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Starting Thursday, Panhandle Beekeepers Offered August Classes To Help Manage Hives

Judy Biss
UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team

This month, up and coming beekeepers in the Florida Panhandle will have the opportunity to take part in a few beekeeping classes.

As the beekeeping industry grows in Florida, Judy Biss says it’s important for beekeepers to learn the science-based best management practices for maintaining their hives. She’s part of the Panhandle team of the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences [UF/IFAS] Extension office.

“It helps the whole industry in the state of Florida because pollination is critical to our food supply,” said Biss.

All Panhandle counties are eligible to participate in the intermediate level beekeeping classes, offered via web conferencing. On Thursday, the first class is about managing pests and diseases.

“It’s the Varroa Mite, which is a very significant killer of bees and also suspected of bringing in other viruses as well,” Biss added. “It’s just something that is a persistent pest and it weakens the hive.”

Anyone interested in registering should contact their local UF/IFAS Extension Office.

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