4-H beekeeping essay to focus on community effects

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By Cathy Toole

The topic for the 2012 beekeeping essay, sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., is “The results of honey bee pollination in my community.” Active 4-H youth can compete to win three awards, at amounts of $750, $500 or $250. 4-H’ers are encouraged to consider the scope of plants, food crops, trees, habitats and animals that are positively affected by honeybee pollination.

Beekeeping is an important pursuit, a link in the food chain that is often taken for granted. However, it is critical to the health of the worldwide agricultural system and the recent colony collapse has been cause for concern.

The National Honey Board, Honey.com, provides the following facts:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 95 percent of beekeepers are hobbyists, with fewer than 25 hives. With an additional four percent of part-time bee keepers, these two groups produce 40 percent of the honey in the United States.

Commercial beekeepers provide pollination services as needed, moving to different areas when farmers need hives to pollinate their crops.

The top-five production states are North Dakota, California, South Dakota, Florida and Montana.

Agriculture depends on pollination by insects and bees. The National Honey Board cites a USDA report that estimates 80 percent of insect crop pollination is completed by honeybees.

Honeybees produce honey and beeswax, and pollinate agricultural and natural landscapes.

For more information, please contact the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.

Upcoming 4-H Events

Dec. 5 – Dog Club meeting at the Henry County Extension Service at 5:30 p.m.  We will be making homemade doggie treats.

Dec. 6 – Photography Club at the Henry County Extension Service from 3:30 to 5 p.m. If you have a digital camera please bring it with you as well as your memory card and extra batteries.  If you do not have a camera don’t worry we will let you borrow one of the club’s.

Dec. 9 – Horse Club Meeting at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Office at 6 p.m.  New members are always welcome. Check out our website at henrycountyhorseclub@shutterfly.com

Dec. 12 – Advanced Cooking Club at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

Dec. 13 – Beginning Cooking Club at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders.

If you are interested in participating in any 4-H clubs or activities please e-mail kelly.dockter@uky.edu or call the Henry County Extension Service at 845-2811 to be putting on the appropriate mailing list.

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Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.