Welcome to the Extension section of the UF HBREL website. Our efforts are varied, yet focused into three distinct areas: beekeeper extension, African bee extension, and general honey bee extension.
HBREL Pest & Disease Videos
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UF HBREL publishes documents under the UF/IFAS Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) on beekeeping and honey bee-related topics. Please see below for selected articles.
- All EDIS topics in beekeeping
- Swarm Control for Managed Beehives
- Bottling, Labeling and Selling Honey in Florida
- Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey Bees
- Chalkbrood Recommendations
- Florida Bears and Beekeeping
- Mosquito Control and Beekeepers
- Observation Hives
- Protecting Honey Bees from Pesticides
- Sample Pollination Agreement
- Small Hive Beetle
Under beekeeper extension falls one of our most popular programs, the UF Bee College: Florida's most extensive honey bee educational event!
The fifth annual Bee College was a huge success thanks to our participants and our wide range of accomplished national and international speakers and guests.
Bee College 2014 is in the works as we speak. Do you have ideas for topics you haven't heard before? Do you have a speaker that you are just dying to see give a presentation or workshop? Let us know! Send us an email to email@example.com. and we would be happy to consider your suggestions.
The Florida Master Beekeeper Program is aimed at beekeepers with some beekeeping experience (at least one year to enter the program). This program features four levels of advancement:
Apprentice—Advanced—Master—Master Craftsman. Completion of the Master Craftsman Beekeeper level is comparable to the completion of a Master’s degree from a university!
We are constantly working to improve our program and our enrollment is higher than ever! Are you a beekeeper? Do you want to share your knowledge with the community? Are you constantly making things for your bees and becoming obsessed with all things honey bee? Well maybe the Master Beekeeper Program is just the fix you need to officiate your hobby!
We publish a quarterly beekeeper’s newsletter called the Melitto Files (a pun on Melittophile, meaning lover of bees) which features articles written specifically for Florida Beekeepers, announcements of upcoming beekeeping events, and a management calendar divided into regions.
Members of the HBREL have partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to create the African Bee Extension & Education (AFBEE) Program which serves to educate every Florida citizen about the presence of African bees in Florida. The AFBEE Program website is a clearing house of information about the African honey bee in Florida.
We are always happy to facilitate speakers to present at your event. If you would like to arrange a speaker to talk about beekeeping, African bees, or any other bee topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honey Bee Research
& Extension Lab (HBREL)
University of Florida
Entomology & Nematology
PO Box 110620
Bldg. 970 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611