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March 6, 2015

 

This is a big weekend for Florida’s apiary industry

Today (March 6) begins the most extensive educational honey bee event in the state: the Florida Bee College. The college brings together beekeepers, naturalists, farmers, gardeners, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees, with lectures in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon.  Watch for our tweets from the Bee College.

HistoricBeekeeper

Throwback Thursday featured this photo of a lady beekeeper tending her boxes — a tip of the bonnet to the Bee College and the apiary industry.

 

And just how healthy is the apiary industry in Florida?

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports the state’s apiary industry is flourishing, with a rapidly growing number of beekeepers, many of whom are expanding their operations. They are meeting the growing demand for honey, a commodity product trading at upwards of two dollars a pound. Florida is continually ranked among the top four honey producing states in the county. Read more on our blog.

National-Consumer-Protection-Week_largeCommissioner Putnam suggests ways to defend against scams and Fraud

We were pleased to pass along Tips to consumers from Comissioner Adam H. Putnam to mark National Consumer Protection Week. It was a great opportunity to call attention to the department’s Little Black Book of Scams and the state’s Do No Call list, now available free of charge for residential amd mobile telephone numbers.  You can also learn how to file a complaint with FDACS.

Avoid the skimmer scam

This week media also passed along a warning from the commissioner that the department is finding more skimmers on gas pumps. Skimmers are devices that copy credit card information and enable crooks to clone your card. A guaranteed way to avoid skimmers: Pay for your fuel with cash.

Welcome, Kojak

Detector Dog Kojak and handler Karen Holton.

Detector Dog Kojak and handler Karen Holton.

Kojak is on the job. Kojak is a 76- pound black Lab who joined the FDACS-DPI Detector Dog program this week. He and his  handler, Karen Holton, began working together at Tampa mail sorting facilities after graduating from the USDA training center in Newnan, Ga. Congratulations, Kojak and Karen, for your perfect score on the certification exam.

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