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Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Coming this Weekend

Dan Alabama, Pollinators

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The 26th Annual Beekeeping Symposium will be held on Feb. 6 and 7 through Zoom. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to host the symposium to provide timely information for Alabama’s beekeeping public.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event was forced to restructure, and therefore for the first time, it will be a digital event. The cost to attend this year’s online event is $20 per participant.

Instead of the usual eight-hour format, the symposium is featuring two, half-day segments. It will begin on Feb. 6 at 8:25 a.m., continuing until lunchtime. The second day of the event, Feb. 7, will begin at 2 p.m., ending at 5:40 p.m. Each session will begin with a keynote speaker in the main Zoom webinar room. From there, attendees will break off into two separate Zoom rooms.


The first Zoom room will feature how-to talks on products from the hive. This seminar is designed to provide Alabama beekeepers with ideas and instructions on salable products, besides honey, that work under the Alabama Cottage Food Law.

The second room will feature hive maintenance talks from advanced beekeepers and beekeeping researchers. They will provide up-to-date information on beekeeping needs for the continued success of Alabama beekeepers.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the Alabama Master Beekeepers Association’s Journeyman Beekeepers will present lectures for attendees to work towards becoming a certified Master Beekeeper. Short commercials will also play throughout the sessions from a wide range of beekeeping vendors and craftspeople.

The symposium talks will be available to registrants for up to two weeks after the event. For more information on the 26th Annual Alabama Beekeeping Symposium visit the Alabama Extension website at