The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beekeeping Program – an Update
During October, 2011, final agreements were reached between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) at Auburn University and me (Dr. James E. Tew) to provide extension and outreach programs for Alabama beekeepers, growers, homeowners and gardeners. The agreement is a one-year contract, subject to renewal upon agreement by both parties.
In this part-time capacity, I will conduct an annual spring meeting/workshop that will be conducted at Auburn University. Additionally, I will develop a web page presence, compose a seasonal newsletter, author factsheets, answer questions, and support the programs of the Alabama Beekeepers’ Association – including the new Master Beekeepers’ Program that has just recently been initiated. No doubt other issues, such as the future arrival of the Africanized honey bee will need addressing also.
Much of this program will be conducted electronically supported by frequent visits around Alabama to speak to groups and to observe Alabama beekeeping. Even though I have already conducted this program for seventeen years, this will be the first year that I have done it without being on the staff at The Ohio State University. I retired from that position effective October 1, 2011.
I am anxious to make this extension program a meaningful contributor to both new and experienced beekeepers. Please help by offering suggestions and continuing in beekeeping.