The Blount County Beekeepers Association will hold its May meeting at the Maryville Church of Christ on Sherwood Drive, across the bypass from Foothills Mall.

The association will return to the Blount County Library for its June meeting, but the Maryville Church of Christ will be the permanent meeting place with the July meeting.

The May meeting will be on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Clarence Collison

Clarence Collison

The featured speaker will be Clarence Collison, a well-known beekeeper and an Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University, having retired from the position in 2010. Prior to assuming this position at Mississippi State University in March 1989, he was an extension entomologist at The Pennsylvania State University where he served as a beekeeping/pollination specialist and livestock entomologist. He is a contributor to Bee Culture magazine.

Collison will speak on examining combs and what they tell the beekeeper and the importance of genetic diversity.

The change of location for the association meeting was brought about by the rapid growth of the organization. We have nearly 150 members and have had more than 100 people attending meetings this year.

The room at Maryville Church Christ is the same as the one used for the short course for new beekeepers in February. We had more than 200 people at that meeting with plenty of room for vendor stands and tables.

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