Duplin Extension organizes Beekeeper’s School

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Looking for a hobby to begin in 2014 for yourself or your family? Then buzz on over to Duplin Cooperative Extension in Kenansville on January 2, 2014, and learn about bees, how to construct a hive and be rewarded with a harvest of honey.

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 and become part of a local group with regular meetings for members to learn from each other and educators on topics related to beekeeping.

“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.

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 tom_hroza@ncsu.edu 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