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January 15, 2016

A summary of social media activities by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry

Bee College coming up soon. Will you “bee” there?

The 2016 Bee College, the most extensive and best-attended annual educational honey bee event in Florida, is just around the corner. Professional and back yard beekeepers, as well as BeeCollege2016naturalists, farmers, gardeners, county agents and anyone else interested in honey bees, should plan to attend. Our DPI Apiary staff will be present to meet and greet, facilitate and teach classes.

  • When: 7 a.m. March 4 – 6 p.m. March 5
  • Where: Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida, 9505 N. Oceanside Blvd., St. Augustine, Fla.

The bee college provides lectures in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon. There will be live honey bee colonies on site for open hive demonstrations and protective gear for everyone. You won’t leave hungry, either. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, lunch both days, a full banquet dinner on Friday evening and an ice cream social following the Awards Ceremony. Get more information and sign up here. (Image: BeeCollege2016)

Honey bees are amazing. (But you knew that, right?)

TBT this week looked back at a 2014 blog post that explains how bees survive the cold of winter that kills off so many other insects. Not so much of a problem in Florida, of course, but fascinating nonetheless.

Tri-ology: The chronicle of invasive detections

Our blog invited followers to read Tri-ology. The FDACS Division of Plant Industry has published this journal six times each year for the past 54 years. It lists detections of invasive species in Florida, including locations and other details. Eye-opening information for members of the scientific community and laymen as well.

There’s a lot of life in a little soil

SoilMemeFixedSomeone, apparently, has counted individual bacteria in one teaspoon of healthy soil, enabling our friends at USDA-NRCS to produce this meme citing a total that ranges from 100 million to 1 billion.  The USDA-NRCS website provides more down-to-earth information and it’s well worth your time. You can even click on a map to learn how Florida soil is different from other states’ soils and how Florida growers work to enrich our generally sandy soils.

We’ll be seeing you . . .

. . . at the State Fair, we hope. It’s just 20 days away, February 4-15 at the Tampa fairgrounds. Look for FDACS-DPI staff at the ever-popular Insect Encounters at the Florida Hall of Fame Building.

. . . At the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet, February 9. If you have not yet purchased tickets you can do so by following this link: http://floridaaghalloffame.org/annual-banquet-and-ceremony/ .

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and program commence at 7 p.m.

. . . and at the Taste of Florida Agriculture Reception at the Capitol in Tallahassee February 3, 2016.

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