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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold the 19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Saturday, Feb. 1 at Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The College of Business is located at 405 West Magnolia Avenue in Auburn.

Dr. Jeff Harris, a Mississippi State University apiculturist will discuss The Small Hive Beetle in Mississippi and Queen Management and Selection for the Backyard Beekeeper. Dr. Stephen Enloe, an Alabama Extension Specialist will speak on invasive plants. Keith Fielder, county Extension coordinator of Putnam County, Ga., will discuss Producing Creamed Honey and Developing and Using Nucleus Colonies. Via streaming video, Barry Richards of Red River Bees in Cross Plains, Tenn., will cover Marketing Your Honey Crop.

In addition, members of the Alabama Beekeepers’ Association will conduct a series of four seminars specifically for new beekeepers. Other presentations by members of this group for all beekeepers include: Recovering and Revising Plastic Frames and Methods to Insure High Quality Honey for Your Customers.

Although honey is the best known product from the bee hive, two speakers will address interesting uses for beeswax. An artistic demonstration of encaustic (beeswax) painting will be done by Cynthia Mast. Elizabeth Whitaker will talk about creative uses for beeswax cappings.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Apiary section will be represented by Dennis Barclift, State Apiarist.

Registration is from 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m. and the program is from 8:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. For those who pre-register, Lunch will be provided by the Alabama Beekeepers’ Association. There will be an open hive demonstration (weather permitting) during the lunch.

If paid by January 22, the registration fee for the day is $25. After January 22 and at the door, the registration fee is $35. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Mask at 334-844-4450 or visit to see registration material. For online registration visit:



Joan Johnson

5/25/2014 4:34 PM
I live in Sand Rock, AL. there are almost no bees of any kind in my country yard that is usually just buzzing with honey bees on the white clover and black bumblebees on other wild flowers. It is strangely quiet with them gone. What is happening?