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Here are a few simple recipes to keep your bees happy and healthy with homemade nutritional supplements.
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The smoker is a primary tool for controlling bees while you work, but using it requires experience and patience. Use these tips for a quick and easy introduction to beekeeping basics.
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As your bees' real estate broker, you'll need to make sure that they and your neighbors are as comfortable as possible.
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Apiculture insurance is a safety net for beekeepers
Beekeeping operations are very diverse. They have different plant species, climates, and precipitation requirements across the nation.  It’s been a hot, dry summer in my area. The lack of...
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When the main nectar flow of spring and summer subsides and the colony has filled combs with surplus honey, it's time for harvest. You'll need this equipment on hand when following our...
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The winter before you begin keeping bees is the ideal time to purchase your equipment. Order packages of honeybees (one package per hive). Aim for a warm, sunny day to set up your hive. Follow our...
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Beekeeper Val Jorgensen runs an organic herb, flower, and vegetable farm in Westerville, Ohio. “Our farm is very diversified, which gives the bees multiple crops to pollinate,” Val says. She tends an...
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Moving hives can be stressful on the bees, so do it carefully
Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby for people who want to produce their own honey and have a handy supply of pollinators. The insects can be kept almost anywhere, but there may be instances when you...
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Jacob Shuman has overcome struggles to become the recipient of a national 4-H leadership award
Jacob Shuman had trouble learning and struggled in elementary school, especially with math. It was discovered that his birth mother drank during pregnancy, and he has fetal alcohol syndrome. His mom...
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Through genetics and science, we’re breeding a stronger bee
Backyard beekeeping is a popular hobby, and people who breed honeybees are working hard to ensure you’ll have successful hives for years to come. Jim Tew is the state beekeeping specialist...

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