There’s a new Bee College in town, and it’s better than ever.

Mark August 12th and 13th on your calendar folks. 

South Florida and Caribbean Bee College is right around the corner! Yes, you read that correctly. The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is combining the 4th annual South Florida Bee College and the 4th annual Caribbean Bee College into one super event this year at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Tickets are on sale now and seats are limited, so what are you waiting for?

HBREL graduate student, Ashley Mortenson shows off a frame in an Open Hive Demo at Bee College.

Highlighting our event this year as keynotes will be Dr. Larry Connor who will share his expertise on sustainable beekeeping and queen rearing, and the King of Sting Dr. Justin Schmidt who will reveal the myths of African bees and the realities of stings. Not only do we have two wonderful keynote speakers, but we also have international beekeepers from the Caribbean coming to teach courses focused on Caribbean beekeeping and other related topics. (Are you buying your ticket yet??) There are new topics from the keynotes and new topics from our Caribbean speakers, but it doesn’t stop there. HBREL is also providing quite a few new topics this year; a Native Pollinator class and The Honey Bee Sting are just a couple of examples.

With all of these new topics, there is something for everyone to learn!

Beyond Bee College -Thursday Workshops

Some of you may be wondering if we have heard your requests for expanding classes into all day workshops. Well, we have some great news for you! On Thursday, August 11th HBREL is hosting two full day workshops for you to choose from. Dr. Larry Connor will be leading an all day Queen Rearing Workshop where you will be able to listen, learn, and practice proper steps of queen rearing. Members of the Honey Bee Lab will also be providing an all day Pest and Disease Workshop that will go over everything you need to know about prevention, identification, and treatment of the most common pests of a honey bee hive. Registration is open, but these seats are limited (no more than 30 people per class) so sign up today!

Show me the Honey!

Do you think your bees make the sweetest honey? Is your beautiful bee art award-winning? Do you make the coolest beekeeping gadgets? You’ll never know if you don’t enter a Honey Show! There are 22 different categories that you can enter in the South Florida and Caribbean Bee College Honey Show to see if you really are the best of the best. Anyone can enter. There is a category just for the taste of honey called the black jar category and a category just for people who have yet to win 1st place in a honey show. There is actually something for everyone!

A bee-utiful honey display from a Bee College Honey Show

Registration for South Florida and Caribbean Bee College, the workshops, and the Honey Show is now open (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/university-of-florida-honey-bee-research-and-extension-lab-2559101184). Seats are going already so sign up now! If you have any questions about these events, email the Honey Bee Lab at honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu. 

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