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Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« on: August 11, 2020, 11:45:58 am »
I am doing a presentation, via Zoom, to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  Actually, it's going to be a 15 minute presentation done 4 times to breakout groups.  The topic is the Importance of Beekeeping and Pollinators.
So far, I plan to touch on costs, seasonality of beekeeping, city ordinances and neighbors, how it's not your Grandfather's beekeeping any more, beekeeping is classed as agriculture, time involved, and impact on agriculture.
Have I missed something?  Is there something you would skip?
There will be time for 1-2 question and answer afterwards.  15 minutes goes fast.

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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2020, 01:38:31 pm »
Is livestock considered agriculture? Bees are livestock, not plants. I am serious with the question. I do not know if they are the same or different.

 

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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 08:33:55 pm »
In Florida it is agriculture, classification may vary by state.

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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2020, 03:23:38 am »
Livestock is a part of agriculture.

Would you consider briefly touching on products from the hive? Not only do bees pollenate, they have commercial benefit as well eg honey, wax than can be turned into candles, balms and creams, etc, etc... the chamber of commerce may appreciate that aspect as well - especially if the run farmers markets or have an artisan district...
Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2020, 07:58:27 am »
C of C's intrest is usually what value, financial or asthetic does something bring to a community.

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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2020, 09:12:47 am »
I have heard the term agriculture used regarding insurance, zoning, taxes and so forth. I have also heard of bees as livestock.  Not sure how the city or state classifies it now that the question has been asked.
Good points, RAST and Zweefer!  I didn't consider the financial income aspect of beekeeping.  Mostly because I don't have any!
Something else to consider is that the Greater Kansas City C of C will encompass both sides of the state line, Kansas and Missouri.

Here are some key areas I will touch on:
1. Intro
2. Beekeeping classed as agriculture
3. Time commitment: Seasonal. Frequency of inspections.
4. Costs
5. Educate yourself: clubs, books, beginners classes
6. Check zoning and courtesy check with neighbors
7. Benefits of beekeeping: Honey, value added products, pollination, family activity
8. Not interested on beekeeping but what to help pollinators? Adding floral sources and eliminating pesticides

15 minutes will go by fast! That is probably too much info.
I am disappointed that the contact person doesn't want a PowerPoint presentation.  Pictures add so much more.  I am not sure that my contact person is comfortable with the zoom arrangements and seems a little disorganized.   :-\


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Re: Beekeeping Presentation pointers needed
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2020, 05:25:46 pm »
Yeah, 15 minutes will "zoom" by. ( I know, ouch) ;D.