The national push to save pollinating insects has brought the plight of the honeybee and the art of beekeeping to the forefront. Those interested in becoming a beekeeper, as well as established beekeepers who need certification, can learn the latest research-based information at the annual Beekeeping Institute, May 22-25, at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.
A joint partnership between Young Harris College and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the event has provided the latest information on beekeeping and how to keep hives healthy and productive for more than two decades.
UGA Honey Bee Program Director Keith Delaplane and Young Harris College biology professor Paul Arnold developed the institute to help Southeastern beekeepers tackle emerging problems.
The event provides classes for novice beekeepers and experts, and offers testing for beekeepers seeking Georgia Master Beekeeping certification. Through collaboration with the Welsh National Bee Keepers' Association, certification training will also be available for North America’s licensing program for honey judges.
Special guest instructors this year will include entomologists Francis Ratnieks, the United Kingdom’s first professor of apiary, David Tarpy, professor or entomology at North Carolina State University, and beekeeping author and American Bee Journal columnist Wyatt Mangum.
To register for the institute or for a detailed program, go to bees.caes.uga.edu.