4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

2017 Essay Contest To Be Announced

9 January 2017, 11:01 am

We are happy to announce that the 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest will be restored in 2017 thanks to our sponsors from HB Swiss.
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2014 Essay Contest Topic

19 May 2013, 12:00 pm

For the 2014 essay contest, the topic is
Beekeeping in Colonial Times
To the earliest European settlers in the New World, honey bees were an important part of their existence. Cargo manifests show that honey bees were among the first shipments of animals. How were they shipped? Why were they important? Why were they so important to
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2013 4-H Winning Essays

19 May 2013, 11:56 am

The topic for the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest was:
4-H Essayists Look to Reducing Bee-Killing Pesticide Usage
Here are the three winners and their essays:
First Place – Elise Dunning, Washington [ read the essay ]
Second Place – Spring Vasey, Delaware [ read the essay ]
Third Place – Harold Mizell, Louisiana [ read the essay ]
Congratulations to
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2013 4-H Essay Contest Winners Announced

19 May 2013, 11:52 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2013
4-H Essayists Look to Reducing Bee-Killing Pesticide Usage
Imagine yourself having to hand-pollinate all the blossoms that honey bees visit or, instead, taking actions to protect honey bees and keep them on the job, challenges Elise Dunning in her first place essay in the 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest.
Writing to the topic, “Reducing
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2013 Essay Contest Topic

18 May 2012, 12:40 pm

For the 2013 essay contest, the topic is
Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community
Pesticides are a fact of modern life, but misuse or overuse of pesticides, or making poor choices when selecting and applying pesticides can be devastating to honey bees and other pollinators. The 4-H’ers are encouraged to learn about bee-killing pesticides
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2012 4-H Winning Essays

18 May 2012, 12:40 pm

The topic for the 2012 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest was:
The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in my Community
Here are the three winners and their essays:
First Place – Michelle Solinger, Kentucky [ read the essay ]
Second Place – Tucker Van Brunt, California [ read the essay ]
Third Place – Marina Graham, Washington [ read the essay
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2012 4-H Essay Contest Winners Announced

18 May 2012, 12:40 pm

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April 26, 2012
What Are the Results of Honey Bee Pollination in my Community?
To determine what crops were pollinated by honey bees in her community of Shelby County, Louisville, Ky., Michelle Solinger, 15, quizzed farmers and orchardists and handed out surveys at a beekeeping workshop. The result was a list of 16 crops ranging
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2012 Essay Contest Topic

29 June 2011, 3:29 pm

For the 2012 essay contest, the essay topic is:
The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in my Community
Honey bees pollinate a wide variety of plants. The food crops that benefit from honey bee pollination have been said to contribute one-third of the American diet. In addition, many non-food plantings and natural environmental plants benefit from honey
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2011 4-H Essay Contest Winners List

29 June 2011, 3:11 pm

Below is the complete list of all the winners of the 2011 4-H Essay Contest. The 2011 topic was U.S Honey: A Taste for Every Preference
First Place – Rachel Ricchiuto, California [ read the essay ]
Second Place – Kayla Ackerman, Texas [ read the essay ]
Third Place (tie) – Mikayla Ockels, Delaware [ read
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2011 4-H Essay Contest Winners Announced

29 June 2011, 2:42 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2011
Essayists Ask: ‘U.S Honey: A Taste for Every Preference’
For the 2011 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest, the essayists were asked to investigate the local/regional honeys of the United States and see how they differ in taste and color. The 23 state-winning essayists took varied approaches to this task.
The top essayist, Rachel Ricchiuto,
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2011 Essay Contest Topic

15 May 2010, 5:13 pm

For the 2011 essay contest, the essay topic is: “U.S. Honey: A Taste for Every Preference”
The taste and color on honey varies according to the flowers where the nectar originates. Each different type of plant will yield honey with a different taste.