Hobbyist beekeeping increases in the Panhandle

Hobbyist beekeeping increases in the Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Many Panhandle plants rely on the pollination from bees in order to harvest, and with the population of bees declining, hobbyist beekeepers are becoming more common in the area.

“Well, it is becoming pretty common knowledge of the importance of pollinators and insects in general in the way we live our life," said Justin Young, Nutrition Education Director at the High Plains Food Bank.

On Thursday, the High Plains Food Bank and Creek House Honey Farm taught aspiring beekeepers the basics of building and maintaining a hive of honeybees.

“As it grows in popularity, you can find beekeeping stuff at home depot now. We want to equip people to do it the right way. Not only take care of the bee population but also save people money and make it a more enjoyable experience because they know what they are doing without having to search through YouTube videos,” said Young.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is working on a research project in which bees take an essential role.

“We bought three bee hives recently, or three sets of these, they call them packages," said Charlie Rush, Regents Professor at Texas A&M AgriLife. "And, we purchased these. You can get them at a lot of places, but we got these from Georgia. But a large number of our crops depend on bees for pollination.”

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