Bee bonanza

first_imgFor pros and newbiesClasses are designed with both veteran beekeepers and the curiousin mind. Presentations are set in two tracks, one for experiencedbeekeepers and another for beginners.This year’s participants will learn the latest research-basedinformation on Africanized honeybees from David DeJong. Aresearcher at the University of San Paulo, Brazil, DeJong is anexpert on AHBs. He’s viewed as the world authority on them.Bob Danka of the U.S. Department of Agriculture bee lab in BatonRouge, La., will also be a guest lecturer. Danka studies AHBs,Russian bees, tracheal mites, bee breeding and pollination.Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, UGA honeybee expertKeith Delaplane and an array of other experts will also leadworkshops. Best honey contestOne of the most popular aspects of the institute is the honeyshow. Besides a variety of honeys, the show will include beeswax,candles, photography, art and beekeeping gadgets. The show’swinners will get cash awards.The cost per person is $65 for one day or $105 for both days.Training and exams for certified or entry-level beekeepers are inthe beginners track on Friday and Saturday. Training and examsfor Certified, Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman beekeepersand Welsh Honey Judges will be given before the institute on May18. Fees are charged for these exams.Due to space constraints, the institute is limited to 150participants. To register or learn more, call (706) 542-9035. Orgo to the institute Web site, By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThis year’s Beekeeping Institute will cover everything from honeyprocessing to bee breeding at Young Harris College May 19-20 inYoung Harris, Ga.In its 15th year, the institute is a joint venture between thecollege and the University of Georgia Department of Entomology.Over the years, it has become the most comprehensive beekeepingeducational event in the Southeast.last_img

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