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Bees, Beekeeping Focus of ARS BrownBagger Friday


Bees in your backyard and bees as a business are the focus of the next BrownBagger presentation at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney this coming Friday, April 7. Ring in spring with this timely talk by Beth Eiring of the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Eiring’s presentation is entitled “Beekeeping From a Regulatory Perspective,” and will include a look at beekeeping in Montana (numbers, sites, and the various types of beekeeping), the regulations and what they look like when applied on the ground. She will also discuss what she has found in the state as a regulatory official, as well as providing a bit of general beekeeping advice. Her talk will be held Friday from Noon to 1 pm at the Sidney ARS lab, 1500 N. Central Avenue.

Eiring works in the Nursery and Apiary Programs for the state of Montana Department of Agriculture. Beekeeping is big business in Montana, which typically ranks in the top five states in the U.S. for honey production. The Montana Department of Agriculture registers all non-hobbyist apiary sites in the state. Registration for hobbyists is voluntary.

Eiring has been with the state for the last 9 years but has been happily working in the green industry with plants for 20 years! She currently resides in Helena and loves any and all outdoor activities such as rafting, backpacking, gardening, skiing, and, of course, beekeeping.

Please join us Friday, April 7, for Beth Eiring’s inside look at beekeeping in Montana. Bring your lunch; we’ll provide dessert!

For questions or more information on the Sidney ARS 2017 Brownbagger Series, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427 or [email protected]


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