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Local beekeepers to discuss WV honey bee

February 22, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Barbour County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the fairgrounds.

Joyce Frey, state apiary inspector, will explain the best management practices for West Virginia beekeepers. Anyone interested is welcome to come and join the question-and-answer discussion.

Janet Clayton, West Virginia Master Beekeeper, will discuss general feeding practices and the benefits of feeding honeybees fondant as a supplement food source.

This meeting also will offer an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. Members are encouraged to bring their "bee questions" to the meeting for the group's input and ideas.

Weather is a big factor in the honey bee winter survival; warm days are bringing the bees out with only a few sources of pollen. Monitoring your bees closely during this time is advisable.

Lester Lind, president of the Barbour County Beekeepers, said those interested in honey bee and beekeeping should attend the meeting to learn about the ins and outs of local honey production.

Pot luck refreshments will be served.



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