After the sudden death of billions of bees across the nation in 2006, Missouri beekeepers have been doing their part to bring bees back to the heartland.
The honeybee colony collapse affected both natural and managed hives, in many cases destroying entire hives. To rebuild the state's bee population, Missouri farmers, ranchers and private landowners have been starting their own colonies. However, managing a healthy hive is not always easy. Several beekeeping clubs across the state are offering workshops to farmers and landowners who are starting or maintaining a hive.
In Missouri, there are 28 beekeeping clubs across the state. Many of these offer workshops in both winter and spring. A few of these clubs will start their winter meetings in January.
Here are a few winter workshops across the state:
Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) will offer its 7th Annual Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Maritz in Fenton. This is an all day workshop with tracks for both beginning and experienced beekeepers, led by nationally renowned researchers and educators. Registration opens in December at the EMBA website.
Three Rivers Beekeepers will offer its Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at the University of Missouri Extension Center in St. Peters. Details and registration available here.
Quad County Beekeepers will offer a Beginning Beekeepers Workshop on Saturday, March 1 in Troy. For details and registration, visit the website.
Midwestern Beekeepers will conduct a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, March 8 in Blue Springs. More details are available here.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Western Missouri Beekeepers are having beginning beekeeping classes on each Saturday in the month of January. To be held at the Franklin P Norman Community Center, 200 North Ash, Nevada from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free to the public! Contact Caroline Phillips at email@example.com for more information.
Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association of the tri-state area will have its beginners beekeeping class on Saturday, March 1, at the U of I extension building, 330 S 36th St., Quincy, Ill. The one-day class will start at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. After the class we will be placing orders for package bees and other equipment. Contact Bernie Andrew for further details.
Boone Regional Beekeepers offer Beginning Beekeeping class which includes hive building, lunch, honey-themed dinner, membership to both BRBA and the MSBA (restrictions apply) and a raffle drawing for the hive built during class. The Beginning Beekeeping classes will be the following Saturdays:
Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Columbia.
Feb. 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Columbia Area Career Center. Presented by Jim 'n' I Farms. Email Valerie for more information. Cost includes lunch, membership to both BRBA and the MSBA (restrictions apply) and a discount on beekeeping supplies.
April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Marshall, at Saline County Career Center. Presented by Amy Giffen and Jim and Valerie Duever from Boone Regional Beekeepers Association The cost will include lunch, hive building, membership to both BRBA and the MSBA (restrictions apply), and a discount on beekeeping supplies.
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Source: Ag Opportunities Newsletter