Missouri Extension: Bee Workshops Lead to More Hives, More Honey, More Crops

A news release late last week from the University of Missouri Extension Service indicated that, “Beehives in the Lake of the Ozarks are buzzing, thanks in part to University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

“MU Extension specialists and beekeepers Travis and Joni Harper have coordinated beekeeping classes for more than 800 Missourians in the past three years. More than 300 people began beekeeping in more than 1,100 hives after attending beginning and advanced workshops. The Missouri Department of Agriculture awarded a three-year Specialty Crop Block Grant to the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and MU Extension.”

The release noted that, “Honey production increased 8 percent over the amount reported by the USDA in 2007. Despite this, beekeepers report that they can’t keep up with the demand for local honey, Joni Harper says.”

The Extension item added that, “Go to extension.missouri.edu/masterbeekeeper for information on MU Extension’s Master Beekeeper courses.”

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