Duplin Extension organizes Beekeeper’s School
Located in a top agricultural county, Duplin Cooperative Extension is focusing on the essential role of the honeybee for crops and home gardens and will offer an introductory beekeeper’s school Nov. 14 in Kenansville.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lois G. Britt Agriculture Center in Room 104 of the Cooperative Extension office. Tom Hroza, Duplin County Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent, invites all ages with an interest or curiosity about honeybees to attend this free event that is being held with assistance from the Neuse Regional Beekeepers Association.
“Increased management skills are needed to maintain the honeybee population,” Hroza added. “More skilled beekeepers are needed to supply the bees we need.”
Honeybees are essential to the pollination of many food, forage and fiber crops. Hroza explained that by visiting the flowers of plants, the honeybee transfers pollen from the male flower parts to the female flower parts, ensuring the reproduction process of that plant. Honeybees are directly responsible for the pollination of a third of our food supply. Also, honeybees are the only insect pollinator that can be managed in large enough quantities to ensure pollination of many valuable crops.
This school is designed to create an awareness of the current threats to bee populations. Honeybees are disappearing due to new diseases and pests, loss of environment, some home lawn/garden and agriculture practices and pesticide use.
Participants will learn about the fascinating honeybee, how to get started as a beekeeper, suitable sites, as well as the benefits of the honey and beeswax.
For more information, contact Tom Hroza by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 910.296.2143. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact: Wanda Hargrove or Emily Walter at 910.296.2143, no later than five business days before the event.