EXTENSION CORNER: Alabama Beekeepers' Symposium will keep participants buzzing

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Beekeepers can get valuable information at the 27th annual Alabama Beekeepers' Symposium set for Feb. 5 and 6. It will be a virtual event.
Beekeepers can get valuable information at the 27th annual Alabama Beekeepers' Symposium set for Feb. 5 and 6. It will be a virtual event.

From amateur beekeepers to professional apiarists, we have an upcoming event that is sure to keep you buzzing. The 27th annual Alabama Beekeepers’ Symposium will be held virtually on Feb. 5 and 6, and registration is open.

The virtual format, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, does have a silver lining. This year we will be able to bring speakers and participants from across the country and the world to share their interest in and knowledge of bees.

This year, participants will be able to hear from Samuel Ramsey, who is presenting from Thailand, where he is researching the Tropilaelaps mite. He also will speak on his ground-breaking research into the Varroa mite that plagues beekeepers.

Another highlight will be Priyadarshini Chakrabati Barsu, who will speak from her new position at Mississippi State University. Chakrabarit Basu will deliver two presentations on nutrition from her research and practical methods of feeding honeybees.

The Alabama Beekeeper’s Symposium, hosted by Jack Rowe, a member of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System beekeeping team, will feature Auburn University’s Geoffrey Williams and members of his pollinator research lab staff. Other speakers will include Alabama Extension professionals, Alabama Master Beekeepers and others.

Online registration is open until Feb. 5. The cost to attend is $20 per person. As a part of the registration cost, participants can access the presentations for up to two weeks after the event. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3tG9yG7.

If you have further questions about bees or other Extension programs, please reach out or stop by our office at 3200-A W. Meighan Blvd. in Gadsden, call us at 256-547-7936 or visit us on Facebook at https://bit.ly/3otwUdl or online at https://bit.ly/3yniPCx.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome! Please let us know if you have accessibility needs.

Eric Wright is extension coordinator for the Etowah County Extension Office.

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Extension to host beekeepers symposium

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