Discovery of non-native yellow-legged hornet confirmed in Georgia for the first time (Aug. 9, 2023)
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) announced Aug. 15, 2023, in coordination with USDA and the University of Georgia, confirmation of the presence of a yellow-legged hornet in Georgia for the first time. GDA is asking the public to report any sightings of the yellow-legged hornet, a non-native hornet species, that, if allowed to establish in Georgia, could potentially threaten honey production, native pollinators and our state’s number one industry – agriculture.
Georgia Prison Beekeeping Program
The initial goal of the Georgia Prison Beekeeping Program was to educate inmates in the art of beekeeping, but it has gone much further than that. Aside from general beekeeping skills, students have acquired additional skills, from learning how to read, to woodworking, welding, painting and writing. Since becoming certified, several have gone on to complete their GEDs.
Master Beekeeper Program
The Georgia Master Beekeeper Program is an intensive four-step program designed to provide participants the opportunity to increase their knowledge about all things dealing with bees and beekeeping. This program gives participants the opportunity to learn and also teach others about beekeeping and promote the industry. It also helps establish the participant as an authority and an educational resource in his or her community.
Access beekeeping resources here, including how to get started keeping honey bees, bee-related certifications in the state of Georgia, information on honey bee disorders, beekeeping associations and so much more.
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