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Largest honeybee field workshop in Northeast set for Saturday in South Deerfield

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Health problems plaguing honeybees have been well documented in the news media, books, and even a few recent films. Despite this attention to honeybee pests, diseases and other potential maladies, very few practical solutions have been offered to beekeepers and others concerned about their plight.

But this Saturday the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association is offering a series of presentations and demonstrations designed to give beekeepers tools to successfully manage honeybee colonies. This is a free event, open to all beekeepers and the public.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Agronomy Farm on River Road in South Deerfield.

Beekeepers from across Massachusetts and the New England region will convene to explore practical solutions to the many challenges facing honeybees and the beekeeping industry. This is the largest beekeeping “field workshop” held in the Northeast.

Beekeepers nationally continue to experience significant losses of honey bee colonies. On Saturday experts will present on topics ranging from controlling honey bee pests and diseases, to raising queen bees. Several of the presentations will use live bees, and will include the inspection of honeybee colonies.

The full schedule of presentations can be found at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association website: www.massbee.org.

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