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Beekeeping for Beginners (2016)

October 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm




Interested in donning the moon suit and becoming a beekeeper? Learn all you need to know about the equipment, costs, and resources needed to start your own small beekeeping enterprise. See the tools of the trade up-close and take home a handout with resources for beginning beekeepers. Honey sampling a sweet bonus.

Paul Dietmann has been keeping bees on a small scale (five to ten hives) for more than 15 years. His beeyard is located on a farm near Prairie du Sac; a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the farmer and the beekeeper. When not with his bees Paul is an Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin.  Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center. He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified