Dr. Duane Bajema awarded $35,000

Dr. Duane Bajema awarded $35,000 for beekeeping instruction

Dordt College Professor of Agriculture Dr. Duane Bajema has dedicated many years to researching and supporting bee colonies and supporting the development of beekeeping in the region.

The Leopold Center has awarded Bajema more than $35,000 for the promotion of the continued development of beginning beekeepers. The grant will help employ technicians who will assist beekeepers with technical information. It will help beekeepers obtain the most current information they need to successfully manage honeybees.

Anyone interested in apiculture can come to two all-day field days at Dordt College on Saturday, June 10 and July 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Guest speakers will provide information and direct hands-on activity to benefit new beekeepers. Attendees will go into beehives and gain real experience managing a colony. They will learn to examine and manipulate a hive, how to detect for varroa mite, how to hive a package of bees, and more.

To sign up for the field days, contact Dordt College Administrative Assistant Helen Zeutenhorst at Helen.Zeutenhorst@dordt.edu or 712-722-6354. Please register for the first Field Day by May 27, and for the second Field Day by July 15. The class costs $40 per person and covers the cost of a meal and course supplies. Registrants will be able to sign up for technician services during the events.

Field Days support the work of the Iowa Honey Producers Association, the Siouxland Beekeepers Association, the Iowa State Extension Service, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The Leopold Center supports projects in areas that enhance sustainability for all Iowa agriculture. Since 1988, the Center’s Competitive Grants Program has funded more than 500 research projects in every county in Iowa. The Competitive Grants Program is open to all Iowa educational and non-profit organizations.