Beekeeping and honey seminar for landowners and farmers

Date(s) - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cattaraugus County Government Building


The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties will host a seminar for farmers and landowners interested in exploring beekeeping and honey production as a means to diversify and enhance incomes.

The seminar will be held from 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, May 21  at the Cattaraugus County Government Building, 303 Court St., Little Valley.

The seminar is free and open to the public but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, please contact Deb Miller or Crystal Abers by phone at 716-938-2318 or 716-938-2310 or by e-mail at

The demand for locally produced honey is growing, as is the demand for pollination services for farmers and other producers. Additionally, there is a growing awareness of the challenges faced by bee colonies due to pesticides and climate change.

Experienced beekeeper and honey producer Kale Luce of Cattaraugus will discuss how to enter the field of beekeeping for pollination and honey production, and wholesale and retail marketing of honey. Jean Davis, Cattaraugus County executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, will be on hand to discuss federal assistance for colony collapse disorder.  There will be time devoted to questions and answers as well.