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(West Plains) – Beginning and advanced beekeeping classes will be offered at the University of Missouri Extension Office later this month.

A class for beginners will be held from 5-8:30 PM July 23, and the advanced class will be held July 27 through August 3.

Extension Specialists, expert beekeepers and commercial beekeepers will share more than 30 years of beekeeping experience with those that attend.

4-H Youth and Family Development Specialist with University of Missouri Howell County Extension 4-H and local beekeeper Dr. Amy Patillo says that beekeeping classes offered in early 2013 filled to capacity, with increasing interest in additional workshops.

Jann Amos, Retired Extension Specialist and owner of Amos Apiaries will kick off the Advanced Beekeeping Workshop providing instruction on morphology of bees, Diseases/Pests, Seasonal and Annual Management, product production, Alternative Apiculture, Pattern, Hive Management, Requeening, and more. Monty Wiens, South Central Beekeepers Association will be highlighting tips and tricks of the trade from an Expert Beekeeper. Wiens shares information that beekeepers only learn from years of beekeeping and continued education.

The last session will offer guest presentations from commercial beekeepers and local beekeepers to discuss opportunities in commercial beekeeping, including Bee production, Honey Production, Pollination and Queen Rearing.

Plans for the class include apiary field trip and lunch in the bee yard. Extension beekeeping classes began in early 2013 and were created to provide resources to local bee keepers, design networking opportunities to learn and grow from experienced beekeepers and help individuals interested in beekeeping produce healthy and happy bees.

For information about beekeeping class registration contact, University of Missouri Extension Office at 417-256-2391. Pre-registration is required by July 19, 2013.

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