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MSU to host beekeeping workshop

BOZEMAN — A workshop for beginning beekeepers will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Montana State University.

The instructors will explain how to buy bees and equipment, establish a new beehive, register and maintain hives, prevent pests, and harvest honey and wax. Participants will be able to taste various types of honey from around the world and visit a small trade show.

Cost of the workshop is $30 per person, which includes lunch. A registration form is available at Participants should send a check (Make it out to MSU) and the registration form to:

Spring Beekeeping Workshop

Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology

P.O. Box 173150, MSU

Bozeman, MT. 59717-3150

Directions and parking instructions will be emailed to registered participants.

Workshop schedule:

8:30 to 9 a.m. – Check-in. (Coffee, tea and cookies).

9 to 10 a.m. – Opening remarks. “Introduction to Honey Bee Biology” by MSU Crop Entomologist Kevin Wanner.

10 to 10:45 a.m. – “A Year in the Hive” by MSU Research Associate Entomologist Ruth O’Neill.

10:45 to 11 a.m. – Break.

11 a.m. to Noon – “Beekeeping and the Department of Agriculture: Rules, Regulations, and Services,” by State Entomologist Cam Lay, Montana Department of Agriculture.

Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch break. A sandwich bar, tossed green salad, snacks and beverage are provided with registration.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – “How to Order Supplies and Assemble a Hive,” by Rick Molenda of Western Bee Supply in Polson. If participants order supplies ahead of time, Molenda will bring their orders to the workshop with no shipping charge. See

1:15 to 2 p.m. – “Varroa Mites and Other Common Problems,” by O’Neill.

2 to 2:30 – Honey tasting, chitchat.

For more information contact Ruth O’Neill at 406-994-5176 or

–MSU Extension