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The 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 4 in Clanton
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The 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 4 in Clanton

Auburn, Alabama –The Alabama Cooperative Extension System invites you to the 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. The symposium is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early registration is open until Jan. 20 and the fee is $35. After Jan. 20, registration will be at the door only and the registration fee is $50. Lunch will be provided by the Alabama Beekeepers Association for those who pre-register online here.

At the symposium, information will be presented on:

  • The Birds & Bees (or just bees)—Bee Reproduction at Individual and Colony Levels Dr. Jamie Ellis, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida
  • Addressing the Sustainability of Beekeeping in the 21st Century, Dr. Jamie Ellis
  • Common Queen Problems in Hives, Phil Craft, Bee Culture Columnist and Former Kentucky State Apiarist
  • Small Hive Beetles: Basic Biology and Control, Phil Craft Pollinator Habitat—Making the Most of What You Have, Keith Fielder, Georgia County Extension Coordinator 
  • Ten Mistakes All New Beekeepers Make, Keith Fielder
  • The Neglected Bees? A First Look at Queen and Drone Ecotoxicology Health, Dr. Geoffrey Williams, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
  • The Cloake Board Method of Queen Rearing, Dr. John Hurst, Alabama Beekeepers Assn, Board of Directors
  • Honey Bee Nutrition and Feeding, David Kelton, Alabama Master Beekeeper Advisor  

In addition, there will be practical information for beginning beekeepers presented by members of the Alabama Beekeepers Association. Topics will range from diseases and pests to basic beekeeping equipment. There will also be several workshops and demonstrations available to the attendees, including a demonstration on making products from the hive such as lip balms and lotion bars.

For more information or a full schedule for this event, contact Dr. Paul L. Mask at 334-844-4450 or visit www.onetewbee.com , www.alabamabeekeepers.com or http://www.aces.edu/home-garden/beekeeping/

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