In this Issue:
  • A Look at Some of Our Colorful and Intriguing Native Bees
  • The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators
  • Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th
  • Sustainable Gift-Giving
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • 2016 Beekeeping Program
  • Beekeeping

    A Look at Some of Our Colorful and Intriguing Native Bees

    Beekeeping is thriving in Panhandle Florida and the importance of honeybee health and pollination is frequently in the news.  As much as 1/3 of our food supply depends on the pollinating activities of honeybees, and because of this fact, pollinator protection was formally recognized at the federal level in 2014 when the President of the …

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    The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators

    “The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.” Jacques Yves Cousteau Bumble bees are among the most recognizable types of insects. They are large, colorful, and a wonder to watch.  They’re also popularized in media, cartoons, and clip-art images, but …

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    Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th

    The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes.  These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at a number of Extension Offices across North Florida and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists.  This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm Central Time, 7-8:30 …

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    Sustainable Gift-Giving

    I don’t know about you, but my kids have a lot of “stuff.” Legos on my son’s floor, stuffed animals surrounding my daughter’s room—it’s a lot to keep up with. Granted, they have never thrown away a Lego brick or stuffed animal, so they’re not contributing to the landfill (only my lack of sanity), and …

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    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – – – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn …

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    2016 Beekeeping Program

    Author: Rick O’Connor – roc1@ufl.edu Sea Grant Extension Agent in Escambia County