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Extension hosts beekeeping courses

MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experienced and aspiring beekeepers in Mississippi will have two opportunities to hone their skills in March

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a Beginning Beekeepers Short Course March 4 and an Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop and Queen Rearing Seminar March 25.

The beginners' course will be at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Topics include diseases, honeybee biology, hive inspection, basic equipment, seasonal management, honey extraction and small hive beetle management.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch. Registration costs $20 in advance and $30 at the door. If weather permits, participants will be able to walk to the bee yard at the museum and examine hives. The museum is located at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

The intermediate workshop will be at the Pike County Fairgrounds in McComb. Extension apiculturist Jeff Harris will cover raising and mating queen bees, cell builders and finishers, and grafting and nongrafting methods. He will also demonstrate the uses of Cloake boards, swarm boxes and cell builders.

A $35 registration fee includes lunch at the workshop, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop has a limited enrollment, and the first pre-registrants will be admitted. Participants are encouraged to bring magnification and grafting tools. The Pike County Fairgrounds are located at 3134 Wardlaw Road in McComb.

Visit to register for the beginners’ course and email the form to To register for the queen rearing workshop, visit

Released: March 1, 2017
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