4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest

Each year, the UF HBREL organizes the Florida 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest. The contest is a national competition offered by the Foundation for The Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., but only the best essay in each state moves on to compete in the national running. The Official UF HBREL Essay Committee will determine the top three essays in Florida and send the first-ranked winner on to the national competition. For official contest rules, visit the Foundation for The Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. website.

The deadline to submit essays to the HBREL for the 2016 contest is February 19th, 2016.

Please submit essays to honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu as a microsoft word document titled: " 4-H Essay _YOUR LAST NAME". Please use this format in the subject of your email as well.

2016 Essay Topic: “Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?”

Beekeeping has had its five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question.

Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

The Florida state first place winner will be submitted to the national competition by March 4, 2016, national winners were to be announced by May 2, 2016.

Questions? Email our Lab Staff at honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu

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