Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Beekeeping Workshop in West Plains

University of Missouri Extension beekeeping workshop continues to be a popular request and one of the most widely attended programs. Improving the craft of beekeeping takes many years of experience, a strong network of beekeepers you can depend on and a source of research based information to feed your knowledge as your apiary grows. 

“Winter and spring are a critical time for beekeepers and hive management, this workshop will provide beekeepers with the information they need to develop strong hives for spring brood rearing and honey production” says Dr. Amy Patillo, Certified Beekeeper and University of Missouri Extension Community Development Specialist.

Join us January 25th, 27th, and 28th at the Ferguson building in Willow Springs from 6-8 p.m. nightly, $65 per person or $100 per farm. The Ferguson building is located at 127 E. Main Street, Willow Springs, MO, 65793.

Beginning beekeeping will introduce beekeepers to everyone living in the hive, including each bee and the work they do, pests and their management and the equipment and components of beehives. Beekeepers will have the opportunity to examine beekeeping equipment, hives and hive products.
Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Horticulture Specialist will share information about the importance of pollination and contribution of bees to horticulture crops, as well as, provide detailed information about bees and horticulture. Patrick’s presentations are always a special treat at the beekeepers meetings.

This workshop will provide you with the information and resources you need if you are thinking about ordering bees this spring. If you are a new beekeeper, you will find the resources and information you need to keep your bees alive through the winter and be prepared to care for them in the spring during their crucial brood rearing time. This is also an opportunity for you to learn how to become active with the West Plains Beekeepers group and learn more about the Willow Springs Beekeepers group that is hoping to get started in the spring.

Call the University of Missouri Howell County Extension office to register, 417-256-2391. More information is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/howell

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