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A honey bee visits an almond blossom.The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region.

 

 

 

 

The primary objectives of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program are to:

  • Increase beekeepers' knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
  • Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
  • Increase public awareness of honey bees and beekeeping
  • Encourage mentorship and outreach
  • Support best-management practices and consistency in beekeeping practice
  • Provide opportunities for training and hands-on experience
  • Provide an objective means for an individual to evaluate his/her own progress and level of expertise
  • Encourage membership in and support of state and local beekeeper associations

The program seeks to meet these objectives by providing:

  • Opportunities for ongoing education, training, and hands-on experience
  • Coordination of instructors and mentors willing to share their knowledge and expertise through classes and with individual beekeepers
  • Advertising for events planned by program instructors as well as public events that contribute to the practice of beekeeping
  • A framework for connecting beekeepers and mentors with options for feedback for improving the process
  • Suggestions for public outreach events in meeting program education and service requirements
  • Recommendations of resources, including print, Internet, video, and local beekeeping groups, for ongoing learning
  • An objective means for an individual to evaluate his/her own progress and level of expertise