National 4-H beekeeping essay contest for 2016

Research about beekeeping and share your findings in this rewarding essay contest.

Native bee on coneflower. Photo by Rebecca Finneran, MSU Extension

Native bee on coneflower. Photo by Rebecca Finneran, MSU Extension

Michigan 4-H youth can improve their communities and writing skills as well as win a cash prize by entering the 2016 4-H beekeeping essay contest. The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. This year’s essay topic is “Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?” The top three winners nationally will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250, respectively. The three national winners and the top winner of each state will receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping or honey.

The essay length 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 about the importance of bees and ask, “What will happen if bees are gone?”

A contest essay should provide answers to the many questions related to the potential drop in bee population and pollination. Youth are encouraged to conduct surveys and research relative to what programs are using bees for pollination or other programs that aid the honey bee. Personal interviews with beekeepers, farmers, homeowners and others familiar with the subject are welcomed and should be cited.

Please visit the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. 2016 4-H Essays  page for rules, guidelines and further information.

All entries must be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Feb. 28, 2016. A state winner will be selected and submitted to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. by March 3. The Michigan winner will be recognized with a certificate, the book mentioned and a statewide announcement through MSU Extension.

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.

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