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Our February meeting was snowed out. So we have canceled two meeting because of weather now. So, Quad County Beekeepers next monthly meeting will be on the 4th of March 2014. Quad County Beekeepers Association will be holding its meetings on the first Tuesday of every month for all of 2014.

QCBA is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Class on the 22nd of February 2014 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  This will be the first Beginning Beekeeping Class for the club.  If all goes well, it will be the first of many.

 The subjects for the  March Meeting will be “Spring Management Techniques” presented by Ian Brown and “Alternative Hive Configuration” presented by Jack Sullivan. Quad County Beekeepers Association will have a question and answer period from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The regular meeting will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We will break in between classes for refreshments and social time for members to talk. As always, we encourage members to bring a snack to share with the group.

Quad County Beekeepers Association is offering it’s first Beginning Beekeeping Class on 22 February 2014.  The class is designed to familiarize our future or new beekeepers with a basic knowledge of beekeeping techniques. The class will cover basic terminology, equipment, and basic skills required to manage new colonies. The class will concentrate on beekeeping skills to start keeping bees.  Individuals who are interested in taking the class can register or get more information at the Lincoln County Extension Center. The LCEC is located at 880 West College, Troy, MO and their phone number is 636-528-4613. The class will be held at the Troy Buchanan High School located at 1190 Old Cap Au Gris Road, Troy, MO. The class will be in the High School Ag Building. There is a $25.00 registration fee for the class. If registered before 12 February 2014, the $25.00 fee includes a book on beekeeping. If registering after 12 February 2014, the class fee is $30.00 and does not guarantee a copy of the beekeeping book. Books will be ordered in bulk on the 12th and in a limited quantity.

Important Note: For those new beekeepers looking to get started this spring, DON’T wait to order bees.  Honey Bees are in high demand.  Suppliers are selling out already.  Because of the current weather across the U.S., winter losses will most likely be higher.  That will also increase demand for honey bees as well as effecting the quantity available for sale.  So, if you haven’t ordered bees already, you might want to get started.  Local honey bees may also be in short supply because of the harder winter weather we have been having.

We have had an issue with some of our members not getting the Quad County Beekeepers Newsletter. We are checking into the problem. If you signed up for the newsletter through the website and our not getting it, let us know. Also check your spam folder in your email to see if it is going to spam?

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If you want to know more, go to our “Contact Us” page, or call Fred Meder at 573 760-2574. Or better yet, take a beeline to 880 West College, Troy, Missouri, at 7:00 PM on Tuesday June 4th, 2013, and talk to our honey bee enthusiasts.

Hope to see you there!

See a map of the meeting location by clicking the map image below …

The meeting location for Quad County Beekeepers (A) at the Missouri Extension Office, 880 West College, Troy, Missouri