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Beekeeping Basics program May 18 in SA
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will host a Beekeeping Basics program Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Suite 208 of its offices at Conroy Square located at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in San Antonio.
The program is presented by AgriLife Extension, the Bexar County Master Gardeners, and beekeepers Mike and Travis Cole, members of the Alamo Area Beekeepers Association.
The program is targeted at first-time or novice beekeepers and will address topics such as basic bee biology, beekeeping laws and regulations, and bee viruses and diseases.
“Bee populations throughout the U.S. have been steadily declining, and this will continue to have a negative impact on both agricultural and green industries,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County.
Rodriguez said he hopes the program will build interest in beekeeping and inspire people to start their own hive or colony to help rebuild the Texas bee population.
The state’s tax code was recently amended to include “the use of land to raise or keep bees for pollination or for the production of human food or other tangible products having a commercial value,” provided that the land used is not less than 5 or more than 20 acres, said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Bexar County.
“The change in the tax code defining beekeeping as an agricultural-use enterprise in Texas open-space land appraisals has generated a lot of interest,” Davis said. “This should provide an additional incentive to people interested in beekeeping who have that amount of land and intend to keep bees for one or both of the purposes required.”
As an optional part of the program, a field trip on the morning of May 19 will be offered for participants interested in viewing some area beekeepers’ hives.
The program cost is $50, and includes snacks and lunch. Checks should be made payable to Bexar County Master Gardeners, with checks and completed registration forms mailed to: Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Molly Keck, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 212, San Antonio, TX 78230.
For more information, contact Keck at 210-467-6575 or email@example.com.
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