Upcoming virtual field trips to feature honeybees, catfish

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Courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation
Alabama farmers will keep their Virtual Field Trips buzzing with an upcoming tour of Auburn University’s Bee Lab. The Virtual Field Trips are offered through Facebook Live on the Alabama Farmers Federation Facebook page every Friday at 10 a.m. through May 22.

Honeybees will be the focus of April 24’s Virtual Field Trip as Geoff Williams provides a tour of Auburn University’s Bee Lab.

“We’ve found a lot of people – students and adults alike – have questions about honeybees, ranging from whether or not honey helps combat seasonal allergies to how to help protect honeybee colonies,” Wilson said. “This field trip will allow researchers at Auburn to tell us more about what they’re doing to help keep honeybee populations healthy and thriving.”

Viewers are encouraged to ask questions through the comment section, and each video will include links to educational activities centered around the featured commodity.

Scheduled topics for May, subject to change, are:

  • May 1 – Catfish
  • May 8 – Greenhouse and nursery products
  • May 15 – Forestry
  • May 22 – Cotton and other row crops

To receive Facebook notifications about the Virtual Field Trips, respond as “Interested” in the event or follow the Alabama Farmers Federation page.

Previous Virtual Farm Tours and educational resources may be viewed online at www.alfafarmers.org/virtual-field-trip. Row crop farmer Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County kicked off the program April 3, focusing on peanut production. The April 10 Virtual Farm Tour featured sisters Cassie Young and Allie Logan of Barbour County who discussed raising fruits and vegetables at their Backyard Orchards.

The Federation is Alabama’s largest farm organization with more than 340,000 member families. Find additional educational materials, including Ag Mags and free printable coloring book pages, online at www.alfafarmers.org/schools and click on resources.

This Virtual Field Trips project was developed in conjunction with Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA). For additional virtual programs from GSSA, visit GirlScoutsSA.org.