Tew: Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago

Beekeeping is different from what it was 30 years ago, and bees seem to need a lot more “babysitting.”

Beekeeping expert and author Jim Tew made that point at the beginning of his second presentation to the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (Read our article published just after his presentation.)

Below is a short video of that presentation. (The video is not high quality, but the audio is more than sufficient.)

In the introduction made the following points:

  • Maybe we’re looking in the wrong places as we are trying to figure out what’s wrong with today’s bees.
  • We may need to re-think our equipment and management techniques.
  • Bees seem to need a lot more attention from beekeepers than they used to.



In 2011 Tew retired after 34 years as the Ohio State Extension Beekeeping Specialist at Ohio State Univ. He has taught and has conducted applied research on honey bees and their behavior, specifically pollination behavior.

He writes monthly articles for Bee Culture and has written two books,Beekeeping Principles and Backyard Beekeeping. He enjoys woodworking, photography and feeding ungrateful birds. He can be reached at: tewbee2@gmail.com, twitter.com/onetewbee and facebook.com/tewbee2.

 Note: This is the first of several video excerpts of Tew’s presentation that we will post in the near future.

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