Sign up for Beekeeping 101

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Interested in keeping honeybees? Then this course may “bee” just what you need.

Many people today inquire at my office about raising honeybees as an ag exemption, or they’re interested in bees to help with the pollination of vegetables, fruits and crops. Some people even want “show me the honey,” thinking they will make money.

This course will introduce you to modern beekeeping, native bees and habitat, along with the economics of raising honeybees.

Beekeeping 101 is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Cost is $10.

We’re pleased to have Donavan Johns, a local beekeeper, to talk about getting started in the beekeeping business, including how to set up hives and how to purchase bees. Dr. Sonja Swiger, assistant professor and entomologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss native bees and proper habitat needed to raise bees and increase populations.

Dr. Jason Johnson, associate professor and economist-management with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss the economics of establishing and managing hives. For landowners who are interested in using beekeeping as an agriculture use for tax exemption, Johnson will discuss the guidelines for such use in Wise County.

If you’re interested in bees and their production, this meeting should be of interest to you. To register, call 940-627-3341, or visit the Wise County Extension office at 206 S. State Street in Decatur.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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