2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay – Due February 1st, 2013

4-H Members are invited to participate in the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest!  Youth can delve deep into understanding the fascinating biology of these social insects and the implications of how some agricultural practices may affect hive health.

The North Carolina state winner receives a $50 award and the winning essay is submitted to the national contest through the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.  If selected as a national winner, 1st place is $750, 2nd is $500 and 3rd is $250. Our state essay topic and judging criteria follow the national program.  Please click here for the topic and essay guidelines:  2013_4H_beekeeping_essay_rules

State beekeeping essays are due February 1st, 2013.  Please send all essays ELECTRONICALLY to Holly Jordan at holly_jordan@ncsu.edu.

2013 Essay Topic: Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community
Pesticides are a fact of modern life, but misuse or overuse of pesticides, or making poor choices when selecting and applying pesticides can be devastating to honey bees and other pollinators.  4-H’ers are encouraged to learn about bee-killing pesticides being used in their communities – by homeowners, businesses, or farmers. Then, they should investigate how the impact of those pesticides on honey bees can be lessened.

The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers, farmers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the end notes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Even if dated 2012, all rules still apply: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/4-H/essay.html

National Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees: http://honeybeepreservation.org/2012/05/2013-essay-contest-topic/

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