Virtual Honey Bee Disaster Assistance Workshop
Honey bees are an important part of our agricultural industry for many reasons. The University of Georgia Pike County Extension is hosting a virtual honey bee disaster assistance workshop tomorrow night.
Wassel… “So I've come to kind of distinguish honeybees as kind of the forgotten livestock. Many people, they don't think of honey bees as livestock, but then when you speak to beekeepers, that is exactly what they are, and they fall under all of those guidelines and assistance programs.”
That’s Brooklyne Wassel, the agriculture and natural resources extension agent in Pike County. She will be hosting County FSA Executive Director Haley Vickery, who will speak about the opportunities for beekeepers to gain financial assistance for disasters like colony collapse or hurricane damage.
Wassel… “This is only for commercial beekeepers. So that is something to kind of take away and think about. This is for those who are producing honey commercially, pollination services, and even breeding. So if you're breeding, nucs or packages, if you're a queen breeder, you do qualify for these. So as long as you're doing it commercially, it's not just a hobby in your backyard, this program actually is for you.”
The event is free and virtual. Find it on the UGA Extension Pike County Facebook Page, or by emailing Brooklyne directly at email@example.com.