed. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at Bee College, or at the time of the lunch.

FFA Fundraiser Lunch – This Saturday lunch option will be held on site at the Blountstown High School. Enjoy a delicious meal while supporting the local FFA chapter. No prior registration needed. Meals can be purchased at the time of the lunch.


Save the Date, register for Panhandle Bee College now!

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Panhandle Bee College, Friday and Saturday, March 23-24