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  1. Bee Forum
    I've lived in Florida for about six years, and I'm ready to start entering my honey in the in the Pinellas County fair, as well as the state fair. However, I'm not finding much in the way of information, or even if there is a honey show at the state fair at all. I can't find any references for...
  2. Bee Forum
    The University of Florida’s honeybee program has been around since the 1920s, but this June, it will mark the completion of a new honeybee headquarters on the university's campus, said Jamie Ellis, the Gahan endowed associate professor of entomology in the University of Florida's Institute of...
  3. Employment
    The Division of Plant Industry announces the following position. Qualified applicants may apply online for this position through People First or by clicking on the link following the description. AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42001266, assigned to APIARY INSPECTION - PLANT...
  4. Bee Forum
    Over 1,200 hives were stolen statewide in 2016 alone, according to The Associated Press. In Southwest Florida, beekeepers had more than $150,000 worth of hives stolen that year. One beekeeper from Cape Coral estimates that an average beehive is worth $300, but said that doesn’t include other...
  5. Bee Forum
    Honeybees are already facing a host of natural dangers nationwide, but a rule that allows beekeepers to remove nuisance bees from people's homes and keep them alive may be in jeopardy. Beekeeper Dennis Langlois makes 500 bee removals from homes a year, but he said he may not be able to do that...
  6. Bee Forum
    As I arrive, two full-body beekeeping suits wave at me from the bed of a red truck, and La Casse hops down. Soon, Blinn is taking me on a tour of his backyard. It is dwarfed by two large vegetable gardens: Mammoth cabbages, carrots that "still have about another week" and a blackberry bush that...
  7. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    Panhandle Bee College Friday & Saturday, March 23-24, 2018 Blountstown High School 18597 NE SR 69 Blountstown, FL 32424 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...
  8. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    2018 Class schedule January 27, 2018 Beginner Beekeeping This class is designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. This is the first of a series of workshops that will help you manage the needs of the hive throughout the year. After the smoker demonstration your clothes may have absorbed...
  9. Bee Forum
    In 1987, state agriculture inspectors found the bee-killing varroa mites in a Winter Garden hive, according to Sentinel archives. The mites decimated bee colonies across the state, and by 2006, the number of registered beekeepers dropped to about 670, says David Westervelt, chief apiary...
  10. Bee Forum
    Despite losses of more than 225,000 colonies nationwide from April to June, including 25,000 in Florida, beekeepers added more bees than they lost, the USDA stated. But that growth was not apparent in Sumter County. Many county beekeepers registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and...
  11. Bee Forum
    Irma's floodwaters also destroyed more than 600 Southwest Florida hives belonging to Cape Coral beekeeper Keith Councell's operations, a loss he pegged at about $300,000. Walker's and Councell's losses and that of other Florida beekeepers contributed to what agricultural officials said amounted...
  12. Bee Forum
    Despite an exploding mosquito population after Hurricane Irma’s flooding, Clay County officials scrapped plans Thursday for aerial spraying that apparently worried hundreds of residents. Aerial spraying would have involved naled, an insecticide that has been widely used in this country since the...
  13. Bee Forum
    The number of registered beekeepers in Florida, including bee hobbyists who keep hives in their backyards, has increased fivefold in the past decade. An estimated 520,000 bee colonies are managed across the state, up from about 158,000 a decade ago, partly because there are more bee enthusiasts...
  14. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    South Florida Bee College Friday & Saturday, August 11-12, 2017 Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center 3205 College Ave. Davie, FL. 33314 Bee College is the most extensive educational honey bee event in the state of Florida! Everyone is welcome to attend Bee College: beekeepers...
  15. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office will be conducting the Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours (see attached flyer) on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Agricultural value added impacts is...
  16. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    Introductory Beekeeping (6-part series) February 18, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. UF Bee Unit, 2895 SW 23 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608 Classes are designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. The classes are scheduled to help you manage the needs of the hive throughout the year. Live bees...
  17. Bee Forum
    All the buzz was about honeybees Nov. 21 as Clay County farmers, ranchers, agriculture students and elected officials came together for the 44th annual Farm-City Luncheon. Bees, one of the most vital agriculture partners, might not have had an actual seat at the luncheon tables but their...
  18. Bee Forum
    In fact, honey bees enable the production of more than 90 commercially grown crops here in the United States.1 Around the world, more than one-third of food production relies on pollination, which is important to understand because, over the past 60 years, the number of honey bee colonies in the...
  19. Bee Forum
    The UF Build The Bee Lab will feature a research, extension and instruction facility and is designed to become a hub for both national and international researchers, beekeepers and students. The Florida State Beekeepers Association, a group of beekeeping representatives from around the state...
  20. Bee Forum
    I am always amazed at the variety of pollen my little ladies find. As I get more years of beekeeping under by belt (7 years now) I am noticing and wondering about more and more. I want to know all of flowers they use in my area or at least start to document what I am sure of. I haven't...
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