National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Research beekeeping and share your findings in a rewarding essay contest.

Michigan 4-H youth can improve their communities and writing skills while potentially winning a cash prize by entering the 2015 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest. This year’s contest, sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., asks youth to write about the topic of “planting for bees from backyard and up.” The American Beekeeping Federation established the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to preserve the practice and profession of beekeeping through education and research.

Contest essays should be 750 to 1,000 words and will be judged on the scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logic development of the topic. Michigan State University Extension encourages youth to learn how beekeeping has become difficult due to a lack of native plants for forage, as this essay will require writers to discuss ways habitats can be modified to become “bee-friendly.”

Survey your community to see what is being done to help honeybees. Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow wildflowers and encourage native planting of bee-friendly plants? Determine if there is a wildflower planting program available in your state or any other programs that could aid the honeybee. Perform personal interviews with beekeepers, farmers, homeowners and others familiar with the subject.

To compete in the 2015 contest, all entries must be submitted electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by February 15, 2015, so that a state winner will be selected and submitted to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. by February 28. Please visit the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees Essay Contest for rules, guidelines and further information.

The top three winners nationally will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250 while national winners, as well as a top winner of each state, will also receive a book about honeybees, beekeeping or honey. Good luck!

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