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CES: Caribbean Beekeeping Congress/Caribbean Beekeeping College

May 26, 2014 - May 30, 2014

10:00 AM - 05:30 PM

St. Croix Campus

Carlos Robles, 340-693-1083, crobles@live.uvi.edu

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the 7th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress and 2nd Annual Caribbean Bee College on May 26-30, 2014, at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus, Kingshill, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

This event is run through a partnership between the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations (ACBO), East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center (ECBREC) at the St. Georges University (SGU), the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI/CES), the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) at the University of Florida (UF), beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean. It is an effort to share a platform in which participants can effectively deliver research, current events and issues, information, tools, and resources designed to improve the sustainability of beekeeping among the islands. The five-day event will consist of two-days Congress, one-day combo session of meetings, technical tours, and a cultural evening, followed by a two-days College.

The second Annual Caribbean Honey Show will also be featured during this exciting week. Congress highlights will include a keynote address from Nicola Bradbear, director of Bees for Development, on “Beekeeping, a Global Perspective; Developments and Trends." There will be country reports and highlights from the successes of the region.

There will also be a featured call for papers where beekeepers and bee researchers from around the world will be invited to showcase their latest findings. The combo session will provide technical tours where participants will have the chance to visit the island of St. Croix and its local apiaries. Transportation will be provided.

College highlights include morning lectures and afternoon workshops on a variety of beginner and advanced honey bee and beekeeping topics. Live honey bee colonies will be on-site to facilitate a hand’s on learning experience. Courses include everything from honey bee biology to hive product marketing, Caribbean honey plants, pests and diseases and much more. For more information, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1083 or send e-mail to crobles@live.uvi.edu

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