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2021 Tennessee 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest

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Daniel Sarver, Extension Specialist


The Beekeeping Essay Contest allows 4-H’ers to use their writing and research skills in developing an essay on a beekeeping-related topic. Cash awards are available to winners on the national and state level.

Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy. Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes. Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!

More information on prizes and the essay can be found on the 4-H website for entomology and beekeeping.


Contact Daniel Sarver for more information.