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Entomology: UGA Honey Bee Program

Young Harris College - University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute

Young Harris - UGA Beekeeping Institute

The 2016 Beekeeping Institute - 25th Anniversary

Thursday, May 19th - Saturday, May 21 2016

Advanced beekeeper and honey judge program lectures & testing (open to registered participants only) to be held on Wednesday, May 18. These advanced courses are included with the cost of Journeyman, Master, Master Craftsman and Welsh Honey Judge exam registration, and are required if you register for one of these exams.

Speaker Lineup

Dr. Dewey Caron, Dr. Jeff Pettis, Dr. Jeff Harris, Dr. Jim Tew, Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, Kim Flottum, Bob Binnie, and local Georgia staff. For more information click here.

Summary of the Institute

The UGA Honey Bee Program offers an annual Georgia beekeeping event in cooperation with Young Harris College. This event provides a vast amount of information in the form of lectures, workshops & demonstrations from esteemed local, regional, national and international beekeeping practitioners, authors, & researchers. The event also features hands-on training classes, beekeeping and honey judging certification programs, a distinguished regional honey show, multiple awards programs, and a renowned dinner party, and many other educational opportunities. Since 1992, the University of Georgia & Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (YHBI) has been the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping.

Held on the campus of Young Harris College, situated in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Beekeeping Institute is a four-day event with separate curricula for beginners and more experienced beekeepers.

Schedule of Events

Click here to download the official 2016 Institute Program!

Wednesday is dedicated to training and certification examinations for enrolled Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman candidates, as well as the Welsh Honey Judge qualifications; these lectures are not open to the public.

The Institute proper, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, features a 2-track system: one set of programs is highlighted as pertaining specifically to less-experienced beekeepers; the other for those beekeepers with more experience. However, the format is open and all Institute participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.

Thursday night features our traditional low county boil along with the presentation of journeyman and master beekeeper certificates. Friday night will include an ice cream social at which the Welch Honey Judge and certified beekeeper certificates are awarded.

Certification Programs

Besides offering classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience, the Institute sponsors the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program (GA-MBP) and partners with the Welsh (U.K.) National Bee Keepers Association to provide one of North America’s only two licensing programs for Welsh Honey Judges.

Honey Show

One of the most rewarding opportunities of the Institute is the annual Honey Show. Besides categories in honey, the Honey Show includes classes in photography, art, candles, section comb honey, mead, and beekeeping gadgets. We urge students to participate in the Institute Honey Show, even if you’ve never competed before.

Upon entry, honey show participants will be asked to certify by signed affidavit that their entry was produced directly by the show entrant. Please make sure to allow for a few extra moments when submitting your honey show entries.


In addition to the curricula, the program is enhanced by respected, regional purveyors of beekeeping supplies, and other related paraphernalia. Their attendance offers the convenience of browsing among a wide variety of beekeeping-related resources and gifts without concern over shipping charges.

Conference Manager

Tabitha Davidson WeaverTabitha Davidson Weaver is the onsite conference manager. You will meet her at the Welcome/Check-in table when you arrive. She will be able to answer any questions you might have throughout the weekend. She will also post information on any last-minute room changes or resolved event issues for your convenience. Please be sure to turn in your conference evaluations to Tabitha before you leave.

For any questions specific to the YH/UGA Beekeeping Institute please contact Tabitha at:

Phone: (770) 744-5280


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