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Master Beekeepers who pass a written exam and accumulate more public service credits. Details can be found at: http://www.ufhoneybee.com


To help administer the Master Beekeeper Program, Dr. Jamie Ellis at the University of Florida (UF/IFAS) recruited a board of 5 members in addition to himself (chair). The board is composed of county faculty, state faculty, and members from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and includes at the present time:


Brad Burbaugh (Extension Agent, Duval County) Catherine Zettel Nalen (UF/IFAS) Jerry Hayes (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) William Kern, PhD (UF/IFAS) Ray Zerba (Extension Agent, Clay County)


* Since the inception of the Master Beekeeper Program, 125 beekeepers have been awarded "Apprentice Beekeeper" status. Of those, 37 achieved "Advanced Beekeeper" and the first round of 12 beekeepers attained Master status this past March. * To become an advanced beekeeper, candidates must obtain at least 5 public service credits. A public service credit, by definition, is an extension effort. For example, candidates can give a presentation, write a document, start an observation hive, etc. Since the formation of the program, program participants have reached 2,082,503 members of the public! * In upper divisions of the Florida Master Beekeeper Program, participants are required to significantly participate in University- led research projects or to create an extension program of their own.


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