Free Beekeeping class offered at BATC

FILE PHOTO - A beekeeper looks at the hives to see how the bees are doing in May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/August Miller, Deseret News)

It has been debated in the Utah Legislature as a lawmaker would like to see the requirement that backyard beekeepers not have to be licensed as they are now required by the state in certain situations. To promote local beekeeping a free beginners class will be held on February 18th (and again on March 18th) at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College.

Those who take the class will learn fundamentals such as bee anatomy, what’s in the hive, installing packages, tools and equipment and more. Danny Scholes of Cache Valley Bee Supply was a guest on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2016_02_09_324_41814_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People show on Monday</a>. He said promoting more beekeeping is important because there have been challenges.

“This burrow mite gets in the bees and it’s basically like a big tick hanging on their sides sucking their blood…also spreads diseases which affect the colony. So that’s probably the beekeepers biggest problem…but there’s other things (like) the improper use of pesticides,” Scholes explained.

He said that some local bees are regularly shipped out seasonally to help pollinate other crops as well.

“We have several commercial beekeepers here in the valley that take their bees down to the almond orchards in California. There’s not enough local bees there to pollinate the almonds…the more bees they can put in there the bigger the crop of almonds they can produce.”

Even though there is no cost for the class they are asking people to register so they know how many to plan for. You can register at CacheValleyBeeSupply.com

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