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Beekeeping (Indiana 4-H)

This project will help youth learn about bees and how to raise domestic bees. You will learn about the types of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees, and the equipment a beekeeper needs. If you want to set up your own hive, you’ll learn basic beehive care, how to extract and bottle honey. Advanced topics include: increasing the number of your honey bee colonies, increasing honey production, producing special kinds of honey, and learning more about bee societies.

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Exhibit note: If you exhibit honey, judges will evaluate its color, body, flavor, uniformity of weight and appearance, clarity, moisture content, crystals, and freedom from contamination. Judges will also evaluate the neatness of the container.

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4-H Beekeeping manuals, online only:

The Bee Hive (Purdue University, Department of Entomology)


  • Beekeeping Essay Contest, sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. Due Date: January 15, 2014. Rules and Guideline


  • Honey Judging video
  • The New Starting Right with Bees (Catalog #924) book is available from the publisher, A.I. Root, at (800) 233-7929 or A.I. Root, 623 West Liberty, Medina, OH, 44256. Please note that the 2004 price was $8.75.
  • Purdue’s Beehive website
  • The Foundation for The Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. website
  • The American Beekeeping Federation website
  • Are Agriculture's Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?, NPR Story, March, 2013
  • The Value of Honey Bees as Pollinators of U.S. Crops in 2000


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