National 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest

This national 4-H essay contest sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is asking for active 4-H members from all 50 states to research and explore the topic of protecting honey bees from pesticides. Florida entries will be submitted to and judged by the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.

The top Florida essay will be sent by the Honey Bee Lab to the national competition where it will compete for cash prizes ($250-$750). Prior to the national competition, the top three Florida essays will be selected and awarded the following prizes:

  • First Place: Certificate, Relevant bee book, Fully-paid admission to The University of Florida Bee College
  • Second Place: Certificate and relevant bee book
  • Third Place: Certificate

Final submissions should be sent no later than February 3rd, 2017 to with the subject "4-H Honey Bee Essay". For more information, visit The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees site.

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