Published on 04/12/12

Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

By Merritt Melancon

Faculty members from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host their annual Bee Keeping Institute, May 10-12 in Young Harris, Ga.

For the past two decades, the Young Harris Bee Keeping Institute has provided professional and backyard beekeepers with the up-to-date information needed to keep their hives healthy and productive.

The two-day event will provide classes for everyone from novice beekeepers to experts and will provide a testing opportunity for beekeepers seeking their Georgia Master Beekeeping certifications.

The conference will also include certification training for the North America’s first licensing program for honey judges. The Beekeeping Institute’s organizers have collaborated with the Welsh National Bee Keepers' Association to provide this training.

Attendees should register for the institute by April 30, and this year’s institute will be capped at 150 attendees. Those seeking more information about the classes offered at the institute or the cost of the program can visit the UGA Honey Bee Program’s website at, email or call Samantha Holland at (706) 769-1736.

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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