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Commercial Beekeeping Program at Niagara College

Program is reported to be the first of its kind in Eastern Canada


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Stats Canada, the country's national statistical agency, estimates that by 2023, Canada will need an additional 3,600 commercial beekeepers.


Niagara College in Ontario, Canada, is now offering a commercial beekeeping graduate certificate program with the semester that began on Jan 9, 2017.

The certificate is earned in 3 consecutive terms totaling one full year of study. The program does not have a rolling start; interested students must begin with the winter semester. This was designed to coincide with the normal annual lifecycle of the honeybee. An on-campus apiary of 30 hives is at the center of the program.

The college cites an increased need for beekeepers both in Canada and across the globe as one of the reasons for starting the program, which they tout as the first of its kind in Eastern Canada. Commercial beekeepers will play an important role in meeting the demand for pollination services with the decline of wild pollinators.

The program is open to students with a diploma or degree in agribusiness, agricultural sciences, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or a combination of education and experience.

For more information, visit www.niagaracollege.ca.










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