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Last weekend I completed the University of Minnesota, At the Continuing Education & Conference Center St Paul Campus. Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1 Course.
Teaching the class was Professor Marla Spivak an American entomologist, and Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota and Gary Reuter Apiculture Technician.
Dr Basil Furgala and his students at The University of Minnesota developed a very effective system for managing honey bee colonies in northern climates. Over the course of many years, they researched and perfected their system of management, and accumulated a notebook full of instructional materials for students of beekeeping. In 1993, and again in 1996 Professor Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter consolidated his materials and developed a Manual. They also put on the course.
- Ø Honey bees are not native to North & South America but were brought to the new world with the first Europeans
- Ø There are several races of Bees; Italian & Carniolan Bees are recommended for beginning Beekeepers.
- Ø Today one out of every 3 Bee colonies are lost to winter kill each year.
- Ø For many years Queens were not replace for 7 years without problems, now Queens are replace every 1 ½ years
- Ø Bee Stings may have a beneficial reaction on some people. Besides the two percent of the U.S. population that is allergic to bees, most people stand to benefit from apitherapy treatment.
- Apitherapy, a traditional folk remedy that has been used in many other countries for centuries, takes advantage of the healing power contained in honeybee venom which helps to alleviate serious conditions like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and lupus
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