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MSU to offer beginners’ beekeeping class Feb. 20

February 10, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Two honey bees gather nectar from this flower. They will take the nectar back to the hive where it will be turned into honey. Photo by Ruth O'Neill.

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The Montana State University College of Agriculture will host a one-day seminar on Saturday, Feb. 20, for beginners interested in learning how to raise honeybees.

The class will cover how to purchase bees and assemble equipment, establish a new beehive, yearly hive maintenance, pest deterrence and types of hives used in apiculture.

Sessions during the day will be led by Ruth O’Neill, research associate in the MSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and Kevin Wanner, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and MSU Extension specialist in cropland entomology. Wanner will also give the welcome and opening remarks.

In the afternoon, Rick Molenda, of Western Bee Supplies, will lead a session on ordering supplies and assembling a hive. WBS will hold a small trade show in the lobby of the Burns Technology Center in the Engineering and Physical Sciences building during the day. Workshop enrollees may place an order in advance and pick up their supplies the day of the class.

The afternoon will conclude with a tasting of varietal honeys with bread and butter.

The workshop fee is $50 per person, which is non-refundable after Wednesday, Feb. 17. Lunch is not included.

The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 15. To register, visit Participants may register online or by printing the mail-in form.

Contact: Ruth O'Neill, College of Agriculture, or 406-994-5176