Texoma Beekeepers Conference set Feb. 16

WICHITA FALLS – Beekeepers from across North Texas and southern Oklahoma will have the opportunity to attend the first Texoma Beekeepers Conference Feb. 16 in Wichita Falls, according to Fred Hall, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Wichita County.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria, 1801 9th St., Hall said.

Registration is $20 and includes a noon meal. Registration can be completed at the AgriLife Extension office for Wichita County, located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex at 600 Scott in Wichita Falls, or by mail.

Mailed registrations should be sent to Texoma Beekeepers Conference, c/o AgriLife Extension-Wichita County, 600 Scott, Suite 200, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301. These must include the name of each person, a check for $20 per person, a phone number and a return mailing address and email if available, for registration confirmation, Hall said.

All registrations must be received by Feb. 8 to ensure a meal, Hall said. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 but will not include a meal.

The conference speakers include: Jerry Hayes, past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America and regular contributor to American Bee Journal’s “The Classroom”; Bill Baxter, assistant chief apiary inspector with the Texas Department of Agriculture; and Dr. Juliana Rangel, assistant professor of apiculture in the Texas A&M University department of entomology.

In addition, local beekeepers and published authors Jerry Breedlove and Douglass Hill will present their new two cell cup system for re-queening hives.

For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office for Wichita County at 940-716-8610.

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