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Master Beekeeper Program Biannual Training and Exams

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The Master BeeKeeper Program will be holding its biannual training and exams on Thursday March 6th at the Whitney Lab in Marineland, Florida.

The Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) is a five-year beekeeper training and certification program and boasts nearly 300 active members. This collection of registered beekeepers performs public service credits as a part of program advancement. To date, they have collectively reached nearly three million people in the state of Florida and beyond. They serve as bee ambassadors to beginning beekeepers, the public, and our community, by teaching and serving as an extension of UF/HBREL The MBP trains and educates beekeepers on new techniques, potential problems, tips and tricks to improve their beekeeping skills. Perhaps most importantly, it keeps beekeepers around the state and country connected and furthermore, connected to their communities. Beekeepers must have owned at least one hive of bees for at least one year to register, and entry to the MBP is attained by passing the apprentice examinations on exam day. Further into the program, students choose a major and attain major and core credits. To graduate as a Master Craftsman beekeeper, the final level in the program, one must complete a research project or Extension program.

For more information about the Master Beekeeper Program please visit: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/master_beekeeper.shtml

For the newly revised Master Beekeeper Program Manual please visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN84700.pdf

For registration to the upcoming spring event please visit: https://spring2014mbp.eventbrite.com

Content for this post was provided by Jeanette Klopchin.