Werner’s Trading Company

In this 2018 photo, Rob Werner, right, explains how to place the queen in a new bee hive to customer Charles Driver, who made the trip down from Hartselle to pick up his order of bees at Werner’s Trading Company. 

Beekeeping is going digital. Beekeepers across the state will have the opportunity to participate in an online beekeeping course series designed for both hobby and small commercial beekeepers. The workshop, conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will cover several topics of information important to the industry.

Tony Glover, an Alabama Extension county coordinator in Cullman County, said there are three sessions of the workshop planned.

“These webinars are free and accessible to anyone with a computer, tablet or phone that has internet access,” Glover said.

Beekeeping Series

The hour-long sessions will be on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.

October 15: Equipment Tips from an Apiarist

Tammy Horn-Potter, Kentucky state apiarist, will offer equipment tips based on her equipment successes and failures.

October 22: Making More Money With Your Honey

Kevin Burkett, Alabama Extension Farm and Agribusiness Management agent, will discuss ways to maximize profits.

October 29: Honeybee Breeds: Choosing the Right Bee for Your Area

Jack Rowe, Alabama Extension’s beekeeping program lead, will share the pros and cons associated with various honeybee lines.


For information or to register for the online beekeeping course, visit the Alabama Extension website.

Allyson Shabel, an Alabama Extension home grounds agent, who also serves on Alabama Extension’s beekeeping program leadership team, said it is important the people pre-register for the course.

“Once people pre-register, we will be able to provide them with instructions on how to connect to the webinar,” Shabel said.

The webinars display through Zoom, a web conferencing service.

“People will want to download and install the Zoom software before the meeting to ensure they don’t have any difficulties connecting to the meeting,” she said.

Participants can download the free Zoom application from the Zoom website.

Maggie Lawrence is a News Unit Manager for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. She can be reached at awremc@auburn.edu or 334-844-5687.

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