Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beekeeping for Beginners Class Offered in Mansfield Starting Feb. 12; Pre-Registration by Phone Required

“To Bee or not to Bee” is the question that will be answered during a three week short course for beginning beekeepers being offered by University of Missouri Extension in Wright County.

The course will begin at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12 and will be held on Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at the Christian Church, 851 W. Commercial St., Mansfield. Pre-registration by calling the Wright County Extension Center at 417-741-6134 is required.

Registration fees are $50 per person or $75 per farm.

The course instructor is Larry Tucker, a retired small farm family program education assistant from University of Missouri Extension. He has many years of experience with his own beekeeping operation in Ozark County. Larry has also spent many years teaching other producers how to begin management of bees on their own property.

Larry and this workshop will feature the video series, “A Year in the Life of an Apiary” by Dr. Keith Delaplane, an entomologist and honeybee specialist at the University of Georgia.

Each class will have video presentations with open discussion. Topics to be covered in the class include how to get started and managing and maintaining productive honeybee colonies through an entire year.

“This class would be helpful to anyone starting an operation or cultivating a natural bee habitat,” said Ted Probert, county program director for MU Extension in Wright County.

For more information and to register, contact the Wright County Extension office at 417-741-6134 or


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