Missouri's Master Beekeeper -

"Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping"

Master Beekeeper Registration.pdf

University of Missouri Extension’s newly developed Certified Master Beekeeper Program is coming to Southwest Missouri in March. The program will be held at the Crowder College Williams Building, in Neosho, MO from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.

Due to the decline in honey bee populations and the awareness of the important role bees play in pollinating crops, interest in beekeeping is on the rise in Missouri, across the nation and around the world. In response to this interest, University of Missouri Extension developed a Missouri Master Beekeeper Program.

The Master Beekeeper Program trains and educates beekeepers on new techniques, equipment, potential problems, and tips and tricks to improve their beekeeping skills. Participants serve as bee ambassadors to beginning beekeepers, the public and their communities by teaching and serving as University of Missouri Extension volunteers, and may later choose to work as paid independent consultants. “What a great opportunity for area pollinators and pollinator friends” said Jennifer Lutes, McDonald County Extension Program Director; “This first-class program provides participants with college level education at a fraction of the cost.”

The Missouri Master Beekeeper certification program consists of six levels: Beginner Beekeeper, Apprentice Beekeeper, Journeyman Beekeeper, Junior Master Beekeeper, Master Trainer, and Master Beekeeper. By the end of this first course, individuals will be able to help experienced beekeepers in the management of hives.

Individuals must have one year of experience rearing bees and join a local beekeeping club before taking an exam to move up to the next level. Experienced beekeepers can test up through the first two levels of the program if they have three or more years of experience.

The “Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” class is for any individual interested in learning beekeeping. There is no minimum age for the program, but children age 12 and younger may find examination questions difficult.

The course costs $61, which includes a beekeeping book. Classes are taught by experienced local beekeepers. Pre-Registration is required. To register, please contact the McDonald County Extension Office before March 1st 2017.

Master Beekeeper Registration.pdf



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